Have Red Sox finished cleaning house?


Have Red Sox finished cleaning house?

The Red Sox have cut payroll, fired Bobby Valentine and hired John Farrell, but are they done with the internal purging that's been going on over the past year?

Gary Tanguay and Joe Haggerty ask what other Red Sox might be looking for a new employer in the near future.

Tanguay questioned whether the purge will ever be complete now that the Red Sox have brought in Farrell, noting that he was a member of the old regime that eventually led to the clubhouse issues in the first place.

Haggerty had one name come to mind immediately:

"Tim Bogar is a guy you want gone because he came out publically and talked about the division between Bobby Valentine and he was one of the lead coaches that was really causing that issue with Bobby Valentine so you need to get him gone. At the end of the day he was a horrible third base coach and really didn't bring a lot to the table for all the trouble he was causing, so you can show him the door."

All the trouble that Alfredo Aceves gave the Red Sox this year, gave Bobby Valentine, all these heated conversations in the dugout, all of the Julian Tavarez-like hijinks, the crazy stuff that he does... I think he's another guy you need to get rid of. I know he's got a live arm but he wore out his welcome in New York with the Yankees and I think we're seeing why."

Tanguay raises John Lackey's name as another guy who has reason to get the boot, but notes that most people are optimistic that Lackey will at least be a decent innings-eater next year, and that's the something the Red Sox need.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 


Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long is donating his salary


Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long is donating his salary

PHILADELPHIA - Chris Long is donating the rest of his year's salary to increase educational equality.

The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he's using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.

"My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality," Long told The Associated Press. "I think we can all agree that equity in education can help affect change that we all want to see in this country."

Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles, including a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed. His base salary in 2017 is $1 million.

The charitable initiative encourages people to make donations to improve equal education opportunities. Long began his career in St. Louis in 2008 and played for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season. Long's foundation has selected four organizations whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to underserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character.

The four organizations are based in the three communities in which Long has played during his NFL career. The city that raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 donation.

"There's a lot of opportunities to help out and they're wonderful organizations," Long said. "We have such a great platform as football players and hopefully fans get behind it."

Long grew up in Charlottesville and starred in high school at St. Anne's-Belfield before going to the University of Virginia. He was moved to start the scholarship program following the violent protests in Charlottesville in August.

"Our hometown is a wonderful place and I feel like people got the wrong idea about what the residents of Charlottesville are all about," he said.