Stevan Ridley ran 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown Friday while Tom Brady was 13-of-20 for 127 yards with a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski, but the Patriots lost their second straight preseason game, 30-28, to the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Brady faced constant pressure all night and took several big hits as the Patriots' makeshift offensive line continues to struggle.
Brady, who played the first three quarters, threw a pass in the first quarter that was tipped by Ronde Barber and intercepted by rookie Mark Barron and returned 22 yards for a Tampa Bay touchdown. The game also marked the debut of Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps. He returned two kickoffs in the second half, one for 23 yards and the other for 21 yards. He returned another punt for 20 yards but that was called back on a holding penalty. Demps also got some work as a running back, breaking out for a 29-yard run on New England's third scoring drive to set...
Jon Lester continued his recent string of strong starts, allowing three runs over seven-plus innings before departing with an apparent leg injury while pitching to the first batter of the eighth inning, as the Red Sox enjoyed a 4-3 comeback victory over the Royals.
It was the fourth quality start for Lester in his last five outings. In that span, he has a 3.12 ERA. For the first time all season, he's also now won three straight starts, improving to 8-10 in the process. The left-hander struck out six and walked four while permitting six hits.
He was on the hook for the loss, as the Sox trailed, 3-2, entering the seventh. After the team took a 2-0 lead in the first on David Ortiz' two-run single in his first game off the disabled list, Lester allowed Kansas City to claim the lead with two runs in the third and another in the fourth. However, Pedro Ciriaco continued his unlikely string of key hits by lofting a flare over the head of Royals third...
According to a major league source, while the Red Sox and Dodgers remain in advanced talks about a blockbuster to send first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility infielder Nick Punto to Los Angeles, no deal between the two teams will be finalized Friday night. According to multiple sources, the two teams were in the process of reviewing medical information of those involved in a potential deal.
The Sox would receive first baseman James Loney as well as prospects Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Ivan DeJesus and Jerry Sands in the deal.
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With rumors that Adrian Gonzalez had been claimed by the Dodgers on waivers and was being discussed in a blockbuster that would send Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles in exchange for James Loney and minor leaguers, Gonzalez -- slated to bat fifth in the Red Sox lineup -- was scratched about 10 minutes before the scheduled first pitch of Friday's game between the Red Sox and Royals, replaced in the lineup by Mauro Gomez at first base. Loney was also scratched from the Dodgers lineup against the Marlins.
According to an industry source, the Red Sox and Dodgers are currently reviewing medical records as a prelude to a potential deal.
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According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox and Dodgers have been discussing a deal that would involve sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford, right-hander Josh Beckett and infielder Nick Punto to Los Angeles in exchange for first baseman James Loney and minor leaguers. News of the framework for the potential blockbuster was first reported by Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com (via twitter).
The Dodgers have reportedly claimed both Gonzalez and Beckett off of waivers.
Gonzalez is in the first full year of a seven-year, $154 million deal. He is hitting .300 with a .343 OBP, .469 slugging mark, .812 OPS and 15 homers this year, a marked decline from his first year in Boston, when he hit .338/.410/.548/.947 with 27 homers and 117 RBI in 2011.
Crawford is in the second season of a seven-year, $142 million deal. He underwent Tommy John surgery for his torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow after hitting .282...
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Rob Bradford catches up with Clay Buchholz to discuss the former Red Sox pitcher's new lot in life with the Phillies, while reflecting on his up and down tenure in Boston. Philadelphia general manager Matt Klentak also joins the podcast to discuss his team's pursuit of Buchholz.
Hour 4. Albert from RI battles Alex, who is actually Tomase, over racism in Boston. Kirk says he has great gaydar, proving it by identifying who is gay at the station. A high school coach in Washington put his hot dog in a bun.
Hour 3. Tomase reiterates that white people cannot speak on racism in Boston. Tomase thinks Bomani Jones may have a better perspective than Kirk and Gerry.
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry, and Tomase discuss the ongoing Hernandez trial. Headlines features Ellen’s finger injury. Tomase says that getting mad at Bomani Jones for calling Boston racist means you’re racist.
HOUR 4 - The guys get into more talk about the negative ramifications of LaVar Ball's antics, and whether NBA teams will be hesitant to draft Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo. Also, the argue whether or not trading Isaiah Thomas is an option.
The No Fun League will be posting a "Do's and Don'ts" video to help NFL players prevent themselves from getting flagged for excessive penalties. Another Cleveland journalists says the Browns will make a run at Jimmy G next week at the NFL owners meetings. LeBron James fires back at LaVar Ball.
HOUR 2 - The ESPN talking heads think that Colin Kaepernick is getting blackballed. The guys talk about the type of team that he COULD thrive on. Jason Whitlock compares Kaep to a former Patriot QB.
With so much legal stuff swirling around New England sports right now, Dale, Michael and Rich spoke to Michael McCann, law professor at UNH to get his insight to it all.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss the Bruins on the heels of a bad loss at home to the Senators.
So the Patriots knew all along that Aaron Hernandez was murdering people and still gave him a contract extension? That's what some folks would like you to believe. Dale, Michael and RIch Keefe delve in to the Hernandez talk to dissect what's real from what's BS
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey rank the Quentin Tarantino movies and discuss how they all connect in the Tarantino-verse. Plus "This Week in #DORK," "Davey's Video Game Minute," "Pick of the Podcast," and "Black Panther Reads iTunes Reviews."
Ken Laird & Chris Curtis recap a Wednesday K&C with John Tomase back in for the first time in several months to discuss Boston’s reputation of race among other items.
Uncle Buck, George, and Nick "Fitzy" Stevens talk about Boston Sports Movies, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Hour 1. Alex Reimer joins Gerry and Kirk the morning after Kirk’s epic Early Edition. Kirk gave quite a performance on Comcast and says he’s officially done with TV. Gerry is in a bad mood because of the A-hole tournament. Jared Carrabis took down Pete Abraham in a blog on Barstool.More from this show
Hour 4. Kirk said goodbye to Comcast on Monday night. It was great television.More from this show
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry, and Tomase discuss the ongoing Hernandez trial. Headlines features Ellen’s finger injury. Tomase says that getting mad at Bomani Jones for calling Boston racist means you’re racist.More from this show
Hour 3. Pete Abraham tried to defend himself on Brand X. Pete’s explanation for calling “Brad T” the grand wizard was embarrassing. Gerry, Kirk, and Alex argue about Kaepernick and whether or not the national anthem is important.More from this show
Hour 2. Brady’s jersey was found in Mexico. In Headlines, Gerry is angry at Chelsea Handler for a tweet. Ken Laird says he’s worried the Bruins won’t make the playoffs.More from this show