Former Celtics coach and current University of Louisville mentor Rick Pitino told ESPN.com that a report in the New York Daily News suggesting he had reached out to the management of the New Jersey Nets, having intermediaries contact Nets president Rod Thorn regarding the teams head coaching position, are false. "There's not an ounce of truth to it," Pitino told ESPN.com's Pat Forde. Pitino went on to say, "I have no interest, period. I'm done with coaching professional basketball. I've put the professional ranks behind me." According to the ESPN report, sources within the Nets organization told the ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that Pinto may have used third-party contacts to get word to the Nets' incoming owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, of the coach's potential interest.
According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox are no longer in the mix for the services of pitcher Hisanori Takahashi, who the New York Times is reporting is on the verge of an agreement with the New York Mets. The Sox had offered the Japanese lefty a minor league deal, with the opportunity to compete for a spot in the team's bullpen. According to the Times report, Takahashi, who has been a starter for most of his professional career, will be eligible to make $1 million for the 2010 season with the Mets, with another potential $500,000 in bonuses.
According to Jerry Colangelo, who was, along with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, charged with forming the 27-person pool of players to potentially play for Team USA, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo showed no interest in being added to the list of players under consideration for the squad. "Rondo was not responsive to the inquiries regarding his interest," said Colangelo, who said along with Andrew Bynum, three or four unnamed players declined the invite. “So we just assumed that was the case.” The U.S. team is loaded at the point guard position, with Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Chauncey Billups all being selected to the pool. Jason Kidd declined the invite, as he retired from international competition after the 2008 Beijing Games with a gold medal. The only Celtics player to be selected for consideration was center Kendrick Perkins....
Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Super Bowl and the Patriots' offseason plans. Asked about the Patriots' decision not to name coordinators, Schefter said: "I think Bill Belichick is smart enough to know what he can and can't handle."
Regarding the Patriots' immediate plans, "They've got some real needs," Schefter said. "They need to re-tool." Asked about the wide receiver situation, Schefter said: "I expect that the Patriots are going to make some type of move for a receiver this offseason," although he said he doubted it would be either Denver's Brandon Marshall or Arizona's Anquan Boldin, two veteran wide receivers who Schefter said will be traded. Added Schefter: "Last year [the Patriots] had an interest in drafting a wide receiver in the first round. They explored the idea of going after Percy Harvin. They knew that...
There's a water fountain controversy in Cleveland, where the Cavaliers removed their arena's bubblers this season, claiming it was for health reasons and not an attempt to get fans to pay for drinks. The city just found out about it and stepped in, noting that the team violated the building code. Read about that, plus get updates on the day's top stories, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
The guys give their final thoughts and predictions leading up to the 1pm matchup with Detroit.
Tom E. Curran gives his thoughts on what will go down today at 1pm against the Lions at Gillette.
The NFL Sunday guys try to figure out what exactly is going on in the NFL and which teams are legit contenders vs pretenders.
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.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.
The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!
BC's head coach joined the show to preview the Florida State game.
Rodney Harrison previewed the Patriots and Lions with the guys.
The top stories of the as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Detective Fauria tells us the infamous gloryhole story from VICE squad and other stories Christian's past.
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill show . Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.
We check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin for his weekly update on all things NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how the Pats will do against the Lions this weekend.
Michael and Dale discuss Jonas Gray's tardiness, and try and predict how the running-back will respond and make up for his error.
We talk with Tom E Curran and debate whether or not the Patriots current performance is more reminiscent of the 2004 or 2007 Patriots.
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.
The guys opened the show discussing the Raiders win over the Chiefs.More from this show
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station WDFN's Shep in the Morning Show. Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.More from this show
Michael and Dale discuss the return of LGB, and how the move really wasn't that surprising to begin with.More from this show