FOXBORO -- When it came to free-agent possibilities, Matthew Slater said Tuesday that there was no need to even consider anyone else when it came to the open market.
“My heart was here all along. I wanted to be here. I was just happy they felt the same way about me and they wanted me back,” Slater said on a break from workouts at Gillette Stadium. “I’m just very thankful they wanted me back here and they’ve given me an opportunity to continue my career here, just as they did four years ago. They gave me an opportunity to keep playing football when maybe not a lot of people would have. I’m just thankful to be here."
It was a breakout year for the 26-year-old. The 6-foot, 200-pounder out of UCLA, who made the Pro Bowl this past year, just finished up his fourth season in New England, having worked as a wide receiver, defensive back and special teamer. He caught one pass for 46 yards this past year...
FOXBORO -- Meeting the media for the first time as a Patriot on Tuesday, wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez said that when it came to his options in free agency, choosing New England was a no-brainer.
"The phone call early was great, and it was somewhat surprising," Gonzalez said during a break in workouts at Gillette Stadium. "But it was the one I was hoping to get, to be honest. When I kind of evaluated free agency and different teams and how I thought I would fit culturally, as well as from an offensive standpoint, this was one that I targeted. To have the interest be mutual, that worked out well."
The 27-year-old, who was a first-round pick of the Colts in 2007 and been with Indy since he was a rookie, said crossing over from one side of the Patriots-Colts rivalry to another has been an interesting process.
"Just being in the NFL and being on the other side of that rivalry for a while, there's not a...
TORONTO -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate for the first big league start of Daniel Bard's career. Manager Bobby Valentine has tweaked the lineup slightly, with David Ortiz moving back up from fifth on Monday to cleanup on Tuesday, swapping spots with Kevin Youkilis. Right fielder Ryan Sweeney and left fielder Cody Ross will also flip-flop in the sixth and seventh spots, while Nick Punto will play shortstop and give Mike Aviles his first day off of the young season.
Bard gets his first career start after 192 games pitched in relief. That is the most outings in a Sox uniform before a pitcher's first start. Regardless of what one considers Bard's best role on the Red Sox, the fact that the Sox were comfortable with the idea of the right-hander as a starter represents a dramatic change in the course of his career....
Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Miami, where his team is getting ready to take on the Heat on Tuesday night, that swingman Mickael Pietrus is running without any effects of the concussion he incurred in Philadelphia on March 23, suggesting the possibility that the 30-year-old could be back with the team before too long.
"Honestly, I haven’t asked [team trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] yet, we haven’t gotten into the return date, but [Pietrus] sounds like sooner than later," Rivers told reporters. "But that’s from Pietrus, so we have to temper all that. Listen, if we get him at all, it’s a blessing, because it didn’t look like we would, that would be a huge boost for our team."
Rivers suggested that Pietrus could impact the team either as a starter or off the bench. The Celtics coach viewed Pietrus and guard Avery Bradley as players whom he could mix and match in the starting unit.
WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid was once again absent from Bruins practice on Tuesday as he continues to deal with what the team is calling an upper-body injury.
Things got testy between coach Claude Julien and the media Monday regarding the defenseman's status and what the identity of the injury, and on Tuesday Julien addressed injuries prior to taking questions.
"Guys, before we get going," Julien said, "Injury update: It's the same as yesterday. Nothing's changed, and that's where we are."
McQuaid was initially hurt when he went into the end boards head-first in the Bruins’ March 29 game against the Capitals on a hit from Capitals winger Jason Chimera. The defenseman cut his eye on the play, which led to swelling. He tried to return last Thursday against the Senators while wearing a visor, but left the game in the second period. The team considers him to be day-to-day.
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Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
We check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis on the win over the Jets in NY.
Dale and Michael talk with Patrick Chung after a win over the Jets on Sunday.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
This week on the Dale & Holley Show, Michael Holley talked about the generational difference in Boston Sports Fans. The younger fans who expect a Championship Parade every year. Laroy Streat weighs in with #TimeLineMusic. The #KingOfFridays does not disappoint! Catch him on all of his social media platforms titled Laroy Streat. "A timeline of the music that I've played, while showing why title town is our sports name."
The worst kept secret in the city is now official - welcome aboard Rich Keefe.
We react to the big Gronk news and take your calls.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane launch the 'new' official podcast of the Kirk & Callahan Show, where they'll bring the edge and the inside info they can't get to on their morning radio show. In the debut episode, the guys give a state of the current K&C 'Casting Couch' and the latest on former fill-in host Gary Tanguay.More from this show
Bart Scott says that Gronk's days are numbered in New England.More from this show
In the 7 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the hiring of Rich Keefe and the announcement yesterday on Dale and Holley.More from this show
Gerry loves Harry Chapin.More from this show