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Bill Belichick relays compliments to Patriots players through the media

FOXBORO, Mass. — If New England Patriots players wants to hear a compliment from their head coach, they’ll have to search their name on Google. Bill Belichick doesn’t directly hand out praise to his players, though he’s quick to give acclaim when asked by the media. Belichick raved about Rob Gronkowski in his press conference Wednesday, but the big tight end isn’t hearing...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Practice Report: Ryan Wendell Misses Third Straight Session

FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s looking highly unlikely New England Patriots interior offensive lineman Ryan Wendell suits up Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wendell missed his third consecutive practice as he deals with an “illness.” No further details are known about Wendell’s condition. David Andrews likely will start at center, while Shaq Mason and Josh Kline started...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

John Harbaugh Glosses Over Patriots In Explaining Origin Of Ravens’ Trick

The Baltimore Ravens took a page out of the New England Patriots’ playbook Sunday against the Oakland Raiders by using a trick formation similar to the one used by Bill Belichick and Co. during last season’s AFC divisional round clash. It worked, as Baltimore scored its first touchdown of the season. But John Harbaugh, who denounced New England’s strategy as “clearly deception”...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Brady’s Jersey Sold More Than Any Other Player Through Two Weeks Of Season

It seems that anyone who doesn’t have a Tom Brady jersey is making sure they grab themselves a No. 12. ESPN.com reported Thursday that the New England Patriots quarterback continues to have the NFL’s top-selling jersey. According to the report, Brady’s jersey sold more than any other player through the first two weeks of the NFL season. Patriots spokesman Stacey James told...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football 2015 Week 3 Waiver Wire: Best Last-Minute Pickups

Week 3 starts Thursday night with the New York Giants hosting the Washington Redskins, and fantasy football owners are running out of time to fill holes on their roster through the waiver wire. Here are some good last-minute pickups for fantasy owners. Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns: McCown should only be added if you’re desperate and have no other options. However, he does...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots sign LB Jonathan Freeny to one-year extension

Jonathan Freeny must have made a strong impression on the New England Patriots in his first months with the team. The Patriots signed the linebacker to a one-year contract extension, according to NFLPA records. Freeny, who originally signed a one-year deal with the Patriots in March worth $1 million, will earn a $1 million base salary in 2016. The extension includes a $500,000...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Manny Machado Rips Jonathan Papelbon For ‘B.S.,’ ‘Coward Stuff’ (Videos)

Jonathan Papelbon is ticking people off again. Papelbon, who’s no stranger to ruffling feathers, found himself on the receiving end of more criticism Wednesday night after he was ejected in the ninth inning of the Washington Nationals’ 4-3 loss for plunking Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Machado hit a two-run, go-ahead homer off Max Scherzer in the seventh inning...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Super Pick ‘Em: Week 3 Locks Include Panthers, Steelers, Jets

Two weeks in, and Tom Brady’s Emails has steered you straight more often than not. NESN.com’s entrant into the Westgate SuperContest, as part of Team OddsShark, posted its second straight winning record in Week 2, going 3-2 against the spread. When added to the opening week’s 4-1 mark, TBE now sits tied for second in the Team OddsShark standings — and our experts are starting...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Curt Schilling Again Puts Massachusetts Home On Market For $2.35M (Photos)

Curt Schilling is trying to sell his Massachusetts home — again. Schilling’s Medfield estate is back on the market, according to Realtor.com. The former Boston Red Sox ace is looking for $2.35 million for the 26-acre property, described by listing agent Bridget Graham as “its own retreat.” Schilling attempted to sell the home last year but wasn’t able to close the deal...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

David Lee, Amir Johnson Pickups Add Leadership To Young Celtics (Podcast)

Believe it or not, the Boston Celtics are just over a month away from the start of a new season. It was a busy offseason once again for the C’s, who re-signed Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko, traded for David Lee and picked up Amir Johnson in free agency. The Celtics also got Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. And after a trip to the playoffs...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Week 3 TV Schedule Maps: AFC East Clash To Be Seen Late In New England

New England Patriots fans will have a nice little Sunday. Patriots fans will get to see their team play (and likely beat) the Jacksonville Jaguars as part of Week 3’s early slate. The Patriots-Jaguars tilt can be seen at 1 p.m. ET on CBS. After that, those in New England will see two Patriots AFC East rivals — Buffalo and Miami — square off in Florida. Meanwhile, most of the...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Week 3 ‘Thursday Night Football’ Starts, Sits Advice

The Washington Redskins and New York Giants kick off Week 3 of the 2015 NFL season by resuming their NFC East rivalry Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. It’s also time for fantasy football owners to look at their teams and begin making the tough decisions on which players to start and sit for the week. Here’s some advice on which players to start and bench from Giants-Redskins...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Blake Swihart Is A Catcher, And He’s Not Moving

