Celtics Now: C’s Get Big Test Vs. Unbeaten Bucks Before Long Road Trip

The Boston Celtics are about to be tested.
The C’s have a pair of home games this season — against the Detroit Pistons and unbeaten Milwaukee Bucks — before heading out on a five-game road trip. In this week’s episode of “Celtics Now,” NESN.com’s Rachel Holt details the tough road ahead for the C’s and the early test it presents.

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Holt also takes a look at how the Celtics went about congratulating the Boston Red Sox on winning the 2018 World Series.
Watch the video above for the full episode.

Triple H Unveils WWE-Style Red Sox World Series Championship Belt

Here’s more tangible proof the Boston Red Sox are World Series champions.
Triple H, WWE’s COO, unveiled Tuesday a world-championship belt commissioned in honor of the Red Sox’s win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. Triple H offered the first glimpse of the leather, jewel-encrusted belt via Twitter, claiming it’s the last thing the Red Sox need in order to “celebrate like champions.”

Congratulations to the 2018 #WorldSeries Champions @RedSox! The duck boats are ready for the parade, but you'll need one more thing to celebrate like a champion. From the @WWE Universe to #RedSox Nation … wear this @WWE Championship with pride! #DAMAGEDONE pic.twitter.com/fpWoFXIC8S

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— Triple H (@TripleH) October 30, 2018

After earning their place in history by brushing aside the Dodgers in five games, the Red Sox will celebrate their triumph with their home fans on Wednesday during a parade in Boston.
Here’s hoping Triple H gets the championship belt to the Red Sox in time for the festivities.

Torey Krug Injury: Bruins Blueliner To Make Season Debut Vs. Hurricanes

Torey Krug is back.
The Boston Bruins defenseman will make his season debut Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, according to head coach Bruce Cassidy. Krug has been out since going down in the preseason with an injury to his left ankle, the same ankle he fractured during last season’s playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Here’s Cassidy talking about Krug:

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Torey Krug will be in the lineup for tonight's contest: pic.twitter.com/DV3JbHM3gi
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 30, 2018

And here’s Krug back at practice Tuesday morning:

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Point-man @ToreyKrug | #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/SkP4LUYPYO
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 30, 2018

Unfortunately for the Bruins, Tuesday was a mixed bag in terms of injuries.
The day began with news that defenseman Charlie McAvoy had been placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. There also hasn’t been much in the way of encouraging updates on David Backes, Kevan Miller and Matt Grzelcyk.
Still, Krug will be a welcome addition to a depleted defensemen group, and a power play that currently is tied for seventh in the NHL with nine goals.

Red Sox, World Series MVP Steve Pearce Land On Sports Illustrated Cover

Raise your hand if you ever thought Steve Pearce would be a Sports Illustrated cover boy.
Your lying.
Pearce and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox are featured on the cover of this week’s SI issue. There’s also a tease for the magazine’s 2018-19 college basketball preview, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Here’s your World Series MVP:

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How sweet it is. The World Series champions grace the cover of this week's @SInow https://t.co/vsh59Kb5Oh pic.twitter.com/cBplKf9uYH
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 30, 2018

At this point, you probably could fill an entire personal library with SI issues featuring Boston sports on the cover. The Patriots, in all likelihood, hold the record for most covers.
Next up for the Red Sox is a victory parade through the streets of Boston. You can click here to view all the necessary information on the World Series celebration.

Red Sox Pick Up Chris Sale’s Contract Option For 2019 MLB Season

The Boston Red Sox on Tuesday exercised Chris Sale’s contract option for the 2019 Major League Baseball season.
The news comes as no surprise, with Sale posting another All-Star campaign for the World Series champion Red Sox in 2018. The left-hander is set to become a free agent next offseason.
Sale will earn $15 million in 2019, according to Baseball Prospectus, although his salary could increase to $16 million if he wins the 2018 American League Cy Young Award — something that’s possible given his production this season despite spending time on the disabled list.

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Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA, an 0.86 WHIP and 237 strikeouts in 158 innings across 27 starts in 2018. He went 1-0 with a 4.11 ERA over 15 1/3 innings in five postseason appearances (three starts).
Sale, acquired from the Chicago White Sox before the 2017 season, has been named an All-Star in each of the last seven years. The 29-year-old is the only pitcher ever to start multiple All-Star Games as a member of the Red Sox.

NFL Rumors: Here’s Why Patriots’ Demaryius Thomas Trade Offer Fell Short

The New England Patriots didn’t acquire Demaryius Thomas at the NFL trade deadline, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
The Denver Broncos reportedly have traded Thomas and a seventh-round draft pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for fourth- and seventh-round picks. According to Mike Klis of Denver’s 9News, the Texans beat out three competitors to land Thomas: the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and Patriots.

Texans give up 4th round pick in 2019 and teams swap 7th round picks for Demaryius Thomas. New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles made offers and were close. Tennessee Titans came in late with offer. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 30, 2018

New England reportedly was in the market for a “bona fide” receiver, and Thomas fits that bill. So, what did the Patriots offer Denver for the veteran wideout? NFL Network’s Mike Giardi offered some insight Tuesday afternoon.

#Patriots stayed in on Demaryius Thomas throughout. League source believes Pats request for Broncos to eat money on the trade led Denver to go in a different direction. A competitive offer but not – obviously – enough.

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— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) October 30, 2018

According to Giardi, it appears New England asked the Broncos to absorb some of Thomas’ salary, which isn’t cheap: The 31-year-old is making $8.5 million this year and is set to receive $14 million in base salary in 2019, the final year of his contract.
The Texans, who just lost receiver Will Fuller V for the season, likely were a little more desperate to add a pass-catcher and meet Denver’s asking price. They’ll take on $4.5 million of Thomas’ contract, per Klis.

