According to a source familiar with the negotiations, compensation talks between the Cubs and Red Sox regarding an agreement to send GM Theo Epstein to Chicago are "progressing" this weekend, and it remains the case that "all parties expect a deal to occur." To date, the conversations between the clubs have taken the shape of a normal negotiation, in which the Sox are trying to maximize the value of their asset (Epstein) while the Cubs are seeking to part with as little as possible. Despite a report that the negotiations have been "increasingly contentious," the source suggested that the conversations between the two clubs remains civil and respectful.
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The Texas Rangers are going to the World Series for a second straight season, beating the Tigers, 15-5, in Game 6 of the teams' best-of-seven American League Championship Series.
Leading the way for the Rangers was outfielder Nelson Cruz, who set a postseason record with his sixth home run of the series. Texas also got two, two-run doubles from Michael Young in the hosts' nine-run third inning. Young added a homer in the Texas rout, collecting five RBI. The AL champs finished the clinching game with 17 hits.
The Rangers, who become the first repeat AL champ in a decade, will begin World Series play Wednesday against either St. Louis or Milwaukee.
Earning the win in relief for the Rangers was Alexi Ogando, who allowed just one hit while pitching the sixth and seventh innings. Detroit starter Max Scherzer lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up six runs while walking four.
Tim Thomas and Tyler Seguin came up big for the Bruins Saturday in Chicago as they defeated the Blackhawks, 3-2, in a shootout.
The Bruins never led in the game, but they broke their two-game losing streak with the help of Seguin, who's been big for them all season, and Nathan Horton, who had taken a while to get going on the young season.
Seguin scored the Bruins' lone shootout goal on Corey Crawford, with Thomas stopping Janathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.
Horton tied the game at 7:56 of the third period to give the Bruins late life and momentum, with the Bruins' other tally coming in the form of a shorthanded Chris Kelly Tally. The Blackhawks got their scoring from Bryan Bickell and Kane.
The win was the 300th of Bruins coach Claude Julien's career. The 2-3-0 Bruins will return to Boston, where they will face the Hurricanes Tuesday.
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According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com (via twitter), outfield prospect Brett Jackson is not part of the potential compensation package that the Red Sox will receive from the Cubs in exchange for releasing general manager Theo Epstein from the last year of his contract. Asked whether she knew what the Sox wanted in exchange for Epstein, Muskat said, "No. But do know #Cubs Brett Jackson is not in the package."
Jackson, 23, a first-round pick in the 2009 draft, split last season between Double-A Tennessee (where he hit .256 with a .373 OBP, .443 slugging mark and .816 OPS in 67 games) and Triple-A Iowa (where he hit .297/.388/.551/.939). The left-handed hitting Jackson had a combined 20 homers and 21 steals between the two levels.
The Sox and Cubs had struggled to find common ground in the early stages of the negotiations between the clubs, with the Cubs offering...
The Patriots announced Saturday they have signed defensive back Sterling Moore from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. In addition, the Patriots released defensive tackle Marcus Harrison.
Moore, 5-foot-10, 205 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots to the practice squad Oct. 5. He originally was signed by the Oakland Raiders as a rookie free agent out of Southern Methodist on July 28. He was released by the Raiders after training camp and spent the first few weeks on the Oakland practice squad before being released on September 26.
Harrison, 6-foot-3, 316 pounds, was originally drafted in 2008 by the Chicago Bears in the third round (90th overall) out of Arkansas. He was signed by the Patriots on Oct. 14. Harrison has played in 37 career games over three seasons with the Bears and has 55 tackles and 3.0 sacks.
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford join Kirk Minihane. They begin the show wondering and theorizing why the Patriots are playing Tom Brady in the third preseason game. They also delve into Bradfo's new house guestMore from this show