NEWPORT, R.I. -- Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal was asked after practice Wednesday about the prospect of winning a fifth NBA title with the Celtics in 2010-11.
"I have to get five for my sanity," said O'Neal, a three-time champion with the Lakers (2000-02) and a title winner with the Heat in 2006. "If I don't get five for my sanity I'll probably look at myself as a failure. I need five, I want to be up there with Jordan and Magic and Kareem and Kobe. I need to get five, and I definitely have to get five before the great Tim Duncan. Because that's who I'm competing against."
O'Neal was asked if winning a title with the Celtics -- the franchise with the most championship banners -- would mean more than the other four.
"I don't know about that, a win is a win," said the 15-time All-Star. "I'm just trying to be half the player of the great Bill Russell. I've got this...
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein joined the Dale & Holley show to offer his thoughts on the 2010 season.
"We're disappointed," Epstein said. "We're proud of the way the guys hung in there and played really hard to the end, but I'm disappointed that we're going to fall short of our goal every year to get to the postseason and do some damage in October."
Yet Epstein thinks that the Sox are not far away from returning to a championship-level club. "It adds up to an organization that's in really good position and not far away from a championship," Epstein said. "In fact we could very well win one next year and that's the goal."
Asked if he could identify one thing that went wrong, Epstein said, "It's always hard to identify one single factor. It definitely is multi-factorial. We felt like we had a really good team, a legitimate chance to be one of...
FOXBORO — Veteran running back Fred Taylor was among three who were absent for the start of Patriots practice Thursday afternoon. Taylor, who has been hobbled by a nagging toe injury, wasn't on the field for the portion of practice the media is allowed to watch.
In addition to Taylor, cornerback Terrence Wheatley and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur were also not present for the beginning of the session, which was held in shorts and shells on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium.
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FOXBORO — The Patriots have added running back Thomas Clayton to the 53-man roster and released offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka.
Clayton, 5-foot-11, 222 pounds, went to training camp with New England but was waived on Sept. 4. He signed to the Cleveland practice squad on Sept. 14. Clayton originally was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft out of Kansas State. After spending all of 2007 on the San Francisco practice squad, Clayton spent the first 14 weeks of 2008 as part of that unit until being signed to the active roster for the final two games of the season. He spent the 2009 season on injured reserve after getting injured during the preseason.
Ojinnaka, 6-foot-5, 295 pounds, was acquired by New England in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons for undisclosed draft considerations on Aug. 23. He is a veteran of four NFL seasons after originally joining Atlanta as a fifth-round draft pick out...
FOXBORO — Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes spoke Thursday morning at Gillette Stadium and for the first time addressed the sex tape that made national headlines shortly before the start of the regular season.
"I definitely was embarrassed, but we already addressed the issue so I'm just trying to move on," he said.
Although no disciplinary action was taken by the league against Spikes, the sexually explicit video reportedly resulted in Reebok dropping a proposed marketing deal with the rookie.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Recapping the evolution of the Deflategate witch hunt.
A compilation of all the trolls featured on D&C&M during Deflategate.
Kirk was The Breakfast Club's Donkey of the Day...
Former NFL running back Eddie George is upset that Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady's suspension and is speaking out, calling Tom Brady a cheater.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.
Adam Schefter joins the show to talk about the breaking news that Tom Brady's suspension has been overturned, and gives his inside opinion on the result.
Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann
Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
WEEI.com's Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss Tom Brady beating the NFL in court and the final roster cuts for the Patriots heading into the 2015 season.
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.