Blake Swihart wasn’t even supposed to be here. The 23-year-old rookie backstop was thrust into the spotlight in April, when multiple injuries to the Boston Red Sox’s expected catchers created a void. One of the top prospects in the farm system, there were high hopes, but lower expectations. In stretches Swihart has met those expectations — exceeded them, even — and in others...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello Deserved Better In Loss, But Is Building Toward Bigger Goal

Rick Porcello’s outing Wednesday will go down as a loss in the box score. It’ll say he pitched into the eighth inning and collapsed, surrendering three runs after making it 6 2/3 innings without allowing any. But the “L” simply isn’t enough to accurately describe the transformation on display at Fenway Park in the Boston Red Sox’s 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: LeBron's son imitates King's famous celebration

If you didn’t know any better, you would think that LeBron James’ son, Bryce, invented the famous chest pound celebration. James recently captured his son reenacting his favorite celebration and posted a video of it on Instagram. Does this mean Bryce is going to take some baby power and throw it in the air while his father is cooking dinner? Who knows, but maybe once...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: WWE Fan Gets 10 Days In Jail For Jumping Into Ring (Video)

Sunday’s WWE “Night of Champions” pay-per-view will be one to forget for one fan. Oscar Ramirez, 37, of Houston, will spend 10 days in jail after he jumped into the ring during Sunday’s live event, according to PWInsider.com. A six-man tag-team match featuring Roman Reigns and Chris Jericho was about to take place when Ramirez hopped into the ring and stared down Reigns...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Fail To Help Rick Porcello With Support In Loss Vs. Rays (Video)

It was a rough night at the plate for the Red Sox on Wednesday. Rick Porcello pitched seven-plus solid innings, but the Boston lineup failed to give him much run support in its 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. “He was just mixing his pitches well with his speeds, especially with his breaking ball and his offspeed,” third baseman Deven Marrero said on “Red Sox...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tour Championship Preview: Jason Day, Jordan Spieth Vie For FedEx Cup

Jordan Spieth used to be a lock for Tour Player of the Year, but Jason Day is making a strong closing argument. That debate will be settled once and for all when the 2014-15 PGA Tour season comes to a close this weekend at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta. But that’s far from the only storyline surrounding the final leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Here’s...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wrap: Daniel Nava Spoils Rick Porcello’s Gem, Rays Win 6-2

BOSTON — Rick Porcello bounced back nicely from his previous start, a loss at Toronto, but it was all for naught. Former Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava opened a scoreless game in the seventh inning, and it was all downhill from there. Boston’s bullpen fell apart in the eighth and ninth innings, while Tampa Bay Rays starter Drew Smyly and four other Rays relievers combined to...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Buccaneers, Bengals Among Teams With Cringe-Worthy Uniforms In NFL (Photos)

There have been plenty of terrible uniforms over the years, to say the least. Every professional sports league has teams that just don’t get the hint. It seems as if some organizations like to be known as the team with the terrible uniform, and which is certainly the case in the NFL. Terrible uniforms are needed, though. They give fans laughs and good discussion topics. Also...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Steelers, Cowboys Help Define ‘Swag’ With Top Six Uniforms In NFL (Photos)

A famous office discussion is, “Who has the best uniforms in the NFL?” Year after year, football fans talk about which team is the best dressed on Sundays. Some say “this team has the best helmet” or “that team has the better socks.” No matter what, it’s all a matter of opinion, but it sure is fun to debate. A team’s uniform is a symbol of pride, joy, resilience...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Sam Kennedy: Red Sox ‘Looking Forward’ To Start Of 2016 Season (Video)

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Red Sox. Boston started off the year struggling on the mound and at the plate, but that all changed in August thanks to its younger players. “A lot has happened and I think we are ready to look forward to 2016,” incoming team president Sam Kennedy said on “Red Sox Gameday Live. “There’s so many exciting things happening on the...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Honor Yogi Berra With Moment Of Silence At Fenway Park (Photos)

The baseball community lost a legend Wednesday when news that New York Yankees great and Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra had passed away at the age of 90. Everyone from Boston Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo to Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien weighed in on the loss, and in turn the Red Sox honored Berra with a moment of silence at Fenway Park before Wednesday’s game against...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Gary McAllister: Dejan Lovren, Roberto Firmino Injured In ‘Awkward Landings’

Gary McAllister admits Liverpool felt a degree of “relief” after edging past Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup but the first-team coach remains certain that performances will improve as the season progresses. The Reds needed a penalty shootout to see off their League Two opponents, who defended doggedly despite the hosts laying siege to their goal after Danny Ings’ opener...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Torey Lovullo Never Met Yogi Berra But Says ‘He’s Going To Be Missed’

Countless Yogi Berra stories have poured out from around the Major League Baseball community Wednesday, and though Boston Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo never met the New York Yankees legend, news of his passing brought back fond memories. “Unfortunately I never met Yogi, but he is such a great part of the game and he’s going to be missed,” Lovullo said before Wednesday’s...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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