Tuukka Rask was voted the winner of the 41st annual Seventh Player Award Thursday night prior to the Bruins' game with the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. Rask, who had a shutout streak of 121 minutes and 42 seconds snapped on a first-period Florida goal, entered action Thursday with a 19-11-4 record and an NHL-best 2.02 goals-against average. The award is voted by the fans and given to the Bruins player who "goes above and beyond the call of duty and exceeds expectations of the fans." For more, visit the Big Bad Blog.
NCAA vice president Greg Shaheen outlined a plan Thursday for a 96-team NCAA basketball tournament. Although it does not mean expansion from the current 65-team field is a done deal, it does indicate the NCAA's preference. The plan still needs to be approved by the Division 1 Men's Basketball Committee and passed on to the board of directors.
The 96-team tourney would be played during the same time frame as the current three-week tournament, but it would add another round of games and have a round of midweek games between the first two weekends of play.
Under the plan, the top 32 teams would receive a first-round bye. The first-round games -- between the bottom 64 teams -- would take place on Thursday and Friday, and the second round would be played Saturday and Sunday. Then there would be third-round games on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Sweet 16 on Thursday and Friday, and the Elite Eight on Saturday and Sunday....
Sports Illustrated baseball writer Tom Verducci checked in with Dale & Holley on Thursday afternoon to talk about the Red Sox. Regarding the Sox' move toward improving pitching and defense, Verducci said it will pay dividends, even if it wasn't the team's original plan. "I like what they've done defensively. I think the pitching staff will be better. I still question whether they have enough offense," he said. "But I think from the run-prevention angle of it, you'll see the results. I don't think there's any doubt about it: This team can go get the ball with anybody."
Verducci predicts the Yankees and Rays will beat out the Red Sox for spots in the playoffs, and he says the Rays should not be overlooked. "The two best teams I saw in Florida were the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays," he said. "To me, the Rays, they would just kept coming at teams in spring training. You look at spring training won-loss...
Celtics swingman Paul Pierce joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday afternoon and talked about Wednesday night's tough loss to the Thunder. The Celtics were visibly upset about some of the officials' calls that benefited Thunder star Kevin Durant, but Pierce said the team can't afford to dwell on it. "That's the way the game goes sometimes," he said. "You've just got to move on from it. You can't let it bother you, even though it hurts. Those type of games hurt. I was really frustrated after the game, with how things went. But there's nothing you can really do. You've just got to move on."
Asked why he doesn't seem to get the benefit of the calls from the officials that his contemporaries do, Pierce said it's part of the whole package. "I've always been the Rodney Dangerfield of the game -- no respect. Even from Day 1, when I got drafted," he said. "It something I've just got to play through. I can...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' spring training game against the Twins, Thursday afternoon at City of Palms Park, Sox general manager Theo Epstein reiterated that he still sees Mike Lowell as an important part of the team heading into Opening Day.
“The same exact thing I told you guys early in camp – that from the day the Texas thing fell through in December, I anticipated him being an important part of this club, albeit with a role that’s less than what he’s used to," Epstein said. "I still see it that way. There hasn’t been much trade activity, if at all, with him this spring. He’s swinging the bat well of late, looking healthier every day and I anticipate him being an important bench guy for us. No one wishes injury on anyone but strange things happen in this game and it’s a good feeling to have him be able to step in if needed.”
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the start of Patriots training camp. Players began arriving for camp on Wednesday, and Bill Belichick broke the news that Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play.
Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
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The guys discussed Jake Peavy's 1-9 record this season.
The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher puts peanuts in his Diet Coke, and Tim learns that this is actually normal,... in the south. Lou learns that he can get his yard trimmed up nice by goats. Christian sparks a conversation about the stupidest things ever done in the name of love.
We discuss Sidney Rice's retirement from the NFL, and the greater issue, which is concussions and head injuries in the NFL.
We tackle four topics all revolving around predictions and concerns for the Patriots entering the 2014 season.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.
This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.
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