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08/29/2011 - 6:28pm
Belichick: Ochocinco is 'getting better'

Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on the Big Show on Monday and discussed the progress of Chad Ochocinco and the news that Belichick would be the subject of an NFL Films documentary in September. But Belichick was first asked about the 34-10 loss in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions. 

"We just made it easier for them with turnovers and long-yardage situations with negative plays and sacks and penalties," Belichick said. "We were just inconsistent in a lot of areas and were never able to get it going and really get it back into a completive game."

Chad Ochocinco was targeted four times but did not have a catch on Saturday. The receiver has had several drops in his two preseason appearances and has seemingly struggled to learn the nuances of the New England offense, but Belichick sees progress in his recent performance.

"Oh yeah, absolutely. Without a doubt. He's made a lot of...

08/29/2011 - 5:00pm
Youkilis, Drew to play Tuesday for PawSox

With the threat of hurricanes and tropical storms now having passed, J.D. Drew is set to resume his minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday, when he will join Triple-A Pawtucket in Rochester. Drew was 0-for-2 with a walk, strikeout and hit by pitch in a rehab game with the Lowell Spinners on Friday. He was initially scheduled to play another rehab game with the Spinners on Saturday, but with heavy rains in the forecast, he instead worked out with the Sox at Fenway Park.

For the year, Drew is hitting .219 with a .317 OBP, .305 slugging mark and .622 OPS. With rosters expanding from 25 to 40 players on Sept. 1, he is scheduled to be activated this week after missing the last five weeks with a shoulder impingement.

Kevin Youkilis will join Drew in Rochester. The third baseman landed on the disabled list on Aug. 18 due to a back strain. He is expected to spend a couple games with the PawSox before being activated on Sept. 2, the earliest possible...

08/29/2011 - 4:31pm
Gonzalez named AL Player of the Week

Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was named the AL Player of the Week for the period of Aug. 22-28. After enduring a 22-game stretch without a homer, Gonzalez did his best to make up for lost time, slamming five homers in a three-game stretch. At one point, he went deep on three consecutive pitches.

For the week, Gonzalez hit .393 with a .452 OBP, .964 slugging mark, a double, five homers, nine runs batted in and eight runs. He is the fourth Red Sox to win Player of the Week honors this year, joining Carl Crawford, David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury.

On the year, Gonzalez leads the AL with a .345 average. He has a .406 OBP, .559 slugging mark, .965 OPS, 23 homers and 103 RBI.

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08/29/2011 - 4:08pm
Belichick on Sanders: 'A tough release'

The Patriots have brought back safety and special teams specialist Ross Ventrone just hours after releasing James Sanders in what was apparently a cash-driven roster cut. The team also cut long snapper Matt Katula and fourth-year cornerback Jonathan Wilhite while signing wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.

Sanders was due to make $2.8 million in 2011 and the two sides couldn't come to an agreement on a pay cut so Sanders was released so he could sign on with another team nearly two weeks before opening day.

"Tough release there with James Sanders," Belichick said of Monday's move to release the team's fourth-round pick in 2005. "[He's] been a really good guy to have on this team."

Additionally, the Patriots also announced the release Monday of defensive back...

08/29/2011 - 3:03pm
Suh had 'fun beating up Brady Bunch'

Ndamukong Suh was a dominant force for the Lions in the 34-10 win over Patriots on Saturday night, and the defensive tackle shared his thoughts on the victory via Twitter and Facebook the following day. 

“What up Twitter fam,” Suh said in a Facebook video message on Sunday. “Last night was a lot of fun beating up on the Brady Bunch. I think we played pretty well as a team. It’s a good start, happy with where we’re at right now but never satisfied and looking for more.”

Suh didn't register a sack of Brady on Saturday but did get a pair of hits on the quarterback. The second-year tackle was also involved in a brief altercation with Logan Mankins.

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