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12/08/2010 - 4:21pm
Wilhite, Wright miss Patriots' practice

FOXBORO — The Patriots had two players miss Wednesday's walkthrough — cornerback Jonathan Wilhite and defensive lineman Mike Wright. In addition, center Dan Koppen, who wasn't seen during media portion of practice, not listed on injury report. (UPDATE: A Patriots spokesman indicated that Koppen did join the team at practice.) Here's the complete report:

Did Not Participate
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
NT Myron Pryor (back)

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12/08/2010 - 3:23pm
Boras believes Beltran will 'be a Met'

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Speaking to reporters at the Dolphin Resort Hotel, Scott Boras said he has not been in communication with the Mets regarding his client Carlos Beltran, who has been rumored to be of interest to the Red Sox but does have a no-trade clause in his current contract. Beltran has battled issues with his knees, and is owed $18.5 million for 2011, the final year of his current deal.

 

“Carlos is doing well. Obviously, having gone through surgery last year early in the season helped him in his return to play. He’s doing fine,"Boras said. "He’s working out with a conditioning coach daily. His plan right now is to be a New York Met. He has a no-trade clause. If anything were brought to him, it would depend on what the situation were. But I’d say that right now, his expectation is to be a Met next year."

 

According to major league sources, any deal involving the...

12/08/2010 - 3:01pm
Boras won't close door on Beltre, Sox

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- While speaking to the media following the press conference to announce Carlos Pena's one-year deal with the Cubs, agent Scott Boras was asked about if one of his clients, Adrian Beltre, was disappointed that a return to the Red Sox would seem to be in doubt now that the team has acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Boras insinuated, however, that the Sox could possibly still make some sort of move to find a place for Beltre, despite the fact third base now appears to be occupied by Kevin Youkilis.

 

"Adrian Beltre is a player, when you have somebody who performs like that in the marketplace, who is that good a defender, that good a complete player … You just never know what a team is going to do because a player like that is available," said Boras. "When people are telling me clubs are in or out, I've been in this business way too long to have things change, a player moved, or whatever happens...

12/08/2010 - 2:29pm
Sturm: 'I'm not happy with the situation'
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins winger Marco Sturm, nearly traded to the Kings last week, remains unsure of what his future holds. Sturm agreed to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal, but the trade fell through. The 32-year-old estimated that he is 10-14 days from being able to play in games as he comes back from a torn ACL and MCL, but not knowing where he'll be has been hard on him and his family. 

 

"I'm happy I'm still here, but I'm not happy with the situation," Sturm said after practice on Wednesday. "It's been hard on me and my family. It's not fun, but I've got to try to make the best of it, and we'll see what happens."

 

Sturm has not spoken to Peter Chiarelli since last week and hasn't heard anything from the team about potentially being sent to Providence. The team cannot afford his $3.5 million salary cap hit, so they would need to either move him, send him to Providence, or shed salary...

12/08/2010 - 2:14pm
Report: Turkish team targeting Shaq

According to multipe reports, the same Turkish basketball team that recently signed Allen Iverson — Besiktas Cola Turka — also is targeting Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal.

 

Besiktas general manager Seref Yalcin claimed O'Neal told him, “I want to be champion this season with Boston. But I’m coming to Turkey next year,” according to Hoopsnotes. 

 

Iverson's manager, Gary Moore, is reportedly close to O'Neal and could serve as the "intermediary in securing an agreement" for next season, according to a Turkish newspaper report translated by SLAM Magazine. However, O'Neal remains under contract with the Celtics through 2012.

 

"Besiktas Cola Turka management has rolled up their sleeves to bring another NBA superstar to Istanbul," the report said. "Besiktas fans and management, who are very pleased with the arrival of Allen...

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