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12/18/2010 - 7:47pm
Ex-Sox star Walt Dropo passes away

Former Red Sox star Walt Dropo passed away on Friday night at the age of 87.

 

Dropo was a multi-sport star for the University of Connecticut, and after serving in World War II and graduating from UConn, he turned down opportunities to play professional basketball and football to sign with the Red Sox. He exploded onto the scene for the Red Sox in 1950, winning American League Rookie of the Year honors by hitting .322 with 34 homers and a league-leading 144 RBI. While he appeared ready to star for years in Boston, he suffered a wrist fracture in the 1951 season, and -- despite a major league playing career characterized by solid play over his 13 seasons -- he never matched the phenomenal numbers of his rookie season.

 

In 1952, Dropo was part of a nine-player deal that sent him from the Red Sox to Detroit. He went on to play for the Tigers, White Sox, Reds and Orioles before finishing his career in 1961.

 

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12/18/2010 - 4:28pm
Pats add CB Tony Carter from practice squad

The Patriots announced that they have signed cornerback Tony Carter to the active roster from their practice squad. The move comes at a time when rookie cornerback Devin McCourty has been dealing with injured ribs.

 

Carter was signed to the Patriots' practice squad in Sept., one week after he was cut by the Broncos. Signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State in 2009, he spent most of last year with the Broncos before joining the active roster for the final three games of the season. He appeared in two games and started one.

 

To make room on the roster for Carter, the team waived defensive back Chevis Jackson, a 25-year-old who signed a two-year contract with New England last week. Carter had yet to appear in a game with the Patriots, though he has seen action in 60 career NFL games.

 

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12/18/2010 - 12:33pm
Packers rule Rodgers out for Sunday

The Packers have ruled out quarterback Aaron Rodgers for Sunday night's game against the Patriots. Rodgers, who had been listed as "doubtful" all week because of a concussion he suffered in last Sunday's loss to the Lions, will step aside as Green Bay goes with backup Matt Flynn. Sunday will mark the first career start for Flynn, who entered the game last week for the Packers after Rodgers' injury. Flynn, an LSU product, has completed 25-of-46 pass attempts for 246 yards and 2 interceptions in 27 career games, all as a backup. For more Patriots info, check out weei.com/patriots.


12/18/2010 - 9:23am
Sources: Red Sox add Wheeler to bullpen

According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox have agreed to a deal to bring free agent reliever Dan Wheeler to Boston. The deal -- which became final when Wheeler passed his physical on Saturday -- is for one-year with a team option for the 2012 season that would vest if Wheeler makes 65 appearances (he pitched in 64 games in 2010, and has averaged 70 appearances per year since 2005). 

 

Wheeler will make $3 million in 2011, with a team/vesting option for $3 million in 2012. The vesting option would increase to $3.25 million if Wheeler appears in 75 games next season.

 

Wheeler, 33, who was drafted out of Pilgrim High School in Warwick (R.I.), has been with the Tampa Bay Rays since the middle of the 2007 season, when he was acquired from the Astros in a trade for Ty Wigginton. Wheeler had a 3.35 ERA in 48 1/3 innings in 2010, and he struck out 8.6 batters per nine innings. However, his...

12/17/2010 - 6:08pm
Carucci: Pats have 'mostly perfected' offense

Vic Carucci of NFL.com, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that the Packers -- who are likely to feature Matt Flynn instead of Aaron Rodgers as the quarterback -- have little chance of keeping up with the Patriots this weekend. While Green Bay's defense is highly regarded, Carucci did not feel that the Packers had the ability to match the scoring prowess of the Patriots, nor did their defense have the ability to contain New England's extremely efficient offense, which is now predicated on quick, short passes rather than stretching the field.

 

"I don’t know that [the Packers are] built for this type of challenge. First of all, they have to score and score quickly and be a threat every time in that passing game to be successful," said Carucci. "The Patriots have mostly perfected this quick-passing game, this rhythm. Little that I’ve seen so far is poised to disrupt it. ... Is this the defense that forces...

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