According to a major league source, a report from ESPN's Jim Bowden suggesting that the Red Sox are "closing in on a short-term deal" with free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda is inaccurate, with another source suggesting that such a claim was "baseless."
That assessment came in response to the following from Bowden:
The Boston Red Sox appear to be closing in on a short-term deal with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda to add him to a rotation that already has Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz and Daniel Bard. This move, along with the trades for relievers Mark Melancon and Andrew Bailey, quickly puts the Red Sox back among the AL’s elite. Kuroda is extremely underrated for the valuable innings he can provide from the back of a rotation.
However, the sources suggested that such a portrayal of Sox talks with Kuroda was inaccurate.
The Red Sox, who thus far this offseason have agreed to minor league...
WALTHAM -- The Celtics will likely debut Mickael Pietrus on Wednesday against Dallas after the recently-acquired swingman took part in his second practice on Tuesday.
"He looked great," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "He had a sensational day, one of our best players today. Unless I hear differently, I do [expect him to play.]"
There is an immediate need for Pietrus because Marquis Daniels has missed the last two days with the flu and Rivers isn't expecting him to be ready for the Mavericks game. Pietrus was going to play regardless, but it's likely he'll take Daniels' minutes behind Paul Pierce at small forward on Wednesday and could see some time at the other wing position, as well.
Pietrus was acquired just before the start of the season after he was waived by Phoenix. He's a career 36 percent 3-point shooter, but is coming off minor knee surgery.
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FOXBORO - Vince Wilfork met with the assembled media at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday and was asked about the challenges of defending Tim Tebow. The Denver quarterback completed just 11-of-22 passes for 194 yards in the 41-23 loss to the Patriots on December 18, but did manage to rush for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
"He's just a tough, tough guy to prepare for," Wilfork said. "You can speak all day about how tough he is, how elusive he is, but it really doesn't matter until you face him. … He's a big dude, a strong guy. He's probably one of the biggest, one of the toughest, one of the strongest guys that I've faced. … He's a special guy."
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FOXBORO -- New coaching assistant Josh McDaniels attended his first practice on Tuesday and Sebastian Vollmer and Logan Mankins returned from injury as the Patriots held their first padded practice in over a month on the lower grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.
Vollmer missed the final five games of the season with an injured right foot while Mankins suffered a left knee injury in the Christmas Eve win over the Dolphins at Gillette. Both were back in pads on Tuesday as the team began on-the-field prep work for Tim Tebow and the Broncos in the AFC Divisional Playoff this Saturday night at Gillette.
The team practiced in pads for the first time since Dec. 7 while Bill O'Brien and McDaniels were both on the field with head coach Bill Belichick. It was the first practice since O'Brien accepted the job as Penn State head coach in 2012 and the first since McDaniels was hired away from St. Louis last week, joining the Patriots staff...
Bruins forward Brad Marchand spoke to the media following Tuesday's morning skate, making his first public comments since being suspended five games by the league for his low-bridge hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo.
"I'm obviously a little disappointed," Marchand said of Brendan Shanahan's ruling. "I wasn't expecting as many games as I got, but that was the decision and now I just have to move on."
Marchand had asked Shanahan for clarification on the legality of such hits prior to the season so as to be sure that he would not commit the infraction.
"I'm a smaller guy, I play low to the ice. That's the way I've protected myself in the past and I just felt it was better to be safe than sorry," Marchand said of his preseason inquiry. "I brought it up to him and when I walked away from the conversation he told me to protect myself was OK in that situation. When that situation arises I felt I was...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
The boys briefly get into the Colin Kaepernick situation in which he chose to sit for the National Anthem as a protest for how minorities have been treated by police. The guys applaud him for standing up for a cause, but don't necessarily agree with the cause. They also talk about why Belichick has struggled drafting at the WR position, what the WR's the Pats currently have bring to the table and how they can assist Jimmy G in the first four weeks.More from this show