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Curt Schilling's reminder: Chewing tobacco remains one of baseball's biggest ...

Rob Bradford  |  08/21/2014 - 12:32am EST

The last bit of chewing tobacco Torey Lovullo ever put in his mouth came out of a trash can. It was just before the first day of 2006, and the longtime chewing tobacco user was trying his best to quit the habit. He had thrown away what he thought was his last plug of chew into a trash bucket, but then he couldn't resist. Back in went the hand, pulling out the source of his addiction for one more go-round. But that was it. A few days later came a New Year's resolution that stands to this day. "I just had seen enough pictures of people dipping for too long. It kind of made me think it was a good idea that I should shut it down," said the Red Sox bench coach. "Those pictures ranged from not having teeth, to having situations where ...

Why can't Patriots find long-term consistency at kick returner?

Christopher Price  |  08/20/2014 - 5:57pm EST

FOXBORO -- For a team that traditionally has placed such a sizable emphasis on special teams, the Patriots’ lack of a consistent presence at the kick return spot over the last five seasons is puzzling. In 2008, Ellis Hobbs averaged 28.5 yards per return, second best in the NFL (45 returns, 1,281 yards). But since Hobbs was dealt to the Eagles after that season, New England has been unable to find a long-term solution at the position. There have been occasional bursts of brilliance -- including the astounding run late last season by LeGarrette Blount, who averaged 29.1 yards per return in just 17 chances -- but relatively no year-to-year continuity. Since the start of the 2009 season, 22 different players have returned at least one kick ...

Why Darrelle Revis isn’t concerned about NFL's newest points of emphasis

Christopher Price  |  08/20/2014 - 1:12am EST

FOXBORO -- While most of the defensive backs around the league are holding their tongues when asked about the new points of emphasis regarding illegal contact and defensive holding -- and the flurry of flags that are going with it -- Darrelle Revis doesn’t sound too concerned. That’s because when it comes to avoiding flags, Revis has been one of the best in the NFL since he entered the league in 2007. As we initially detailed here, the former All-Pro has an astounding ability to avoid penalties -- according to Pro Football Focus, Revis was only one of two corners in the league last season who played at least 900 snaps and had just one penalty. (Chicago’s Tim Jennings was the other.) But it’s not just last year. According ...

Why Xander Bogaerts remains in big leagues

Alex Speier  |  08/19/2014 - 8:51pm EST

The question isn't unreasonable, and there have been times where some Red Sox officials have at least mulled it, even if the answer came down on the side of a resounding no: Why not send down Xander Bogaerts? After all, the demotion of Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket brought into sharp relief Bogaerts' struggles. Bradley was hitting .216 with a .288 OBP and .290 slugging mark, whiffing in 28 percent of his plate appearances, when the Sox optioned him to the PawSox after Sunday's game. Bogaerts, meanwhile, is hitting .226/.293/.339 while striking out in 24 percent of his plate appearances. So why isn't Bogaerts with Bradley in Triple-A at this point? A few reasons, but it's worth starting with one of the most glaring: The Red Sox ...

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08/21/2014 - 12:32am

The last bit of chewing tobacco Torey Lovullo ever put in his mouth came out of a trash can. It was just before the first day of 2006, and the longtime chewing tobacco user was trying his best to quit the habit. He had thrown away what he thought was his last plug of chew into a trash bucket, but then he couldn't resist. Back in went the hand, pulling ... more »

08/19/2014 - 8:51pm

The question isn't unreasonable, and there have been times where some Red Sox officials have at least mulled it, even if the answer came down on the side of a resounding no: Why not send down Xander Bogaerts? After all, the demotion of Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket brought into sharp relief Bogaerts' struggles. Bradley was hitting .216 ... more »

08/20/2014 - 5:57pm

FOXBORO -- For a team that traditionally has placed such a sizable emphasis on special teams, the Patriots’ lack of a consistent presence at the kick return spot over the last five seasons is puzzling. In 2008, Ellis Hobbs averaged 28.5 yards per return, second best in the NFL (45 returns, 1,281 yards). But since Hobbs was dealt to the Eagles ... more »

08/13/2014 - 9:13pm

Tuukka Rask has a bright, well-paid future ahead of him. It would take such a good situation ahead to not want to hold onto a past that includes his first Vezina Trophy. Less than two months after accepting the award given to the league’s best goaltender annually, Rask, who has always had obvious targets in front of him throughout his career, ... more »

08/03/2014 - 10:39pm

Players, not prospects. That was the post-trades spin we heard from the Red Sox after -- correctly, of course -- Ben Cherington went nuclear on the amazingly underperforming 2014 roster. It's a different philosophy, obviously, than what we've seen from the Red Sox (and, really, just about everyone else) in the past. Think about it: Your two best ... more »

07/23/2014 - 7:51pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots should re-sign Devin McCourty now. The Patriots have their stars on defense who have become household names like Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones. They've added cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Wilfork is more than capable of keeping his defensive line in check and in step. Mayo, presuming he's all the ... more »

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