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08/31/2010 - 12:58pm
BB: Brady's contract talk not 'unprecedented'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick said Tuesday he's not worried about Tom Brady entering the final year of his contract with the Patriots or any possible distraction it might present. 

 

"Everybody out there is under contract," Belichick said. "Every player on the field is under contract. There are a lot of players on our team in the last year of their contract, there are a lot of players on every team that are in the last year of their contract. That's not an unprecedented situation." 

 

Pressed again about whether he would like to see a deal done with Brady before the season, Belichick focused again on the upcoming preseason finale with the Giants Thursday night and the season opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 12 at Gillette Stadium.

 

"We're coaching the team," Belichick said. "I'm coaching the team. Every player out there is under contract."

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08/31/2010 - 7:54am
Mashup: Clemens has solid round

Roger Clemens appeared at his arraignment Monday afternoon in Washington and then went to play golf in South Carolina, hustling through a round of 18 in order to avoid disqualification at the World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach. Warpping up his round at 7:30 p.m., Clemens finished with an 84. Meanwhile, his not guilty plea is more evidence that Clemens is a Hall of Fame liar, writes one columnist, summing up the feeling of many in the media. Read more about that story, plus check out other stories, videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


08/31/2010 - 6:16am
Report: Savard still on trade block
By: DJ Bean

According to an ESPN report from James Murphy, the Bruins are “actively shopping” center Marc Savard despite this month’s news that his contract has been under investigation by the NHL.

 

“The investigation by the NHL definitely made teams back off from their interest in Savard, but the team is still open to trading him and trying to,” a source told Murphy.

 

The report adds that talks with teams have been “hampered” by a lack of cap space among teams throughout the league. Savard’s deal, a seven-year pact worth $28.5 million total, carries an annual cap hit of $4.007 million. The deal has been under investigation due to it’s being front-loaded salary-wise in an effort to water down the cap hit. Half of the deal’s money is paid out over the first two years, meaning extra years at less money make for more of a team-friendly deal.

 

The Bruins are...

08/31/2010 - 12:32am
Artest: 'Doc got one million excuses'

On his Twitter page, Lakers forward Ron Artest took issue with suggestions that his team's triumph over the Celtics in seven games was impacted by the absence of Boston center Kendrick Perkins in the decisive Game 7 after the 7-footer blew out his knee in the previous contest.

 

Artest seemingly took issue with Doc Rivers' contention that the Celtics have never had the opportunity to defend the 2007-08 title with the same core group at full health, noting that the Lakers have been without Andrew Bynum in their title runs.

 

"Boston lost to lakers because of [the] Kendrick Perkins injury. What about in [2008] when Bynum was injured. What about this year Bynum was injured," Artest wrote in three consecutive tweets. "...

08/30/2010 - 4:51pm
No deal by Sox, Angels for Napoli

The Red Sox, after being awarded a waiver claim last week on Angels catcher and first baseman Mike Napoli, did not reach agreement with Los Angeles on a deal involving the catcher by the time that Monday's deadline for an agreement passed, according to a major league source. As a result, the Angels have pulled Napoli back from waivers, and he will remain with the Halos.

 

Napoli, 28, is hitting .249 with a .796 OPS and 21 homers this year. This is the third straight season that he has hit at least 20 homers. He has started 57 games behind the plate this year and 46 as a first baseman.

 

According to a second source familiar with the situation, the Angels were "not really looking to move" Napoli right now. Even so, the team could revisit that stance this coming offseason.

 

For more Red Sox news, visit WEEI.com/redsox.


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