At the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Saturday, there was a presentation of a study that analyzed officials' calls in all the major sports. The results indicate that referees do indeed swallow their whistles in close games and show favoritism toward star players. Read more about that, plus get links to the day's top stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
Free agent cornerback Leigh Bodden touched down in Houston Sunday night for a meeting with the Texans, and had plenty to say. Fox 26 TV in Houston was the first to chase him down, and he appeared excited about the possibility of being wooed by the Texans.
“I think it’s great having a team like the Houston Texans being interested in me,” Bodden said in an interview at Houston’s Hobby Airport. “I’m just going to go here, meet the coaches, and hopefully everything goes good.”
Bodden called the free agency process “kind of nerve-wracking,” but added that, “it is what it is. It’s part of the business. ... Hopefully I can get things done with the Texans and just move on.”
Bodden, who said he had other visits planned, also talked a little about the Patriots, saying he hasn’t closed the door on a potential return to New England.
Ray Allen hit consecutive 3-point field goals in the final two minutes, including the go-ahead trey with 17.1 seconds remaining, as the Celtics survived the lowly Washington Wizards, 86-83, on Sunday night at TD Garden. The Celtics won their fourth straight, their longest streak since winning 11 straight from Nov. 22-Dec. 14. Trailing by 13 with just over six minutes remaining, the Celtics put on a late charge. They scored 10 straight to cut it to a three-point game with 2:57 remaining. Rajon Rondo then converted a layup and Allen drained a 3-pointer to put Boston up, 82-81, 1:33 remaining, capping a 16-2 run. Allen finished with a game-high 25 points and was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. The Celtics play in Milwaukee on Tuesday before returning home for a game against Memphis on Wednesday. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog.
There will be at least one New England team in the NCAA tournament this year.
Corey Lowe scored 24 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:33 remaining, and fourth-seeded Boston University knocked off top-seeded Stony Brook, 70-63, in the semifinals of the America East tournament Sunday night in Hartford.
With its first win over Stony Brook in three tries this season, BU (19-12) advances to play at Vermont Saturday at noon for a berth in the NCAA tournament. It marks the Terriers' first appearance in the title game since 2003. They last made the NCAA tournament in 2002.
BU used a 15-0 run late in the first half to build a 16-point cushion, and the Terriers took a 37-24 lead into the locker room. But Stony Brook (22-9) fought back and had a 56-52 lead with five minutes remaining before Lowe sparked a game-deciding 9-0 run.
Lowe also had five steals for BU, while...
After missing Friday's game in Philadelphia with a hip injury, Tony Allen was cleared to play on Sunday by trainers and head coach Doc Rivers. Allen said he is still getting a combination of massage, stimulation, ice and heat treatment on the hip, which he said was still "not 100 percent." Meanwhile, Rivers held newcomer Michael Finley out of the game after Finley arrived in Boston Saturday night just after 8 p.m. He took part in team meetings and a shootaround Sunday afternoon at the Garden but is expected to practice with the team first before making his likely debut on Wednesday at home against Memphis. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog.
Christopher Price, WEEI.com, was at the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady press conferences today. He spoke w/ MFB to talk about the upcoming game at home against the undefeated Bengals.
Tom Brady discussed the blowout loss.
We check in with Full Tilt, Full Time Tedy Bruschi for his take on the poor play of the New England Patriots, and where they go from here.\
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 Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
DJ Bean, WEEI.com, joined the guys to talk about the Bruins signing two young stars to 1-year contracts.
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
The guys opened the show discussing the coaches less than amicable conversation with Dale & Holley.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Tom Brady discussed the blowout loss.
A bill in California has been signed into law, banning stores from using plastic bags. A Canadian football player talks trash into a hot microphone shortly before an in-game interview. The FCC is looking to ban the word "Redskins" from television and radio.
The fallout from Monday night continues as former Tedy Bruschi criticized Tom Brady's play over the first 4 games. The show re-visits Rodney Harrison's comments from yesterday, specifically, that Brady is "scared to death" in the pocket.
A less than chipper Bill Belichick joins Dale, Michael and Steve DeOssie the day after the Patriots got blown out on Monday Night in KC.
The big nose tackle joins Dale and Holley the day after one of the worst losses in recent Patriots history.
We check in with Full Tilt, Full Time Tedy Bruschi for his take on the poor play of the New England Patriots, and where they go from here.
Mut and Chris Villani are talking about the issues the Patriots defense faced against the Kansas City Chiefs, particularly in the running game.
The Patriots seemed to have no answer for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mut and Price talk about how the Patriots were exposed in all aspects of the game.
Mut is in for Mikey and Chris Price of WEEI.com is in with him. The guys talk about the Patriots defense, inability of the offense to stay on the field, and coaching adjustments or lack thereof.
Ben and Russ break down some rumors surrounding Real Madrid and Manchester United. Also on the docket is the MLS and your New England Revolution.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Gerry's passionate defense of Tom Brady, going to lunch and clock issues in the third edition of Breaking Balls.
Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
Tom Brady discussed the blowout loss.More from this show