Gronkowski, Amendola will not play Sunday

Posted by Robert Burgess September 28, 2013 04:27 PM

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola will not play in Sunday's matchup against the Falcons.

Globe writer Ben Volin had reported on Friday that a source said New England planned to use the two players on a limited basis during the game.

But on Saturday, Volin posted via Twitter that his source said "things changed over night," and that Gronkowski and Amendola, both recovering from injuries, did not travel to Atlanta.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the players did not make the trip.

The two players had been listed as questionable on the latest injury report.

Earlier on Saturday, the Boston Herald reported Gronkowski's family has reservations about rushing the tight end back too quickly.

Frozen Fenway 2014 official schedule released

Posted by Staff September 26, 2013 04:13 PM
Fenway Sports Management has announced the official schedule for the Citi Frozen Fenway event this year.

An ice rink built inside Fenway Park will host hockey games and community skating events from Sunday, Dec. 28, to Sunday, Jan. 13. It includes seven high school hockey games, two free community skate days for Boston residents, and nine men's and women's college hockey games.

One new feature for this year's Citi Frozen Fenway is a ramp in center field that will be used for sledding and tubing. The ramp will be open on both December 29 and January 1 -- the two open skate days.

The full schedule:.

December 28: Division I Men’s Atlantic Hockey Association Game
6:30 p.m. College of the Holy Cross vs. Bentley University

December 29: Mayor Menino’s Community Skate Day
This free, day-long public skating day will be open to City of Boston residents, courtesy of Mayor Menino and Citi. Information on tickets will be available through the Mayor’s office in the coming weeks.

December 31: Public and private boys and girls high school hockey games
10:15 a.m. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School vs. Boston Latin School, boys
12:15 p.m. Hingham High School vs. Duxbury High School, girls
2:30 p.m. St. John’s Preparatory School vs. Malden Catholic High School, boys

January 1: Mayor Menino’s New Year’s Day Community Skate

January 2: Division I Women’s College Hockey Game
3:30 p.m. Northeastern University vs. Harvard University, non-conference

January 4: Hockey East Doubleheader
4 p.m. Merrimack College vs. Providence College
7:30 p.m. University of Notre Dame vs. Boston College

January 7: Division III Men’s College Hockey Games
4 p.m. UMass Boston vs. Salem State University, non-conference
7:30 p.m. TBA

January 8: Independent School League boys and girls high school hockey games
1:30 p.m. St. Paul’s School vs. The Governor’s Academy, girls
3:15 p.m. Brooks School vs. Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, boys
5:30 p.m. Groton School vs. St Mark’s School, boys
7:45 p.m. Belmont Hill School vs. St Sebastian’s School, boys

January 9: Division III Men’s College Hockey Game
7:30 p.m. Norwich University vs. Babson College, ECAC East

January 11: Hockey East doubleheader
3 p.m. UMass Lowell vs. Northeastern University
6:30 p.m. University of Maine vs. Boston University

U.S. Figure Skating Championships tickets go on sale

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff September 26, 2013 01:26 PM
Tickets for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston in January will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m., U.S. Figure Skating announced Thursday.

The event, the final qualifying event before the U.S. Figure Skating Team will be chosen for the Olympics, is Jan. 5-12 at TD Garden.

The Skating Club of Boston is host of the event. It is the seventh time Boston has hosted the nation's figure skating championship.

Tickets are available at the event web site, by phone at Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) or the TD Garden box office.

Report: Valentine loses TBS job over Sept. 11 comments

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff September 26, 2013 11:50 AM
Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine lost out on a gig as a studio analyst with TBS in part because of comments he made about Sept. 11, according to a Newsday report.

Valentine was a candidate for an analyst job during the upcoming MLB playoffs, but recent comments about the conduct of the Yankees organization during the 9/11 attacks on New York city reportedly helped cost him the job. Valentine was manager of the New York Mets at the time.

“You couldn't find a Yankee on the streets of New York City,’’ Valentine said on WFAN radio. “You couldn't find a Yankee down at Ground Zero, talking to the guys who were working 24/7."

TBS announced Monday that Pedro Martinez and Tom Verducci will join Keith Olbermann in studio for the playoffs. Valentine was fired as Red Sox manager after a disastrous 2012 season.

Watch: Toronto men accused of destroying Bruins mural at The Greatest Bar

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff September 24, 2013 11:00 AM
Some fans just can't let it go.

A group of men from Toronto, who were at The Greatest Bar in Boston for a bachelor party, tore down a piece of a mural commemorating the Bruins' memorable 5-4 comeback win over the Maple Leafs in the first round of the NHL playoffs on May 13 according to bar owner Billy Fairweather.

Fairweather said a group of men entered the bar after getting off a party bus Saturday night and as you can see in the video above, one of the men tore the 20-foot-long computer-generated mural on a wall next to the stairwell between the second and third floors of the bar.

Fairweather estimates the damage to be around $1,000 and wants to be reimbursed by those responsible.

Mobile readers can view the video here.

Watch: Red Sox celebrate in clubhouse

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff September 20, 2013 10:44 PM

The Red Sox got the party started quickly after clinching the American League East title Friday night, and the team's social media crew was quick to capture the moments in the clubhouse.

Here's some of the clips they posted to Vine.

