Because he asked, here’s what I would suggest Bill Belichick do with the Patriots this spring when he is building his roster for a run at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.



MIKE PETRAGLIA

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According to the Boston Herald, Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis recently got engaged to Tom Brady's sister Julie, a California schoolteacher who has a 5-year-old daughter.

The Inside Track report indicates that Youkilis, who married Enza Sambataro in Mexico in 2008 but reportedly parted ways in 2010, was with the Bradys in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl. Although, it should be noted that the Herald gossip columnists reported in October that Youkilis was spending time with a different Brady sister, Nancy (a story that was soon removed from the paper's website).

Red Sox legend Oil Can Boyd admitted Wednesday that he frequently used cocaine during his major league career, often before he pitched.

"Oh, yeah, at every ballpark," Boyd told WBZ NewsRadio's Jonny Miller. "There wasn't one ballpark that I probably didn't stay up all night, until 4 or 5 in the morning, and the same thing is still in your system. It's not like you have time to go do it while in theme, which I had done that.

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs offered his take on the Gisele Bundchen controversy, after Tom Brady's supermodel wife was videotaped criticizing Patriots receivers following Sunday's Super Bowl. Bundchen was responding to a heckling Giants fan when she said that her husband could not catch the ball as well as throw it.

Said Jacobs to reporters at Tuesday's Giants victory parade in New York: "She just needs to continue to stay cute and shut up."

Knicks fans have found a hero in Harvard product Jeremy Lin, who scored 28 points Monday night in his first career start and led his shorthanded team past the Jazz.

But New York coach Mike D'Antoni was not pleased with the Madison Square Garden faithful, who booed Jared Jeffries on an inconsistent night for the Knicks forward who was filling in for Amar'e Stoudemire (with his family in Florida after the death of his brother).

To no one's surprise, there was a riot on the UMass campus following Sunday night's Super Bowl. Despite a request earlier in the week from Giants receiver and UMass alumnus Victor Cruz for students to "watch the game, be safe, enjoy the parties, and don't hurt anybody or anything," thousands of students assembled in the Southwest Plaza and the situation quickly turned ugly, following a pattern of behavior seen after major sporting events involving area teams.

According to multiple reports, two doctors cleared Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to return to football, and a spokesman for one of the doctors confirmed this fact.

"Peyton Manning underwent a thorough medical re-evaluation as part of a postoperative visit with his surgeon," read a Thursday statement from Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed neck surgery on Manning. "As a result of this examination, Manning is medically cleared to play professional football."

More than 70 people were killed during a riot at a soccer game in Egypt on Wednesday, and fingers are being pointed at the police for failing to prevent fans from bringing weapons into the stadium and standing by while the melee exploded.

"People here are dying, and no one is doing a thing. It's like a war," said Mohammed Abu Trika, a star player for Al Ahly, which was upset by the home team, El Masry. "Is life this cheap?"

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed disappointment that his teammates in Sunday's Pro Bowl did not give their best effort. The NFC lost the game, 59-41.

"I'll be honest with you. I was a little disappointed," Rodgers told Milwaukee radio station ESPN 540. "I felt like some of the guys on the NFC side embarrassed themselves."

Added Rodgers: "I was just surprised that some of the guys either didn't want to play or when they were in there didn't put any effort into it."

Women's Professional Soccer, a league that includes the Boston Breakers, will take the 2012 season off as it attempts to settle a dispute with an ousted team owner. The league indicated it hopes to return in 2013.

Dan Borislow bought the Washington Freedom before last season and moved them to South Florida, renaming them magicJack, after the company he owns. Things quickly turned sour, and Borislow sued WPS in August. The league responded by accusing him of "unprofessional and disparaging treatment of his players to failure to pay his bills."