FOXBORO -- The Patriots acquired the Panthers' 2011 second-round pick in exchange for the 89th pick, which they had initially gotten from the Cardinals. A pick later, they selected Ohio receiver Taylor Price. The 6-foot-flat, 204-pound Price had 14 touchdowns in four years at Ohio. He received 2nd-team All-MAC honors as a junior. He runs in the 4.4's but isn't much of a factor in the return game, having returned just 10 kicks and zero punts at Ohio. For more on the Patriots and the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.
The Sabres kept their quest for Lord Stanley's Cup alive in Game 5 against the Bruins at HSBC Arena in Buffalo with a commanding 4-1 victory on Friday night. Ryan Miller took his second win of the series with 34 saves while Tuukka Rask took his second career NHL playoff loss by allowing three goals on 33 shots.
Adam Mair scored the Sabres first goal on a wrap-around in the first period as Buffalo scored the first goal of the game for the fifth straight game. Jason Pominville and Michael Grier add goals at the end of the first period and midway through the second to pace the Buffalo offense. Johnny Boychuk scored a goal late in the third period that the Bruins immediately gave back with an empty net hustle strike by rookie Tyler Ennis. The series shifts back to Boston for Game 6 on Monday with the Bruins still holding a three games to two lead.
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The Patriots have taken another Florida Gator, with inside linebacker Brandon Spikes the selection at No. 62 of the second round.
The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Spikes ran a 40-yard dash in five seconds flat but started for three years at Florida and had 307 tackles in his career. A Dick Butkus fan, Spikes wears No. 51. He was suspended in 2009 for an eye-gouging incident but was a defensive leader at Florida. For more on the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.
David Ortiz hit a Jeremy Guthrie 95 mph fastball over Fenway Park's left-center field wall for his first home run of the season, in the second inning of the Red Sox' series-opening game against the Orioles Friday night. It gave the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead.
Ortiz, who was hitting .167 after the homer, didn't hit a home run last season until May 20. It was Ortiz' first at-bat since Tuesday, when Red Sox manager Terry Francona pinch-hit for the designated hitter in the seventh inning. Ortiz spoke before the game about the importance of getting untracked.
“It was just embarrassing, getting pinch-hit for,” Ortiz said. “I understand. I’m not swinging the bat good, with a lefty and whatever. I’ve got to come through and do my thing and get that out of people’s heads. When I’m swinging the bat good that’s not going to happen. Basically it was a wake-up call to say, ‘You...
Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham is the pick for the Patriots at No. 53. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound Cunningham figures to be an outside linebacker in the Patriots’ 3-4. In four years at Florida, Cunningham had 33 tackles for losses and 18.5 sacks. Cunningham has off-the-field issues, as he was arrested back in December for attacking a restaurant employee after being told he had to pay for a bag of chips. A quadriceps strain kept him from working out at the Combine or Florida’s Pro Day. For more on the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is 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 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.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
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.
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.More from this show
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