Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, in town for the Red Sox-Yankees series and Fenway Park's 100th anniversary celebration, joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to discuss the Sox' slow start and the controversy surrounding new manager Bobby Valentine.
Valentine has come under fire for his handling of the team on and off the field. Rosenthal was asked if Valentine is different than he was a decade ago, when he was with the Mets.
"Right now I would saw the answer to that is yes," Rosenthal said. "I'm not talking so much about the media, because the [Kevin] Youkilis incident was quite comparable to some of the things that happened in the past with the Mets. But the game management is what has shocked me. … Part of that might be simply the adjustment after not managing in the majors since 2002 and learning your players. But the [Daniel] Bard decision and the [Franklin] Morales decision … those were scream-at-your-television...
Dwight Howard will have back surgery and miss the remainder of the Magic's season as well as this summer's Olympics. Howard, who has missed his team's last six games, is scheduled to have the procedure to repair a herniated disk Friday in Los Angeles.
"It hurts [emotionally]," Howard told ESPN. "That's the first thing -- it hurts. And then with people saying and thinking I'm quitting on my team. This is a real issue. I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse."
Meanwhile, the Howard-Stan Van Gundy feud apparently is back in gear, as an Orlando television station reported that Howard called team owner Rich DeVos and said he refuses to play for the coach next season.
Earlier this month, Van Gundy accused Howard of trying to get him fired. Howard denied that accusation and the two met with general manager Otis Smith and declared a truce.
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Alexander Semin rifled a wrist shot past Tim Thomas with just over a minute left in the second period for a power-play goal to lift the Capitals over the Bruins, 2-1, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The series is tied, 2-2, with Game 5 set for Boston Saturday afternoon. Rookie goalie Braden Holtby stopped 44 of 45 shots, including a flurry in the final seconds, for his second win of the series.
Despite dominating the Capitals, 14-3 in shots, the Bruins could only manage a 1-1 tie after one period. The Captials took the lead just 1:22 into the game when Marcus Johansson broke in with Brooks Laich on a 2-on-1 rush. Johansson beat Thomas for his first of the playoffs. The Bruins responded when Rich Peverley took a pass from Gregory Campbell and beat Holtby for his second of the playoffs at 13:12 of the opening period.
The Bruins again dominated shots in the first five minutes of the second period, outshooting the Caps...
The Celtics will acquire free agent center Sean Williams on Friday, according to a league source Thursday night. The 25-year-old Williams, who was waived by Dallas last month, would replace the injured Jermaine O'Neal, who would be waived.
Williams, a Boston College product, would join the Celtics this week, and would be eligible for postseason play. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Williams averaged 3.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 8.1 minutes in eight games this season with the Mavericks.
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Celtics team president Danny Ainge, in his weekly interview on WEEI's The Big Show, addressed the Yahoo! Sports report that a deal was in place sending Ray Allen to the Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo and a draft pick, saying while discussions occurred, Allen was never told he had been traded as the report suggests.
"Lets put it this way," Ainge said, "the one thing I will say is Ray knew he might be traded, but never did I confirm that he had been traded."
The report also stated Doc Rivers had a conversation informing Allen that he was dealt to Memphis, and then 20 minutes later told the deal had fallen apart. However, just as Rivers said on Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning, Ainge denied any conversation telling Allen he was traded happening.
"I don't think it ever got to a point...
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.
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. It's book review Tuesday with Kirk, Gerry, and Trenni. Dan Le Batard insinuated Boston is racist.
Hour 2. Trenni takes on Gerry. Headlines with Kirk. SNL's tribute to Obama was sad.
Hour 1. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the attention Brady's interview received. ESPN's political policy is constantly violated.
ESPN radio host, Dan Le Batard, opened his show hurling insults at Boston radio hosts and Boston listeners. Le Batard then said "I hope we lose the affiliate-ship in Boston." Those comments were walked back later in the show.
Peyton Manning is scheduled to speak at a Republican retreat, with Donald Trump and Mike Pence, for the purpose of mapping out the Republican agenda. The guys predict significantly less outrage when this QB buddies up with the president.
Glenn, Lou and Christian pick apart a piece from Seth Walder (New York Daily News) who isn't satisfied with Tom Brady's explanations about his friendship with Donald Trump.
Dale, Holley and Keefe check in with Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater after the Patriots advance to Super Bowl 51.
Dale, Holley and Keefe check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis of the AFC Championship win.
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 Trenni Wednesday on the K&C show
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a Patriots Monday after a Patriots AFC Title game win and a Tom Brady appearance with Kirk & Gerry.
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
Hour 1. The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, which means Kirk and Gerry are going to Houston. Tom Brady joins the show.More from this show
Hour 2. Albert challenges Kirk and Gerry. Headlines with Kirk covers the Women's March.More from this show