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03/13/2012 - 12:55pm
Source: Pats extend ERFA tender to Love

The Patriots have officially extended an exclusive rights free agent tender to defensive tackle Kyle Love, per a league source. Love, the only exclusive rights free agent on the New England roster, would receive a base salary of $540,000 for 2012, presuming he signs the offer. Love, 25, just completed his second year with the Patriots -- the Mississippi State product finished the 2011 season with 13 starts, 33 tackles (20 solo) and three sacks.

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03/13/2012 - 11:33am
Shanahan on D&C: I don't hate Bruins
By: DJ Bean

NHL head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan joined Dennis and Callahan Tuesday morning, discussing all things NHL and the job he has done in his first season on the job. Shanahan took over for Colin Campbell (father of Bruins forward Gregory Campbell) on June 1. 

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was not suspended or fined for his hit from behind on Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk Sunday. Shanahan explained the ruling on the hit, which was called boarding on ice. 

"Boychuk's shoulder is exposed, so it's a green light, good time to hit, and just as the contact is about to be made Boychuk reverses the puck and turns his back," he said. "It's the same with [David] Krejci and Mark Stuart back in December. It was the same a while back when Zach Bogasian of Winnipeg hit Pierre Marc Bouchard of Minnesota, broke his nose and unfortunately there was a concussion, but we felt this was something we have to be consistent on."

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03/13/2012 - 10:05am
Report: Hoyer gets second-round tender

According to a report from Adam Caplan, the Patriots will use a second-round restricted free agent tender on quarterback Brian Hoyer.

If a team wishes to sign Hoyer, the Patriots (should they refuse to match the offer) would receive a second-round draft pick. If Hoyer is not signed to an offer sheet by another team and elects to sign with New England, he would receive a salary of $1.93 million in 2012.

Hoyer -- signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots in 2009 -- has been with New England for three seasons as Tom Brady's backup. He has appeared in 13 games, completing 27-of-43 passes for 286 yards with one TD and one INT.

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03/13/2012 - 9:16am
Lucchino: 'Remote chance' Iglesias starts

Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan Show on Tuesday morning. Lucchino was asked to evaluate the performance of Bobby Valentine to date as the manager continues his first spring training as manager of the Sox.

"He's done a wonderful job," Lucchino said. "Working well with Ben Cherington and he's just been a shot in the arm of energy and newness."

With Valentine in the fold, there has been talk in the media about an organizational shift, with a possible increased emphasis on base-stealing and bunting, the kind of "small ball" that is more prevalent in the National League.  

"Bobby does believe a little bit more in the running game and the bunting game as was the case under Terry Francona and Theo Epstein," Lucchino acknowledged. "But we'll see. This is spring training. … You try things, you want to see what the capacity of...

03/13/2012 - 8:02am
Mashup: Obama to see NCAA play-in game

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minster David Cameron will attend Tuesday night's NCAA play-in game in Dayton, Ohio, between Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State. The two leaders will take part in a live halftime interview with analyst Clark Kellogg.

The White House said the trip will showcase the tight relationship between the two allies. Ohio also is considered a swing state for the upcoming election.

Republicans criticized the trip.

"While showing off our amazing college basketball teams is great, many Americans struggling to find jobs, dealing with soaring gas prices, or concerned with our rising deficit and debt would probably like the president spend at least as much time dealing with those issues," said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

The president made his NCAA tournament picks for ESPN, and they will be unveiled Wednesday. He has not revealed whether he predicted...

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