Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday to discuss Thursday's impressive preseason victory over the Buccaneers.
"Coach has been putting in new things each and every day. We've just been trying to see what works," Mayo said. "Last night, some things worked well for us. We'll go back to the drawing board and take those good things out and work on the bad plays and see what happens."
Asked about the Patriots' apparent move to use the 4-3 more often, Mayo was noncommittal. "I don't know what we're going to run," he said. "I'm sure we'll show a lot of different looks."
Rookies attempting to learn the Patriots' system have had a short offseason due to the lockout, but Mayo offers no excuses for them.
"There's no sympathy on Sundays. None at all," he said with a laugh. "At the same time, these coaches are — we're meeting a lot, they're throwing a lot...
The Georgetown basketball team's goodwill tour of China lacked goodwill Thursday night. A chippy game against the Bayi Rockets in Beijing ended with about 9½ minutes left when a huge brawl broke out. In a video of the incident, Chinese players appear to be the aggressors, throwing punches, swinging chairs and tossing water bottles. That led Georgetown coach John Thompson III to pull his team off the court. Thompson, who was berated by a Chinese player early in the game, did his best to downplay the incident after retreating to his hotel.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
KANSAS CITY -- After going 0-for-4 in the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Royals, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez dismissed any notion that his recent struggles at the plate were being caused by the stiff neck referenced by Sox manager Terry Francona prior to Wednesday's game at Fenway Park.
"The neck has been fine," Gonzalez said. "It's something that flared up right before Chicago [July 30], when we were playing [Kansas City] in the day game [July 28]. It flared up the next day and it has been getting better ever since. It created a couple of mechanical things I've been working through."
After his three groundouts and one strikeout, Gonzalez has now gone four straight games without a hit. Prior to current stretch, the first baseman had only gone hitless in back-to-back games three times all season.
"I'm not hitting because my swing isn't good right now, not because of my neck," he explained.
Gonzalez has also...
With less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Thursday's 31-14 win over the Buccaneers, Patriots running back Danny Woodhead -- playing on special teams -- took a vicious and dizzying helmet-to-helmet hit from Devin Holland while covering a punt. He made it to the sidelines but medical staff immediately took his helmet away and tended to him.
"I saw him in the locker room," Pats coach Bill Belichick said afterward. "He seemed all right. We'll see how it goes."
“He got hit pretty hard," added quarterback Tom Brady. "That’s football. There’s guys moving fast out there, especially on punt returns or any of the returns. Things are happening so fast. He just turned his head and the guy really gave it to him good. He’s a tough guy. Everyone’s worried about him, as his teammates would be. Hopefully, he’s OK."
"I'm just trying to coach our team...
KANSAS CITY -- Josh Beckett earned his first victory since July 23, and Dustin Pedroia continued his dominance of Royals pitching with three hits, as the Red Sox kicked off their four-game series at Kauffman Stadium with a 4-3 win over KC Thursday night.
Beckett finished his seven-inning stint by giving up three runs on seven hits, striking out four and not walking a batter. The 110-pitch outing was the first time the starter had gone seven innings since he accomplished the feat against the Royals July 28.
Pedroia paced the Sox attack with two singles, a double and three RBI (all coming with two outs). The 3-for-4 effort made the Sox second baseman 12-for-22 against the Royals in five meetings this season.
The only other RBI for the Red Sox came from Jason Varitek, whose second-inning single scored Josh Reddick, tying the game at 1-1 at the time.
Beckett did allow the Royals to come back after a Pedroia single plated a...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.