Celtics Steal MLB Trading Day Headlines

It’s done.

Mark Murphy reports that the Kevin Garnett deal has been finalized. Boston.com has the press release from the Celtics.

FSN will be airing the Celtics press conference at 6:00 and Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are all expected to be in attendance.

This trade process had plenty of bumps in the media process, as Murphy’s original report omitted Gerald Green as part of the deal, which was later corrected. Yesterday of course, Shira Springer had a report for an hour on Boston.com that Al Jefferson was not a part of the deal.

As of early this afternoon, several national outlets are reporting that the Red Sox are the favorites to acquire Rangers closer Eric Gagne. (done deal) Boston was also connected with White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, but those talks have seemingly broken down. It was being reported that the Dye and the White Sox were now working on an extension…sounds just like the Mark Buehrle deal a few weeks back.

And we thought yesterday was insane.

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On Patriots Daily, we know of at least two Patriots who must be pleased with the Garnett trade.

Ken Rosenthal says that the Red Sox might allow Gagne to share the closing duties with Jonathan Papelbon.

Gordon Edes had a Boston.com chat this noontime.

Jon Heyman looks at the Red Sox staying busy on deadline day.

Chris Mannix says that Kevin Garnett is a huge plus for the Celtics, but that they still have plenty of holes on their team.

Michael Ventre says that the Celtics are relevant again with Garnett.

Adrian Wojnarowski says that Garnett to the Celtics is just what the NBA needed.

Jim Armstrong says that Randy Moss and the Patriots will be a disappointment this season.

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Tonight
7:00pm, NESN – Orioles @ Red Sox
10:00pm, ESPN2 – Giants @ Dodgers

It’s a longshot, but there could be three huge baseball milestones tonight. Tom Glavine is going for his 300th win. Barry Bonds could tie or break the all time home run record, and Alex Rodriguez could hit his 500th career home run.

Discuss today’s events on the BSMW Social Network

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Big Ticket to Contention?

What a day yesterday was. Tailor-made for both sports radio and the internet, with plenty of talk, speculation and anger, both about the Red Sox, but more so about the Celtics and their pursuit of relevance.

Although the trade still isn’t complete, it seems a foregone conclusion that Kevin Garnett will be wearing Celtic green next season. Shira Springer says that the deal is complete in principle, the only thing remaining to be worked out is Garnett’s contract. Mark Murphy says that talks had slowed a little last night as there are “many details” yet to be resolved before this trade can be made official. Desmond Conner says that the Celtics appear to have landed the one big piece they needed to become a true contender.

Jackie MacMullan is back on board the Celtics bandwagon, gushing over what Garnett can bring the Celtics and how it could change everything for this franchise. Gerry Callahan weighs in, and he notes that just as things had hit rock bottom a couple of months ago, all of a sudden, the Celtics are now back to being contenders with this deal. Bill Simmons weighs in on the trade, and after the jokes about Kevin McHale helping out his old team, makes some good points about the trade and what the Celtics are now capable of. Scott Souza says that this trade is going to define Danny Ainge’s tenure here on Boston. Tim Weisberg says that the Celtics have sacrificed their future, but it all just might be worth it, if Garnett is their ticket back to a championship level.

Steve Bulpett says that ultimately, winning will be the only true way to judge this deal. Kevin Henkin says that somewhere, Red Auerbach is smiling his approval of this deal. Kevin McNamara says that at long last, the Celtics are ready to roll again. Carol Robidoux asks fans if this move is enough to make them care about the Celtics again. Chad Finn also weighs in with his thoughts on the deal.

Red Sox
Gordon Edes reports that a potential deal for White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye is still a possibility before this afternoon’s trading deadline. Jeff Horrigan says that the Red Sox are pushing to acquire both Dye and Texas reliever Eric Gagne. Sean McAdam says that as of last night, the Red Sox were stonewalled in their efforts to make a deal to improve their club. Garry Brown says that the Red Sox appear to be tinkering more than working on a blockbuster. Alex Speier says that a big deal seems unlikely for the Red Sox today.

