Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard told WEEI.com on Monday that he has no preferences when it comes to starting or relieving in 2012, but Sox manager Bobby Valentine had a different take when asked about the possibility of moving Bard to the rotation.
"I believe, in his heart of hearts, that he has a starter's kind of dream out there and that he wants to be a starter," Valentine told NESN on Monday. "He believes he's better than a lot of guys who pitch a lot of innings in the American League, and probably could excel there."
Bard has a career ERA of 2.88 and WHIP of 1.06 in 192 career appearances, all in relief. With Jonathan Papelbon departing to Philadelphia, Bard is believed to be a leading candidate to close for the Sox in 2012.
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ESPN fired NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby after his second brush with the law this year. Early Monday morning, Barnaby was arrested in upstate New York after allegedly driving his Porsche Cayenne on its front rim while missing a tire, causing sparks. He failed several field sobriety tests and refused a breath test.
In May, he was accused of kicking a garage door at his estranged wife’s house in an attempt to enter. After pleading not guilty, he was ordered to complete 500 hours of community service, avoid “offensive” action against his wife and contact with her boyfriend, and attend anger management counseling to have the charges dropped.
Barnaby, 38, played in the NHL from 1992-2007 with the Sabres, Penguins, Lightning, Rangers, Avalanche, Blackhawks and Stars.
ESPN said it "terminated its contract with Barnaby, effective immediately." Barnaby, 38, had been with the network since 2008.
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Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will serve as an analyst for ESPN, the outlet announced Monday night.
Francona, who won two World Series with the Sox after joining them prior to the 2004 season, will be an analyst for Sunday Night Baseball, the Little League World Series, and other ESPN baseball programming. Ironically, Francona will be replacing Bobby Valentine, who replaced him as manager of the Sox after Francona was not brought back for a ninth season in Boston.
“I’m excited to join ESPN and to be able to talk about my passion for baseball with fans who love the game as much as me,” Francona, who was an analyst for Fox Sports in the ALCS, said in a statement released by ESPN. “In some ways, I’ll be a rookie all over again, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Francona's ESPN debut was scheduled for Monday night.
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The NHL's Board of Governors approved a new, four-conference format for the league Monday, with the new conferences to be implemented at the start of next season.
Realignment was deemed necessary when the Atlanta Thrashers, who played in the Southeast division, moved to Winnipeg. As a result, the Jets will play in the Central division with more mid-western teams.
The four conferences (yet-to-be-named) will look like this:
Conference 1 (seven teams): Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto.
Conference 2 (seven teams): Carolina, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington.
Conference 3 (eight teams): Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg.
Conference 4 (eight teams): Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver.
One major change that accompanies the realignment is...
If anyone was wondering how the Bruins measured up to the first-place Penguins, a convincing answer was given Monday night when the B's beat the Penguins, 3-1, at CONSOL Energy Center.
Gregory Campbell got the B's on the board in the second period with his second goal of the season, with Benoit Pouliot taking a feed from Rich Peverley and beating Marc-Andre Fleury to make it 2-0. Tyler Seguin scored 1:07 into the third period before Bruins nemesis Matt Cooke broke up Tim Thomas' shutout bid at 10:54 of the final period.
The game featured two fights, with Brad Marchand taking on Matt Niskanen after the pesky B's forward slew-footed the Penguins defenseman in the second period. Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with former Northeastern forward Joe Vitale in the third period after Vitale ran into Tim Thomas.
Thomas finished the night with 45 saves. The B's now have points in 15 straight games (14-0-1), and have 35 points. A...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
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.
Former Red Sox infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora joined the guys to talk MLB trade rumors and spend just a little time goofing on Rob Bradford.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
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.
Dino, Buck and Butch end the program discussing two prominent AL pitchers that were in action Thursday night and how their future looks. Also, Patriots and Dolphins QBs since Tom Brady was drafted.
At Friday morning's media session, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is pressed about what might happen in Week 5 with Jimmy Garoppolo if he plays well. After three queries, Bill has had enough. Dino, Buck and Butch react.
CSN Patriots reporter Tom E. Curran joins Dino, Buck and Butch to talk the state of the Patriots as training camp opens.
No Ordway today, as Lou and Christian discuss Pats camp and the Red Sox losing streak
Lou and Christian talk about Hanley's throwing error that cost the Red Sox the game last night against the Angels
ESPN's Mike Reiss stops by to chat with Lou and Christian about the state of the Patriots, Tom Brady's suspension, and what he's seeing and hearing thus far at Patriot's camp
We discuss all things from Patriots training camp day 2. The return of Jamie Collins, a frosty Bill Belichick, and Martellus Bennett is soon to be a fan favorite.
Inspired by a shark taking a bite out of Warren Sapp, we look at four of the dumbest off-the-field injuries in sports history. Suntans and pizza injuries? Yeah, we got that.
We close out the week with the best soundbites of the day and LAROY!
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
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Ben and Alex discuss the Revs roster and who is the most valuable. Would you rather have Paul Pogba or Luka Modric and Toni Kroos?
It’s almost August and Pete Davidson is hard at work on the Annual Rotobahn.com “500.” Rankings of the Top 500 for Fantasy Football. Today, the 1st edition is live featuring the Top 100. In today’s show, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson dive into the Top Rated Runningbacks, providing analysis on the Top 13. The conversation features a deep dive on the Top Runningbacks like Ezekiel Elliot, Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller and others. Get the scoop on these backs, right here at the Fantasy Football Podcast, July 29th edition. Enjoy!
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