Following final approval from the NHL players association's executive board Thursday, the league has instituted a rule banning blindside hits to the head, effective immediately. The movement to hurry the rule into existence was spurred by Penguins foward Matt Cooke's hit that knocked out Bruins center Marc Savard. For the full story, click here.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Major League Baseball executed a preemptive strike regarding the Opening Night showdown between the Yankees and Red Sox. It told both teams to hurry up.
The Yankees (3:08) and Red Sox (3:04) were the two most deliberate teams in the majors last season, with all of big league baseball averaging 2 hours, 52 minutes. And with meetings between the two clubs often resulting in four-hour affairs, MLB has talked to both organizations about potentially trying to speed things up come Opening Day.
Jonathan Papelbon’s response: Why?
“Have you ever gone to watch a movie and thought, ‘Man, this movie is so good I wish it would have never ended.’ That’s like a Red Sox-Yankees game,” Papelbon said. “Why would you want it to end?”
Asked about having to potentially watch a movie in 30-degree temperatures, the closer...
Phil Hughes was named on Friday as the fifth starter for the New York Yankees, winning the job over Alfredo Aceves, Sergio Mitre and Joba Chamberlain.
"We evaluated the whole spring," manager Joe Girardi said. "I'm very excited with the changes in [Hughes'] changeup. To me, that made a difference in who he is. Our decision is for him to be the fifth starter, and all the other guys are competing to be in the bullpen."
Hughes made four appearances in Spring Training, striking out 10 batters against just two walks in 13 innings.
Chamberlain, who had an ERA of 16.20 in three games this spring, could emerge as the setup man in the New York bullpen.
FOXBORO — Patriots center Dan Koppen speculated Thursday morning that this might be his time to step forward and become more of a vocal presence in the locker room.
“I think everybody needs to do their part,” he said when asked about the state of leadership in the Patriots’ locker room. “Really, that just starts with doing your job and coming in here and working out hard every day and … people like myself who maybe haven’t been as vocal in the past, maybe I need to step up and get a little bit more vocal.
“I may not be the most vocal guy, but maybe that role will change a little bit. Hopefully, we’ll start that now.”
Koppen also said that quarterback Tom Brady — who was absent for the early stages of the offseason program — didn’t necessarily get a lot of grief when he showed up a couple of days ago.
We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday for his thoughts on the Patriots win over Minnesota, and what the Pats will face in the home-opener against the Raiders. Bill also declined to comment on the 'league-matters' including the Adrian Peterson case.
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.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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
After Saturday nights big win at home against USC, Coach Addazio joined the show to discuss how BC imposed their will on their will on USC, and how important it is for the region to care about college football.
At a concert this weekend, Kanye West ordered that the whole crowd stand up, and that the show would not continue until EVERYBODY was standing. He didn't realize the venue was wheelchair accessible, and that he was yelling at 2 disabled fans. Also Christian and Joey set the table for a karaoke showdown.
Julian Edelman had 6 catches and a TD to help the Pats even their record at 1-1. He spoke with Lou, Christian, and Tim to talk about Chandler Jones' lightning speed on the FG block return.
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday after win one of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
An impassioned Dale Arnold and Michael Holley discuss the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson, and how the Vikings wasted little time in reinstating him to active duty after sitting him for one week vs the Patriots.
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.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
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.
The Pats looked much better than they did against Miami. Chandler Jones had a huge game with a blocked FG that he returned for a TD. But how much of this victory was a result of how BAD Matt Cassel played, or the fact that Adrian Peterson was inactive?More from this show