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08/22/2011 - 12:36pm
Koppen on M&M: 'We want to play fast'

The Patriots offense struck early and often in last week's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, putting up 21 first-quarter points in a 31-14 victory. After the game, Bucs defensive lineman Gerald McCoy joked about the degree to which his defense was on its heels against the Patriots, struggling to line up in timely fashion for the snap.

That perspective was a satisfying one for Patriots offensive lineman Dan Koppen, who joined the Mut & Merloni Show for Patriots Monday.

"That’s good. We want to play fast. We want to play at our pace," Koppen said of McCoy's comments. "We have a veteran core. When we go out on the field, we know what’s expected of us. Our job is to score."

Asked how he would feel if similar observations were made by a Patriots player, Koppen dismissed the hypothetical.

"I don’t know if many guys in there would be saying that. But it’s two totally...

08/22/2011 - 8:01am
Mashup: T-Wolves' Love set for VB debut

Timberwolves star Kevin Love is completing final practices as he prepares to compete in a professional beach volleyball tournament this week in Southern California. Said the 6-foot-10 Love: "I have the timing down with the hitting and my setting's pretty good. My blocking's decent just because it's like playing at the rim in the NBA, but my passing and my serving are subpar. I'm going to get out there a couple more times during the week and try to get it done."

Read more about that story and others -- including a report on Georgetown's first game in China since its brawl in Beijing -- plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.

08/21/2011 - 10:35pm
Buchholz may be close to throwing

KANSAS CITY -- Clay Buchholz told prior to the Red Sox' 6-1 win over the Royals Sunday that he may be on the verge of throwing for the first time since performing a July 25 bullpen session.

Buchholz explained that he is schedule to be re-evaluated when the Red Sox return home, Friday, and if everything goes as planned he will be cleared to do some light tossing.

"When we get back, if things feel a lot better, (throwing can begin)," Buchholz said. "It will be right around a month of doing the back program. I'm running around in the outfield during BP and stuff, and I wasn't able to do that a month ago. It's definitely getting better, so we're going to re-evaluate and if everything looks good I might be able to throw some light, light catch."

Buchholz explained that he is at Level 4 in most of the elements of the five-level rehab program implemented by the Red Sox medical staff. Once he gets to Level 5, Buchholz...

08/21/2011 - 5:23pm
Lester, McDonald lead Sox past Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Jon Lester turned in his second straight stellar start, and Darnell McDonald managed three hits, including a solo homer, as the Red Sox claimed a 6-1 win over the Royals in the teams' series finale at Kauffman Stadium.

Lester finished his six-inning outing giving up one run on three hits. In his last two outings, the lefty has allowed just two runs over 13 innings. This time he gave way to reliever Daniel Bard, who got out of a jam with runners on first and second, nobody out and the Sox clinging to a two-run lead. Bard managed a strikeout, fly out and ground out to escape the threat.

The Red Sox' first run wasn't tallied until the fifth inning, when Jason Varitek tripled in Jed Lowrie. The two-out hit was the catcher's first triple since June 24, 2007. The Sox gave Lester two more runs to work with with homers from McDonald and Carl Crawford in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.

After Bard got out of the seventh,...

08/21/2011 - 5:12pm
Patriots cut two, sign TE Garrett Mills

The Patriots announced Sunday they have signed tight end Garrett Mills and released safety Bret Lockett and rookie free agent offensive lineman Zach Roth. Mills, 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick of the Patriots in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Tulsa and spent the majority of his rookie season with New England on the injured reserve list. Mills is a veteran of five NFL seasons and has played with New England (2006), Minnesota (2007-09), Philadelphia (2010) and Cincinnati (2010). For more Patriots news, check out

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