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11/11/2010 - 2:18pm
Mayo: 'Best medicine for this team' is road win

FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo said there's only one thing that will fix what's ailing the Patriots - a big road win. Tom Brady said coach Bill Belichick was tough on the team this week in film study, a point that Mayo supported on Thursday. But Mayo believes the best thing for the team in their effort to put the 34-14 loss in Cleveland behind them is a win in Pittsburgh against another 6-2 team.

 

"I think the best medicine for this team is to go on the road and have a big win against Pittsburgh," Mayo said. "We're kind of down this week but at the same time, Coach Belichick has done a good job picking up our spirits, telling us we're a good team."

 

Asked how hard it's been to put last Sunday in the past, Mayo said he and the team have already moved on.

 

"I'm on the Steelers, ask me a Steelers question," Mayo added. "That Browns game, I'm trying to get it...

11/11/2010 - 1:43pm
Light on NFL fines: 'Fairness is a concern'

FOXBORO -- NFL Players Association boss DeMaurice Smith traveled to Foxboro Thursday to meet with Patriots player rep Matt Light and the team, listening to their concerns as the NFLPA continues to take steps to decertify the union in preparation for the possibility of a lockout by owners next season. 

 

But there is another pressing concern players want to address with their union leader - player safety and the need to include player input on a panel that hands out sometimes harsh fines for violent hits each week. To this point, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has had that voice and has incurred the criticism of players around the league for handing out fines for hits without first gathering input from former and current players. 

 

"I think...

11/11/2010 - 11:37am
Noah: Garnett 'ugly, mean'

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah appeared on ESPN Radio in Chicago on Wednesday and was asked about Kevin Garnett. Noah called Garnett a "dirty player" after the Celtics forward was suspended for throwing an elbow at Quentin Richardson during last season's playoffs.

 

Judging by his comments Wednesday, Noah's opinion of Garnett has not seemed to change.

 

"He's a very mean guy," Noah said. "Where's the love? None at all. Ugly, too ... and he was very mean to me my rookie year. And he's only mean to the young guys and the [European players], for some reason. I don't know why, but that's who he doesn't like. He's not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c'mon, be a little sensitive. Be sweet."

 

The Bulls and Celtics will meet again on December 3 in Boston.

 

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11/11/2010 - 11:04am
Red Sox had explored DeJesus trade

The Red Sox had pursued outfielder David DeJesus in a possible trade before the Royals shipped the 30-year-old to Oakland on Wednesday in exchange for a pair of pitchers, according to a major league source. The Sox had pursued DeJesus this summer, when their outfield was ravaged by injuries, but had balked at Kansas City's request that left-hander Felix Doubront be included in a deal. According to the source, a similar dynamic played out with the Sox' discussions about DeJesus this offseason, resulting in the Royals deciding that the Oakland package was the best one available.

 

While the Sox did not strike a deal for DeJesus (who was hitting a career-high .318 with a .384 OBP before his season ended abruptly due to a torn ligament in his right thumb), their interest in him had a number of implications for their offseason strategy, including their approach to free agents Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford. For more on that,...

11/11/2010 - 8:55am
Mashup: Ex-White Sox executive indicted

Former White Sox executive David Wilder was indicted Wednesday on charges that he was skimming money off the top of contracts with prospects from the Dominican Republic. According to a report, Wilder was using the money to fund a gay bar he owned in Phoenix that was struggling financially. Wilder was the first individual charged following the FBI investigation, although representatives from other clubs — including the Red Sox and Yankees — reportedly also are under investigation. Read more about that story, plus check out other stories, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


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