Following Sunday's announcement that Syracuse and Pittsburgh will be leaving the Big East for the ACC, there are rumors that UConn wants to follow, with Rutgers speculated to be going as well. UConn president Susan Herbst preached patience but added: "It is my responsibility as president that we stay in constant communication and be actively involved in discussions with our counterparts from around the country to ensure the successful long-term future of our university's athletic program."
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Speaking after the Rays' 8-5 win over the Red Sox in the teams' series finale Sunday at Fenway Park, Tampa Bay outfielder Johnny Damon explained how his team is feeling heading into the last 1 1/2 weeks of the regular season, behind in the Wild Card chase by just two games.
"We know what we're up against. We know how cool of a story this will be," Damon said. "We don't want this to slip through our fingers. We want to attack this and try and make our own history."
Damon, of course, was part of the most historic comeback in postseason history when the 2004 Red Sox fought back from a 3-0 deficit to win their best-of-seven American League Championship Series against the Yankees. He also realizes the irony that with the Red Sox now 4 1/2 games in back of first-place New York, and with the Rays having to play the Yanks seven more times, it would behoove Sox fans to cheer for their biggest rivals.
"They do have to...
FOXBORO -- For the second straight week, the Patriots defense made a key, game-changing goal line stand. And for the second week in a row, the offense responded with a 99-yard touchdown scoring drive after Jerod Mayo and Patrick Chung stopped Mike Tolbert at the Patriots 1 in the second quarter.
"We said ever since training camp that the goal line has to be ours," Mayo said. "That mental toughness really shows up down there."
Last week, the Patriots stopped the Dolphins at the 1 in the fourth quarter and Tom Brady hit Wes Welker for a 99-yard touchdown pass on the next play. This week was Mayo reading a key in the Chargers' defense.
"[Randy McMichael] motioned over and he's their run-blocking tight end and they had a heavy guy on that side as well, so I knew if they we're going play-action, they would play-action to Gates' side and throw the ball to him but on that side there really was no pass...
Following the Red Sox' 8-5 loss to the Rays on Sunday, second baseman Dustin Pedroia was blunt in his assessment of the team and its situation.
"We're not going to sit back and feel sorry for ourselves," Pedroia said. "Nobody's going to give us anything."
The loss gave the Rays a 3-1 series win and puts them just two games behind Boston in the wild card standings with 10 games remaining in the regular season for each team. The Red Sox are 4-13 in the month of September after posting an 83-52 record in the regular season leading up to this month.
"We're happy as [expletive]," Pedroia said. "We've got a two-game lead with 10 to go. We're ready to go. We just haven't played real good. We're not going to sit back and feel sorry for ourselves because we're playing like crap. Nobody's going to give us anything."
Boston is dangerously close to dipping down to .500 in the second half...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady picked up where he left off Monday night, throwing three touchdowns and passing for 423 yards while the defense forced four turnovers and made a pair of big first-half plays to lead the Patriots to a 35-21 win over the Chargers Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Brady, who completed 31-of-40 passes, became the seventh player in NFL history with more than 400 yards passing in consecutive games and the first ever to follow a 500-yard game with a 400-yard effort.
Deion Branch had another huge game, catching eight passes for 129 yards while Rob Gronkowski caught two TDs for the Patriots, who won their 10th straight home opener. Brady found both of his tight end targets for first half touchdown passes as he completed 20-of-23 passes for 240 yards in the first half. Brady also connected with Chad Ochocinco on a pair of big plays, one for 15 yards, setting up a 14-yard TD pass to Aaron Hernandez in the back of the end zone. Ochocinco added a...
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.