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Live chat: Gerry Callahan answers your questions, 11:30 a.m. 01.06.15 at 10:20 pm ET
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Join Gerry Callahan of the Dennis & Callahan show for a live chat, starting at 11:30 Wednesday morning. Ask Callahan anything that’s on your mind, including dirt about his co-hosts or thoughts on the Patriots’ playoff run. Get your questions in now …

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ESPN anchor Stuart Scott dead at 49 01.04.15 at 10:22 am ET
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ESPN announced Sunday morning that longtime anchor Stuart Scott has died at the age of 49. Scott had been battling cancer. He leaves behind two daughters, Taelor (19) and Syndni (15).

Scott worked at ESPN for the past 22 years, having previously worked in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. He played club football at the University of North Carolina after graduating from Reynolds High in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

For a complete retrospective of Scott’s life an career, click here.

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Reports: Jim Harbaugh, 49ers mutually part ways 12.28.14 at 8:04 pm ET
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In a move that surprised no one, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers have mutually parted ways, according to multiple reports.

Harbaugh has been the coach of the 49ers since 2011 and went to the Super Bowl in 2012. Things were ugly in San Fransisco this season, as the 49ers went 8-8 and missed the postseason.

The coach is now a top candidate to be the next coach at the University of Michigan.

Top Boston Sports Stories of 2014, No. 8: Patriots acquire standout CB Darrelle Revis 12.27.14 at 9:20 am ET
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Over the final days of the year, WEEI.com will count down the top 14 stories of 2014 in Boston sports. This is No. 8: Patriots acquire standout cornerback Darrelle Revis. To read other stories in this series, click here.

Darrelle Revis helped turn the Patriots defensive secondary into one of the team's strength. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis helped turn the Patriots defensive secondary into one of the team’s strength. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Heading into the 2014 offseason, the Patriots were in desperate need of a premier pass-catcher. Instead, they got one of the league’s best at shutting down other team’s receivers.

The courtship of Darrelle Revis was brief and profitable. The veteran cornerback agreed to a deal with the Patriots on March 12 just hours after being released by the Buccaneers in a cost-cutting move.

Revis, whose best days were with the rival Jets from 2007-12, helped transform a New England defensive secondary that had struggled the previous few seasons, leading some to call him the 2014 Patriots MVP.

Heading into the final two games of the regular season, Revis had been targeted 74 times by opposing quarterbacks, who completed just 50 percent of those passes. The passer rating of those QBs when throwing at Revis was 68.7.

With Revis — along with some other key additions — the Patriots defense has improved from a rank of 25th in yards allowed and 23rd in points allowed last season to 16th in yards and eighth in points.

You needn’t convince Tom Brady of Revis’ importance to the team.

“He’€™s a phenomenal player and I’€™ve loved playing with him,” Brady said last week. ‘€œI’€™ve hated playing against him, and I’€™ve had my fair share of those opportunities. He’€™s a great teammate. He’€™s a phenomenal player. I think the thing that I’€™m so impressed with is his coverage skills without getting penalties.”

Revis also appears to have bought into the Patriot Way, focusing on the team rather than individual performance.

“Look, it’€™s a team effort, it’€™s a defensive effort. It’€™s all aboard,” he said earlier this month. “We have great, talented players on this team, this defense. We just have to continue to play great team ball, chemistry ball. We’€™ve been doing that. Guys have been coming to work. It doesn’€™t have anything to do with me, or me being the focal point. Everybody is doing their job, and it’€™s working well for us.”

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Top Boston Sports Stories of 2014, No. 10: Bruins trade Johnny Boychuk to Islanders 12.26.14 at 10:44 am ET
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Over the final days of the year, WEEI.com will count down the top 14 stories of 2014 in Boston sports. This is No. 10: Bruins trade Johnny Boychuk to Islanders. To read other stories in this series, click here.

Johnny Boychuk (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

Johnny Boychuk spent five productive seasons on the blue line for the Bruins before being sent to the Islanders in a cost-cutting move. (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

It was a rare trade that, upon announcing its completion, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli acknowledged it made his team worse.

When the Bruins sent Johnny Boychuk to the Islanders on Oct. 4, there was no hiding the fact that the move was made purely for financial considerations. The Bruins sent the 30-year-old defenseman to New York in order to clear his $3.36 million salary from the books and because it appeared unlikely they would be able to re-sign him when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. They received two second-round draft picks and a conditional third-rounder in return.

