Even though the Patriots' schedule won't be officially released until tonight at 7, there are some early leaks. The first one comes from the New York Daily News, which reports that the Patriots and Jets will play at Gillette Stadium in Week 5. The second comes from the Newark Star-Ledger, which is reporting that the Patriots will host the Giants in Week 9 — specifically, Nov. 6 at 4:15 p.m. That would eliminate two of the eight home games, with the other six (Miami, Buffalo, Dallas, Indianapolis, Kansas City and San Diego) set to come later tonight.
(UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: The Patriots have announced via their Twitter feed that they will open the 2011 season on the road.)
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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- After dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at home to the Canadiens, the B's finally got their first postseason win Monday night in Montreal. Now trailing, 2-1, in the series, the B's have a chance to tie the series Thursday and return home with short-term memory on their side.
Speaking Tuesday at Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center, coach Claude Julien noted that he doesn't believe much in momentum, saying he wasn’t concerned about the Habs grabbing momentum in the first two games at TD Garden more than he was about getting the team’s first win of the postseason.
“The thing is, we felt that we needed to win yesterday,” Julien said Tuesday at Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center. “We never talked about them having momentum, we just needed to play better. That’s the way I see it as well. Everybody might see it differently. I’m not a big guy...
UMass football will become a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision and join the Mid-American Conference in football, according to a report from The Associated Press. The Minutemen are expected to make it official at a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, an announcement that will include the news that they will play their home games at Gillette starting in 2012 and play their first MAC schedule the following year. UMass would be the third FBS team in New England, joining Boston College and UConn.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, acknowledged that he has been trying to increase Jason Varitek's playing time in recent games because of his strengths in working with a pitching staff. Francona said that he talked with starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia about the idea that it would take time for members of the pitching staff to become as comfortable with him as they are with the longtime Sox catcher.
"I don’t think that is a knock on Salty. I told Salty last week, ‘Right now, you’re trying to earn those stripes,’" said Francona. "I think sometimes a catcher can put down the same signs, but depending on who it is, the pitcher throws with a little more commitment. I think Tek has earned that. It’s always going to be hard for the next guy to come in to compare themselves, the way the game’s being run, with Tek. That’s been Tek’s strength for so long....
ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard suggested that the best-case scenario for Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal might be to sit out the rest of the first round of the playoffs and then be ready for a potential second-round matchup should the C's advance past the Knicks. Broussard noted that the Knicks' style of play makes the absence of O'Neal less of an issue for now than it might be in a series against another club.
"A few days ago, I was told that if everything went the best way it could, if people around this situation had their druthers – Shaq and people like that – the best scenario for him would be to sit out the entire first round and be ready for the second round. ... Ideally, that’s what would be best for Shaq," said Broussard. "I don’t think you absolutely need him against the Knicks. They’re a finesse team, just like [the Celtics] are now."
While Broussard believes that rest gives O'Neal the...
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Chandler Jones after the Pats moved to 10-0. Plus a special brief appearance by Damion Easley.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
Kirk needs his some baked ziti.
The top stories of the day.
We remember Tiger's Thanksgiving many years ago.
LB came in the studio in between segments, and got Christian in a funny mood. His abilities to pronounced foreign names was put to the test. For the most part, he failed.
Before Monday night's game against the Patriots, Rex Ryan invited Ray Lewis to give the Bills a pregame "pump-up" speech.
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak to Peter King of MMQB/SI.
Mikey, Mut and Villani are talking about the NFL's version of a run-on sentence, Ray Lewis. More specifically his comments regarding Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan, Tom Brady, and Cam Newton.
Buck and Soog talk about Ronda Rousey's loss, the state of the UFC and favorite things about Thanksgiving.