Rob Bradford looks at the impact that trading away prospects can have, especially when you factor in all the investment that the club has put into the minor leaguers. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox reluctant to part with any of their top prospects today to acquire veteran help for the stretch run. Paul Jarvey says that it seems unlikely that the Red Sox will make a deal today. Joe Haggerty has Manny Ramirez back in the swing of things at the plate. Speier also looks at the ultimate trade deadline deal, 10 Years After the fact. Hint: Heathcliff Slocumb was involved.

Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Manny Ramirez being named the American League Player of the Week. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Manny’s honor, as well as plans for a Bobby Doerr day at Fenway this Thursday – 60 years after the original Bobby Doerr day.

Patriots
Mike Reiss and David Heuschkel report on cornerback Chad Scott being lost for the season after being placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. Albert Breer has the Patriots players working on their on-field communication. Mark Farinella says that Tedy Bruschi still has plenty left in the tank. Eric McHugh has Tom Brady looking and feeling great as he approaches 30.

John Tomase looks at second year kicker Stephen Gostkowski going about his business in camp this year without the spotlight – quite a change from last year when he was attempting to replace Adam Vinatieri. Carolyn Thornton has Gostkowski refusing to take things easy in camp just because he doesn’t have any competition. Chris Price has veterans giving rookies advice on how to survive training camp.

Steve Buckley looks at Wes Welker fighting the same challenge as Dustin Pedroia…having to overcome people saying he’s too small. Jennifer Toland has Randall Gay looking to stay healthy and step up his role, especially with the loss of Scott. Shalise Manza Young has another Patriots defensive back, Eugene Wilson, also looking to stay healthy this season and get back to his Super Bowl form. Dan Pires has Jabar Gaffney looking to prove himself and stick with the Patriots for a second season. Buckley also has James Sanders looking forward to his hard work paying off with a bigger role this season.

Charles Robinson on Yahoo! Sports has a must-read story on the connection between Bill Belichick and Bill Walsh, the former 49er head coach who passed away yesterday. Nick Cafardo writes about Walsh’s love of baseball and other sports besides football. Christopher Price says that Walsh paved the way for Belichick in the NFL. Ian O’Connor lists the ways that Belichick and Eric Mangini don’t measure up to Walsh, saying that he was much more than just a “scheme-spewing drone.”

Tomase’s notebook has more on Scott being placed on IR. The Globe notebook has more on Gostkowski. Toland’s notebook has Belichick speaking on Walsh. Pires’s notebook has more on Scott being finished for the season. Farinella’s notebook looks at the challenges of holding training camp sessions in the practice bubble.

Deal or No Deal?

Update: The Associated Press says that the deal is done.

Sweet Jesus.

What a crazy day. Shira Springer reported around 1:45 this afternoon that the latest edition of the Kevin Garnett to Boston trade did not include Al Jefferson or Rajon Rondo going to Minnesota as part of the deal.

That lasted an hour. In fact, Springer updated an hour later to say Jefferson was back in the deal. Was he ever really out of the deal? I don’t think so.

Meanwhile, at noon, Steve Bulpett was saying that the deal was “essentially completed.”

Just get this thing done already. Nothing makes more nervous than media reports of blockbluster deals that “could be completed in the next 48 hours.” Doesn’t it seem like those deals never get done? With all the variations of this trade being floated around out there, it would seem that things are not as far along as some are reporting. John Dennis and Jon Meterparel reported the deal “done” this morning – it appears that was a little premature.

Keep up with the latest rumors and posts at CelticsLinks.com.

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Congratulations to Michael Holley, who announced that he got married during his recent vacation from his mid-day show on WEEI.

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Jessica Heslam had a breakdown on Friday of the latest radio ratings for Boston. Seems the absence of Gerry Callahan didn’t hurt the WEEI morning show any, as they finished just behind WXKS-FM in the 25-54 demographic. They also handily won the afternoon drive slot in that same demo, and also finished first overall in that demo for all week listening. For all listeners over 12, WEEI finished tied for 5th in the Boston market with sister station WRKO.

This was one of the better ratings breakdowns that I’ve seen posted.

