In the fifth installment of WEEI.com's NFL mock draft, contributor D.J. Bean has slotted Clemson defensive end/outside linebacker Ricky Sapp as the player the Patriots are projected to land with the 22nd overall pick. Bean writes of Sapp: "Nothing has changed since Sapp turned in one of the better defensive performances at the combine, yet mock drafts have slowly been pushing him down toward the second round, a classic case of reader beware. If teams were high on Sapp back then, there is no way they are lower on him now. His knee is good and he has great speed for his size. The Patriots also had a private workout with Sapp on Tuesday." The current list also has somewhat of a shakeup in the draft's top five spots. To see the entire mock draft, go to the It Is What It Is blog by clicking here.
The NHL is trying to adopt a rule barring blindside hits to the head — such as the one that knocked out Bruins center Marc Savard — before the end of this season, instead of waiting until the offseason, as initially indicated at last week's general managers meetings. Read more about that, plus get links to the day's top stories, videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.
WEEI.com has confirmed via league sources that the Patriots held workouts Tuesday with a pair of BYU players, fullback Manase Tonga and tight end Dennis Pitta. A 6-foot, 238-pounder, Tonga gained 166 yards on 40 rush attempts (3.7 yards per carry), as well as 271 yards receiving on 30 receptions as a senior. Pitta, a consensus All-American tight end, is 6-foot-5 and 247 pounds, and was a finalist for the prestigious John Mackey Award, given to the nation's premier tight end. As a senior, he caught 62 passes for a team-leading 829 yards on the season, including eight touchdown passes. The news was originally reported by the National Football Post. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Michael Ryder and Patrice Bergeron each scored their 16th goals of the season and Mark Recchi moved into a tie for 22nd on the NHL's all-time goal scoring list with his 560th career goal as the Bruins ended their season-long seven-game road trip with a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh on Tuesday night. Bergeron had to be helped from the ice with just under three minutes left after taking a Mark Stuart slap shot to the inside of the right knee. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog.
UConn survived a major scare from visiting Northeastern but held on to win 59-57 in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament Tuesday night. Matt Janning led Northeastern with 17 points, while UConn's Jerome Dyson had a game-high 18 points. Late in the contest, fifth-seeded NU pushed out to a six-point lead (54-48) when Chaisson Allen hit 1-of-2 free throws, but fourth-seeded UConn went on an 11-3 run to take command. A late 3-point attempt from Northeastern's Baptiste Bataille was off the mark at the buzzer, ending the upset bid. For more, click here.
Greg and Steve give their final thoughts and predictions for what is about to go down at MetLife Stadium today.
Curran calls the guys to discuss the game today and gets into the effect of having no Edelman. He talks about Amendola's role, the Pats running game and more.
The boys give the list of inactive players for the Pats today and what they mean for today’s game. They also look ahead to what is on the horizon for New England.
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Curtis spoke with some nut jobs outside the courtroom.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Jeff Goodman discussed the Rondo trade.
Christian quizzes Lou and Tim on which songs were used for torture by the CIA, and Tim is upset he couldn't remember Team America: World Police
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins MFB to discuss Jim Harbaugh rumors, Rex Ryan's future, and why the Patriots may be better served by not wraping up the number one seed in the AFC this week
Christian shares what he believes will be the three keys to this Sunday's game against the New York Jets
We check in with the playmaker, the hall of famer Michael Irvin for a look at the NFL and all things Patriots as they prepare to face the Jets.
Dale and Michael discuss the trade of Rajon Rondo, and whether it ultimately was a good deal for the Celtics.
We break down Rex and the Jets vs the Patriots with CSNNE's Tom E Curran
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
Jen Royle joins the show to talk about The Taste and what its like working with amazing chefs and how her personality is going over with viewers.
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins MFB to discuss Jim Harbaugh rumors, Rex Ryan's future, and why the Patriots may be better served by not wraping up the number one seed in the AFC this weekMore from this show
Dale and Michael are live on the air as the Rondo deal goes down.More from this show