INDIANAPOLIS -- Tight end Rob Gronkowski was the only member of the Patriots who did not practice on Wednesday, as he remained sidelined with an ankle injury he suffered in the AFC championship game. The Patriots also had 10 players who were listed as limited. Here's the complete report:
Did Not Practice
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (flu/back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
LB Tracy White (abdomen)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
OT Matt Light (flu)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
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According to a major league source, the Red Sox continue to talk with free agent starters Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson about the possibility of signing with Boston for 2012. However, the source said, neither pitcher appears close to a deal to join the team. The source characterized a report that the team was "most likely out of the picture" on Jackson as inaccurate.
Oswalt, 34, was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA, 93 strikeouts and 33 walks in 139 innings in 2011, a season in which he was sidelined for a time by a back injury. He is 159-93 with a 3.21 ERA in his 13-year career. Jackson was 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 199 2/3 innings (31 starts), striking out 148 and walking 62 in 2011, a season in which he was traded from the White Sox to a Cardinals team that ended up winning the World Series. The 28-year-old right-hander also has prior...
While his team plays through a terrible stretch, Magic center Dwight Howard has been telling reporters in various cities that he wouldn't rule out signing anywhere when it's expected that he will opt out of his contract and becomes a free agent after this season.
That may have raised a flicker of hope in places like Chicago and Boston, but the Orlando Sentinel reports that Howard's list of preferred trade destinations remains New Jersey, Los Angeles (the Lakers) and Dallas. The Nets have already offered a trade package revolving around injured center Brook Lopez, while the Lakers could offer Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol. It's unclear what the Mavs could offer.
The Celtics don't have much in the way of trade unless Orlando suddenly decides that it needs Rajon Rondo, but that wouldn't get it done on its own. The Bulls actually could...
Boston College announced its football recruiting class Wednesday, national signing day. Frank Spaziani's 16-player crop is not highly regarded, but the Eagles did fill some holes.
"We evaluated these 16 players the same way we evaluated the six BC alumni playing in the Super Bowl," Spaziani said at an afternoon press conference to announce the signings. "We use the same system."
Added Spaziani: "Fans should be excited about this class in they are young, energetic, talented, and they fit the mold [of BC student-athletes]."
The most heralded recruit is Win Homer of Christchurch, Va., a 6-foot-5, 245-pound offensive lineman. Steven Daniels, a linebacker from the same Cincinnati school that produced Luke Kuechly, comes on board after spending a semester prepping at Worcester Academy.
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WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was absent from the team's practice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena with a lower body injury after catching a rut late in the third period of Tuesday's win over the Senators.
Coach Claude Julien said that McQuaid came back to the bench "a little shaken up" after the play. The team hopes McQuaid can return to the ice Thursday against the Hurricanes, but it seems the defenseman's status is up in the air.
"He got injured last night, so we just felt that it was better to keep him off the ice today," Julien said after Wednesday's practice. "We'll reevaluate his situation tomorrow morning."
The Bruins will be getting defenseman Andrew Ference back from a three-game suspension Thursday, so in the event that McQuaid is unable to go, the B's would not need to call a defenseman up from Providence.
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Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.
HOUR 4 - How many big-games does Tuukka Rask have to miss before guys like Bergeron and Marchand call him out for it? Also, Belichick skips the coach's breakfast, the Raiders are headed to Las Vegas, Kirk rips "The Baseball Show" and Dale, Holley and Keefe rip the Whiner Line.
HOUR 3 - LaVar Ball joined ESPN's "First Take" again on Monday, and brought his NBA-bound son, Lonzo, with him. Unlike his father, Lonzo says all the right things, and is good at basketball. The guys also discuss Lonzo Ball's poor performance against Kentucky, and wonder if that will affect his draft status or his general perception by fans. Also, Dino is selling that house we heard so much about, at Miromar Lakes.
HOUR 2 - The Celtics are tied with Cleveland for 1st place in the East (although Cleveland has 2 games in hand) and are poised for a top 3 pick in the draft. "FiveThirtyEight" says the Celtics have a better chance than the Cavs of winning a championship. Also, the guys discuss Devin Booker's 70 point game, and how some of the Celtics players were chirping him about it.
Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.
Mostly angry fire from Bruins fans this hour, with a little NCAA mixed in as well.
Three topics on the table in hour #2 of Freestyle Friday
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
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