CELTICS TALK PODCAST: A Mike & Tommy takeover
It's a special edition of the "Celtics Talk" podcast, as legends Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn take over to talk about one of the busiest summer's in team history, the re-shaped roster, what kind of a leap
Stronger, feistier Spooner shows he can be effective
An offseason commitment to getting stronger and more competitive pays off for Ryan Spooner in the Bruins' preseason victory over the Blackhawks.  
Butler earns praise from Belichick, Patricia after wire-to-wire performance
Malcolm Butler left Sunday's win feeling pretty good about himself. A week after being relegated to the No. 3 corner role, he played every snap and allowed just two catches for 10 yards.
Bill Russell takes knee wearing Presidential Medal of Freedom
Russell was wearing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he recieved from President Barack Obama in 2011, in the photo.
The Camera Guys (Ep. 2): Glenn & Moose catch the Laser Show
Glenn and Bill get front row seats at an Angels game, and Dustin Pedroia yells at them.
Haggerty: Bjork looks ready for NHL shot
Monday night’s performance might have been the exclamation point on Anders Bjork’s impressive drive to win a roster spot on the Bruins.
Irving: Relationship with LeBron 'between us'
Kyrie Irving says there's something LeBron James could have done to keep him in Cleveland . . . but he won't say what it is.
BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Reaction to weekend protests
Tom Giles, Tom E. Curran, Kayce Smith and Michael Holley discuss the National Anthem protests across the NFL over the weekend and the reactions to players kneeling.
Talking Points: Pastrnak looks ready for regular season
Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives following the Bruins' 4-2 exhibition victory over the Chicago Blackhawks
Curran: Tom Brady is the surest thing in the NFL right now
Tom E. Curran and Michael Hurley discuss just how spoiled Patriots fans are because of Tom Brady.
PODCAST: Brown and Koppen in-depth conversation on anthem protest
Former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown joins Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen in this week’s episode of “The Ex-Pats Podcast” to discuss the protests around the league
Agreeing to disagree
Troy Brown and Dan Koppen says they respect former teammate Matt Light's objections to the pregame protests Sunday, even if they don't necessarily agree with him.
For Smart, less is more
Marcus Smart lost nearly 20 pounds over the summer, and envisions himself being a better, more versatile defender.
Stevens made starry impression on Irving
Kyrie Irving heard the talk about how good a coach Brad Stevens is. Then he got to play for him at the All-Star Game and realized everything people said was true . . . and then some.
Kyrie Irving on what to expect his first game in Cleveland
The Celtics play the Cavs on Opening Night in Cleveland, and Kyrie Irving talks to Brian Scalabrine and Abby chin about what he expects that first game back to be like.
Kyrie Irving admits Cavs were bored last season
Kyrie Irving talks with Brian Scalabrine and Abby Chin about how he felt the Cavs were bored in the middle of the season, and how is 100% percent motivated this year with the Celtics.
Brady hitting long ball more often than in 2016
With outside weapon Brandin Cooks on board, Tom Brady is throwing the football down the field more -- and hitting on those passes more often -- than in 2017. 
After Trump comments, Irving preaches unity
Kyrie Irving talks with Abby Chin and Brian Scalabrine at Celtics Media Day about President Trump's comments on Friday, and how unity is important to him.
Does LeBron have any advice for Kyrie? 'No'
LeBron James was asked at the Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day on Monday if he had any advice for old teammate Kyrie Irving. His answer was pretty emphatic.  
Light: Better ways to protest than kneeling
Former Patriot offensive lineman Matt Light explains why he told the Boston Herald that Sunday's pregame protest made him 'ashamed to be a Patriot' for the first time.
Curran: We rallied around the game
In the end, the game's the thing . . . and the Patriots brought everyone to their feet Sunday.
BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?
Dan Shaughnessy explains why he is still skeptical about the Red Sox and why he won't be able to feel confident until he sees them play in the postseason.
Patriots 'got to play to the last second' in win over Texans
Tom Brady froze the safety with his eyes and delivered the game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks. Gillette Stadium erupted.
Belichick appreciates fourth-quarter 'situational football'
How did Bill Belichick sum up his team's win over the Texans on Sunday afternoon? "It was good," he said. "It was good."
McCourty explains what went into decision for Patriots to kneel during anthem
Devin McCourty and his Patriots teammates wanted to make sure people understood that their demonstration during the anthem was not about disrespecting the military or the American flag.
