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05/17/2012 - 12:51pm
Welker: Patriots lowered offer, talks 'worse'
By: DJ Bean

Wes Welker, who signed his $9.5 million franchise tender this week, told the Boston Herald in a phone interview Thursday that talks with the Patriots have gone downhill.

“There have been talks, but nothing that’s brightened anything at all,” Welker told Karen Guregian. “It’s actually gotten worse.”

When asked by the Herald to define "worse," Welker said that the Patriots' current offer is less than the two-year, $16 million offer he rejected from the Patriots during the 2011 regular season. 

By signing the tender as early as he did, Welker gave up any leverage he could have had in negotiations,...

05/17/2012 - 7:48am
Mashup: Jets' Revis joins Tebow bandwagon

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who we last heard from ripping Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as "disrespectful," feels quite the opposite about new teammate Tim Tebow.

"He's a born leader," Revis said in the Jets locker room after a voluntary team workout. "He really is. Very few athletes have the gift that he has. He tries to lead by example all the time and he tries to be positive, which is awesome. I think that results [in] his success on the field. He came in with Denver and did unbelievable. And now he's with us. We're happy. We're excited for him. We're happy [that] he'll bring his leadership qualities to this team."

Revis added that he's looking forward to seeing what the team comes up with to utilize Tebow and starting quarterback Mark Sanchez together.

“My initial [thought] to the play would be a trick play, something tricky,” Revis said. “Tim is dangerous and Mark is dangerous as well...

05/17/2012 - 12:07am
Gonzalez rips ump, guarantees home run

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field Wednesday, Adrian Gonzalez expressed his dissatisfaction with home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

Gonzalez was particularly upset over his final at-bat, in which Wendelstedt called a strike on a Joel Peralta fastball that proved to be well outside the strike zone. The Red Sox first baseman would ultimately swing and miss at the fifth pitch he saw from Peralta, a high-and-inside offering that proved to be just inside the zone.

"It wasn't even close," Gonzalez said of Peralta's initial pitch. "You're up there trying to have a professional at-bat and look for a pitch to hit and that's called.

"Yesterday there were a couple of pitches that weren't close and were called strikes and it put me in two strikes and then you have to protect,," he continued. "It's just unfortunate. You wish you could keep them on the plate and force them to...

05/16/2012 - 11:51pm
Rondo: 'We wanted to send a message'

PHILADELPHIA -- The Celtics came into Game 3 against the 76ers with an edge that was evident throughout the game. They were upset about how they lost Game 2, and coach Doc Rivers said he felt the focus was evident when they arrived for shootaround prior to Wednesday's game. Rivers singled out Rajon Rondo, but Rondo as the point guard said it was a team-wide approach responsible for the C's 107-91 victory.

"I really believe we needed this game. I thought we responded well tonight," Rondo said. "It wasn’t just me. It was everyone. We all were pretty focused today in shootaround. Obviously we had two close games at home. We wanted to show these guys -- send a message tonight and I think we did a pretty good job of that."

Their focus started seconds after their tough loss in Game 2.

"After the game I came in and just said, ‘We’re not going to beat anybody -- JV teams or high school teams -- if we were...

05/16/2012 - 10:43pm
Hellickson pitches Rays past Sox, Buchholz

The Red Sox saw their run of strong starting pitching continue Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla., but the team found itself on the losing end of a pitchers' duel as the Sox fell to the Rays and Jeremy Hellickson by a 2-1 count.

Clay Buchholz allowed two earned runs in five innings, scattering six hits and striking out five (matching a season high) and walking one (a season low). A balk in the bottom of the second with runners on second and third and two outs gave the Rays a 1-0 lead, and then, after the Sox tied the score in the fourth, the Rays took the lead in the sixth with a run that was charged to Buchholz but that crossed the plate after the starter had exited the contest.

Buchholz permitted back-to-back singles to open the sixth inning, placing runners on the corners with no outs. Manager Bobby Valentine summoned southpaw Andrew Miller to face left-hander Luke Scott, but the Rays DH took a pair of sliders for balls and then pulled a 2-0...

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