University of New Hampshire tight end Scott Sicko, who made national news over the weekend when he announced that he would focus on furthering his education rather than head to an NFL team's camp as an undrafted free agent, caved in to pressure from the Dallas Cowboys and signed a deal with the team, according to FoxSports.com. The report quotes an e-mail from Sicko's agent, J.R. Rickert: "After Scott initially decided not to play football and pursue his graduate studies, the Cowboys as well as other teams continued to pursue him," Rickert wrote. "We maintained active dialogue with the Cowboys and they also continued to speak to Scott. After considering all factors, Scott has decided to become a member of the Cowboys. We are very grateful that the Cowboys have given him this opportunity and he is 100 percent committed."
The Red Sox have announced that minor league outfielder Ryan Westmoreland was released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Westmoreland -- whose 20th birthday is Tuesday -- recently had surgery to remove a cavernous malformation from his brain stem. He will continue to undergo physical and occupational therapy as an outpatient at Spaulding. The Red Sox' release states that the outfielder "has been making steady progress and is in great spirits."
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to the media on a conference call Tuesday morning and addressed the status of center Marc Savard, who had a neuro-psych test Monday afternoon. "First I'd like to announce that Marc Savard has been cleared to play," Chiarelli said. "I'll leave it up to Claude [Julien] as far as putting the lines together and who plays and who doesn't play, but Marc is ready to go, and we'll see how his conditioning goes. But I know from talking to him he's very anxious to play."
Savard sustained a Grade 2 concussion on March 7 after a hit from Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke and missed the remainder of the regular season and Boston's conference quarterfinals series against the Sabres. The Bruins are waiting to see which team they will face in Round 2.
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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning and talked about the Red Sox' slow start. Said Schilling: "The only statistic that gives me pause is in the first decade of this millennium they were the best April team in Major League Baseball. The three years they left April with the best record in the major leagues, two of those years were '04 and '07. Generally, it's hard to not play inspired baseball coming out of spring training because you walk into this literally playoff atmosphere. We're opening up with the Yankees every year. So, you kind of get a jump-start, which I always viewed as an advantage here.
"They're not pitching. That's the bottom line is they're not pitching. Josh Beckett will not end up with a 7.2 ERA at the end of the year, but they're going to have to consistently throw the ball better than they're throwing it and get deeper into games, because these...
The statement Ben Roethlisberger released to the media Monday, in which the Steelers quarterback apologized and said he will not appeal his league suspension, did not win over at least one columnist. Also, a couple of New York writers do their best to get under Red Sox fans' skins. One speculates that David Ortiz will be released within a month and takes some shots at Big Papi for the steroid controversy. The other polls some baseball people and determines that Robinson Cano is a better second baseman than Dustin Pedroia. Get more details on that, plus additional links, videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
The guys discuss their easiest college classes.
After comments by Nick Caserio, the guys discuss if the Patriots should adjust their defensive approach after the additions of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
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Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.More from this show
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.More from this show