He's catching on
Brandin Cooks makes the game-winning catch and, in the process, feels as though he and Tom Brady established a stronger connection. 
Breer: ‘I expected more from the people in the stands’
Albert Breer discusses his disappointment in Patriots fans that chose to boo players taking knee during the national anthem.
Troy Brown: Kraft should distance himself from Trump
Troy Brown, Michael Felger, Charlie Weis and Albert Breer react to Trump's comments on Friday and the Patriots statement during the anthem on Sunday.
Brown: Disappointed in Patriots fans booing kneeling players
Troy Brown says that he is disappointed in the Patriots fans that booed the Patriots players that chose to kneel during the national athem.
Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three
The Red Sox, trailing 4-1 heading into the eighth inning, rally for a 5-4 victory over the Reds that moves them closer to the division title.
Tom Brady discusses Patriots players kneeling during anthem
Tom Brady speaks out on some of his teammates kneeling during the national anthem.
Four factors that will impact ball movement
Since Brad Stevens arrived in Boston, sharing the ball has been a strength of the Celtics. But this is a different season and a different roster.
Haggerty: Right fit for Backes a mystery
The Bruins' first two forward lines are pretty established. But one big question remains: what will be the right fit for David Backes and the third line?
Best and Worst: Patriots 36, Texans 33
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from the Patriots game against the Houston Texans
Wilfork: Trump's comments a slap to the face
Vince Wilfork talks about Donald Trump's comments that NFL players should be fired for kneeling during the national anthem.
Talking Points: Czarnik a bright spot for Bruins in loss to Red Wings
Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives following the Bruins preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings
The 1963 Boston Celtics, except for Bill Russell, pose in the White House with President John F. Kennedy
Celts' first White House visit recalls simpler time
As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweets about the NBA and NFL, a tweeted photo brought back memories of a Celtics team's surprise visit to the White House. 
Curran's Patriots-Texans preview review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in his preview review of Sunday's game between the Patriots and Texans
Four factors to improve rebounding
Lack of rebounding will likely again be a concern for the Celtics this season. Here are four ways they can get better on the boards.
Drellich: Either extend Farrell or fire him
Once this season is over, win or lose, Dave Dombrowski needs to extend John Farrell's contract for multiple years or fire him. No in-between. Living in limbo does nobody any good.
Devin McCourty fires back at Trump
Patriots safety Devin McCourty tweeted criticism of President Donald Trump's harsh words toward NFL players who have been kneeling in protest during the national anthem.
Amendola ready after unwelcome week off
This isn't the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Patriots. 
Marchand stepping up his twitter game to hilarious effect
Brad Marchand has the perfect mixture of good humor and clout as a star NHL player, and that usually combines for a pretty powerful voice on Twitter.
Pats 'spent quite a bit of time' with Texans rookie Foreman leading up to draft
Sunday won’t be the first time the Patriots have taken a look at former Texas running back D'Onta Foreman.
Giardi: Butler's offseason may cut deep, but it's time for him to battle back
This hasn’t been an easy process for Malcolm Butler. But the proof is in the play. . . and his future depends on it.
Cassidy: Khudobin 'has a leg up' on backup competition in B's camp
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy indicates Anton Khudobin has the inside track on the backup job after finding his groove in the second half of last season
Celtics Storylines: Five keys for the defense
As much as the Celtics have bolstered their offensive firepower, the hopes of supplanting the Cavs atop the East hinge on their ability to defend.
Malcolm in the middle of confidence crisis
You ask, and they answer: About Malcolm Butler's play, how the Pats plan to attack the Texans, whether Nate Solder's slow start should be a concern, and much more.
Boston Bruins prospect Jesse Gabrielle.
Gabrielle learning his NHL lessons, just like his idol Marchand
The comparisons to Brad Marchand have been made of Jesse Gabrielle since he was drafted by the Bruins. He showed why on Thursday night. 
Haggerty: Fuming over face-offs
Many players, including Bruins stars Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, are frustrated by the strict enforcement of the NHL's new face-off rules and its impact on the flow of the game.  
Bean: Celtics, Bruins separate but equal
The Celtics are better and more popular than the Bruins. They also play in a league that ends with a buzzsaw. 
BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is there a blueprint to beat the Patriots?
Tom E. Curran breaks down the ‘blueprint’ to beat the New England Patriots and if the Houston Texans have the talent to do it.
Talking points: Agostino makes statement
Kenny Agostino's game-winning goal in overtime is one of Joe Haggerty's talking points from the Bruins' 2-1 overtime win over the Flyers.
