Celtics president of baketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly interview and talked about the struggles the team had recently, losing three of four games before beating Indiana on Wednesday. Ainge said that he thought the problem lay with the starters, particularly offensively. "Our problems offensively are our starters. It's our big four," Ainge said. "We had 18 points [Wednesday night] against Indiana, who's not a great defensive team with nine minutes to go in the second quarter until Jeff Green goes off for 17. A guy who comes in and doesn't know our stuff carries us. Those [four] guys have got it done. Those guys are the ones that have been struggling offensively."
Ainge said he doesn't think Rajon Rondo is 100 percent and that it has contributed to his slump. "He's not playing as well as he's capable of but I do believe that he's not 100 percent physically," Ainge said. He...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Lackey celebrated the news of his place as the No. 2 starter in the rotation by scattering five hits and allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings as the Red Sox beat the Mets, 8-5, in the traditional afternoon game on St. Patrick's Day at City of Palms Park. Carl Crawford and Jed Lowrie each went 2-for-3 with an RBI to pace the Red Sox offense.
Lackey, who will start the home opener vs. the Yankees on April 8, was stretched out on the sunny, 80-degree day, throwing 78 pitches (46 strikes) and was taken out with one out and a runner on in the sixth. Thursday was his longest outing of the spring, as he improved to 2-0 with 1.72 ERA in four Grapefruit League starts.
The only troubling outing by Red Sox pitching Thursday belonged to Jonathan Papelbon, who gave up a three-run double after hitting a batter and walking two in the ninth. He then surrendered a run-scoring double before manager...
Doc Rivers will have surgery Tuesday to remove a non-cancerous growth from his throat. Rivers will not be able to speak for two weeks after the surgery.
"My wife will be the happiest person in the room about that," Rivers told the Boston Herald, which first reported the story.
Rivers signed a five-year contract extension with the Celtics last week worth a reported $35 million. He told the Herald a key reason he decided to return was the chance to see Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett finish their NBA careers.
“Yeah, that clearly was part of it,” Rivers said. “But a bigger part was my relationship with Danny (Ainge) and ownership. When you have something that good, you should keep it. When you have the opportunity to do things right, you should take...
The Bruins announced Thursday that forward Brad Marchand has received a two-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Columbus forward R.J. Umberger in Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. Marchand will miss Thursday's game in Nashville, as well as Saturday's contest in Toronto. He will be eligible to return to the lineup when the B's host the Devils on Tuesday.
Marchand was not penalized for the hit at the time, though an 11:30 a.m. phone hearing with the league determined that the hit, in which he caught an unsuspecting Umberger with an elbow in the second period, was suspendable. This is the first suspension of Marchand's career, and second Bruins' suspension of the season. Forward Daniel Paille was given four games for a blindside hit on Raymond Sawada in the Bruins' Feb. 3 game against the Stars.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett said Thursday morning that he supports Terry Francona's decision to pitch in the Red Sox' fourth game of the season, a strategy that was announced by the Sox' manager earlier in the day.
"Those are his decisions," said Beckett, who is scheduled to pitch in the Red Sox' first game of their three-game set in Cleveland. "Just like I would always feel like he would back me up, I back him up on his decision, as well."
Beckett will follow Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Clay Buchholz, all of whom will appear in the Sox' three-game series in Texas against the Rangers. It will be the first time in the last three seasons he hasn't been scheduled to start Opening Day. (Beckett was slated to start the opener in '08 before suffering a back injury in spring training.)
"It is what it is. I don't get paid to make those decisions," he said. "Tito makes...
We check in with the HC of the NEP on Patriots Monday. Bill Belichick breaks down all aspects of the win over Dallas, including the linebacker play, Dion Lewis, and the league's point on emphasis on pick plays.
We check in with the best football analyst on Boston radio. Tedy Bruschi talks to Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart about all aspects of the win over Dallas, and the the upcoming Colts game.
We check in with Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday after a win over Dallas, and they're on to Indy.
Sam Packard and Josue Pavon from WEEI.com discuss the Celtics first two pre-season games. Then, in the second installment of Packard's Corner, Sam is joined by his brother Nick to answer an important historical question. Kick it!
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Former Red Sox infielder Nick Punto to discuss who was in the wrong when it came to the leg-breaking slide of Chase Utley, his former minor-league roommate. Punto also revealed why he chose to take a year off from big league baseball, as well as what went wrong with the 2012 Red Sox. The Bradfo Show is sponsored by Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors and Gould's Distinctive Clothing.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
DJ Bean checks in with Ken Laird for today's Boston Bruins post-game podcast as the B's fell again to Tampa 6-3. Was Chara a help? Any signs of improvement?
DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after Boston falls to Montreal in game two of the season. Updates on Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara's health, and reaction to a key Bruins disallowed goal in the second period. Ken Laird anchors from the WEEI PodCentre
DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after the Bruins 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the season opener. Ken Laird anchors from the WEEI.com Podcentre
Scott Sarver, explains the origins of Alex Guerrero's infomercials, and who they were crafted by, and who was pulling the strings on the operation.
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined the show to discuss and defend Alex Guerero's "checkered past", Bill Belichick making his teams play for 60 minutes, and Marvin Lewis' big win over Seattle.
The B's look terrible, with losses in each of their first 3 games. They've been outscored 10-4, and CSNNE's Joe Haggerty is reporting that the team is quietly gauging the market on some veteran players.
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart discuss the news of the day, Tom Brady's interview with Dennis and Callahan in which he breaks down his relationship with his health guru Alex Guerrero, and some of his health beliefs and practices.
Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.
The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining
Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to their interview with Tom Brady including Tom's defense of his business partner Alex Guerrero.