Red Sox Pitcher Chris Sale Progressing, Will Face Hitters Saturday

Chris Sale’s spring training didn’t get off to the best start, but he seems to be on the right track.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher has been fighting off pneumonia and had a slower start in Fort Myers, Fla., but has been optimistic he’ll be ready for Opening Day.
And some more good news emerged from JetBlue Park on Wednesday when the southpaw threw 45 pitches off the mound, per The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham.
Check out this excerpt from Abraham’s Wednesday notes:
Roenicke said the next step would be for Sale to face hitters on Saturday. He likely would do that twice before being cleared for a game.
Sale missed the first week of workouts while recovering from pneumonia and the Sox have proceeded cautiously with their ace since.
And while Abraham noted there seems to be “little chance” Sale will be on the roster come Opening Day, a lot can happen between now and March 26.
Boston already is slim with starting pitchers. David Price now is on the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Rick Porcello signed with the New York Mets. That leaves Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Pérez to start games.
Sale is looking to bounce back from a 2019 season that ended early due to elbow inflammation. The lefty finished last year with a 6-11 record and 4.40 ERA.
 
 

New Hilarious Sports-Related Trend Takes Over Twitter On Wednesday

A new trend seems to blow up on Twitter each day.
One trending topic Wednesday was courtesy of Yahoo Sports. The large sports outlet took to Twitter with a burning question asking fans, “YOU’VE BEEN KIDNAPPED! You get to send one sports related tweet that would alarm your followers that you’re in trouble. What’s your tweet?”
The hilarious questions has brought a wide range of answers, including a few from NESN’s very own Cealey Godwin, Emerson Lotzia and Adam Pellerin.
To hear how they responded to Yahoo’s intriguing prompt, check out the “What’s Trending?” video above, presented by People’s United Bank.

Joel Embiid Injury: 76ers Star Exits Game Vs. Cavs With Shoulder Sprain

The Philadelphia 76ers are having some rotten luck lately.
After losing Ben Simmons for at least two weeks with an impinged nerve in his back Tuesday, the Sixers lost big man Joel Embiid to injury during Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Embiid appeared to collide with Cavs center Ante Zizic late in the first quarter, clutching his left shoulder as he went to the foul line. He missed both free throws and clearly was in pain the entire time.
Embiid briefly went to the locker room before returning to the bench, but headed back a short time later. The Sixers ruled him out for the rest of the game with a sprained shoulder.
Here’s a look at the play, via NBC Sports Philadelphia:

Joel Embiid is done for the night after a left shoulder sprain.
Here is the play where it happened. pic.twitter.com/p2qF6ncVVH
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) February 27, 2020

It’s unclear how serious the sprain is, but the Sixers just can’t seem to catch a break.

Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester Out The Rest Of The Season After Cardiac Episode

After his terrifying collapse on the bench earlier this month, St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season, according to general manager Doug Armstrong.
Since his cardiac episode took place midway through the first period of a Feb. 11 game against the Anaheim Ducks, Bouwmeester has been recovering from the incident. A target return was not specified in the team’s statement, given that the 36-year-old was signed to a one-year deal for this season.
“We both understand that he won’t participate this year in the regular season or in the playoffs for us,” Armstrong said. “We talked about longer term things that may or may not happen and both feel that it’s February, you don’t have to make long-term decisions at this point. He’s going to take time, getting back with his family and be around the team and he’ll address those things as the summer progresses.”
After Bouwmeester was carried out of the arena on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital in his last game, the veteran defensemen admitted in a press conference that his future in hockey isn’t his main concern right now..
“There are decisions I’m going to have to make, Bouwmeester said. “That will come later…It’s tough but honestly hockey hasn’t really been at the front of my mind the last couple of weeks.”
Bouwmeester has been thinking about how fortunate he is for the Ducks and Blues medical staff who quickly attended to him.
“The outreach and the support that people have shown has been pretty overwhelming,” Bouwmeester said. “There were a lot of things that were the absolute best-case scenario. … Places where this could have happened, the outcome would have been very different. From doctors in the hospital to pretty much everyone I’ve talked to, that’s the consensus. It happened in the absolute best place it could happen. … No. 1, they saved my life and No. 2 the fact that they could get on it so fast was very helpful.”
Bouwmeester had nine points (one goal and eight assists) in the 56 games he played before the scare. The game postponed game between St. Louis and Anaheim is rescheduled for March 11 at 9 p.m. CT.

