Opening Day: Rich Levine's live blog

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Opening Day: Rich Levine's live blog

12:14 P.M. -- Well, this is what weve all been waiting for.
Exactly 190 days since Robert Andinos single strapped the Red Sox to a guillotine, and Evan Longorias homer lopped off their heads and incited a mutiny (sorry, been watching a lot of Game of Thrones), the Sox are back!
To celebrate, here are 190 reasons why Im excited for Red Sox season . . .
Just kidding. That would be awful. Instead, I present you with this live blog.
From Verlanders first pitch, right up until Acevess first save, Ill have you covered right here with constant updates and analysis.
When Jacoby jacks his first homer? Ill be there. When the cameras catch Prince Fielder devouring a plate of BBQ chicken nachos in the dugout? Ill be there. When Bobby V. has a hunch and pinch runs Josh Beckett for Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the seventh inning? Ill be there. And hopefully youll be, too.
Theres no rhyme or reason to when Ill be posting. Just know that I will be posting during innings, in between innings, every time Don overlaughs at one of Remys jokes so keep clicking, and provide any and all commentaryobservationsquestions of your own in the box below.
Until then . . .

Report: Patriots fill open roster spot with former Browns DL Hughes

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Report: Patriots fill open roster spot with former Browns DL Hughes

The Patriots opened a roster spot by waiving defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, but they won't be adding a quarterback to take his place. 

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the team has swapped one defensive tackle for another by adding former Browns big man John Hughes, a 6-foot-2, 320-pounder who played under former assistant to the Patriots coaching staff Mike Lombardi when Lombardi was Cleveland's general manager in 2013. 

Hughes was released last week after spending just over four years with the team that drafted him in the third round in 2012. He signed a four-year extension with the Browns last season that was worth $12.8 million. 

With the Patriots, Hughes figures to work in as part of the rotation on the interior of the defensive line along with Malcom Brown, Alan Branch and rookie third-round pick Vincent Valentine. Unlike Johnson, who was more of a penetrating pass-rusher, Hughes should factor in as more of a space-eating type. He has 5.5 career sacks in 53 games. 

Johnson is the latest in a long line of Browns who played under Lombardi to end up in New England. The two most notable Patriots who spent 2013 in Cleveland are defensive end Jabaal Sheard and running back Dion Lewis. Linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who arrived in New England in a trade this summer, was drafted by Lombardi's front office as the No. 6 overall pick in 2013.

Isaiah Thomas: 'I didn't think Boston would be this cool when I came'

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Isaiah Thomas: 'I didn't think Boston would be this cool when I came'

Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine sit-down with Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas to talk about the high expectations for the season, the addition of Al Horford, and getting married this offseason.

Also, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk about Thomas, including his very team friendly deal will ever become an issue.

Look for new podcast versions of our media day interviews in the coming days, plus videos and other content as the Celtics get ready for the season.