“This doesn’t make us better now, obviously,” Chiarelli said at the time, “but it’s something that, when I look at it in a series of steps, I think we made the right move.”

With Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith set to become restricted free agents and Carl Soderberg an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, Chiarelli gave himself one less player to fit under the cap.

“We’ve got a lot of people to sign,” Chiarelli said. “There’s a list of priorities, and part of my job is to prioritize things. That’s a little bit of how it shakes out. I’d love to keep this team together player to player as long as I could if I felt it was prudent on the hockey front and the financial front. I’ve tried to keep the critical mass together and will continue to provide the right moves for the organization.”

Boychuk said the writing was on the wall.

“Everybody knew somebody was going to get traded,” he said. “Everybody. Everybody on the team.”

When he received the phone call from Chiarelli, Boychuk knew it was bad news.

“Peter phoned me when I was just waking up from my pregame nap, because I was supposed to play [against Detroit],” Boychuk. “As soon as I said ‘Hello’€™ and he said, ‘€˜Hi, Johnny, this is Peter,’€™ I was like, ‘Ugh.’€™ You know that you’€™re getting traded when Pete calls you.”

Added Boychuk: “He praised me, and obviously I was upset. It was the fact that I was leaving Boston and there’s a lot of things going through your mind when it happened. He said all positive things. It’s not like I [got myself traded]. You try to make things as hard as possible. It is what it is.”

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Poll: Who is Boston sports person of 2014? 12.24.14 at 12:24 pm ET
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Who is the Boston sports person of the year for 2014?

  • Pete Frates (29%, 290 Votes)
  • Tom Brady (26%, 257 Votes)
  • Rob Gronkowski (20%, 195 Votes)
  • Darrelle Revis (11%, 109 Votes)
  • David Ortiz (7%, 70 Votes)
  • Jon Lester (3%, 26 Votes)
  • Patrice Bergeron (2%, 24 Votes)
  • Tuukka Rask (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Rajon Rondo (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Zdeno Chara (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 988

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Report: Jimmy Clausen starting over Jay Cutler this week 12.18.14 at 9:22 am ET
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In somewhat of a surprise move, the Bears are benching veteran quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen, a 2010 second-round pick out of Notre Dame, according to ESPN. Clausen was originally drafted by the Panthers.

Cutler, the highest-paid offensive player in the NFL this season at $22.5 million, signed a seven-year contract after last season. The Bears are 5-9 and Cutler is having a disappointing season, throwing 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions this season. Of the Bears’ 14 games, Cutler has thrown multiple interceptions in seven of them.

Clausen played in 13 games in his rookie season with Carolina, starting 10, and went 1-9. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton the following season.

The Bears take on the Lions this Sunday in Chicago.

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Report: Cam Newton involved in car accident 12.09.14 at 1:39 pm ET
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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a car accident this afternoon outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was reportedly alert, conscious and able to respond after accident with there being a picture of him smiling before being transported to the hospital in an ambulance.


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Marvin Lewis refers to Johnny Manziel as a ‘midget’ 12.09.14 at 10:16 am ET
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Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis was asked on WLW-AM in Cincinnati about what it would be like to face rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel when the Bengals take on the Browns Sunday. Lewis gave a rather interesting response.

“You gotta go defend the offense. You don’t defend the player,” Lewis said before adding, “Particularly a midget.”

Lewis did later apologize for the comment.

“I apologize to Johnny, the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland,” Lewis said. “It was just a poor remark. I really didn’t mean anything by it.”

The Browns will host the Bengals Sunday at 1 p.m., which is reportedly going to be Manziel’s first career NFL start.

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Johnny Manziel on starting at quarterback: ‘Maybe next time it will be a yes’ 12.04.14 at 9:39 am ET
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Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

After relieving quarterback Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer on Sunday in Buffalo and going 5-for-8 passing for 63 yards, it was not enough for Johnny Manziel to get the start this week against the Colts. Head coach Mike Pettine announced earlier in the week Hoyer would be the starter.

“[Pettine]’s answer is no,” said Manziel, via ESPN.com. “Hopefully moving forward, whatever transpires, maybe next time it will be a yes.”

The rookie is focused on getting better each week and isn’t changing his attitude because he isn’t starting this week.

“I want to show even through practice, even after this, that my mood hasn’t changed,” Manziel said. “I’m not taking this lightly. All this is going to do is motivate me to come in here to work every day, come to practice, continue to try and elevate my game to where next time in a situation like this maybe there’s no doubt.”

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