Popping open the celebration drinks:

Clubhouse celebration:

On the field celebration:

The players head for the clubhouse:

The final moments before the celebration began:

Watch: Astros player's butt slide

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff September 18, 2013 08:42 AM

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Looks like SportsCenter retired Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez's butt fumble a bit too soon from its popular Friday feature, "Not Top Plays."

The butt fumble, Sanchez's gaffe after running into his own lineman's backside vs. the Patriots last season, was never challenged from the day it happened in November as the best "Not Top Play." So without a worthy challenger, ESPN retired it Sept. 6.

But the Astros' Jonathan Villar now has one. He tried to stretch a single into a double vs. the Reds last night. Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was facing the outfield to receive the ball and had no choice but to put the tag down between his legs as Villar dove.

Villar ended up hitting Phillips cheek to cheek. And he was out.

Watch: Is Wes Welker homesick for Foxborough, maybe just a little?

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff September 12, 2013 01:36 PM



The latest edition of "Sports Friends," a series of short, humorous videos produced by Yahoo Original Programming, came out this week and it kind of hits home for Patriots fans.

This one features a fictitious conversation between Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker and quarterback Peyton Manning, beginning with Welker dropping a not-so-suble message that maybe he still isn't quite used to the fact he's no longer catching passes from Tom Brady as a member of the Patriots.

LA KISS offer Tim Tebow contract

Posted by Robert Burgess September 9, 2013 05:07 PM

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The Arena Football League team LA KISS has offered former Patriot Tim Tebow a chance to play quarterback.

The three-year deal would make free agent Tebow "millions" of dollars from the team, owned by the veteran rock band Kiss, said in a statement.

"As a former NFL player, the LA KISS will offer intense training and unwavered commitment to the former New England Patriots player, with the hopes to take him to the next level," the statement said. "The chance for Tebow to improve as a quarterback is immense as the AFL is a pass-happy league with 90 percent of the league's offensive plays coming from throwing the ball."

As suggested in this USA Today article, the LA KISS overture is most likely a publicity stunt for the expansion team looking to make waves ahead of its debut.

"Tim Tebow is one of the most recognized and respected athletes in sport," Paul Stanley, KISS' longtime frontman, said in a statement. "His joining us would mean great things for his fans and for our team, especially from a business standpoint. His credibility within the sports arena is paramount and with our commitment to bringing football without compromise back to LA, we're excited to see how this offer turns out."

Tebow practiced and played with New England in the preseason, but was cut when the roster was trimmed down to the final 53 players before opening day.

According to the statement: "If accepted, the contract will need to be approved by both the AFL's Board of Directors and the AFL Players Union."

No word on Tebow's reaction to the offer. But upon being cut by the Patriots, the former Heisman Trophy winner said on Twitter he is committed to his "lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback."

Funniest photo in baseball history?

Posted by Staff September 4, 2013 01:42 PM

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When a foul ball enters the stands in a baseball park, fans scramble to try to snag a souvenir they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

Some jump, some grab, some reach with their gloves and hands and hats and whatever they can to snare the ball.

Some scream with joy, some stay focused on the moment, some yell at others to get out of their way.

And some turn away in horror, shriek in panic, or lean backward doing everything they can to avoid the spherical piece of leather, yarn, and cork hurdling toward them.

During an Aug. 28 Red Sox-Orioles game at Fenway Park, the Globe’s Jim Davis captured this shot as a foul ball headed into the stands in the first inning. As you can see, almost every person in the scene is wearing a different expression.

In the past week, this photo has been making its rounds on the Internet, gaining wide recognition, even prompting Mashable.com to ask “Is this the funniest photo in baseball history?”

Take a look and judge for yourself.

Tom Brady featured in new UGG campaign

Posted by Staff September 3, 2013 10:58 AM


A new integrated campaign by UGG Australia will feature Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in advertising spots and videos that launched Tuesday morning.

The campaign, titled “For ___ For Men,” will celebrate men from all walks of life who illustrate dedication, talent and passion in their day-to-day lives, according to UGG. Brady’s spot is called “For Gamechangers.”

The Brady ad depicts the quarterback starting on a team bus featuring high school football players from Junipero Serra High School, with Brady walking forward on the bus as it shifts to the high school’s baseball team. The environment then shifts to the locker room at the University of Michigan, followed by a replica of the Brady’s living room on draft day, followed by the media tunnel at the Super Bowl. Brady finishes the ad walking off the team bus and out to the stadium on game day.

On why the setting of the team bus, Brady said in an UGG press release that “the bus is one of my favorite places to be... We have this focused energy that builds as we prepare for battle and there is a sense of camaraderie you can’t find anywhere else.”

In the Boston market, UGG is including a Tall Wall of Tom Brady that is being installed on the Mass Pike near Fenway Park. The campaign will also include print and multi-media ads over the next four months, featuring four different themes: For Gamechangers, For Role Models, For Leaders, and For Mentors.

For a behind the scenes look at the making of the Brady ad, follow this link.

Celtics' Sullinger arrested for domestic situation

Posted by Staff September 3, 2013 08:44 AM

Celtics forward Jared Sullinger was arrested Tuesday morning after turning himself in following a domestic situation with his girlfriend.

Sullinger, 21, arrived at the Waltham Police Department at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning to turn himself in to authorities, according to police.

Sullinger has been charged with assault and battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation. Police say the incident took place Saturday evening.

Sullinger is due in Waltham District Court on Tuesday.

This story was first reported by MyFoxBoston.com.

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