Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters Wednesday that the team is “very close” to a contract with Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork and sounds optimistic that negotiations will wrap up soon. “We have a budget we've set for next year. Our first priority is with Vince,” Kraft told the Boston Herald from the NFL Scouting Combine. “I think we’ve had some positive discussions. We're very close. I hope we can conclude it soon.” Wilfork was franchised earlier this week, but when the decision was announced, both sides expressed hope they could ultimately reach a long-term deal. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Zach Parise scored two goals, including an empty-netter with 12 seconds remaining, to help lift the United States Olympic men's hockey team past Switzerland, Wednesday. The U.S. managed to get off 44 shots on Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller, while United States netminder Ryan Miller made 19 stops in earning the shutout. For a complete recap click here.
According to a report on the Dominican website noticiassin.com, a 16-year-old Dominican boy believes David Ortiz is his father and he wants the Red Sox slugger to take a paternity test to confirm it. Edward Bonifacio, who said he has been training in hopes of making the big leagues himself, told the website he heard people make comments about Ortiz being his father, and he confronted his mother. He said she admitted that the man he thought was his father was in fact his stepfather. Bonifacio, who insists his interest is not financial, said he has never had any contact with Ortiz but he has contacted people close to the slugger to ask him to take a paternity test. He said he went public with his situation because he has not been able to get a response from Ortiz.
Speaking to the North County (CA) Times, Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said that he hasn't engaged in any contract talks with San Diego to date (“There hasn’t been any talks about anything," he said), and that whatever deal he signs to extend beyond the 2011 season won't include any hometown discount. “At the time you take the security. … The next one is where I look for what I deserve.” The Red Sox has been identified as one of the teams thought to be interested in Gonzalez if the slugger becomes available.
WALTHAM -- The Celtics will likely be without Paul Pierce when they take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on Thursday night, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Pierce was kept out of practice on Wednesday to protect his injured right thumb. "I'm not going to say definitely but most likely not [Thursday]," Rivers said. "We'll just evaluate it day-to-day. I didn't want him to take a chance of getting his thumb hit at all in practice so that if he did feel good [Thursday] but if not, we'll just wait. We're just going to go a game at a time with him."
Asked if he were concerned that Pierce's thumb was anything more than a sprain, Rivers said likely not. "I would know if it's something else and it's not," he said.
Also missing practice on Wednesday was Marquis Daniels with flu-like symptoms. "We sent Marquis home. He looked awful so we'll see [Thursday] and...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
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.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
A full version of the Trade Deadline show hosted by Rob Bradford and Alex Speier. Featuring an interview with Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels.
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
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
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.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
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