Should Patriots/NFL fear lawsuit after Hernandez diagnosis?
Michael McCann joins Boston Sports Tonight to discuss whether the Patriots and the NFL should fear the lawsuit filed after the diagnosis of Aaron Hernandez
Curran: This is why people love Malcolm Butler
Tom E. Curran praises Malcolm Butler taking full responsibility for his poor play to start the season.
Hayward: Wish I'd played with Thomas
Gordon Hayward says Isaiah Thomas was 'a big piece' of the recruitment that got him to Boston, and calls IT's trade to the Cavs 'a really strange moment.'
Burns: It was 'very difficult' to let Jay Heaps go
Revolution general manager Mike Burns discusses what went into the difficult decision to fire head coach Jay Heaps.
Kyrie Irving on Boston: 'The culture is unbelievable'
Kyrie Irving joins Arbella Early Edition to talk about the culture in Boston and looking forward to the opening game in Cleveland.
Drellich: Getting better all the time
Most pro athletes say there’s always room to improve. Drew Pomeranz, however, is able to specify how he plans to lift his game.
Werner criticizes Price for Eck incident; says Sox' relationship with Yanks is 'frosty'
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner doesn’t seem to be the biggest fan of the the Yankees, MLB disciplinarian Joe Torre, and players -- like David Price -- who can’t take criticism from broadcasters.
Boston Bruins left-wing prospect Anders Bjork at development camp.
Bjork faces 'good test' in first real audition with Bergeron and Marchand
Anders Bjork, 21, gets to live his NHL dream tonight on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in a preseason game against the Flyers.  
Which rookies will make a big contribution?
Jayson Tatum is certainly being counted on, but what other rookies will have an impact on the Celtics this season?  
30 teams in 30 days: Another struggle in New Orleans for Boogie and The Brow
Adding ex-Celtics Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen to DeMarcus Cousins probably isn't enough to get Anthony Davis and the Pelicans to the playoffs.
Closer look: Diamond makes it rough
The Texans' 'diamond' front was a tough nut for Tom Brady and the Pats to crack in the playoffs, and they'll likely see it again Sunday.
Curran: Texans may have blueprint for Pats
The 'blueprint' for slowing down Tom Brady is having good defensive players who can bring pressure against a banged-up New England offense. That blueprint's in place this week.
For the record, Sox and Sale in a bind
Chris Sale has two scheduled starts left, and he's 14 strikeouts away from breaking Pedro Martinez's single-season franchise record for K's. But should he pursue it, or rest for the playoffs?
Bean: When it comes to championships, B's and C's in same place
The Celtics are viewed as championship-caliber and the Bruins as rebuilding, but DJ Bean says they have equal chances of winning titles this year: Nil.
Belichick or Auerbach? Hmm . . .
Gary Tanguay and Chris Gasper debate whether Bill Belichick or Red Auerbach is the greatest coach of all time.
Rodriguez's delivery getting back to normal
If you suspected Eduardo Rodriguez’s knee created a residual effect with his mechanics as he struggled in the second half, you were correct.
Sox' playoff chances may ride on Smith, Price
The Red Sox's postseason success could boil down to how often Carson Smith and David Price are used.
Who'll be the key players off the bench?
Behind the big names are a handful of players who don’t project as locks to start but should see enough minutes to parlay that into a meaningful role this season.  
Czarnik trying not to be 'forgotten man' in camp
With so many young, quality forwards battling for Bruins roster spots, Austin Czarnik is making his bid not to be overlooked.  
Belichick on poor NFL offensive line play: It's hard when you can't practice
If the NFL has a watchability issue, that may be traced to its bad-offensive-line-play issue. 
30 teams in 30 days: Grit-and-Grind days are over in Memphis
Free agent departures have remade the Grizzlies roster, but new faces will have to back Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr. if they're to make another playoff run.
Boston Bruins rookie Anders Bjork is congratulated after a goal.
Haggerty: They're meeting the challenge
The Bruins were looking for their young forwards to step up in camp and the early returns show that's just what's happening. 
Watt: Brady, Belichick hurricane relief donation 'speaks volumes about their character'
JJ Watt was happy to report on Wednesday that both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady donated to his recent hurricane relief efforts.
Light one up for Red
Wednesday would have been Red Auerbach's 100th birthday. It's a good time to remember the 5-foot-10 basketball giant who built the Celtics into one of sports' greatest dynasties.
CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Celebrating Red Auerbach's 100th Birthday
In this week's special episode of "Celtics Talk," we celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of the legendary Arnold "Red" Auerbach.
BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?
So what does it mean when Bill Belichick praises defensive backs Jonathan Jones and Eric Rowe but not Malcolm Butler? Tom E. Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith discuss.
Drellich: More power to less powerful Sox
It's fitting that on a night when MLB set a record for most home runs in a season, the punchless Red Sox win an extra-inning game without an RBI.
Czarnik puts on a show vs. Red Wings
Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives following the Bruins' 4-2 exhibition victory over the Detroit Red Wings
Brown ready to embrace role with new-look C's
The changes in the Celtics' roster this offseason may mean changes in the way they use Jaylen Brown.
Who fills out starting lineup? Pick two
Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford are locks, but who will join them as Celtics starters? Here are a few options.
McCourty on Butler: 'Let's all just chill'
Is a storm brewing between Malcolm Butler and the Patriots? Devin McCourty says everyone needs to 'chill' with the speculation.
Florio: No farewell tour for Brady
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio says Tom Brady won't have a farewell tour because he doesn't want anyone to know when his final year will be.
Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (right) and Carolina Hurricanes' Jay McClement take a face-off.
Marchand: Face-off rule ‘an absolute joke’
Brad Marchand isn’t loving the emphasis on enforcing face-off violations: 'Basically you have to be a statue . . . There are ways to make the game better, but this isn’t one of them.'  
Price going through ‘trial-and-error process’
David Price tells the Washington Post he’d rather start than relieve. But he also says he's kept pitching when others would’ve packed it in because 'I just want to help these guys win.'
Giardi: Listen to Belichick and it’s clear: Malcolm Butler is on notice
Malcolm Butler didn’t start Sunday because the Patriots believe he’s not given them his best. You could hear that in what Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia said Tuesday.  
30 teams in 30 days: Have Mavs gotten Dirk enough help?
The Dallas Mavericks look to bounce back from a 33-49 season by surrounding Dirk Nowitzki, 39, with an improved supporting cast.
Former Boston Bruins former Boston Bruins fourth-round pick Jesse Gabrielle.
Gabrielle showing some fourth-line swagger in camp
Former fourth-round pick Jesse Gabrielle scores a goal in the preseason opener and has plenty of confidence in his bid to bid a surprise addition to the Bruins’ NHL roster.  
Drellich: Relief at last from Dombrowski
Dave Dombrowski had a reputation for being unable to build strong bullpens. But -- as shown by the performances of Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith, Addison Reed and others on Monday -- he's got one now.
BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Injuries piling up for Patriots
Tom E. Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about the Patriots' win over the Saints, and discuss the injuries sustained during the game . . . specifically Rob Gronkowski's.
Perry's Report Card: Patriots vs. Saints
After a rough Week 1, Tom Brady and the Patriots might just be getting the hang of this. Professor Perry likes a lot of what he saw in New Orleans. Here's the good, bad and ugly.
Drellich: Abad could be playoff dark horse
The Red Sox left-handed pitching situation is one of the most unclear heading into the playoffs.
Breer: You can't trust Gronk to stay healthy for 16 games
Gary Tanguay and Albert Breer discuss Gronkowski's injury history and how it is tough to trust him to stay out on the field.
EX-PATS PODCAST: Is there a storm brewing with Butler and Branch?
Malcolm Butler didn't get the start at cornerback against the Saints. Is there a storm brewing between him and the Patriots, and is trading him still a possibility?
30 teams in 30 days: Spurs remain in title conversation out West
Instead of taking a step back without Tim Duncan, the Spurs continued to do what they do – win a lot of games and scare the bejesus out of any and every team they saw in the playoffs.
Can playoff heroics lead to steady job?
If Sean Kuraly peforms in camp the way he did in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs, he has a good shot to stick with the Bruins.
Gronk: 'It's nothing serious'
Rob Gronkowski tells reporters he didn't re-injure his surgically repaired back on Sunday, and that the groin injury that he actually suffered is no big deal.
Is it too early for Pats to trade for more depth?
Maybe some receiver can join the likes of Van Noy and Akeem Ayers as in-season trade additions that proved to fill a need. Week 3 might still be a little early for that, though. 
Thoughts, observations from first weekend
There’s a full complement of players in camp, no major injuries to speak of, and a brisk, fast pace that the Bruins hopping.
