According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox had initially asked Josh Beckett to include a medical contingency in the pitcher's contract, with the team offering an increase in the financial terms in exchange for the clause. Ultimately there was no such contingency put in place in the four-year, $68 million contract extension agreed on by Beckett and the Sox, with the physical examinations administered by both the team and the insurance company ending up being satisfactory enough for the team to secure protection via insurance if it decided to go that route.
"We have outstanding health reports. … All the testing now is better than it’s ever been. The commitment that we made today demonstrates that," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "We kind of put our money where our mouth is. He’s a guy who is insurable. He’s someone who we count on to be as healthy as he’s...
Duke edged Butler, 61-59, in the NCAA championship game Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kyle Singler had 19 points to lead the Blue Devils, who held their breath as a halfcourt heave at the buzzer from Butler's Gordon Hayward was just barely off the mark. Hayward and Shelvin Mack each finished with a team-high 12 points for Butler. For the full story, click here.
Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo reportedly is closing in on a decision regarding the school's new basketball coach.
According to an ESPN story, Dayton's Brian Gregory spoke with DeFilippo but declined to visit for an interview. With Richmond's Chris Mooney pulling out on Friday after signing a contact extension to remain with the Spiders, that appears to leave it a three-horse race between Cornell coach Steve Donahue and former BC assistants Ed Cooley (now at Fairfield) and Bill Coen (Northeastern).
Multiple reports indicate Donahue is the favorite. The 47-year-old has spent 10 years at Cornell, turning the Big Red into an Ivy League powerhouse (three straight titles) after starting his tenure at the upstate New York school with six straight losing seasons.
Coen, who turns 49 on May 3, interviewed with BC on Monday. Cooley, a 40-year-old and the only New England native (Providence) of...
Brooks Laich poked in a loose rebound just 44 seconds into overtime as the Washington Capitals claimed a 3-2 overtime win against the Bruins at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Monday night. The game-winning goal came on the power play as Dennis Wideman was whistled for a high-sticking penalty just 24 seconds into the five-minute overtime. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog.
John Lackey, set to make his Red Sox debut on Wednesday vs. the Yankees, joined The Big Show on Monday afternoon to talk about his first start in a Sox uniform and why he chose Boston as his landing spot. According to Lackey, the Red Sox' heralded shoulder program was a big reason why he signed a five-year deal with the Sox in the offseason.
"Teams do their research on players and as a player and a free agent I did my research on teams, and that's something that I heard a lot about," said Lackey, who has been bothered by elbow problems in the past. "With their arm strengthening programs and their injury prevention programs, it's definitely out there in the league that guys know about it. It's definitely a selling point of this organization."
Lackey said he has noticed a difference in the Red Sox shoulder program compared to the one he followed during his career with the Angels.
We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
Michele discussed the heart wrenching testimony of Bill Richard.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing the latest in the Marathon Bombing trial.
Adam Schefter of ESPN talks about where Darrelle Revis might end up, Vince Wilfork's release and the future's of other Patriots free agents.
The guys talk about a passionate Eagles fan's reaction to the McCoy trade, a story about Mike Tyson and Harrison Ford's plane crash.
The guys talk about Claude Julien's thoughts on shoot outs and Lyndon Byers from WAAF stops by to set up a challenge between Christian and the BC Women's Hockey Team.
Michael, Dale and Jerry reflect on the career of Vince Wilfork with the Patriots, and wonder if it's really final... whether there's any chance at all that Vince could return to the Patriots.
Michael and Jerry talk about the Celts win last night, and a great play drawn up by Brad Stevens for the win.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how losing Wilfork's salary cap hit might be part of a bigger plan to hang on to Darrelle Revis and others.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
With a work stoppage averted the MLS season gets underway and we preview it all. Ben and Russ make predictions for the Revs and the expansion teams.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
We discuss Curt Schilling's outing of the internet trolls who thought rape jokes were appropriate to direct at his daughter, and we discuss it with you, on how this isn't just a sports issue, it's a societal issue.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Kirk share some more stories from their wild nights in Fort Myers and they also mix in a little baseball.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Kirk are joined by Rob Bradford, Gordon Edes and Steve Buckley to forecast the 2015 campaign.More from this show