Tyler Seguin Is Covered In Tattoos, But His Favorite Is Bruins-Related

Tyler Seguin is no stranger to getting inked.
But there’s one tattoo that holds the most meaning — and it’s one of his oldest. And it happens to be Bruins-related, too.
“Probably this one: ‘Stanley Cup Champions Boston Bruins 2011,’” Seguin told GQ Magazine while pointing to a tattoo on the left side of his ribcage. “It was awesome. Sports city, hockey town, hadn’t won in a long time, so it was awesome.”

[email protected] takes us on a tour of his tattoos for #GQTattooTour pic.twitter.com/vAm1t2q0tk
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) February 26, 2020

Despite being a healthy scratch during the first two rounds, Seguin gave the injury-riddled Bruins a much-needed boost in the latter half of the postseason. The then-19-year-old notched seven points (three goals, four assists) in 13 games, providing an injury-riddled squad a bit of assistance on its way to Boston’s first Stanley Cup championship in 36 years.
Nine years and several tattoos later, Seguin and the Stars are amidst another solid campaign after falling to the eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in the second round of the 2019 playoffs. But it certainly is nice to know the 2011 Bruins team still holds a special place in his heart.

Red Sox’s Chris Sale Accurately Sums Up The Parking Situation In Boston

Spring training is a great time for new additions to an organization to get to know their teammates and learn about the new city they’re moving to.
When it comes to Boston, pitchers Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez would be remiss not to have informed free agent signing Martin Perez about the traffic situation in the city.
In the second episode of “Red Sox All-Access,” the starters forewarn Perez about parallel parking before he had to see Southie for himself, (you can watch a shortened clip here).
The conversation started with Rodriguez suggesting Sale get a Lamborghini, followed by an emphatic “no” from Sale. That prompted a conversation of the difficulties of driving that intrigued Perez.
“Oh my God, when you get to Boston you’re gonna see our parking situation,” Sale said to Perez after explaining to Rodriguez why he bought an Audi to get around Boston instead of trying to navigate his truck or SUV around the narrow streets of the city.
“Well when you parallel park and people literally just, like, run into you. And they’re like, ‘eh whatever. I’ll just take off.’”
Chris Sale signed a five-year, $145 million extension last season, so unless he gets traded, he’ll have to deal with Boston traffic for the foreseeable future. If someone as rich as him hasn’t found a more convenient way to park and get around yet, the rest of us are certainly doomed.

NFL Rumors: Colts ‘Most Likely’ Landing Spot For Free Agent QB Philip Rivers

We know Philip Rivers won’t be in a Los Angeles Chargers uniform when the 2020 NFL season begins.
So, where will he end up?
The quarterback and Chargers parted ways Feb. 10 after 14 seasons in L.A. Many speculated this would happen after he moved his family out of San Diego. There are a few teams out there looking for a QB, but NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport believes the Indianapolis Colts “most likely” will be the team he ends up with.
“That does seem like the most likely option,” he said Wednesday. “And from other opponents, from people I’ve spoken to here, there are many many people who think Philip Rivers is going to ultimately end up as a member of the Colts.
“I would also not rule out the Raiders, if they are looking for a veteran quarterback,” Rapoport added. “Tom Brady has been floated by some. I would expect them to take a look at Rivers as well.”
Oakland doesn’t seem necessarily committed to Derek Carr as general manager Mike Mayock said if his team has a chance to upgrade at any position, they will look into it. And adding Rivers could provide a boost to the Silver and Black.
And of course, the Brady has been connected to the Chargers and Raiders since the end of the 2019 season.
The new league year begins March 18.

Multiple Factors Affecting Patriots’ Approach To 2020 Free Agency

INDIANAPOLIS — The New England Patriots aren’t in a rush to get going on free agency.
And that’s not unusual for the Patriots, who sometimes wait to reach out to their own free agents until the start of the league year. But the Patriots are almost forced to take a wait-and-see approach with their free agents — many of which are pivotal players — this year due to multiple factors, many of which involve free-agent quarterback Tom Brady.
The Patriots have somewhere between $29 million and $42 million in cap space, depending on which source you trust most. Brady figures to eat up at least $25 million of that — if he re-signs — depending on when a deal is struck and the length of the contract.
And the amount of cap space Brady will eat up is dependent upon when and if the NFL Players Association and owners can agree to a new collective bargaining agreement by March 18, the start of the new league year. If an agreement is made, then it will be easier to sign Brady to a lower 2020 cap hit. And that, in turn, will make it easier for the Patriots to re-sign some of their own free agents.
But until they know all of that then it’s tough to do anything decisive. Say the two sides can’t agree and a new CBA isn’t forged before March 18. And then say Brady signs after March 18 at 4 p.m., so his $13.5 million cap hit accelerates onto the 2020 books. And then say Brady signs a one-year, $25 million deal with the Patriots. Then the Patriots suddenly have about $4 million in cap room to play around with until they make other cuts or trades.
If the Patriots strike a deal with one of their other free agents before Brady re-signs, then they might have to make additional moves just to find cap room to lock up Brady.
So, everything is in flux, leaving people to wonder what the Patriots are doing with three weeks until free agency begins.
And despite some more decisive reports, no one truly knows what Brady is doing next season because even the quarterback himself isn’t sure. So, things will stay in flux with the Patriots until certain important dominos fall to set off a chain reaction.