Curran: 'Shock and awe' to 'snap and ow'
The steady stream of injured players filing in and out of the Big Blue Tent gives pause about where things are headed for the 1-1 Patriots.
Tom Brady persuasive in his arguments to officials vs. Saints
The Saints defense had 12 players on the field. Tom Brady was sure of it, and he was going to make himself heard.
Belichick likes how Pats worked through communication issues
Despite some technical difficulties in Week 2, Bill Belichick highlighted his team's communication as one of its strong suits.
Cooks: 'A lot of respect' for former coach Payton
Many of Brandin Cooks' former Saints teammates sought out the Patriots wideout before Sunday's game, exchanging handshakes, hugs and a few words.
Giardi: A simple fix on defense
The Patriots simplified their defensive approach, to ease the mental burden on the players and allow them to play more free, and it worked.
Drellich: I'm not sold Price should be in the bullpen
Evan Drellich says on The Baseball Show that David Price would be far more valuable for the Red Sox in the rotation rather than the bullpen.
Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy (left) and former B's coach Claude Julien, now coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
Cassidy: Exhibition game vs. Habs, Julien 'not much of a storyline'
Bruce Cassidy doesn't think any hard feelings will creep into a game where players are just trying to get their bearings after months away from the ice.
Price passes first bullpen test
David Price pitches in relief for the first time since joining the Red Sox, touching 96 mph at Tropicana Field in Boston's 3-2 loss to the Rays. He strikes out two in a pair of hitless innings.
What will Patriots offense look like if Gronk is injured?
With injuries to Rob Gronkowski and multiple other receivers and running backs, the guys on Postgame Live discuss what offense could look like if they miss time.
Breer: Butler's situation with Pats "something to monitor"
Albert Breer talks about Malcolm Butler not being in the Patriots starting lineup against the Saints and how his situation with the team is worth keeping tabs on.
Felger: Team responded to Brady calling them out last week
Troy Brown says it is a nice bounce back win and Mike Felger believes the Patriots responded well to Brady calling them out last week.
Five quick thoughts: Pats back in stride
The Patriots take Tom Brady's challenge to heart, playing with enthusiasm and energy as they coast to an easy victory over the Saints.
Best and Worst: Patriots 36, Saints 20
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from the Patriots Week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints
Marchand ready to pick up where he left off
Brad Marchand knows he won’t be sneaking up on anyone anymore after scoring 76 goals over the last two seasons, but he's not worried about heightened expectations.
Looking back at a banner career
Paul Pierce's message to those who follow him with the Celtics: Winning titles, as he did in 2008, is what matters for the most storied franchise in NBA history. 
Purcell hopes to rekindle NHL career in Boston
Teddy Purcell is hoping to come away with an NHL job with the Boston Bruins at the end of training camp.
30 teams in 30 days: Less payroll, more wins for Blazers?
It’s clear the Blazers believe less – as in payroll – is more in their quest to build off last season’s strong regular-season finish
Hogan on slot receiver role: 'I have to see what Tom sees'
Chris Hogan only had one catch in the Patriots' season-opening loss. He knows he'll have to do better, particularly in the slot.
Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak talks to reporters on his first day at training camp.
Pastrnak keeping it real in his return to Bruins
'For me, it’s still hockey and I’m excited to be back,' says David Pastrnak as he returns to the ice with his Bruins teammates at camp.
Curran's Patriots-Saints preview review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in his preview review of Sunday's game between the Patriots and Saints
Pierce on Irving: 'He's going to be the guy'
Paul Pierce is among those who believe that new Celtic Kyrie Irving is more than ready to step into the shoes as Boston’s main guy
Bjork, DeBrusk getting early looks in big spots at Bruins camp
Talented young forwards Anders Bjork and Jake DeBrusk are getting extended looks at earning top-six spots as Bruins camp gets rolling. 
McCourty: Communication needs to improve 'to give ourselves a chance'
It's a tall task for Devin McCourty and the Patriots defense: Bounce back from a disastrous performance by going on the road and facing Drew Brees
Forsberg: Let's slow down the Pierce-Tatum comparisons
Chris Forsberg explains why he wants everyone to slow down the Paul Pierce-Jayson Tatum comparisons.
30 teams in 30 days: Improved Nuggets face tough task in stacked division
The Denver Nuggets are better than they were last season when they just missed the playoffs. Still, getting past the rest of the tough Northwest Division will be a tall order.  
Patriots' defensive plan this week: Keep everyone on point
In the first Friday Bag of the season, Mike Giardi and Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss great interviewees, a battle of the bands . . . and how the Patriots can play better on defense this week.