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Jermaine Dye to the Red Sox? Maybe, but the latest post by Gordon Edes has the price too high still for the Red Sox. (Check RedSoxLinks.com for the latest.)

Red Sox Monster has a Baltimore columnist predicting that the Red Sox are going choke away the A.L. East and finish out of the playoffs.

Pat Kirwan has a report from Patriots training camp.

Don Banks was also in Foxboro for the start of training camp.

John Gonzalez has a feature on Rich Garces for Boston Magazine.

Peter King has another edition of Monday Morning Quarterback.

Tony Massarotti looks at the top five names on the MLB trading block.

Sean McAdam says not to expect too many blockbuster trades at this trading deadline.

Adam Schein says that Eric Mangini might not be considered as much of a Man-genius this season.

Chad Finn has his Nine Innings national column for FoxSports.

Former 49er head coach Bill Walsh has passed away.

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Tonight

7:00pm, ESPN – Phillies @ Cubs

Sox Can’t Sweep

After beating the Indians 1-0 last week, Daisuke Matsuzaka took a shutout into the seventh inning yesterday afternoon in Tampa before giving up a solo home run. However, once again the Red Sox were unable to provide any run support and ended up falling 5-2 to the Devil Rays, missing out on a sweep of the three game series.

Jeff Horrigan notes that this was a good road trip for the Red Sox, as they come back home still holding an eight game lead over the Yankees. Amalie Benjamin has the Rays spoiling the finale of a very successful road trip for the Red Sox. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox bullpen melting down for the second straight day in Tampa. Jeff Goldberg has Manny Delcarmen stumbling in relief of Matsuzaka. Paul Jarvey has the Rays using the long ball to finally silence the Red Sox fans who invaded their dome this weekend.

Rob Bradford notes that there are no Manny Ramirez trade rumors at this deadline period, and that seems to sit fine with just about everyone around the Red Sox, including Manny. The other Manny, Delcarmen, got lit up yesterday, prompting talk from Nick Cafardo that the Sox might need bullpen help just as much as another bat. Bradford notes that Japanese pitchers usually need some time to adjust to the baseball used here in America, because it is different from the Japanese ball, in size and consistency. Horrigan has Matsuzaka working with Doug Mirabelli for the first time yesterday, and things ended up going pretty smoothly for the pair.

Horrigan’s notebook has Mike Timlin needing a rest for his aching shoulder, but hoping to avoid the DL. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Dice-K and Mirabelli working together for the first time. McDonald’s notebook leads off with more on the combination. Jarvey’s notebook says that the pair appeared solid in their debut together.

Bob Hohler has Barry Bonds hitting the road in pursuit of the home run record after failing to reach the accomplishment on the recent homestand.

Patriots
Mike Reiss has Tom Brady pacing himself in camp, monitoring his throws as he and team aim to protect his arm from extended wear and tear. John Tomase has Brady liking what he sees from his offense early on. (or did Albert Breer write this one?) Mark Farinella has Brady pleased with the potential that this team has, but realizing that coming together as a unit takes time. Michael Parente has the Patriots providing Brady with plenty of new weapons this season. Jennifer Toland has Brady spreading passes and praise for his new options. David Heuschkel also looks at Brady getting to know his new receivers. David Brown also has Brady working on building his new offense.

Steve Buckley says Brady will be making his own decision on where to be when his baby finally arrives.

Remember all the talk after the AFC Championship Game loss that Tedy Bruschi was seriously thinking of retirement? In Daniel Malloy‘s article today, Bruschi says he did not consider retirement. Tomase has more on Bruschi who is ready to play on despite his advancing years. Albert Breer has another linebacker, Mike Vrabel, glad for the versatile reinforcements at his position, and ready to take on another season.

Robert Lee has first round pick Brandon Meriweather learning on the job, with such veterans as Rodney Harrison there to guide him along. Breer has more on Brandon Meriweather getting on the field and learning fast after getting his contract signed. Christopher Price also has a look at Meriweather settling in.

