The Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park Thursday night, inching the team closer to the AL East title. J.D. Martinez notched his 41st homer of the season, tying league leader Khris Davis. After losing a two-run lead in the eighth, the Sox rallied in the bottom of the frame to tie the score, 3-3. Xander Bogaerts got the wheels rolling when he stole third and scored the winning run on an error to get the 4-3 win, Boston’s 101st of the year.
The Sox are back at Fenway tonight, hosting the New York Mets for the first of a three-game series. Here are some more sports headlines for your Friday.
Tom Brady isn’t a top trash talker, according to Gronk
In the wake of Jalen Ramsey’s critiques of the NFL’s biggest names — and one weird comment about taking down his own grandma, should she line up against him on the field — tensions have increased over the past few days as Ramsey gears up to face Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski is able to hold his own when it comes to trash talking; he dismissed Ramsey’s comments as “just part of the game” while stressing he’s focused on just doing his job and withstanding the verbal hits, rather than losing his cool and potentially putting the game at stake.
Meanwhile, Tom Brady is actually a fan of talking trash, saying it “raises everybody’s game as long as it doesn’t get to the point where you do something stupid.”
Brady’s appreciation for some light trash talking may explain his latest Instagram post, which featured Brady and the Jaguars cornerback exchanging words on the field.
But Gronkowski rated Brady’s trash talking game a measly “one out of 10.”
“He’s focused always. He gets going sometimes out on the field, I’ve seen him. Depending on the game, depending on the situation, where he is compared to the defensive players. He hands off the ball, he’s 10 yards back, so it’s not like he can really get after it. I would say usually on his QB sneaks is when he talks trash if he does.”
Maybe since Ramsey has been throwing Brady some slightly-backhanded-but-still-decent compliments lately, he’ll toss in a high five for him too.
— E! News (@enews) September 3, 2015
Bruins hit the ice in China for the first time after delays
Though it was a day later than expected, the Bruins have finally kicked off training camp in Shenzhen, China, holding their first practice on Friday.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 14, 2018
The session was set for Thursday, but the Bruins’ equipment — as well as the Calgary Flames’ — was held at customs in China since their arrival Wednesday night. Once the equipment was cleared, the team got to work, but the delay has thrown them off schedule.
“I think you’ve got to take it in stride,” said Brad Marchand, per NHL’s Eric Russo. “I think you have to expect a little bit of that anytime you travel this far to a foreign country. Things get lost in translation with the amount of stuff we’re taking over. It can be difficult at times, but we’re going to roll with the punches and [that allowed] us to get together a little bit more.”
Although the setback was minor, coach Bruce Cassidy has lost some of that precious observation time, which is a key factor in deciding which rookies to add to the roster. Although the canceled practice and the trip to China could be seen as a disadvantage the team, but Cassidy doesn’t see it that way.
“[It] is a loss of a day for that part, we don’t get to evaluate anybody. That’s too bad,” Cassidy said. “The guys that are in a little bit more competitive environment, they lose a day … When you ask me about being frustrated, it’s not the delay; you lose a day of your eyes on these players when you kind of have a limited viewing as it is. It makes [Friday] and the next day that much more important.” (NHL.com)
Sports Illustrated ranked Kyrie Irving lower than Al Horford in their ‘Top 100’
Sports Illustrated included six Celtics in the annual “Top 100 NBA Players” list, and some of the rankings may raise a few eyebrows.
Horford – 16
Irving – 17
Hayward – 25
Tatum – 39
Brown – 47
Rozier – 82
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) September 12, 2018
SI explained the reasoning behind Irving’s ranking, citing his injuries as the reason for keeping him outside the top 10.
Despite the former No. 1 pick being ranked one spot lower than teammate Al Horford, Irving is still garnering plenty of attention as he enters the last guaranteed year of his contract with the Celtics. According to A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports, the New York Knicks are keeping an eye on the point guard, reportedly citing him as their “first, second, third, and fourth choice.”
The Knicks reportedly consider Kyrie Irving their “No. 1 target” next offseason. But are elite players ready to consider the Knicks as a free agent destination again? We had some, um, differing opinions on set today 😎 pic.twitter.com/rrCEkwZP6E
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) September 14, 2018
The 26-year-old has yet to give a definitive answer regarding his future and is set to make at least $20.1 million with the Celtics this season.
Former Bruin Tyler Seguin signs 8-year, $78.8 million extension
The 26-year-old center signed an eight-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Seguin’s contract has an average annual value of $9.85 million, making him the highest-paid player on the team.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 13, 2018
A former Bruin, Seguin finished last season with 40 goals and 38 assists, and has the second-most goals in the NHL since the start of 2012-13 with 189. He’s been with the Stars since his trade from the Bruins in 2013.
“At the end of the day, I knew where I wanted to be,” Seguin said. “I knew where home was. That was here in Dallas.” (ESPN.com)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 14, 2018
Source : https://www.boston.com/sports/new-england-patriots/2018/09/14/morning-sports-update-tom-brady-trash-talk