Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez failed "multiple drug tests" while playing for the Gators as a collegian, according to a Boston.com story that quotes a league source. Hernandez, who was selected in the fourth round of last weekend's NFL draft by the Patriots, had been considered a second-round talent, but apparently slipped down draft boards because of the failed tests. Hernandez did pass his drug test at the combine in February, the source said, which means he won't be entered in to the league substance-abuse program.
Hernandez is a 6-foot-2, 250-pound tight end who led Florida in receptions last year with 68 catches for 850 yards and five touchdowns. For his collegiate career, Hernandez had 111 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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For the second straight year, the Bruins have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But this year, the Bruins entered the postseason as the sixth seed in the East, not the top seed as was the case in 2009. David Krejci, who scored a pair of goals and collected an assist in Monday's 4-3 series clincher over Buffalo, said he believes the team is hitting its stride now.
“We knew we always had it in us and some guys had a tough year," Krejci said. "But we knew it was in us and I think we showed it in the first round. But, you know, it starts right now and we’ve got to do the same thing in the second [round].”
The Bruins now wait on the result of Game 7 between Montreal and Washington on Wednesday in Washington to determine their second-round opponent. If the Canadiens...
TORONTO — According to team sources, the Red Sox will send reliever Scott Atchison to Triple A Pawtucket to make room for relief pitcher Fabio Castro, who is scheduled to join the major league team for its game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Tuesday night.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona insinuated after his team’s 13-12 win over the Blue Jays Monday night that the Sox might need help in the bullpen after their relievers totaled six innings of work. The Red Sox’ relievers have worked 9 1/3 innings over the past two games.
Castro has been starting for the PawSox, having compiled an 8.10 ERA in three appearances. His last outing came April 22 when the lefty allowed six runs in three innings to Lehigh Valley. The 25-year-old last pitched in the majors with Philadelphia in 2007, having also appeared in four of his 30 big leagues games with Texas in ‘06.
Atchison threw 1 2/3...
TORONTO -- The Red Sox finished with 18 hits, while going 11-for-20 with runners in scoring position, on the way to claiming a series-opening, 13-12 win over the Blue Jays, Monday night at Rogers Centre. Five members of the Sox' lineup -- Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jason Varitek, and Adrian Beltre -- notched three hits apiece. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett suffered through his shortest outing in two seasons, exiting after allowing eight runs on nine hits over just three innings. Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save, pitching a flawless ninth. For more from the the 4-hour, 3-minute affair see 'Closing Time' at the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
David Krejci scored twice and added an assist as the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, in Game 6 Monday night at TD Garden to win their opening-round series, 4-2. Mark Recchi had a goal and an assist and Milan Lucic had a pair of assists as the Bruins advance to the second round for the second straight season.
The Bruins now wait to see who wins the Montreal-Washington series. Montreal forced a deciding Game 7 on Wednesday in Washington by winning 4-1 on Monday. If the Capitals win the series, the Bruins play the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 2. If the Canadiens pull off the shocking upset, the Bruins will host Philadelphia this weekend in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
For more on the B's victory, visit the Big Bad Blog.
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
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