According to a report from ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots have reached a contract extension with kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Boston Herald is reporting it's a four-year deal worth nearly $14 million that will begin in the 2011 season.
Gostkowski was drafted by the Patriots out of Memphis in the fourth round of the 2006 draft after Adam Vinatieri departed via free agency. He has been the starter ever since, as a competition at the kicker spot with Martin Gramatica was short-lived in the Gostkowski's first preseason.
Gostkowski was an All-Pro an Pro Bowler in 2008. Last season, he made 26 field goals, including two of three from 50 yards or more.
Umpiring crew chief Joe West approached Jonathan Papelbon in the middle of the ninth inning to tell the Red Sox closer to speed up his work on the mound. Papelbon was amidst a scoreless ninth inning that secured a 5-3 victory for the Sox, earning his 32nd save of the year.
West pointed to his left wrist, indicating a desire for Papelbon to work faster, as he approached the pitcher. Papelbon somewhat defiantly cleaned his spikes on the mound after hearing from the umpire. The pitching mound at Fenway was damp for much of the game as a result of the steady drizzle during the game, and several pitchers had to clean their spikes, though only Papelbon was warned by West.
After the game, Papelbon suggested that West's instructions were misdirected.
"For me and my safety, staying healthy is priority over anything," Papelbon said. "The mound got beat up for nine innings with rain, so I’...
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league is going to propose an 18-game regular season schedule to the players’ union as part of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. Speaking at a press conference at an owner’s meeting in Atlanta, Goodell said the support for what backers are calling an enhanced season was “overwhelming.”
“We think we’ve moved this concept along,” Goodell told reporters at a news conference following the one-day owners’ meeting, who said the league is hoping to introduce the 18-game season in 2012. “There’s a tremendous amount of momentum for it. We think it’s the right step to take. But we want to do that with our partners, including the players.”
Goodell said owners see two more regular-season games — and two fewer preseason games — as a way to enhance revenues. But while owners appear solidly behind the plan,...
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, relievers Scott Downs, Kevin Gregg and Jason Frasor were among five Blue Jays placed on waivers Wednesday. The Red Sox had expressed interest in Downs at the non-waiver deadline but were scared off by Toronto's asking price.
Downs, 34, has posted a 2.32 ERA with 21 holds this season. Gregg, meanwhile, has converted 28 saves in 32 opportunities while compiling 50 strikeouts and a 3.28 ERA in 46 1/3 innings. In 48 innings, Frasor has posted a 4.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
After taking the first game of Wednesday's day/night doubleheader with the Mariners, the Red Sox will send Tim Wakefield, and not Jon Lester, to the mound for the night cap. Wakefield hasn't started a game since July 20, when he gave up three earned runs over six innings in Oakland. Lester was moved to Friday because scheduled starter Daisuke Matsuzaka is experiencing back soreness.
Kevin Cash, activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, will get the start behind the played while Jed Lowrie will play second base and bat seventh.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Victor Martinez, 1B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Daniel Nava, LF
7. Jed Lowrie, 2B
8. Ryan Kalish, CF
9. Kevin Cash, C
SP -- Tim Wakefield
Marshall Faulk talks to the guys about his past accusations of Patriots cheating and previews the Pats v Seahawks.
Matt Light joins the show to talk about how to prepare during Super Bowl week and how the O-Line will be able to handle the Seattle defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discussing the Patriots getting back to their normal routine now that Media Day is in the past and they're no longer answering Deflategate questions.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Doyel knows the Patriots fixed the AFC title game and they now belong in the same sentence as the 1919 White Sox.
Tomase talks about being embedded with the Seahawks and the festivities at the WEEI dinner.
Funny man Frank Caliendo sits in with Gerry and Kirk from Arizona. He talks about his process and voices some of his greatest hits.
Dan Dakich needs security to go back into Iowa and Bills head coach Rex Ryan greenflies Christian.
Devin McCourty's twin brother Jason joined the program to preview the Super Bowl and discuss Devin's plans as a free agent
Former St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk joins the show to talk about past Patriot cheating scandals and previews the Pats v Seahawks.
We talk about four of our favorite Super Bowls (We only chose one Pats Super Bowl)
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.
Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.More from this show
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.More from this show
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.More from this show
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.More from this show