Patriots offer free exchange of Hernandez jerseys

Posted by Robert Burgess June 28, 2013 03:33 PM

If you have an Aaron Hernandez jersey and you're not sure what to do with it -- now that the former star tight end has been charged with murder -- the Patriots have a solution.

A free jersey exchange program will be held July 6-7 for any fan looking to swap a No. 81 jersey purchased at the Patriots ProShop at Gillette Stadium or at PatriotsProShop.com.

“We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys but may not understand why parents don’t want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore,” said team spokesman Stacey James in a statement. “We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player’s jersey will be well received by parents.”

There is a limit of one exchange per customer.

For more details and restrictions, visit patriots.com.

Report: Nets seek Garnett, Pierce

Posted by Robert Burgess June 27, 2013 01:23 PM

The Nets are pursuing a trade that would send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Nets package could include Gerald Wallace, Tomike Shengelia, Kris Humphries, and three first round picks, a source told Yahoo! Sports.

Garnett would have to waive his no trade clause, and both Celtics greats would have to agree to work under the new coach of the Nets, Jason Kidd, a longtime Boston rival who retired at the end of last season.

Watch: Andrew Ference erases playoff beard

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff June 25, 2013 02:48 PM

In a bit of cinematic magic, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference "shaved" his playoff beard Tuesday, posting a Vine with the caption, "Time to get ready for next year."

Aaron Hernandez loses endorsement deal

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff June 21, 2013 01:53 PM
Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has lost one of his endorsement deals as a result of the ongoing investigation into the death of one of his acquaintances.

CytoSport, which makes Muscle Milk and other training supplements, ended its relationship with Hernandez.

"In light of the investigation involving Aaron Hernandez, CytoSport is terminating its endorsement contract with Mr. Hernandez, effective immediately," the company said.

While Hernandez's page on the company's website has been removed, he was seen wearing a hat with the Muscle Milk logo on Friday.

In April, Hernandez agreed to endorse Puma. According to ESPN, the company declined to discuss its relationship with Hernandez on Friday.

Report: Rivers/Garnett to LA deal awaits Clippers owner's approval

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff June 20, 2013 07:50 AM
The Clippers are pushing for owner Donald Sterling to approve a deal that would send Celtics coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The report says the Clippers management was to meet with Sterling Wednesday and move on completing a deal today.

On Wednesday night, a day after negotiations on the deal were declared "dead" by Celtics president Danny Ainge, talks resumed.

The deal would send Garnett to LA in exchange for center DeAndre Jordan, and the Celtics would release Rivers from his contract in exchange for two first-round draft picks.

According to Wojnarowski, the talks received new life after Clippers guard Chris Paul got involved by telling the team he would be more likely to re-sign with the Clippers if the Rivers-Garnett deal was completed.

"Doc is taking the job to coach Chris Paul," a league source said in the Yahoo! report.

NBA source: Celtics-Clippers talks back on

Posted by Robert Burgess June 19, 2013 06:34 PM

The Clippers have reached out to the Celtics to restart trade talks, Globe NBA writer Gary Washburn is reporting.

An NBA source told Washburn that the Clippers are determined to get a deal done.

"We'll see if they sweeten the pot for the Celtics," Washburn Tweeted. "Here we go again."

If the Celtics have to look for a new coach, they are likely going to look young and consider someone like Miami assistant coach David Fizdale, Washburn said.

The Celtics and Clippers had been discussing a deal involving Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett until team president Danny Ainge called the deal "dead" on Tuesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski, columnist for Yahoo! Sports/NBA Insider, first reported on Wednesday that talks had begun again. Wojnarowski reported that Clippers free agent Chris Paul nudged his team to give the deal another try.

Privately, Clippers officials are optimistic, sources told Wojnarowski.

Report: Patriots' Hernandez questioned in possible homicide investigation

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff June 18, 2013 06:32 PM
Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was questioned by police in connection with the discovery of a dead body in North Attleboro, Sports Illustrated is reporting.

The report says Hernandez is not considered a suspect in what is being treated as a possible homicide, but that he does have a connection to the dead person, described as a 27-year-old Boston man. The report also says a vehicle rented in his name may be evidence in the case. Police are also seeking to search Hernandez's home.