New England Revolution’s Henry Kessler Impressing Early On

The New England Revolution drafted Henry Kessler out of the University of Virginia with the 6th overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. New England had attempted to trade up to grab Kessler but was unable to do so. Thankfully for them, Kessler fell to their No. 6 pick. While Kessler has only played in preseason action for the Revolution he has certainly taken strides in adjusting to life in MLS.

“Being a new player in the professional ranks is always challenging and I think he’s adjusted pretty quickly, and I think his teammates have helped him in that transition, as well.”Bruce Arena

During preseason play Kessler has been slotted in at center-back and for the most part, has held his own against attacking players. Very few mistakes for a player of his experience and was able to remain cool, calm, and collected when under pressure. Another under the radar skill he showcased during the preseason was his ability to pass out of the back. While stats are not available for those matches it was clear that Kessler didn’t rush his decision making when passing and was able to smartly move the ball to a teammate. While there were certainly some mistakes, you can’t help but be impressed.

“I told Henry before the Portland game, I pulled him aside, I said, ‘Look, you’ve impressed a lot of people during preseason. This is kind of what it’s going to feel like and what it’s going to take to succeed in an MLS match, in this game. Let’s be focused for 90 minutes. Let’s talk a lot.’ I think for him, he’s always been vocal from day one. That was the report I heard from afar. I think for him, also being patient and understanding it’s a long season. If he starts on day one, if he doesn’t start on day one, he needs to continue to work and find that consistency, and I think he’ll be a great player for this club.”Revolution Goalkeeper Matt Turner on Kessler

Bouksa

With Carles Gil absent from preseason action with an injury there has been more time for Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa to develop chemistry.

“That’s what the preseason is about. We want to get that connection going with me and him. I’m learning him and he’s adapting to what we do here as a team and so far so good in the offensive zone. That’s what the preseason is for, just for us to kind of get used to each other and I think that’s going pretty good.”Bou on Buksa

Buksa “has done well” according to Arena on integrating into the team and according to the player himself he is ready for MLS action.

“The six weeks were very important. I got to know all the players, all the coaches, so I’m in a good spot right now. Now is the time for competing. I think we’re ready. We’re ready to face the upcoming opponents and we hope to win these first games, because it’s very important for the rest of the season, for building up the self-confidence. We’re ready and we can’t wait to start playing already.”Adam Buksa on geting acclimated

Buksa and Kessler will have their first chance to play in an MLS game on Saturday when the Revolution take on the Montreal Impact.
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NFL Rumors: Patriots Videotaping Investigation (Finally) Wrapping Up?

We’re more than three weeks removed from Super Bowl LIV — and thus the end of the 2019 season — and nearly three months removed from the infraction in question, yet the NFL still is investigating the New England Patriots for illegally videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline from the Cleveland Browns’ press box on Dec. 8.
What’s taking so long? Good question.
Fortunately, it appears we’re finally nearing a resolution. The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin reported Wednesday, citing league sources at the NFL Scouting Combine, that the NFL is getting closer to wrapping up its investigation.
Here’s more from Volin:
Last week, NFL Security completed what was believed to be the final interview with a Patriots employee. Now the security officials must write up their report, then hand it up the chain of command, where it will eventually land on the desk of commissioner Roger Goodell, who will approve of a final course of action.
There is still no precise timetable for a release of the findings, but it is drawing close. The NFL declined to comment on the investigation.
The Patriots accepted responsibility for the incident back in mid-December, saying a video producer working for Kraft Sports Productions taped the Bengals’ sideline to capture footage for an online feature on a New England advance scout. According to the team, the producer was unaware that capturing such footage violated NFL rules and the Patriots’ football operations department, including Bill Belichick, had no involvement.
That said, New England still might be disciplined for what took place, especially given the organization’s past involvement in Spygate. Volin speculated Wednesday the Patriots could face a fine of up to $500,000 and a loss of a mid- or late-round draft pick.