The Patriots are the fifth most-valuable franchise in the world, according to the latest edition of Forbes. Compiled by the magazine using a variety of sources, the magazine assesses the overall value of the team at $1.36 billion, which puts them behind only the legendary soccer team Manchester United (first at $1.83 billion), the Cowboys ($1.65 billion), the Yankees ($1.6 billion) and the Redskins ($1.55 billion). For more on the Patriots, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
ESPN baseball writer Buster Olney was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about possible trade deadline moves around the league.
"Corey Hart might be a good fit for the Red Sox," Olney said, speculating that the Sox could have interest in the Brewers outfielder. David DeJesus of the Royals is another player rumored to be on the Red Sox' radar. "He certainly is an attractive player, and I know the Red Sox like him ... but there's no question they're going to bidding against other teams," Olney said, including the Padres as one such team.
Olney said the Sox' AL East rivals also will be busy as the July 31 deadline approaches. "The Yankees are going to get better," he said, noting that New York is working to improve its bench, with plans to improve the pitching as well. As for the Rays: "I do think they're going to add a bat," he said, noting that Tampa...
On the heels of its announcement that it's returning the Heisman Trophy awarded to Reggie Bush, USC is rewriting its record books to reflect the sanctions handed down by the NCAA. The school will add "about 100 asterisks" to its media guide with an explanation that the teams' accomplishments in the mid-2000s were "later vacated due to NCAA penalty." Meanwhile, the Downtown Athletic Club is trying to decide if it should remove Bush as the official winner of the 2005 Heisman. Read more about that, plus get an update on the Don Mattingly-umpire controversy from Tuesday night, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
Paul McGowan scored the decisive goal in extra penalty kicks as Celtic F.C. defeated Sporting Club de Portugal before 32,162 in the inaugural Fenway Football Challenge Wednesday night at Fenway Park. McGowan's goal came just moments after Liedson's shot went over everything and into the right field grandstands, giving Celtic the 6-5 edge in penalty kicks.
Helder Postiga's header in the 82nd minute lifted Sporting Club de Portugal into a 1-1 draw in regulation. Diogo Salomao just missed moments earlier, hitting the crossbar on a header, drawing Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska out of position and allowing Postiga to knot the match.
Georgios Samaras scored on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute to give Celtic the lead in the first Fenway Football Challenge.
Samaras, who played for Greece in the recent World Cup, had several chances in the first and second half before getting tripped by Anderson...
Former Red Sox manager Ralph Houk has passed away at the age of 90.
Red Sox spokesman Dick Bresciani said that Houk died in Winter Haven, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon.
Houk managed the Red Sox from 1981-84, posting a record of 312-282. He won the World Series in 1961 and '62 with the Yankees in his first two years as a manager, and won another AL pennant the next season. He also managed the Tigers from 1974-78.
Houk won 1,619 games in his 20 years as a major league manager, good for 15th on the all-time list.
He played parts of eight seasons as a catcher for the Yankees, appearing in 91 games from 1947-54.
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On Patriots Friday we check in with the hall of famer, the great 88, the playmaker Michael Irvin to preview Pats @ Dallas and look around the NFL.
Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley
Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after the Bruins 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the season opener. Ken Laird anchors from the WEEI.com Podcentre
WEEI Bruins reporter DJ Bean joins Ken Laird in the WEEI Podcentre to answer six pressing questions about the B's in advance of Thursday's season opener at the Garden
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
Florio on the NFL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
What would you ask Roger Goodell?
After joking around with Graig Murphy, who challenges Christian to a stand-up comedy showdown, Glenn and Christian face Lou about the rumors in the Boston Globe that Lou should be the new play-by-play broadcaster for the Red Sox radio broadcast.
Jeb Bush had an interview recently where he was asked if he ever smoked weed with Bill Belichick and Ernie Adams, who were all classmates in high school. Also, Christian tries to prank call Dallas restaurants and fails miserably.
The Colts and Texans had another pathetic game on Thursday Night Football where Ryan Mallet took himself out of the game and Matt Hasselbeck filled in for an injured Andrew Luck. The guys give their reaction and can't believe anyone could pull themselves out of a game the way Mallet did.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Bruins opening night loss, and whether this will continue or we'll see the team improve when the defense gets healthy.
We close out the week with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed out on... plus the return of LaRoy on the microphone...
Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.
The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining
Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.
Full disclosure we recorded this episode just before the official announcement. Ben and Russ talk the coaching situation in Liverpool, Revs playoffs chances, and Sepp is suspended.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and TheMackReport.com preview all things Hockey East and take a look at Harvard as well. Nate Leaman, head coach of the defending national champion Providence College Friars, joins the show as well.
Salk doesn't think batting the ball should be a big story, he cried twice at that game.More from this show
We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.More from this show