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09/13/2010 - 3:39pm
Seized MLB test results ruled unconstitutional

According to a press release from the Major League Baseball Players Association, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a revised opinion in favor of the MLBPA, holding that the seizure by the Government of test results from Major League Baseball’s 2003 drug testing program was unconstitutional.

 

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the testing results were intended to be anonymous and confidential. The government, however, seized test results without authorization for hundreds of players during the Balco investigation. (The 2003 test results included the positive test by David Ortiz for a performance enhancing substance.)

 

The Ninth Circuit ruled that the government's ability to seize the electronic data in the case would jeopardize the Fourth Amendment restriction of unreasonable government search and seizure. In August 2009, the same panel also ruled in favor of the...

09/13/2010 - 3:29pm
Pats release linebacker Murrell

The Patriots have just announced that linebacker Marques Murrell has been released to make room on the roster for offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka. Here's the full text of the statement from the team:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that LB Marques Murrell has been released.

Murrell, 6-2, 250 pounds, was signed by the Patriots on March 10, 2010. He is a veteran of three NFL seasons (2007-09) with the New York Jets. Murrell originally joined the NFL as a rookie free agent with Philadelphia out of Appalachian State in 2007 and began his career on the Eagles’ practice squad before being signed to the Jets 53-man roster on Nov. 7, 2007. Murrell saw action on special teams for New England on Sunday against Cincinnati.

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09/13/2010 - 2:27pm
Red Sox call up Milton native Hill

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have selected the contract of left-hander Rich Hill from Triple-A Pawtucket. The 30-year-old, who hails from Milton, Mass., will join the Sox for Monday night's game in Seattle.

 

Hill signed a minor league deal with the Sox in June after being released by the Cardinals. He worked both out of the bullpen (13 appearances) and rotation (six season-ending starts) for Pawtucket, forging a 3.74 ERA while striking out 55 and walking 29 in 53 innings.

 

Hill last pitched in the majors with the Orioles in 2009, for whom he went 3-3 with a 7.80 ERA while walking 40 and striking out 46 in 57 innings. The left-hander, who owns what is considered one of the better curveballs in the game, has struck out 8.1 batters per nine innings in parts of five big league seasons.

 

Hill's call-up was first reported by the Boston Globe.

 

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09/13/2010 - 12:56pm
Ryder: 'I know I'm still part of this team'
By: DJ Bean

BOLTON — The Bruins and friends teed off for their golf tournament at The International, meaning practically all of the players were available to chat Monday morning in Bolton, the most interesting of which was Michael Ryder. The winger has been talked about plenty this offseason, but spoke for the first time Monday. 

 

"I'm anxious to get started this year. Last year was disappointing, especially the way it ended," Ryder said. "I think especially regular season too I think will be a lot better. There are things we have to improve on this year and hopefully we can do that."

 

It’s no secret that Ryder was among the players who took the brunt of criticism when the Bruins offense stalled for the entire season. As a result, and with him entering the final year of a three-year deal, many wondered whether Ryder and his $4 million cap hit would be back this season.

 

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09/13/2010 - 11:58am
Kraft on D&H: Never had Mankins deal

Patriots owner Robert Kraft made a surprise appearance on the Dale & Holley show Monday morning to address recent reports about the team's contract dispute with holdout offensive lineman Logan Mankins. Referring to Adam Schefter's story that implied a deal fell apart when the Patriots demanded a public apology from Mankins for accusing team executives of lying, Kraft called the report a "bold-faced fib" and repeatedly stated, "We have never had a deal with Logan Mankins."

 

Kraft said it is true that Mankins apologized directly to him. "I hate violating a private conversation, but I think it's worthy, because it speaks to this issue," Kraft said. "I got a call three weeks ago maybe, something around that time, from Logan, and he apologized to me for the comments that he made in the public media. He said he regretted he did it. He knew in retrospect that they were not true. I accepted his apology, because...

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