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02/21/2011 - 7:48am
Jenks: 'I looked up to Roger Clemens a lot'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — New Red Sox set-up man Bobby Jenks acknowledged Monday that he was a big fan of Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux when he broke into baseball as a starter. 

 

"When I was younger, I was a starting pitcher and I looked up to Roger Clemens a lot and I used to watch him and Greg Maddux a lot because I grew up a huge Braves fan, because you're either a Cubs fan with TBS and WGN, so I had TBS, and Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens were the two biggest guys that I watched," Jenks said.   

 

Jenks was drafted in the fifth round of the 2000 amateur draft as a big starting pitcher in the mold of Clemens. He ran into elbow problems in 2004 in the Angels system and was waived before being picked up by the White Sox in 2005. 

 

"It was a combined decision in '04 after I had my elbow surgery to try to keep less innings and less stress on the elbow, so the year before...

02/21/2011 - 7:21am
Mashup: Duerson feared CTE before suicide

More details have emerged about former Bears safety Dave Duerson's death Thursday at his home in Florida. A four-time Pro Bowler who played in the 1980s and early '90s, Duerson killed himself via a gunshot to the chest, apparently so that his brain could be preserved and examined. The 50-year-old sent text messages for family members indicating he thought he might be suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an incurable disease linked to depression, impaired impulse control and cognitive decline. Duerson's brain will be examined at Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.

 

Read more about that story and others, including the latest Hall of Fame controversy (this time it's basketball), at Monday's Morning Mashup.


02/21/2011 - 1:20am
Patriots TE Hernandez has hip surgery

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez recently underwent surgery on his hip, according to this story in the Hartford Courant. On Sunday, Hernandez showed up at a skills camp organized by his brother D.J., a high school football coach in Southington, Conn., on crutches, and apparently told campers the crutches were because of hip surgery. The Florida product, who had 45 catches for 563 yards and six touchdowns his rookie season with New England, was on the injury report with a right hip problem several times throughout the season, but still finished the year as one of the leading receivers on the team.

 

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


02/21/2011 - 12:02am
Kobe leads West to win at All-Star Game

Kobe Bryant won his record-tying fourth All-Star Game MVP in 10 years, finishing with 37 points and leading the West to a 148-143 victory over the East Sunday night at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Bryant’s night overshadowed a triple-double from LeBron James, who had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the East. Ray Allen led four Celtics with 12 points, while teammate Rajon Rondon added six points and eight assists, Paul Pierce had six points and Kevin Garnett had four points and five rebounds for the East.

 

For more Celtics news, check out weei.com/celtics.


02/20/2011 - 1:37pm
Varitek 'envisons' playing beyond 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Saying he feels better than he has in years and can now go down stairs straight, Jason Varitek said Sunday he hopes to play well in 2011 and well beyond. The Red Sox' regular starting catcher since 1999 was asked if he sees himself playing into his mid-40s like Carlton Fisk and Bob Boone. 

 

"Is that what I envision? Yes, that is what I envision," said Varitek, adding that it's conditional on his overall health and family considerations.

 

Varitek — who turns 39 on April 11 — said he has made it through the first two days of camp with quick recovery, telling him that his body is fresh and ready to get ready for the season. Varitek said he is looking forward to working with starting catcher Jarrod Salatamacchia before adding that he didn't know after the 2010 season finale if he'd be back this spring. 

 

"It was very uncertain," Varitek...

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