WALTHAM, Mass. -- While Rajon Rondo spoke earlier in the day about the long-term security his new deal would provide, the Celtics waited till every detail was in place before announcing Monday night that they have re-signed their All-Star point guard to a contract extension, thus avoiding restricted free agency next summer. WEEI.com's Jeff Goodman confirmed through NBA sources that the extension is worth $55 million over five years. Rondo and the team left for Philadelphia earlier Monday for Tuesday night's game against the 76ers. For more, including the official release from the team, visit the Green Street blog.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Monday afternoon, and Belichick talked about a number of subjects as his team prepares to take on the Miami Dolphins this coming Sunday:
•When asked about his team's approach coming off a bye week, Belichick said "I think everyone knows what is at stake ... We are in decent position, but we have a lot of tough opponents coming up." In addition, during the bye, Belichick said that the Pats "worked out some backs and some tight ends."
•Belichick even showed some humor when asked about his approach during the bye week, "I've loosened up a little bit and run a country-club type program," Belichick said.
If you missed the interview, simply visit The Big Show Audio On Demand page after the show. The...
WALTHAM -- Rajon Rondo acknowledged for the first time following Monday's practice that he has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Celtics. The deal is worth a reported $55 million. "I'm thankful for what I'm signing for," Rondo said. The deal between Rondo's agent Bill Duffy and the team has yet to be finalized but Rondo acknowledged it's a formality. The team made Rondo available following Monday's practice as the team will fly to Philadelphia for Tuesday's game against the 76ers. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
According to a baseball source, Red Sox farm director Mike Hazen declined an offer to become the Assistant General Manager of the Padres. Hazen interviewed with former Red Sox Assistant G.M. and new Padres G.M. Jed Hoyer last week. Hazen's decision was first reported by ESPN's Peter Gammons (via Twitter).
Hazen, a native of Abington, Mass., has been the Sox' farm director since 2006, when he came from the Indians' front office. He spent two seasons as a player in the Padres' minor-league system.
It is unknown at this time whether Hazen might receive a title change as a result of his decision to stay with the Sox. His time with the club has been a fruitful one for the player development system, which has seen numerous players -- including 2007 Rookie of the Year Dustin Pedroia, starter Clay Buchholz, centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, shortstop Jed Lowrie...
The Patriots are working out free-agent running backs Maurice Hicks and Marcus Mason Monday at Gillette Stadium, according to ESPN. The 31-year-old Hicks has been in the league since 2002, and has played for Chicago (2002), San Francisco (2004 to 2007) and Minnesota (2008). A product of North Carolina A&T, he has also seen time in the return game. Mason, 25, is a Youngstown State product who has played for both Washington and the New York Jets. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
It's a baseball round table from the winter meetings in Orlando, Rob Bradford talks with Ian Browne, Scott Lauber, Tim Britton, and Jason Mastrodonato.
Buster joins Mut and Merloni live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Buster explains that the market for Stephen Drew has cooled off considerably and executives around the league believe he will return to Boston.
Hazen talks with Mut and Merloni about the on-going offseason process. Mike explains how the Red Sox dove in to free agency immediately after the team’s World Series win. He also explains how the team creates opportunities for young players that are ready to make the jump to the Major League level.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys went over a list of the most annoying people to see on your flight.
The guys opened the show discussing the great reception Doc Rivers got last night at The Garden. They said it was not surprising and well deserved.
Boston College running back Andre Williams joined the show and discussed his record setting season. He said that he will work on his acceptance speech on the flight down to New York.
Jackie MacMullan joins the show to discuss the return of Doc Rivers to Boston and what really happened during the offseason that led to Doc's departure.
Brick joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Shawn Thornton's on ice actions last week against the Penguins and what type of suspension he may be facing.
Mut and Merloni react to Doc Rivers' emotional return to Boston and they discuss the way he left the Celtics.
We debate the hit, and what Shawn Thornton deserves to get and will get for a suspension from the NHL when he faces his discipline hearing on Friday for his K/O hit of the Penguins Brooks Orpik.
We check in with Jack Edwards of NESN and focus on the Bruins, and more specifically Sean Thornton's upcoming discipline hearing for his cheap-shot hit on Brooks Orpik of the Penguins.
We focus on multi-sport athletes in today's four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
No Jenny Dell today, but Mikey's back and we're answering questions bitches!
We answer what you ask... and by we mean Salk, Holley and special guest Jenny Dell of NESN!
Answering questions, its what we do.
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