NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, one week after criticizing Brandon Meriweather for his hit against Ravens tight end Todd Heap, praised the Patriots safety responding to the League's crackdown on hits to the neck and head of defenseless players. Meriweather, who was fined $50,000 last week for his hit on Heap, leveled Chargers wide receiver Patrick Crayton with a hit below the shoulder on Sunday. Anderson lauded Meriweather's clean, aggressive play.
"We like to think we're off to a good start in terms of the new emphasis and the recognition that we are going to play aggressively but well within the rules," Anderson told the Associated Press. "It's a good start.
"Brandon Meriweather, specifically, last week we were appropriately calling him out and chastising him," he added. " Yesterday in the Patriots' game at San Diego, Meriweather made two very tenacious,...
WALTHAM -- Barring any unforeseen changes, Shaquille O'Neal will make his Celtics debut as the starting center on opening night against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
"Most likely Shaq, to be honest," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following Monday's practice. "We haven't officially announced it but most likely."
Rivers added that back-up centers Jermaine O'Neal and Semih Erden will both suit up and be ready to play. O'Neal has been playing with torn cartilage in his left wrist while Erden has a sore shoulder that Rivers indicated will take some "managing" to keep him healthy enough to play.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona felt mixed emotions about the departure of close friend and pitching coach John Farrell, who on Monday will be announced officially as the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. On the one hand, Francona was tremendously grateful for the chance to work with Farrell for the last four years, and thrilled for the opportunity that his friend will enjoy.
At the same time, the Sox skipper made clear that the loss of Farrell will be felt going forward.
"The fact that he was there, like a pillar, for four years, I feel really lucky," Francona told WEEI.com. “I don’t see where [having Farrell in the Blue Jays dugout] will help. That’s the one thing, I wish he was in a different division. We spend our whole life trying to find ways to win games. To face one of your best friends 18 or 19 times isn’t the most fun. Somebody is going to go home being mad. I hope it...
Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather stopped in for his weekly visit with the Dale & Holley show from Gillette Stadium on Patriots Monday. Meriweather said he wasn't surprised with Bill Belichick's decision Sunday to go for it on fourth-and-1 at midfield with two minutes remaining and New England holding a three-point lead over the Chargers. "That's coach," Meriweather said. "Coach is an aggressive coach, and that's what we love about him, the fact that when somebody else won't do it, he would."
After the Patriots were stopped the defense had to take the field, Meriweather said there was no disappointment. "We were saying, 'Man, it's time to play.' We were happy about it. We were like, 'All right, now we get to show everybody how good our defense really is.' And I think we did that."
Meriweather said he made the necesssary adjustments to avoid getting himself in trouble with the...
Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork called in to the Dale & Holley show for his weekly appearance on Patriots Monday. Wilfork said he's happy to leave San Diego with a win, no matter how ugly Sunday's 23-20 victory over the Chargers was.
"A lot of people look into it deeper than others," he said. "I'm one of the guys that just basically [says], 'A win is a win.' You take from that win things that happened in that game. In this game, we probably had a chance to close the door early, but we didn't. We allowed them to stay in the game. But at the end of the day, we got the 'W.' We made the plays that counted."
Added Wilfork: "It really wasn't a smart play by those guys jumping offsides on the field goal to push it back 5 more extra yards, to turn it into a 50-yard field goal. Who knows? That 5 extra yards could have made the difference for them. We cover situations in practice a...
Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley
Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.
We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
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.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
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.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk with Curt about the MLB playoffs, his future with ESPN and the reaction to Jessica Mendoza as his replacement.
Melrose joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk to discuss the upcoming season for the Boston Bruins and local prodigy, Jack Eichel.
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Matt Barnes of the Memphis Grizzlies drove 95 miles to fight Knicks head coach Derek Fisher over Barnes' ex-wife. Also, Skip Bayless is reportedly not very happy with how things are going over at First Take.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins Ordway, Merloni and Fauria to talk about the start of the NHL season and to give a little insight on the new additions to this Bruins team.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about last night's Cubs/Pirates Wild Card game and how they wish Joe Kelly could have a similar career path as Jake Arrieta. Also, Lou rants about how much he hates the one game playoff.
Dale, Michael and Jerry are live from the Harp for Bruins opening night and we're breaking down what to expect from the black and gold.
We close out the day with some of the best in sound that you may have missed out on.
We await opening night and talk B's with DJ Bean live from the Harp.
Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.
The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining
Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and TheMackReport.com preview all things Hockey East and take a look at Harvard as well. Nate Leaman, head coach of the defending national champion Providence College Friars, joins the show as well.
The New Age Insiders discuss attending WWE Monday Night RAW in Boston this past Monday, and dive into the recent overwhelming success of The New Day on WWE television. Follow us on Twitter at @NewAgeInsiders, @LiamNAI, and @BillNevilleNAI!
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