Beginning Wednesday and continuing for the final 10 days of the year, WEEI.com takes a look at the top stories in Boston sports from 2010. Starting us off at No. 10 is Kevin Garnett's return to form for the Celtics. Check back each day for the next story in our countdown. And make sure to vote in our poll for the 2010 Boston Athlete of the Year.
FOXBORO — The Patriots made another move to add depth to their injury-ravaged defensive line on Wednesday when they announced the signing of Landon Cohen. To make room for him, the team released DL Louis Leonard, the lineman who was signed just last week.
The defensive lineman was a seventh-round selection of the Lions out of Ohio University in 2008 and has played for Lions and Jaguars.
After being drafted by the Lions, Cohen spent his rookie season as a backup defensive tackle. He was elevated to a starting position in 2009 but was released on the day of final cuts in 2010 and subsequently signed by the Jaguars. He spent two games with Jacksonville before being released. Cohen has since worked out for a number of teams, including the Eagles.
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Patriots offensive lineman Dan Connolly has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Connolly returned a first-half kickoff 71 yards to the 4-yard line in the second quarter. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it is the longest kickoff return by an offensive lineman in NFL history. The run by Connolly topped the 48-yard touchdown return by Atlanta's Mal Snider in 1969. The previous longest kickoff return for a Patriots offensive lineman was a 27-yard return by Stephen Neal on Nov. 30, 2008, vs. Pittsburgh. Connolly’s previous best was a 16-yard return vs. Miami on Nov. 8, 2009. Connolly’s return set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Aaron Hernandez that cut the Packers’ lead to 17-14.
Connolly is the second offensive lineman to ever be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Oakland’s Langston Walker won the award in Week 12 of the 2004 season after blocking a field goal attempt.
Former NBA star Steve Francis is finding the going rough as a professional in China. The 33-year-old Beijing Ducks guard is struggling, and his frustration is showing. He reportedly entered his first game with an ice pack still on his ankle — and played (albeit only 17 seconds) with the ice. And on Tuesday he received a "serious warning" from the Chinese Basketball Association for making an obscene gesture on the bench. The league also ordered Francis' team to "educate and criticize" the player for his "uncivilized behavior."
Read more about this story and others, plus check out video of a California high school football team's second miracle finish of the season, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.
By scoring 17 points in his team's 105-99 victory over the Magic, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki surpassed former Celtics great Larry Bird for 25th on the all-time NBA scoring list. Nowitzki has 21,798 points, seven more than Bird recorded in his career with Boston.
Nowitzki moved into the NBA's top 25 scoring list by burying a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. Bird was aware of the fact that he had been surpassed.
"I just got a text message from Larry right as the game ended saying to congratulate Dirk and that he's always been a huge fan," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, who played with Bird on the Celtics and worked for him with the Pacers, told reporters after the game. "They've had a chance to spend some time together. I'm sure he's going to text Dirk and I'm sure that will be very meaningful for Dirk."
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Jason defended himself against Minihane.
The top stories of the day.
Former NFL running back Eddie George is upset that Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady's suspension and is speaking out, calling Tom Brady a cheater.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.
Adam Schefter joins the show to talk about the breaking news that Tom Brady's suspension has been overturned, and gives his inside opinion on the result.
Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann
Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
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