Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster was fined $20,000 for a hit on Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco in a preseason game last Thursday, according to a Tampa television station.
The shot, which took place in the first half of last Thursday's game, drew a flag for unnecessary roughness, but Ochocinco tweeted shortly after the game that he would pay any fine that Foster incurred. (That led to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello telling Pro Football Talk that Ochocinco wouldn't be allowed to pay on behalf of Foster, saying each player must pay their own fine.)
However, in the wake of Wednesday's news, the Patriots receiver tweeted that he didn't agree with the decision, and that he'd be "reimbursing him personally." The was no immediate word from the NFL on what it plans to do if Ochocinco writes...
Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday, discussing the recent performance of John Lackey and the struggles of Carl Crawford. He also offered his thoughts on the Texas Rangers, a team the Sox continue a four-game series with on Wednesday night and a potential postseason opponent.
Francona praised the bullpen of the Rangers, which has been bolstered by the addition of Mike Adams and Koji Uehara.
"Those two guys are both really good," Francona said. "The Adams kid from San Diego, he's kind of one of the few guys I'd put in Bard's league right now. He gets lefties and righties out. Uehara, the league is hitting about .140 off of him, I'm talking about left and right-handers. So you add two of those guys to a bullpen that already has [Neftali] Feliz and guys like that, they get a lot more deep and a lot more dangerous."
John Lackey allowed four runs in 6.2 innings to collect the win on...
David Ortiz will be back in the Red Sox lineup on Wednesday, manager Terry Francona confirmed in his weekly interview on The Big Show. The designated hitter was cleared to return after he ran without any issue prior to Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
Ortiz is 3-for-7 with a walk in eight career plate appearances against Rangers start Matt Harrison. With a left-hander on the mound for Texas, Darnell McDonald will get the start in right field, while Josh Reddick will sit.
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FOXBORO -- Rookie running back Shane Vereen returned to Patriots practice on Wednesday for the first time since Aug. 3 as the team continues to get more and more players back from minor injuries.
New to practice was offensive lineman Mike Berry, a rookie free agent signed Wednesday. Berry, at 6-3, 316 pounds, originally signed with the Patriots on July 27 as a free agent from Auburn and then was released on Aug. 3. Nate Solder, after missing Tuesday, returned on Wednesday, as did safety Josh Barrett and tight end Lee Smith.
Albert Haynesworth was back on the practice field for a second straight day as the Patriots prepare for the Lions Saturday in Detroit in their third preseason game.
Missing again was linebacker Brandon Spikes, as were Stevan Ridley, Leigh Bodden, Kevin Faulk, Malcolm Williams, Jeff Tarpinian, Dane Fletcher, Marcus Cannon, Ryan Wendell, Brandon Deaderick, Jermaine Cunningham, Ron Brace and Mike Wright....
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady said Wednesday he's hardly shocked by the latest predictions coming from Jets camp that this will finally be the year the Jets win the Super Bowl.
"The Jets? Yeah, well, we've heard that for a few years so it's always... you don't ever hear us talking too much about that," Brady said with a smile on Wednesday at the press room podium.
"I think there's a long ways to go between now and the regular season. We've got a very important preseason game coming up and all these preseason games are important for us. It's so far away at this point."
The Patriots have outscored their opponents 78-26 in rolling to a 2-0 preseason record so far. They take on Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions this Saturday night at Ford Field in Detroit.
"We've got other things on our mind," Brady added, before being asked if he pays particular attention to the moves the Jets in the offseason.
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.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Rob Bradford sits down with new Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina to discuss the behind-the-scenes scenario that led him back to the Red Sox, the ins and outs of his job, and his take on the comparison between his former player, Mike Trout, and Mookie Betts.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox catcher, and newly-named ESPN analyst, David Ross to break down the good and the bad when it comes to the two Super Bowl teams' fans. Ross, who grew up near Atlanta and played for the Braves, offers examples of what separates the fan bases. He also adds some interesting insight into how close he came to not retiring at the end of the 2016 season.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Darrelle Revis has gotten himself into a lot of trouble in Pennsylvania. Red Sox ownership holds a press conference from Spring Training.
Hour 3. Mut's history as a radio host is revisited. Kirk's latest podcast features some in depth talk about radio in Boston with Glenn Ordway.
Hour 2. The guys discuss whether the Patriots should consider trading Jimmy Garoppolo. President Trump held an interesting press conference.
Lou says that Rob Bradford is wrong when talking about Mookie Betts beating the shift and maybe joining him on his podcast to talk about it. Lou also ask Christian what happened to him yesterday during the segment with Rob and how Christian seemed to disappear.
John Karalis of RedsArmy.com joins Lou and Christian to talk Celtics and the twitter beef between him and Lou. They also talk about how money doesn't get you what it used to when talking Horford's max deal and the Sandoval's contract
Jovn calls in from Malden to talk about the foul call on Marcus Smart from last night game and saying it was the right call. But being a ref himself he is used to taking the abuse from fans and Lou suggest we should go out and hug a ref.
Holley and Keefe discuss the Celtics loss in Chicago and the tough foul call on Marcus Smart that basically handed the Bulls the victory.
With All-Star weekend and the dunk contest upon us, Keefe and Holley discuss the NBA's current best dunkers, plus our top 5 all-time greatest dunk artists.
Keefer Madness is back, and a strange pet saves the friggin' day. Plus LAROY Streat is back on the mic.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Michael Holley for the first time on the podcast. Kirk and Michael have hosted shows together in the past but have never had a candid conversation about WEEI. Kirk and Michael talk about Holley's career in radio, his best selling books, and what his assessment of the current WEEI is. There are a lot of interesting behind the scene nuggets for anybody who has listened to WEEI over the years. This episode is brought to you by hellofresh.com. For Enough About Me listeners go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code kirk35 for $35 off your first week of deliveries.
On this weeks episode of the WEEI SoccerCast Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the demolition of Barcelona and Arsenal, if the Gunners should fire Wenger, and if the Revs made a good trade?
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the week with a review of Thursday and Friday's K&C shows.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey breakdown the Avengers: Infinity War Featurette. Plus an extended "This Week in #DORK" covering DC directors, Legion, The Walking Dead and more.