The Red Sox and Josh Beckett announced the completion of a four-year, $68 million extension that will keep the pitcher in Boston through the 2014 season on Monday afternoon. There is little question that, had Beckett reached the open market after 2010 (presuming that he stayed healthy), he could have seen more guaranteed years and money in a deal. The five-year, $82.5 million deals signed by both Sox teammate John Lackey and Yankees starter A.J. Burnett suggest as much.
Yet Beckett made clear that he had no reservations about the possibility that he was not seeking every available guaranteed dollar.
“I guess I look at it differently than most people do. A lot of people look at what you could lose, or what you lost. I look at what I gained here,” said Beckett. “I gained four years more of stability knowing that i’m going to be in an organization that’s going to put a competitive team out...
Tiger Woods made his much anticipated press conference at Augusta National on Monday to clear some of the air with the media regarding the scandal that has turned the world's No. 1 golfer's world upside down. Woods started off by apologizing to the fans, the players on the PGA Tour and also to his family for the hurt he's caused with the all of the sexual allegations that have come to light over the past few months.
"What I've done over the past years has been just terrible to my family," he said. "That's my responsibility. I did it and I take full responsibility for it. As I've said, winning golf tournaments through all of this is irrelevant compared to the damage that I've caused."
Woods said he was nervous in regards to a reaction from the galleries during his Monday practice round, but he was overall very happy and relieved with the response.
"I didn't know what to...
The NHL announced on Monday that Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week. Rask posted a 2-1 record with a .055 goals-against average, .977 save percentage and had one shutout in four appearances. Rask shutout the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday and claimed and overtime win against Toronto on Saturday for the two wins. Rask leads all NHL goaltenders with a 1.96 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
Montreal's Jaroslav Halak was named the First Star and Anaheim's Saku Koivu picked up the Second Star.
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The Red Sox will hold a press conference this afternoon at 3 p.m. to announce a four-year, $68 million deal for pitcher Josh Beckett. Beckett will receive a $5 million signing bonus and annual salaries of $15.75 million over the 2011-2014 seasons.
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In Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com, former Patriots wide receiver Donte' Stallworth recounts the events of March 14, 2009, when he hit a man with car, causing the man's death. Stallworth, who was charged with DUI, served a brief jail sentence and received a one-year suspension from the NFL. Stallworth says that he did not feel like he was driving impaired, and he explains in detail what happened when he saw the man was crossing the busy highway.
Stawllworth also says he received a text from Tom Brady on the day of the accident. It read: "A lot of people know the kind of person you are. You're a good person."
For more on this story and other Patriots news, check the It Is What It Is blog.
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
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.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
A caller strongly disagreed with Callahan on Indiana's RFRA law.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing the latest news on Boston 2024.
Ryan Spooner joined the show to talk about the B's turning it around as of late, how he lost the fear to make a mistake, the chemistry he's experiencing with the other young players, and more.
Since it's April Fools day, it would make sense to have Christian prank call a friend about his gun ownership.
The picked up an important win last night over the Panthers, keeping ahead of Ottawa for the 8th seed. Andy Brickley called the game last night for NESN and talks about Tuukka's performance and some other items he picked up.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Sox and perhaps their biggest hole in this line-up.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the day.
Points in important games, wins in more important games... it seems like the Bruins are back up again at the right time of the season.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Kirk Minihane joins the show to talk about the Celtics and their chances in the playoffs and how to continue the rebuild. Michael Holley also challenges Minihane to a game of one on one.
Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
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