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04/15/2014 - 11:26pm
Report: Patriots showing interest in LB Sam

The Patriots are one of six teams that have shown the most interest in linebacker Michael Sam throughout the pre-draft process, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Sam, the SEC’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year, announced he was gay in February. As a senior at Mizzou in 2013, Sam had 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss while being named a first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection. He is expected to be a mid- to late-round selection in next month’s draft.

Sam has apparently also drawn the interest of the Ravens, Falcons, Colts, Browns and Jets, according to Wilson, quoting a league source.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick issued a statement when Sam made his announcement in February, saying that Sam will be evaluated like any other potential draft prospect.

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04/15/2014 - 11:01pm
Julien: 'We've played fast teams before'

The Detroit Red Wings present plenty of problems for the top team in the East. But Claude Julien isn’t worried about his Bruins being overwhelmed with the many challenges they’ll see from Detroit starting Friday at TD Garden.

The one characteristic that will be brought up often this week will be the speed of the Red Wings, namely Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, David Legwand, Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen.

“We’ve played fast teams before,” Julien said, referring clearly to teams like Montreal and Ottawa...

04/15/2014 - 9:51pm
Uehara gains 'peace of mind' after exam

For Koji Uehara, the stiffness he felt in his right shoulder evoked concern based not so much on the symptoms themselves as the Red Sox closer’s history with comparable discomfort. While with the Rangers, Uehara had once experienced shoulder stiffness, tried to pitch through it and ultimately suffered a setback that led to a couple months on the disabled list.

This time, however, the symptoms subsided quickly, to the point where Uehara was able to have an aggressive long-toss session at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. With that behind him, it came as little surprise — but welcome news — when he was given a clean bill of health after getting checked out at Mass. General on...

04/15/2014 - 9:24pm
Relieved Pedroia expected back on Wednesday

At first, Dustin Pedroia thought that he was just dealing with some soreness related to the ongoing rehab from his offseason surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. But when the issue persisted and worsened, he realized that he’d incurred a separate injury in his wrist when he got wiped out on a double play turn against the Brewers. With the soreness increasing as he continued to play and swing a bat, Pedroia started to imagine worst-case scenarios — foremost, a wrist fracture.

Much to Pedroia’s relief, those scenarios were dismissed on Monday when an exam and MRI at Mass. General revealed that he was dealing only with inflammation rather than a fracture. And so, rather than measuring his absence in weeks or months, Pedroia...

04/15/2014 - 7:50pm
Suspicious bags found at Marathon finish line

According to the Boston Police Dept., the area around the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street has been cordoned off after police discovered suspicious backpacks.

According to WBZ-TV, a man was seen with one of the backpacks, yelling “Boston Strong,” just prior to the area was evacuated. The report also states the man was barefoot and wore a long black veil.

The Copley Station Green Line has been closed while an investigation of the scene is taken place.

#BPDPublicSafetyAlert: #BPD Bomb Squad still on scene in the area of Marathon Finish Line investigating call for 2 unattended backpacks.

— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) April 15, 2014

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