We’ve also got a Monday update at PatriotsDaily.com

The Globe notebook has Jabar Gaffney standing out from the crowd at wide receiver during the first few days of camp. Tomase’s notebook has more on Gaffney, who appears to be picking up right where he left off in the postseason, where he was the team’s most productive receiver. One note – the article says Gaffney came to the Patriots after the Texans didn’t offer him a contract…he actually was signed by the Eagles last year and cut in training camp. Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has more on Bruschi, who likes the mix of skills that the Patriots have at the linebacker position. Toland’s notebook also looks at Bruschi, as he prepares to enter his 12th season. Dan Pires’s notebook has still more on Bruschi, who is pumped for the new season.

Celtics
The Kevin Garnett trade rumors are back. Jeff Goodman on FOXSports.com and Marc Stein on ESPN.com say that a deal could be close for the Timberwolves star. Maybe the Celtics will make a bigger trade than the Red Sox at the July 31st deadline? Keep up with the news at CelticsLinks.com

National Media Columns

Just a few links as we head into the weekend, as the launch of PatriotsDaily.com has consumed the week.

By the way, the plan for the weekend over there is to have links in the morning along with a look at the action from training camp.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are in Tampa this weekend, keep up with the action on RedSoxLinks.com.

The Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, AFL title game, and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard highlight the national sports event this weekend…those and the Barry Bonds home run chase.

National Media Columns

Boston/New York
David Scott – Boston-bred Bryant Bounces to ESPN
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell – ESPN’s coverage will air it out
Richard Sandomir – Unfettered Rose Inquiry a Contrast to N.B.A.’s Case
Neil Best – Ex-Isle GM Milbury will join NBC’s hockey team
Bob Raissman – Mets voices off base & on babble
Phil Mushnick – Good News From Bad Ref? You Bet!

More East Coast
Michael Hiestand – ESPN steps up coverage for Bonds’ home run chase
Chris Zelkovich – Very little Canadian about Open coverage
Laura Nachman – Former Eagle tackles second career
Leonard Shapiro – Wouldn’t It Be Nice…
Jim Williams – Baltimore media descends on Cooperstown
Jim Williams – What do Beckham and Geraldo have in common?

South
Barry Jackson – Dolphins radio gig excites Mandich
Barry Horn – Double take
David Barron – Franklin fine following scary auto accident

Midwest
Teddy Greenstein – Comcast, Big Ten continue cold war
Judd Zulgad – Getting Twins on KSTP not easy for some
Bob Wolfley – A chance for sweet-talk

West Coast
Jim Carlisle – ESPN won’t just be shooting the breeze
John Maffei – The Hall truth on watching Gwynn
Jay Posner – Proctor has been there for both Gwynn, Ripken
Tom Hoffarth – Media notes, the stuff that’s not good enough
Larry Stewart – Patrick finds a new course for career
Larry Stewart – Announcers can make history too

Blogosphere
Sports Media Watch – Weekend ratings predictions.
Sports Media Journal – You Too Can Be On ESPN. But Why?

Another New Beginning

The first day of NFL training camp is a bittersweet day. No matter how hot and muggy it is right now, you know that when all is said and done, the season will end with snow on the ground and ice in your blood. It’s a reminder of how fast things go in life. There’s a lot to be excited about this Patriots season, and it all begins today.

PatriotsDaily.com kicks off coverage of the season with a extended Training Camp edition of the Roundtable.

The “Questions” column is a staple whenever a team is about to start the season. Today is no exception. We’ve got questions columns, plenty of them. John Tomase has six. Shalise Manza Young has seven. Ian M. Clark only has four. Eric McHugh submits ten. Christopher Price and Jeff Howe have five things to look for in camp. David Heuschkel also gives us a number of storylines and questions from camp.

Jackie MacMullan says that once again, Rodney Harrison enters camp with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Albert Breer says that Asante Samuel deserves a little more credit than some are willing to give him. Karen Guregian and Breer has Samuel set to stay home until something gets worked out in his contract situation. Young says that Samuel could end up joining his teammates sooner rather than later.

