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08/01/2011 - 3:05pm
Carter: Moss rejected one-year Pats deal

Cris Carter, a former teammate of Randy Moss in Minnesota, hinted Monday the Patriots offered Moss a one-year deal to return for the 2011 season, but the wide receiver wanted a multiyear contract. When that didn't materialize — along with a possible deal with the Jets — he made the decision to call it a career.

"What I think forced [his retirement] was No. 1, New England trading for [Chad] Ochocinco,” Carter said when asked about Moss on ESPN. “That's the No. 1 place he wanted to go to. His biggest problem with New England was he didn’t want a one-year deal. New England wanted to sign him to a one-year deal. As you can see, New England gave Chad that three-year deal.

“The next team he wanted to go to was the New York Jets. Now they had someone, a big receiver, who decided to take the one-year deal: Plaxico Burress.

“What I'm seeing is, when those two teams were removed from...

08/01/2011 - 1:02pm
Moss' agent: Randy will retire

Former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss has decided to retire, according to his agent, Joel Segal. Moss, who played in New England from 2007 until early last season, accumulated 954 receptions, 14,858 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns over the course of a 13-year career. He was a first-round pick of Minnesota in 1998 out of Marshall University, and also played for Oakland, New England and Tennessee.

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08/01/2011 - 9:28am
Duquette: Bedard doesn't want spotlight

Former major league executive Jim Duquette, now an analyst for MLB Network, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Red Sox' acquisition of Erik Bedard.

Duquette, who was vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles from 2006-08 and was part of the front office that traded Bedard to Seattle, made some comments over the weekend questioning Bedard's reliability.

"When he's pitching, he's one of the top pitchers in the game," Duquette told D&C. "The problem has been his health."

Duquette, the cousin of former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette, said Bedard does not fit into the mold of a leader for a pitching staff, in large part because he doesn't like to deal with the media.

"If you're expecting him to be your No. 1 or No. 2 starter, he's not the guy," Duquette said. "He doesn't want to be that guy. I said this the other day: He doesn't want to be in the...

08/01/2011 - 7:50am
Mashup: Kobe considers deal in China?

Kobe Bryant reportedly is unhappy that a Turkish team is making public its negotiations with him, and he is more likely to sign a deal to play in China during the NBA lockout. However, in response to interest from NBA players, the Chinese Basketball Association is said to be planning to institute two rules that would limit an influx of Americans. Meanwhile, Bryant participated in a celebrity soccer game in Washington hosted by Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra over the weekend, and we've got video.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out additional videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


08/01/2011 - 6:58am
Buchholz reportedly has stress fracture

One day after the Red Sox completed a deal for pitcher Erik Bedard, a report has come out that Clay Buchholz has a stress fracture in his lower back and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Buchholz, who has been out since June 15, is scheduled to meet with back specialist Dr. Thomas Watkins in Los Angeles on Monday. According to CSNNE's Sean McAdam, Watkins is expected to confirm a previous diagnosis of the stress fracture.

Buchholz last tested the back a week ago, throwing off the mound in the Fenway Park bullpen. Afterward, he reported feeling "a little soreness" that felt better after a couple of stretches. When additional soreness occurred the next day, he had an MRI that reportedly revealed the stress fracture.

A source told WEEI.com's Alex Speier last week that the team was fearful the...

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