WEEI.com's Lou Merloni reports that after talking to Nomar Garciaparra, the former Red Sox shortstop is intent on playing in the majors for the 2010 season if the right the situation presents itself. Garciaparra said his calf, which has been hindering the 36-year-old for the past few years, feels better now than it has in quite some time. Garciaparra has talked to a few major leagues teams but is holding out for the right situation. He also has had conversations about potentially doing work with the MLB Network. Garciaparra played in 65 games with Oakland last season, hitting .281 with three homers. The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that Garciaparra was "widely expected to retire." For more Red Sox and MLB news, see the Full Count blog.
WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers spent nearly 30 minutes with Marquis Daniels and the second unit at the end of practice as he tries to help Daniels get back to speed in time for a possible weekend return to action. Daniels has missed 27 games since having ligament surgery on his left thumb. After several days of shooting and basketball-related drills, Thursday marked Daniels first practice back with the team. “It wasn’t a great practice for him," Rivers said. "We didn’t do a lot. We didn’t do really anything live so it wasn’t a great practice for him. Just trying to get him some rhythm, which is good.” Rivers added that he doubts Daniels will be ready to play against New Jersey on Friday but more likely set for a Sunday return against Orlando. For more, including video of Daniels at practice, visit the Green Street blog.
WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce spoke on Thursday for the first time since being diagnosed with a left mid-foot sprain that forced him to miss Wednesday night's game against Miami and likely will keep him out of action against New Jersey on Friday night. But the All-Star forward said he has reason to think he might be back by Sunday when the team takes on the Orlando Magic at TD Garden. “I can walk on it," Pierce said. "It’s just a basic mid-foot sprain. It’s not the end of the world. I’ve had worse injuries, to tell you the truth. And the good thing about it is I didn’t have to go into a boot. I’m still walking around on it. It’s just about the pain going away. It’s a sprain, but it’s not the worst sprain I’ve ever had.” Pierce said he definitely plans on taking part in the All-Star 3-point shooting contest and is hopeful for the All-Star Game itself on Feb. 14 at Cowboys Stadium. For more...
Boston College released its football schedule on Thursday. Highlights of the 2010 season include bringing Notre Dame and Virginia Tech to Alumni Stadium as well as beginning an eight-game series against Syracuse. The season opens on Sept. 4 against non-conference opponent Weber State.
For the full schedule, visit The BC Blog.
Celtics forward Bill Walker was invited to take part in the NBA D-League's Slam Dunk Competition on Friday, Feb. 12. The 22-year-old, who has shown an ability to produce highlight-reel dunks, has played in just seven NBA games this season while averaging 0.9 points per game. He has averaged 17.4 points per contest in nine D-League games for the Maine Red Claws.
However, in order to take part in the event, Walker would have to agree to be sent back to the D-League. Walker indicated to reporters at practice on Thursday that he does not plan to do so.
Trey Gilder of the Red Claws, who is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies organization, was invited to take part in the Shooting Stars competition.
For more details, visit the Green Street Blog.
Jarret Payton, son of NFL legend Walter Payton, joins MFB to breakdown the troubles in the Bears locker room, the team's struggles at home, and the upcoming match up against the Patriots.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price look ahead to Sunday's game against the Bears and what the Patriots need to do to contain dynamic running back Matt Forte.
We check in with SI/MMQB's Peter King for his weekly take on the Patriots and all things NFL.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
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.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the Bruins, the Johnny Boychuck trade, and the rest of the NHL
We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.
Brick talked about the emergence of Torey Krug as a solid D pairing with Seidenberg and how well the Power Play is playing. He contributes that to 2 different units competing. Brick also likes the versatility of Simon Gagne.
The guys discussed hockey's place on the American sports landscape.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Revis was absent from practice and the guys wondered if this was the first time.
Christian fails to prank Chicago radio, A Nun sings "Like a Virgin" and other lewd acts.
We discuss the breaking news that Darrelle Revis was sent home yesterday for being late to scheduled team activities. Was it the right move by Bill Belichick? We discuss.
We sit down for an extended look at his new book with the great Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
On this edition of Breaking Balls, Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss their producers' performance and take the Proust Questionnaire.
Sausage and Lumpy, the producers for the D&C show, recorded a podcast yesterday. They left A LOT of stuff on the cutting room floor. Luckily, MFB picked it all up and played the unedited version during the midday show. Kirk joined the show to discuss how hard it is working with Callahan and his two producers.More from this show
Full Tilt, Full Time #54 Tedy Bruschi talks to Dale and Holley about a record breaking night for Peyton Manning, and a tough win for the Patriots this past Thursday.More from this show