Christopher L. Gasper has Troy Brown approaching this training camp just as he has the last 14 for the Patriots, just trying to compete for a job. (Bob Ryan gave Gasper some serious love on a WROR appearance yesterday morning, saying that this kid “has it.”) Mike Reiss notes that the Patriots continuity on both the offensive and defensive lines has given them a solid foundation. Mark Farinella previews the defense, and says that Asante Samuel’s return is the biggest question mark for this unit. Thomas also notes that Brandon Meriweather doesn’t have a deal, either.

Dan Shaughnessy is making Super Bowl reservations. David Brown says that we can expect a circus in training camp, though it might not be as entertaining as we’d like it to be. Lenny Megliola says that the Tom Brady/Peyton Manning rivalry is at an all time high right now.

Gasper’s notebook has more on Samuel likely not showing up today. Brown’s notebook has more on Samuel and Meriweather.

Red Sox
The Red Sox celebrated the start of Patriots training camp by scoring two touchdowns and holding the Cleveland Indians to three field goals in a 14-9 victory at Jacob’s Field.

Jeff Horrigan looks at the Red Sox bats (including Wily Mo Pena) coming to life in a big way last night. Nick Cafardo has more on a big night at the plate for the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox changing things up after only scoring one run over the last two games prior to last night. Bill Ballou has the Red Sox adding on to their lead over the Yankees in the process. Joe McDonald has the Sox hitting the Indians with both barrels last night.

Rob Bradford has Manny Ramirez hitting what he called the longest home run of his career last night, showing that he can still surprise after 15 years in the league. Amalie Benjamin has a look at a big night for Pena, who had a single, two doubles and a home run. Joe Haggerty has a look at Gabbard, who prior to last night, had been rolling along for the Red Sox. Bradford has David Ortiz looking for the Red Sox to make a move at the trade deadline that will bring them some help for the stretch run.

Horrigan has the Red Sox penciling in August 5th as the date for Curt Schilling‘s return to the rotation. Donald Emmons reports on Schilling’s outing for Pawtucket last night. John Wagner has more on the five inning stint for Schilling.

Rich Thompson has the PawSox giving Clay Buchholz a chance to pitch deeper into the game. Benjamin looks at another minor league pitcher that is grabbing attention for the Red Sox, AA right hander Justin Masterson.

Horrigan’s notebook has Kason Gabbard unable to pick up the victory last night despite all the run support. Cafardo’s notebook has the Red Sox unwilling to overpay for any trade in the next few days. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Schilling’s rehab start last night. Ballou’s notebook has Terry Francona saying that he’ll be happy if his club stays just as it is at the trade deadline. The Projo notebook says that deals are possible, but not imminent.

David Scott has word of Howard Bryant on the move once more, this time over to ESPN. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has ESPN going all out with their NASCAR coverage.

Announcing PatriotsDaily.com!

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new website that promises to bring fans of the New England Patriots daily analysis of their favorite team. In addition, the site will present the very latest in web technology to offer readers a rich multimedia experience. Readers will be strongly encouraged to take part in the discussions on the site, allowing them to weigh in on the latest news and events.

The website is Patriots Daily and can be found at http://www.patriotsdaily.com. The site is now up and running, though regular posting of new content does not start until tomorrow, Friday, July 27th – to coincide with the start of Patriots Training Camp.

The site will incorporate downloadable podcasts, videos and RSS feed subscription services. Other features include interactive book rankings and an automatically updated set of Patriots headline links from across the Internet. One of the goals of the site is to both embrace technology and utilize the latest tools and techniques in social media and blogging.

To that end, the site has partnered with two new companies providing multimedia services to web publishers. The first, Podcastnewsservice.com allows web publishers to instantly turn their content into podcasts. While the implementation has not been done on Patriotsdaily.com just yet, it is already in the works behind the scenes.

The second company is SplashCast Media which allows publishers to set up “channels” and “shows” to play in an embedded player on their website. A Patriots Daily channel has been set up and filled with podcasts, videos and slide shows from around the internet, all focused on the Patriots. These items can be played without leaving the page.

In addition to regularly scheduled daily entries, any breaking news will be covered and commented on quickly, and following the season, the site will feature extensive draft coverage.

Patriotsdaily.com will officially be launched on Friday, July 27th, 2007, with a Patriots Roundtable season preview. Come check the site out today and add a bookmark!

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