The Patriots have just announced they have signed linebacker Thomas Williams to the practice squad. Williams, 6-foot-1, 237 pounds, was originally a fifth-round draft pick by Jacksonville out of USC in 2008. He appeared in six games for the Jaguars as a rookie. Williams was waived by Jacksonville prior to the start of the regular season and spent time on the Seattle and Houston practice squads this season. For more Patriots news, check out our blog, It Is What It Is.
Tim Thomas gets the call in net tonight for the Bruins while the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins counter with Marc-Andre Fleury. Center David Krejci is taking part in warmups and is expected to make his return after missing the last two games with the H1N1 virus. For complete coverage throughout, visit the Big Bad Blog and our in-game Twitter console.
CHICAGO -- Speaking at Tuesday's media session during the general managers meetings, former Red Sox assistant GM and current Padres GM Jed Hoyer stopped short of talking too much about Adrian Gonzalez' future with the Padres, but he did say that he has spoken to Gonzalez’ agent, John Boggs, as well as Gonzalez.
“We’re going to try and start a dialogue soon, obviously once that dialogue starts we’re not going to comment on it, but we are going to start that dialogue,” said Hoyer, who hadn’t met Gonzalez before being introduced at Petco Park just before being introduced as GM.
Hoyer also agreed that the exhaustive research the Red Sox did in targeting Gonzalez at last season’s trade deadline helped him get a head start when it came to knowing the ins and outs of the first baseman.
“I think so. Certainly, he’s one of those players everybody knows. He...
WALTHAM -- The Celtics are regarded as one of the deepest teams in the NBA. That depth is well-represented on the NBA All-Star ballot that was released on Tuesday by the league. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo are on the ballot as guards, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are on the ballot as forwards and Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace are on the Eastern ballot as centers. The Celtics are the only team in the NBA with two centers on the ballot. The 2010 NBA All-Star Game will be played at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, before an expected crowd of more than 80,000 on Feb. 14. Balloting will continue through Jan. 18. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
CHICAGO -- No member of the Red Sox came away with an American League Gold Glove this season, marking just the second time in the last five years that the Sox have come up empty in that department. Jason Varitek won one in 2005, Kevin Youkilis in '07 and Dustin Pedroia in '08. Detroit's Placido Polanco prevented Pedroia from winning his second straight Rawlings Gold Glove, claiming the award for the second time in his career. First-time winners included Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones and White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. Two Yankees claimed Gold Gloves: shortstop Derek Jeter (his fourth) and first baseman Mark Teixeira. Other winners included the Angels' Torii Hunter, Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, and Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer.
Christopher Price, WEEI.com spoke with the guys about the new NFL drug policy and what it means for certain players in the league. He also spoke about the importance of getting Danny Amendola involved in the offense. The Patriots are still trying to find the BEST way to utilize Chandler Jones. And rookie Raiders QB Derek Carr is a bit of a wild-card heading into Sunday's match up.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Patriots' home opener against the Oakland Raiders, a team they should beat without too much trouble.
We check in with Peter King from SI/MMQB for our weekly look at the National Football League and more.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.
The Orioles seemed to have a lot of fun last night clinching the AL East. Buster said the biggest problem for Boston this year was the offense production dropping so dramatically in one year. Bogaerts, Pierzynski, and Bradley Jr. are the most obvious culprits. Also, Buster surmises that the Red Sox front office has to be a little uneasy with the fact that their best offensive player, David Ortiz, is in this LATE 30's.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Adrian Peterson.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys react to the Adrian Peterson news.
LeBron James will be starring in a movie as... LeBron James. TMZ reveals PHOTOS of Danielle Watts having sex with her boyfriend in broad daylight. Lolo Jones is an awkward, bad, excuse-making dancer.
We discuss the NFL's moves to put Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy on a 'reserve/Commissioner's exemption' list. Is it because of threats from paying sponsors? Or are the sponsors themselves bathing in hypocrisy?
We check in with the great Michael McCann for his insight on the latest legal developments for the NFL.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.More from this show