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11/02/2012 - 11:24am
Chung on M&M: Talib 'a playmaker'
By: Mike Neff

Patriots safety Patrick Chung joined Mut & Merloni on Friday morning as the Patriots enjoy a bye week.

Chung didn’t play last week and had to watch the game from home as he didn’t travel to London. He said he wanted to be out there.

“I said I was going to try my hardest to get out there," Chung said. "I was working, man, it’s looking better. … There’s nothing I can do about it, got to just keep working tough and try to get out there.”

The Pats made a move to shore up their shaky secondary on Thursday by trading with the Buccaneers for Aqib Talib. Chung said Talib would be a good addition.

“He’s good," Chung said. "He’s a playmaker, and he’s a big guy, too. He’s a big corner, he has speed, he has range, if he can catch the ball, he’s a very good player. … It’s definitely going to help our defense, to have a...

11/02/2012 - 8:03am
Lombardi on D&C: Talib 'can flat-out cover'

Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and he had positive things to say about the Patriots' acquisition of controversial cornerback Aqib Talib a day earlier.

"I think every trade you make is risk-reward, and you have to evaluate that," Lombardi said. "Clearly, with Talib you've got some issues that have to be handled off the field, and his rap sheet is long and it becomes effective. But I think you have to ask the question: Does it affect him on the field? And I'm not endorsing anything he's done off the field, by no means, but I think you have to ask the fundamental question: Does he like football, is football important to him? And if you can get to that answer correctly -- and I'm not sure anybody has. … The risk is there, but I think the reward far outweighs that."

Looking at where Talib fits in on this Patriots team, Lombardi said the former...

11/02/2012 - 7:16am
Sources: Rangers have interest in Ortiz

According to baseball sources, the Texas Rangers will have interest in David Ortiz if the designated hitter fails to sign a deal with the Red Sox prior to the Sox' exclusive negotiating window, which expires at midnight Friday.

Thursday, a source familiar with the negotiations told WEEI.com that it was "likely" that Ortiz would not be agreeing to a contract with the Red Sox before the Friday night deadline. It is believed the hang-up revolves around money, with the Red Sox offering the two-year term Ortiz was seeking.

The Rangers would be in the market for a middle-of-the-order bat if free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton signs elsewhere. Michael Young earned the most at-bats at the DH position for Texas in 2012, being put in the spot for 72 games, with Adrian Beltre second at 23 games.

The opportunity might also intrigue Ortiz due to the presence of Rangers' newly-hired hitting coach Dave Magadan, who has a solid relationship wtih...

11/02/2012 - 7:09am
Mashup: Kobe calls Lakers' critics 'stupid'

The Lakers' 0-2 start is not sitting well with anyone in Los Angeles, and much of the criticism is falling upon second-year coach Mike Brown. Kobe Bryant said he's "amused" by the noise, but he doesn't sound like he finds it very funny.

"I've won, so I can [tell people to shut up]," Bryant said Thursday. "For Mike, it might be a little tough to say that, so I'll say it for him: Everybody shut up. Let us work. At the end of the day, you'll be happy with the result as you normally are."

Bryant said those who are pointing fingers at Brown's Princeton-style offense don't know what they're talking about. He noted that the offensive philosophy isn't that different from Phil Jackson's.

"I don't understand," Bryant said. "And I'm trying to bite my tongue and not calling them 'dumb,' which I kind of just did. But they've seen us win multiple championships here in an offense that was tough to learn...

11/01/2012 - 11:54pm
Cherington on Youk: 'Got to be open-minded'

With the Red Sox lacking an identified starting first baseman for the 2013 season, team general manager Ben Cherington -- in his interview on WEEI's Red Sox Hot Stove Show -- was asked whether the team might contemplate a reunion with Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis, who was drafted by the Sox in 2001 and remained with the team until being traded to the White Sox on June 24 (in exchange for Zach Stewart and Brent Lillibridge), became a free agent when the White Sox declined their $13 million option for 2013 on the 33-year-old.

"We're not shutting the door to talent of any kind. You lose 93 games, you've got to be open-minded about how to put it back together," said Cherington. "He's a guy who's done well here in the past, but it's part of an offseason landscape and we're considering all sorts of alternatives at first base and at other positions. Beyond that, I really can't comment on that, but we're not going to shut the door on any potential...

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