Countdown to camp: Brad Marchand
Brad Marchand has risen from fourth-line pest to one of the NHL's best. Expect another stellar - and perhaps more disciplined - season from the Bruins' leading scorer.  
Haggerty: Paid up, now put up
David Pastrnak, 21, is getting paid like one of the elite, young players in the NHL. He's shown those skills. Now, he'll have to continue to produce.   
Cowher: 'I supplied Belichick with bulletin-board material'
Bill Cowher talks with Toucher & Rich about motivating players with bulletin board material, and how Bill Belichick used something against the Steelers
PODCAST: How Bruins and Pastrnak got a deal done
Joe Haggerty joins Boston Sports Tonight to break down how, seemingly out of nowhere, the Bruins signed David Pastrnak.
Gronk: Time to fight back
Referees rarely penalize defensive backs for manhandling the 6-foot-7, 265-pound Rob Gronkowski, and Gronk says he can't let that throw him off his game.
Drellich: Price in 'pen by chance or choice?
The fact the Red Sox don’t want David Price to try to start creates an open-ended question of management’s faith in a $31 million pitcher. 
Saints know they have to keep eye on Gronk despite quiet Week 1
If the New Orleans Saints think Rob Gronkowski is human now, Sean Payton isn’t acknowledging it publicly.
Burkhead 'comfortable' if needed in slot
Rex Burkhead seems like a logical choice to get a more expanded role in the offense, including some more playing time in the slot.
Pierce: Tatum's 'a mature version of me'
Paul Pierce doesn’t see Jayson Tatum being as good as he was scoring the ball when he came into the NBA in 1998. He sees him as being better.
30 teams in 30 days: Plan B for Jazz? Gobert the go-to guy
There's still some reason for optimism for the Utah Jazz in the post-Gordon Hayward Era: 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert.  
Gillislee: 'Every time I get the ball, I'm trying to score'
Mike Gillislee is eager to make the most of his opportunities, but he knows there are times where he might be better served showing some patience.
'It's a deal both sides are happy with'
It's win-win for the Bruins and David Pastrnak: His holdout lasts about 45 minutes into camp and he and Don Sweeney come away pleased with his six-year, $40 million deal.   
Look for a healthy Bergeron to be back at the top of his game
Fully healed after offseason surgery, expect the Patrice Bergeron who's been the heart and soul of the B's to return this season.  
The Boston Bruins at training camp.
'Higher expectations' as B's open camp
With the David Pastrnak deal done, the Bruins opened training camp on Thursday with a goal of going beyond a second consecutive playoff appearance.  
Curran: An early dose of adversity
If we made a list of the non-Brady Patriots that New England could least afford to lose, Dont'a Hightower and Julian Edelman would have been in the top five.
Planner behind 'racism' banner speaks out
The group of five people who brought a banner into Fenway Park that read “Racism is as American as Baseball” were white anti-racist protestors.
Gasper: Someone is bugging Tom Brady on offense
Chris Gasper thinks that something or someone on the Patriots offense is bugging Tom Brady.
Brandin Cooks on Saints: 'There's no bad blood at all'
Brandin Cooks says he has no bad blood at all toward his former team, and he is still close to Sean Payton and Drew Brees.
New Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving (right), Gordon Hayward (center) and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
Now you see them, now you don't
The Celtics return just four players from a team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference, an unprecedented amount of turnover for a team so successful.
Spooner 'wasn't happy' with last year's play
Ryan Spooner didn’t know what to expect this offseason, and the speedy center certainly had his doubts about whether he’d be back with the Bruins this season.
Brady: 'Up to us to go do something'
It seems Tom Brady would really like to see people competing at about “hair on fire” level at all times. And he continues to intimate that’s not what he’s seeing.
Rotation? Relief? Price 'just wants to pitch'
The pitcher sounds like he wants to go the distance, the manager sounds like he has a different idea.
Carlo's success the model for Bruins draft-and-development system
Brandon Carlo arrived ahead of schedule last season and, at 20, should be a staple on the B’s back end for a long, long time.  
Remembering unusual circumstances of Butler's New Orleans visit
Back in March, the Saints were interested enough in Malcolm Butler to bring him in for a visit as a restricted free agent. But they were not interested enough in him to sign him to an offer sheet.
Curran: Same old same old
The Saints team the Patriots will face Sunday can pile up the points behind Drew Brees, but struggles to stop opponents from scoring on them.  
