The Boston Celtics invited everyone who had ever picked up a basketball to their preseason training camp, so it comes as no surprise that they had to make some cuts with a week to go before the start of the NBA season.
Four players will be waived by Danny Ainge before the start of the season, including invitees Erik Murphy, Christian Watford, Tim Frazier, and Rodney McGruder. None came with any expectations of cracking the 15-man NBA roster.
Continue reading And Then There Were 16: Celtics to Waive Four Players, Bynum Next? »
Tags: Brad Stevens, Celtics, Danny Ainge, Maine Red Claws, NBA, Will Bynum
Chandler Jones could be sidelined a month due to a hip injury. Jones, a third year pro out of Syracuse, has been an every down defender for the Patriots and their top pass rusher this season with 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Jones played 84 of 87 snaps in last Thursday’s win against the Jets and first showed up on the injury report Tuesday morning. He had battled a shoulder injury earlier in the season, but did not miss any games because of it. The loss of Jones will leave a void at defensive end for the Patriots, who may look to fill the void from within or with their two newly acquired players.
The Patriots traded for Akeem Ayers on Tuesday from Tennessee and signed free agent defensive lineman Alan Branch, formerly of the Bills. Ayers is closer to Jones as far as skill set and position than Branch but neither one will be able to replace Jones’ production and ability to affect games from the edge. Branch will hopefully provide depth at defensive tackle, a position that has been a weakness for the Patriots through the first seven games of 2014. Continue reading Chandler Jones Out 1 Month With Hip Injury; Patriots Sign Alan Branch »
Tags: Akeem Ayers, Alan Branch, Chandler Jones, Patriots
The World Series is here. Kansas City has won eight straight games to start the postseason (an MLB record) while San Francisco has won nine straight postseason series. San Francisco sends NLCS MVP Madison Bumgarner to the mound, while Kansas City’s three-headed monster at the back of their bullpen forces opponents to take an early lead. A balanced set of bats for both teams make it difficult to plan for either.
For the final series, we’re introducing the scoring category of home runs hit by both teams combined in the final game of the series. Furthermore, all points are doubled! Ties will be broken by guessing the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game. Otherwise, scoring is the same:
- Picking the winner of each series is worth four points.
- Picking how many games each series will last is worth two points.
- Picking the MVP of each series is worth two points.
- Picking the home run total of both teams combined in the final game of the series is worth two points.
- Picking the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game is for tiebreaking purposes only. Combined ERA will refer to taking the total number of earned runs given up by both pitchers put together, then dividing it by the total number of innings thrown by both put together, then multiplying by nine to adjust for nine innings.
So with that out of the way, our World Series picks are below. Be sure to see how everyone’s doing, and come back once a champion is decided for the final results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series »
Tags: MLB Pick 'Em, MLB Picks, MLB Playoffs
It may not be Vincent Jackson, but hey, it’s a start.
The New England Patriots sent a sixth round pick to the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday in exchange for linebacker Akeem Ayers and a seventh round selection in the NFL draft. The deal is pending a physical.
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Tags: Akeem Ayers, Bill Belichick, Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots, NFL Trade Deadline, Tennessee Titans, Vince Wilfork
I thought, perhaps naively, that the disgrace and disgust of the 2014 Boston Red Sox season would end with Game 162.
I was wrong.
The reminders of the Red Sox season that (I wish) never was have been everywhere throughout the 2014 MLB postseason. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals, two non-playoff teams last year, both swept through the LDS round in a wide open American League. Now two wild card teams, the Royals and the San Francisco Giants, will square off in the World Series starting tonight. Excuse me while I go eat a couch pillow.
Then, of course, there are the ghosts of Red Sox past. Let’s check in with some of the more notable former players who donned the Boston uniform to see how they’ve fared – with other teams, sadly — this postseason:
Continue reading Where Are They Now? How Former Red Sox Have Fared in the 2014 MLB Postseason »
Tags: 2014 World Series, Andrew Miller, Baltimore Orioles, Jon Lester, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Playoffs, Red Sox, San Francisco Giants
Sunday the Red Sox began the process of turning the page to 2015 when they reportedly reached an agreement with hitting coach Chili Davis.
Davis had been with the Oakland Athletics for the last three seasons.
Continue reading Red Sox Reportedly Make Deal with Chili Davis for Hitting Coach »
Tags: Boston, chili davis hitting coach, Offense, Red Sox