The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't talking, but there are reports that they are listening to trade requests for troubled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Get more details on that and other stories around the web, plus videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
Freshman Brady Heslip reportedly joined Rakim Sanders on the list of Boston College basketball players planning to transfer after the team's coaching change. Heslip, A point guard from Canada who enrolled at BC midseason, Heslip will visit Boise State this weekend, according to a report in The Boston Globe.
Sanders appears headed for Fairfield to join former BC assistant coach Ed Cooley, although the Rhode Island native also reportedly expressed interest in Providence and URI, where Jim Baron received a one-year contract extension this week that locks him up through 2013-14.
Read more BC news at The BC Blog.
Though reliever Alan Embree had an April 15 opt-out date in the minor league contract he signed with the Red Sox last month, a source familiar with discussions between the sides expects the pitcher to stay with the Sox for "a few more weeks." Embree made his third appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, tossing a scoreless inning of relief while getting a pair of flyouts and a groundout.
Embree has tossed shutout innings in three of his four appearances, though he got touched for three runs in one-third of an inning in his other outing. In his four appearances, Embree has allowed three runs on two hits and five walks in 3.1 innings while striking out three.
Buffalo endured a Bruins storm in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to take the series lead after a 2-1 win at HSBC Arena in Buffalo on Thursday. Tuukka Rask made his first career playoff start and allowed two goals on 32 shots in the loss. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller stood tall against heavy Bruins pressure, making 38 saves in the win.
Thomas Vanek opened the playoff scoring with a strike in the first period and Sabres captain Craig Rivet added the game-winner in the second period. Mark Recchi scored his 51st career playoff goal on the power play in the second period.
For more on how the game played out, visit the Big Bad Blog.
Hip-hop star Jay-Z is suing Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz over a dispute over nightclub names. Jay-Z and his partner, Juan Perez, claim that Ortiz hurt the value of their "40/40" clubs (located in New York, Las Vegas and Atlantic City) by opening his own club, named "Forty/Forty," in the Dominican Republic.
"David Ortiz is fully aware of plaintiff's Manhattan 40/40 Club, since he had been a patron there on several occasions long before he opened his infringing Forty/Forty Club," said the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, according to a Reuters report.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Patriots' home opener against the Oakland Raiders, a team they should beat without too much trouble.
We check in with Peter King from SI/MMQB for our weekly look at the National Football League and more.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
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
Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Adrian Peterson.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys react to the Adrian Peterson news.
LeBron James will be starring in a movie as... LeBron James. TMZ reveals PHOTOS of Danielle Watts having sex with her boyfriend in broad daylight. Lolo Jones is an awkward, bad, excuse-making dancer.
We discuss the NFL's moves to put Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy on a 'reserve/Commissioner's exemption' list. Is it because of threats from paying sponsors? Or are the sponsors themselves bathing in hypocrisy?
We check in with the great Michael McCann for his insight on the latest legal developments for the NFL.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
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.
Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.More from this show