30 teams in 30 days: New faces have T-Wolves poised to end playoff drought
They're no longer the Timberpups. With the additions of Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague to a young, talented cast, look for Minnesota to reap postseason success.  
Giardi: Pats offense is no laughing matter
The Saints looked dreadful on defense Monday, and normally would be no match for the Pats' offense. But Josh McDaniels and crew are still trying to find the right fit for all the new pieces.
Brandon Meriweather: Master of his Domain
Former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather reveals an interesting fact about what he's been up to in his post-playing days on Toucher & Rich.
Payton on Cooks: 'There's not really an off-speed rep for him'
The amount of praise that Sean Payton heaped on former Saints receiver Brandin Cooks was significant. Great athlete. Great teammate. The kind of guy, it sounded like, that you might like to keep around.
Belichick proves once again that he loves good punting more than you do
It seems there is very little that Bill Belichick appreciates and respects more than a punter's ability to help his team win the field-position battle.
'It upped the respect level I have for him'
The Warriors' Draymond Green admires Kyrie Irving for stepping out of LeBron James' shadow and trying to 'make it happen' with the Celtics.
Studying Stanton may have helped Betts
There seems to be a tinge of Giancarlo Stanton in Mookie Betts these days, a tiny but nonetheless notable connection.
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas.
IT makes clear his championship intentions for Cavs
Isaiah Thomas doesn't let a Twitter hater ruin his excitement over his appearance on the TV show, "Law and Order SVU."
Mayo: Pats should use Saints game as statement
Jerod Mayo thinks Sunday's game against the Saints should be treated as a message to the NFL that the Patriots are still the Patriots.
Haggerty: '0% chance Pastrnak goes to KHL'
Joe Haggerty explains why he thinks David Pastrnak won't be playing in Russia this year.
Quick Slants: Mayo thinks communication bigger issue on D than personnel
Jerod Mayo gives his reaction to the Patriots loss to the Chiefs, and breaks down what Kansas City did to shut down the Patriots offense.
Did Pats quit in the fourth quarter against Chiefs?
Gary Tanguay, Trenni Kusnierek, Phil Perry and Marc Bertrand debate if the Patriots gave up late in Thursday night's game.
Mayo on 2009 Pats' leadership and attitude issues
Former Patriot Jerod Mayo, who was a captain on the 2009 team, talks about some of the problems that team had with its attitude.
Drellich: Farrell goes to the hot hands
With less than 20 games remaining in regular season, career track records start to mean less to Red Sox manager John Farrell.
McCourty: 'Offense has always been able to adapt'
Patriots defensive captain Devin McCourty talks about the offense being able to adapt with different players getting injured.
Haggerty: Good start for Anders Bjork
With the hopes pretty high for 21-year-old Anders Bjork heading into NHL training camp at the end of this week, he obliged with a strong start at rookie camp in Buffalo last weekend.
Irving, Hayward share Kobe Bryant connection
Kobe Bryant helping the Celtics? His advice to Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward has boosted both on their way to Boston.  
Time to begin looking for solutions
If the Bruins want again reach the playoffs, they'll need a lot to go right. Some affirmative answers to these (and other) questions should help that happen.  
30 teams in 30 days: Westbrook-George duo puts Thunder back into West mix
Adding Paul George to MVP Russell Westbrook, plus a solid supporting cast, should have the Oklahoma City Thunder back among the West's elite.  
Belichick on Peterson: 'I have a lot of respect for the way that he plays'
Bill Belichick thought enough of Adrian Peterson to bring him to New England for a free-agent visit in the spring.
Look for Pastrnak to continue to produce once the Bruins pay up
With David Pastrnak unsigned and camp just a couple of days away, it’s down to a waiting game. How long can the Bruins afford to be without a key cornerstone of their future? 
James White gave away the Super Bowl MVP truck from Brady
On Toucher & Rich on Tuesday, Patriots running back James White talks about the Super Bowl MVP truck that Tom Brady gave to him.
Giardi: Pats need to manage Amendola
Danny Amendola's history is that he can't absorb a slot receiver's consistent pounding without breaking down.  Josh McDaniels needs to find a way to manage his workload.
EX-PATS PODCAST: What happened to Patriots vs. Chiefs?
Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen review the Patriots loss to the Chiefs, Brady’s comments on the team’s attitude, weakness of the front seven
Was the Patriots loss to Chiefs good for the NFL?
Our Boston Sports Tonight crew debates whether the Patriots losing to the Chiefs was good for the NFL.
