Reached by phone in Minnesota, Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles disputed a report in the New York Daily News that described a "very ugly scene" in which manager Bobby Valentine "got all over" him during infield drills during spring training.
"I don't know where that came from," said Aviles. "I don't remember any incident like that. ... There was nothing that comes to mind that would be anything like that other than just normal player/coach interaction."
The report suggested that Valentine had to apologize to Aviles after the incident. But, asked if there was an instance in which the manager had done anything that would have warranted an apology or if Valentine had taken it upon himself to apologize for an incident, Aviles said, "No."...
Hawks center Al Horford told Yahoo's Marc Spears that it's not likely he'll be ready to return to the court for the playoffs. Horford had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle in January and was recently cleared to begin contract drills, but the All-Star doesn't sound confident about his availability.
"I don't feel like it is realistic that I can play for the playoffs," Horford told Spears. "Obviously, if we advance and start going we will see. But as of right now the way I feel I think I am out for the playoffs."
Horford has been going back and forth in recent days. He said he was "frustrated" last week after a workout and then told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he was "70 percent" likely to play.
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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has been named one of the three finalists for this year's Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the forward "who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." The other finalists are three-time winner Pavel Datsyuk and St. Louis' David Backes.
During the regular season, Bergeron led the NHL in plus/minus (plus-36) and was second in the league in faceoff percentage (59.3). He has never won the Selke in his career.
Only three players have won the award over the last six seasons: Rod Brind'Amour twice, Datsyuk in three straight seasons and Ryan Kesler last season.
While homecourt is still to be determined, the Celtics' first round playoff opponent will be Atlanta. With a 38-26 record, the Hawks are up two games on the Magic with two games to play and Atlanta owns the tiebreaker between the two teams.
The Celtics are one game behind the Hawks at 37-27, but they own the tiebreaker for homecourt advantage. The C's finish with Miami and Milwaukee at home, while the Hawks host the Clippers and Dallas. The two teams met in the first round of the 2008 playoffs, with the eighth-seeded Hawks taking the Celtics to seven games by winning every game at home. Boston won the first two meetings this season by a total of five points. Atlanta won the most recent game on Friday.
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Lakers guard Metta World Peace claims it was an accident, but even he acknowledges that the video makes him look bad delivering a vicious elbow to the head of Thunder guard James Harden during Sunday's game in Los Angeles.
World Peace was celebrating a dunk when he brushed up against Harden and then knocked him to the floor. World Peace was ejected from the game. Harden, who was on the floor for about a minute, also did not return to action. The Lakers went on to rally from an 18-point second-half deficit and win in double overtime, 114-106.
"During that play I just dunked on [Kevin] Durant and [Serge] Ibaka and I got really emotional and really excited and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow," World Peace said after the game. "I hope he's OK. The Thunder, they're playing for a championship this year, so I really hope that he's OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden....
Patriots safety Duron Harmon joined the show on Monday to discuss their win over Pittsburgh in the AFCCG. Harmon was asked about his tackle on Jesse James on the half yard line, and he revealed to the guys he wasn't thinking much about it, but that the defense has wanted the chance to make a goal line stand since they did it against Cincinnati earlier in the season.
Patriots running back Dion Lewis joined the show to discuss how it feels to be headed to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career, his recovery from a serious injury in 2015, and how LeGarrette Blount fired up the sidelines by carrying half the Steelers on his back.
Glenn Ordway and Fred Smerlas talk with Cornerback Malcolm Butler in the lockerroom after the Patriots handily beat the Pittsburgh to advance to Super Bowl 51.
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.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
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 4. Kirk and Gerry discuss how players from bad teams can come to New England and win.
Hour 2. Albert challenges Kirk and Gerry. Headlines with Kirk covers the Women's March.
Tim Hasselbeck joins the show.
The guys open the show discussing the Patriots 36-17 win over Steelers in the AFCCG, and if that win helped answer some questions the critics had all year about the Patriots defense.
Last week, there was a lot of talk about Aaron Rodgers and his other-worldly performances down the stretch and into the playoffs. On Sunday, he was blown out by the Falcons, and sent home packing. The guys discuss the rise and fall of Aaron Rodgers' season, and also get into the Falcons offense, and how the Patriots defense might stack up.
Chris Hogan, Dion Lewis, Kyle Van Noy, and Trey Flowers are just a few of the reasons why Bill Belichick should be credited more as a great GM, in addition to his accolades as a great head coach.
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.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a Patriots Monday after a Patriots AFC Title game win and a Tom Brady appearance with Kirk & Gerry.
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.
Tom Brady joins the show the morning after winning the AFC championship for the seventh time. Brady talks about the upcoming Super Bowl and his call to President Donald Trump.More from this show
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