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10/15/2010 - 3:49pm
Julien: Too early to judge special teams
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- A season after finishing with the 23rd power play in the NHL, the Bruins have been able to convert just one of their first eight power plays on the season, good for 19th so far on the young season. The team had the third-best penalty kill in the league in 2009-10, but allowing a power play goal on one of three opportunities the Coyotes had places them 28th in the league in the category. Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke about special teams on Friday and preached patience. 

 

"I think we had 19 shots on the power play. We came out with one goal," Julien said. "I know we had some opportunities, and we maybe didn't quite finish. … I wouldn't jump all over the power play and say it hasn't been good more than it hasn't had the results. 

 

"You get two more goals and you're in the top five. That's how close it is. It's two games in. It's just like our penalty kill. We gave...

10/15/2010 - 2:15pm
Welker on contract: 'Just happy to be here'

FOXBORO -- With all of the uncertainty revolving around the NFL labor situation and the move by Deion Branch to restructure his contract, Wes Welker was asked Friday if he would like to see the Patriots come forward and re-work his current, five-year, $18 million deal, signed in March, 2007.

 

"Not really at all,” Welker said. “All I know is, I’m under contract and I’m just happy to be here, happy to be a Patriot and just look forward to winning some ballgames.”

 

Welker is considered one of the most underpaid receivers in the NFL, and with the trade of Randy Moss to Minnesota, he becomes the active team leader in receptions and touchdowns since his arrival in 2007. This season, Welker leads the Patriots with 26 catches, 217 yards and three touchdown catches. 

 

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10/15/2010 - 1:06pm
Pats' Neal on D&H: Who is Justin Bieber?

Offensive lineman Stephen Neal made his weekly Patriots Friday appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon, as the Pats prepare to host the Ravens on Sunday.

 

Neal was asked how he felt about watching game film from last season's playoff game in which the Ravens routed the Patriots, 33-14. "I really don't like to think back about how it felt that day and the next couple of months that followed, but it's important to go back and watch to see what could have been a lot better and what was pretty good," he said. "It definitely gives you a little bit of extra motivation. It was not something I wanted to do, but it's something that's necessary."

 

Neal spent some talking talking about the strategy of the dominating Baltimore defense. "On early downs, they line up with you and they'll slug it out with you," he said. "Then you get into their sub personnel, the smaller groupings, and...

10/15/2010 - 1:01pm
King: 'Tate is going to be a revelation'

Peter King from Sports Illustrated and NBC joined Dale & Holley for his weekly conversation about the Patriots and the NFL. Among the topics discussed by the crew: Brett Favre's status, the return of Ben Roethlisberger and how the Patriots offense will perform without Randy Moss.

 

Even without Moss, King thinks the Pats will still have a high-scoring offense and he is high on Brandon Tate and Aaron Hernandez. "I sort of think Brandon Tate is going to be a revelation to a lot of people who don't know him very much," King said. "I think Aaron Hernandez has shown the ability to be not just a tight end. You saw against the Jets in Week 2, cornerbacks were lining up against him and there was one completion from [Tom] Brady where he beat [Antonio] Cromartie on a play. I think he's going to be really different kind of player. As far as [Deion] Branch goes, who knows? It's hard to think that, even though he played with Brady, it's...

10/15/2010 - 12:30pm
Sox' Henry: Proud, humbled to own Liverpool

In a joint press release from New England Sports Ventures, the parent company of the Red Sox, and the Liverpool soccer team it is acquiring, John Henry and Tom Werner expressed their enthusiasm with the sale finally going through. This follows developments of early Friday morning, when previous American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr., withdrew their Texas court order blocking the sale after being threatened with a contempt charge from the British High Court.

 

While it appears Hicks and Gillett have exhausted their options to prevent the sale, the pair announced plans to sue for at least $1.6 billion for "an extraordinary swindle."

 

Meanwhile, Henry has begun his attempts to win over Liverpool supporters. "On behalf of the entire NESV partnership, I want to express how incredibly proud and humbled we are to be confirmed as the new owners of Liverpool FC," he said in the press release...

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