The body was discovered by a jogger less than a mile from Hernandez's home.

Watch: Jimmy Fallon sings 'Tebow, Tebow'

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff June 13, 2013 09:52 AM

Late night host Jimmy Fallon has checked in with another parody song aimed at Patriots backup quarterback Tim Tebow, debuting "Tebow, Tebow" on Wednesday night's show.

Fallon's "Tebowie" character sings in the style of David Bowie and adds new lyrics to Bowie's tunes. Wednesday's used the music from "Rebel, Rebel," while an earlier version was to the tune of "Space Oddity."

White House tweets support for Blackhawks

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff June 12, 2013 08:02 PM

Just hours after appearing in Boston to stump for Senate hopeful Ed Markey, President Barack Obama voiced his support for his hometown hockey team in the Stanley Cup Final via the White House's official Twitter account.

Rex Ryan approves of Patriots adding Tim Tebow to roster

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff June 11, 2013 11:30 AM
While Patriots coach Bill Belichick had little to say about bringing quarterback Tim Tebow to New England, Jets coach Rex Ryan was more than happy to share his thoughts.

Ryan, who coached Tebow last season before the Jets released him in April, acknowledged at the beginning of his news conference at the start of the team's minicamp that he expected more questions about former players than current ones.

But he said he wasn't concerned by the Patriots' move.

"If they want to replace [Tom] Brady with him, that's fine," Ryan quipped.

"It's not a surprise to me that Tim would be picked up," Ryan said. "Obviously, as I said before, you know, tremendous young man. Very competitive. So, I'm happy for him, and look forward to competing against him."

'NESN Sports Today' to replace 'NESN Daily'

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff June 10, 2013 03:20 PM

NESN is making a programming change, swapping out "NESN Daily" for a show called "NESN Sports Today". The new show will debut Tuesday. It will air nightly at 10 p.m. or immediately following Red Sox and Bruins coverage.

“We want to give New England viewers a live, fast paced, nightly sports show that goes beyond opinions or scores with highlights,” NESN’s vice president of programming & production Joseph Maar said in a press release.

In November 2012, NESN added three new anchors/reporters by hiring Adam Pellerin, Leah Hextall, and Jamie Erdahl to team with Jamison Coyle. The show will feature appearances from NESN regulars like Don Orsillo, Jack Edwards, Tom Caron, Dennis Eckersley, and more. It will air in 30-minute blocks from 10 p.m. until midnight. A "best of" edition of the show will run following morning between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. and again between noon and 2 p.m.

Belichick says he doesn't hate Tim Tebow

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff June 6, 2013 04:15 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick once hosted Tim Tebow for a pre-draft visit in 2010. He has praised the quarterback during Tebow's three years in the NFL and has tried to stay away from conversations about him since he became a free agent.

But Belichick and Tebow have continued to be tied together since that first visit in 2010, when they were spotted at a restaurant in the North End. And the ties have only grown since Josh McDaniels returned to the Patriots fold. McDaniels drafted Tebow while he was the head coach in Denver.

So it was interesting to hear that Belichick "hated" Tebow as a player in a report by Yahoo! Sports.

From the report:

And while there's plenty of media chatter that Tebow could land with the Patriots (whose offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, was the man behind the Broncos' decision to draft Tebow in the first round), my organizational sources tell me that's very unlikely to happen, with one going so far as to say that Coach Bill Belichick "hates" Tebow as a player. As for the prospect of employing Tebow as a change-of-pace quarterback — and asking Tom Brady to come off the field in those situations — the source says, "No chance. Plus they wouldn't like the circus that comes with it."

Belichick has disputed that claim, telling ESPN Boston it is "completely untrue":


"Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported."

Tebow is still available, if the Patriots are interested.

Watch: Thunder frightens Red Sox, Yankees

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff June 3, 2013 08:43 AM

Both the Red Sox and the Yankees got a good scare in their dugouts as they waited out a rain delay in the third game of their weekend series on Sunday. A huge thunderclap startled players in both dugouts, and had some scurrying for the clubhouse.

Watch it in MLB's video above.

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