FOXBORO -- The Patriots continued to restock their front seven on defense Friday when they selected defensive end Jake Bequette out of Arkansas in the third round.
Earlier in the evening, the Patriots traded their second second-round pick (62nd overall) to the Packers in exchange for a third-round pick (90th) overall and a fifth-rounder. The Patriots decided to take Bequette with that pick after taking safety Tavon Wilson with their first second-round selection earlier in the evening.
Bequette started all 13 games for the Razorbacks and was a second-team All-SEC selection by the AP and coaches. He finished the season with 32 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and a career-high seven sacks, and tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries. His team-leading sack total tied for fifth in the SEC and is tied for the eighth-highest single-season total in Arkansas history.
He recorded one sack in four straight games, beginning vs....
CHICAGO -- The Red Sox won their fifth straight game Friday night, beating the White Sox, 10-3, at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox have outscored their opponents 44-19 during the streak.
Picking up his first major league win as a starter was Daniel Bard, who allowed three runs (two earned) over seven innings, striking out six and walking one while throwing 96 pitches. Matt Albers pitched two scoreless innings to finish things up for the 9-10 Red Sox.
The visitors' offense exploded in the sixth inning thanks in large part to Cody Ross' bases-loaded single and Darnell McDonald's three-run double. McDonald would cap his night with a solo home run in the ninth, giving him a career-high four RBI.
Also going deep for the Red Sox was David Ortiz, who gave the Sox a 2-1 lead with a two-run blast in the second inning.
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FOXBORO -- After trading up twice in the first round on Thursday, the Patriots reverted to form and traded their second second-round pick to the Packers Friday night in exchange for Green Bay's third-round pick (90th overall) and a fifth-round selection (163rd overall).
With New England's second-round pick, Green Bay took cornerback Casey Hayward out of Vanderbilt.
Earlier in the second round, the Patriots took safety Tavon Wilson from Illinois.
FOXBORO -- With the first of two second-round picks, the Patriots selected Illinois safety Tavon Wilson Friday night. Wilson was not in the top 100 of many experts' mock drafts, but the Patriots saw enough from him to take a chance on him with the 48th pick overall.
Wilson was a team captain and a 21-year-old senior, two factors that may have played a significant role. He played in all 12 games (one start vs. Northwestern) as a true freshman in 2008, posting 11 tackles, one pass breakup and zero interceptions with half a tackle for loss. Wilson moved into the starting lineup in ’09 and recorded 74 tackles and a sack, with 3.5 tackles for loss in 12 games (11 starts) at cornerback.
After Illinois was hit hard by injuries, he moved to strong safety for the ’10 season and responded with two tackles for loss in 13 starts. Moved back to cornerback for the ’11 campaign, he registered 81 solo tackles, with 6 1/2 tackles for loss, one...
CHICAGO -- The Red Sox are activating Rich Hill from the disabled list for Friday's game against the White Sox, as the left-hander is ready to return to the majors less than 11 months removed from suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery last June. Hill has enjoyed tremendous success during his rehab assignment in April, striking out 18 and walking just two while allowing five hits and two runs in nine innings at three different stops (Single-A Greenville, High-A Salem and Triple-A Pawtucket). Most recently, he addressed a final checkbox in his rehab assignment by appearing in back-to-back games in Pawtucket, notching a pair of strikeouts in a perfect inning on Wednesday.
Since signing initially with the Sox as a minor league free agent in 2010, Hill has made 15 big league appearances (six in 2010, nine in 2011) with the Sox without permitting a run, striking out 15 and walking four in 12 innings. He holds the record...
Patriots Safety Devin McCourty joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and talked about covering the Steelers Wide Receivers, and how he's helping the players who are in the AFC Championship for the first time prepare.
ProFootball Talk's Mike Florio told Glenn, Lou, and Christian that the Patriots have a quiet confidence that they can outscore the Steelers, since they've proven they have the ability.
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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