Hagg Bag: Emptying the bag before camp
With training camps scheduled to open, there won’t be a lot of time for the carefree days of Hagg Bag mailbags until we get into the grind of the regular season.
Curran: Could take six weeks for Patriots offense to gel
Tom E. Curran says that after the loss of Julian Edelman, it could take the Patriots 6 weeks to find their groove.
James White: Loss to the Chiefs 'definitely stings'
James White joins Monday Night Patriots to discuss his thoughts on the loss to the Chiefs and what to expect from the Saints on Sunday.
Replacing Thomas and Crowder won't be easy
Statistically, the Celtics should be able to fill the void left by the trade of Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. But replacing their toughness and determination will be a challenge.
David Krejci is at a bit of a crossroads in his Bruins career at 31 years old.
30 teams in 30 days: Booker, Jackson only reasons for optimism in Phoenix
Other than Devin Booker and Josh Jackson, Suns fans don't have much to be positive about heading into the new season.
Boomer Esiason on radio partner Craig Carton
Boomer Esiason talks with Toucher & Rich about his radio partner Craig Carton, who was arrested on four counts of fraud related to a Ponzi scheme.
BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: Fister over Porcello in playoff rotation?
Lou Merloni, Evan Drellich, and Tim Britton debate what the playoff rotation should look like and discuss if Doug Fister has earned a spot over Rick Porcello.
Drellich: Do 2017 Red Sox = 2016 Indians?
The Red Sox are poised to enter the playoffs as the team no one believes in. The Indians proved that's not necessarily the worst position to be in.
'Time to get the band back together'
The rift between Ray Allen and his former Celtics teammates is well-documented, but it appears Paul Pierce is ready to put it to rest.
Breer: Hightower’s a 'ticking time bomb'
Albert Breer says that Dont'a Hightower can not be counted on to play in all 16 game because his body is a ticking time bomb due to injuries.
Bergeron happy to be injury free at last
Now that it’s all over, Patrice Bergeron will let on that last season was more than a little bit of a character-testing slog for the always dependable center. 
30 teams in 30 days: Fox leads new cast of characters in Sacramento
It’s a new season with a lot of new characters on a Kings roster that looks radically different than the one we saw at the end of last season.
Perry: What we had wrong prior to opener
After watching more than a dozen training camp practices, seeing four preseason games, and talking to players and coach Bill Belichick several times a week, there was still plenty we screwed up going into We
David Backes hopes for more consistency in his second season with Boston.
McQuaid feels lucky to avoid Vegas
Adam McQuaid was left out there for the taking by expansion Vegas but he's happy to be back with the Bruins.  
30 teams in 30 days: All eyes on Ball - and 2018 free agents - for Lakers
Rookie Lonzo Ball will generate excitement until the Lakers' pursuit of LeBron James and Paul George kicks into high gear.  
McAvoy has got all the goods, but there's bound to be a learning curve
One of the future cornerstones of the franchise, Charlie McAvoy's rookie season will be all about lessons learned, for him and the Bruins.  
Could Rex Burkhead help solve the Patriots shortage at receiver?
With Danny Amendola in the concussion protocol, Malcolm Mitchell on IR and Matthew Slater dealing with a hamstring injury, the Patriots could use some help at receiver. 
Curran: Andy Reid had unbelievable night scheming things up
Tom E. Curran explains that although he has many concerns on the Patriots after game 1, he thinks the Chiefs deserve a lot of credit for their scheme.
Felger: ‘I blame McDaniels approach more than Tom Brady’
Mike Felger thinks that Tom Brady was not to blame for the poor performance by the offense, he thinks the coaching is to blame.
Van Noy pleased with extension, disappointed in season opener
Friday was a day of mixed feelings for Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Haggerty: It's time for Bruins forward prospects to step up
If last season was the year of the young defensemen through at the NHL level, this should be the year of the forward for Boston’s stocked prospect group.
30 teams in 30 days: Don't call it a rebuild for Clippers (but it is)
The post-Chris Paul Era for Doc Rivers and the Clippers means a makeover around Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari and perhaps lowered expectations.  
Looking forward, not back
Bill Belichick isn't interested in comparing the season-opening loss to the Patriots' 2014 blowout against the Chiefs. Or comparing any past Pats team to this one.
Is a Miller-McAvoy pairing ahead for Bruins?
Kevan Miller has reached a comfort zone with the Bruins, but there could be some challenges ahead this season.  


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