Houston Texans pick up $4.5 million of Demaryius Thomas' $8.5 million salary. Wouldn't think Texans will pay D.T.'s non-guaranteed $14 million salary for 2019 but that's for dynamic reporter duo @McClain_on_NFL and @AaronWilson_NFL to handle now. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 30, 2018

That means it’s back to the drawing board for the Patriots, who reportedly may even give up a receiver before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

NFL Rumors: Texans Considering Trade For Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett

The New England Patriots reportedly are targeting a receiver ahead of Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline.
But don’t be surprised if Bill Belichick also sends a wideout packing.
The Houston Texans have “talked” about trading for Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, citing sources. The report came shortly after news broke that Houston acquired star receiver Demaryius Thomas from the Denver Broncos.

The #Texans are closing in on a trade for Demaryius Thomas in exchange for a mid-round pick.
(via @RapSheet)
: Up To The Minute pic.twitter.com/DkH2gvTX5K
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) October 30, 2018

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You probably shouldn’t expect a deal to get consummated, however. The Athletic’s Jeff Howe reported that there hasn’t been “much progress” on a Dorsett trade.

The Texans have called about Phillip Dorsett but it doesn’t sound like there’s been much progress on the trade front to this point, per source.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 30, 2018

Dorsett, a former first-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts, got off to a hot start this season, his second in New England. The 25-year-old had at least seven targets and four receptions in three of his first four games, and seemed to be developing a strong rapport with quarterback Tom Brady.
But Dorsett has seen his playing time dramatically diminish since the Patriots traded for Josh Gordon in September. Gordon still doesn’t look quite right in New England’s offense, but there’s no debating who is higher on Brady’s pecking order.
As for which receiver the Patriots could add Tuesday, your guess is as good as ours. The team reportedly had targeted both Thomas and Golden Date, but both players were dealt Tuesday afternoon.
Click for our NFL trade deadline live blog >>

Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Hurricanes Lines, Pairings

The Boston Bruins will try to recover from a disappointing 3-0 loss to the rival Montreal Canadiens when they take on the Hurricanes in Raleigh, NC., on Tuesday night.
It’s the first matchup in a quick two-game road trip that concludes Saturday night in Nashville against the Predators.
The biggest lineup storyline for the Bruins is the return of defenseman Torey Krug, who will be making his season debut after recovering from an ankle injury suffered during the preseason.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Torey Krug will be in the lineup for tonight's contest: pic.twitter.com/DV3JbHM3gi
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 30, 2018

Jaroslav Halak will start in net for the Bruins. The veteran backup goalie has not yet lost in regulation with a 3-0-2 record. He’s also posted an impressive 1.43 goals against average and a .945 save percentage in six games played.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for Bruins-Hurricanes:

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BOSTON BRUINS (6-3-2)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen–David Krejci–Jake DeBrusk
Anders Bjork–Joakim Nordstrom–Chris Wagner
Ryan Donato–Sean Kuraly–Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara–Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug–John Moore
Jeremy Lauzon–Steven Kampfer
Jaroslav Halak
CAROLINA HURRICANES (6-4-1)
Micheal Ferland–Sebastian Aho–Teuvo Teravainen
Warren Foegele–Jordan Staal–Justin Williams
Jordan Martinook–Lucas Wallmark–Andrei Svechnikov
Brock McGinn–Nicolas Roy–Valentin Zykov
Jaccob Slavin–Dougie Hamilton
Calvin de Haan–Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk–Brett Pesce
Scott Darling

NFL Rumors: Eagles Trade For Golden Tate; Patriots’ Options Dwindling

The New England Patriots reportedly can scratch another “premium receiver” off their list.
The Patriots reportedly have expressed interest in both Demaryius Thomas and Golden Tate ahead of Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. But then the Houston Texans traded for Thomas on Tuesday afternoon, minutes before the Philadelphia Eagles landed Tate in a deal with the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Eagles reportedly will send a third-round draft pick to Detroit.

Detroit is trading WR Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third-round pick, per source.

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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2018

Tate, 30, is in the midst of another solid season. The Notre Dame product has 44 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns through seven games.
So, do the Patriots have a backup plan? We’ll find out soon enough.
Click for our NFL trade deadline live blog >>

Here’s Why David Price Reportedly Demanded To Pitch World Series Game 3

West-coast hospitality stoked David Price’s desire to bury the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher wanted to pitch in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series on one day of rest due to his anger over shoddy room service he received in a Los Angeles-area hotel last Friday morning, according to Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci. Price stormed into Alex Cora’s office Friday afternoon and told the Red Sox manager “I’m so mad, I need to pitch (today),” despite having thrown six innings two days prior in Boston’s Game 2 win.
Verducci explains what drove Price to that point:
The Red Sox were staying at a hotel in Pasadena. The club had flown the players’ families to Los Angeles. Price had his 17-month-old son, Xavier, with him. On the morning of Game 3, Price called to have breakfast sent up. Nothing came for 90 minutes, an eternity for anyone with a hungry toddler. It turned out that several other Red Sox families had similar horror stories about the hotel’s room service.

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Cora started Rick Porcello in Game 3, but Price ended up pitching part of the ninth inning in the marathon contest the Dodgers ultimately won 3-2 nine innings later.
After receiving complaints from other Red Sox players and staff members, the hotel made amends to the team by providing a free buffet each morning of their stay. The Red Sox wouldn’t be in Los Angeles long, however, as they rebounded Saturday to win Game 4.
Price on Sunday started Game 5, in which he allowed one run over seven-plus innings and gave up up three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. His Game 5 gem represents apt revenge for the room-service indignation he, his son Xavier and the other members of the Red Sox family had to endure shortly after arriving in Los Angeles.