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10/25/2010 - 1:13pm
Francona: 'No timetable' to replace Farrell

Red Sox manager Terry Francona felt mixed emotions about the departure of close friend and pitching coach John Farrell, who on Monday will be announced officially as the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. On the one hand, Francona was tremendously grateful for the chance to work with Farrell for the last four years, and thrilled for the opportunity that his friend will enjoy.

 

At the same time, the Sox skipper made clear that the loss of Farrell will be felt going forward.

 

"The fact that he was there, like a pillar, for four years, I feel really lucky," Francona told WEEI.com. “I don’t see where [having Farrell in the Blue Jays dugout] will help. That’s the one thing, I wish he was in a different division. We spend our whole life trying to find ways to win games. To face one of your best friends 18 or 19 times isn’t the most fun. Somebody is going to go home being mad. I hope it...

10/25/2010 - 1:03pm
Meriweather: 'Love' aggressive coaching

Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather stopped in for his weekly visit with the Dale & Holley show from Gillette Stadium on Patriots Monday. Meriweather said he wasn't surprised with Bill Belichick's decision Sunday to go for it on fourth-and-1 at midfield with two minutes remaining and New England holding a three-point lead over the Chargers. "That's coach," Meriweather said. "Coach is an aggressive coach, and that's what we love about him, the fact that when somebody else won't do it, he would."

 

After the Patriots were stopped the defense had to take the field, Meriweather said there was no disappointment. "We were saying, 'Man, it's time to play.' We were happy about it. We were like, 'All right, now we get to show everybody how good our defense really is.' And I think we did that."

 

Meriweather said he made the necesssary adjustments to avoid getting himself in trouble with the...

10/25/2010 - 12:40pm
Wilfork on D&H: 'The game has changed'

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork called in to the Dale & Holley show for his weekly appearance on Patriots Monday. Wilfork said he's happy to leave San Diego with a win, no matter how ugly Sunday's 23-20 victory over the Chargers was.

 

"A lot of people look into it deeper than others," he said. "I'm one of the guys that just basically [says], 'A win is a win.' You take from that win things that happened in that game. In this game, we probably had a chance to close the door early, but we didn't. We allowed them to stay in the game. But at the end of the day, we got the 'W.' We made the plays that counted."

 

Added Wilfork: "It really wasn't a smart play by those guys jumping offsides on the field goal to push it back 5 more extra yards, to turn it into a 50-yard field goal. Who knows? That 5 extra yards could have made the difference for them. We cover situations in practice a...

10/25/2010 - 12:09pm
Pats chat with Chris Price at 12:30 p.m.
By: admin

WEEI.com Patriots columnist Chris Price will be conducting a live chat at 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Chris will field your questions about the state of the team following the dramatic 23-20 victory over the Chargers that improved the Patriots to 5-1: The up-and-down offense in the post-Randy Moss era, the young defense, the team's place in the division and the AFC, the fourth-and-1 controversy and whatever else is on your mind.

 

Jump in the Virtual Pressbox and send along your questions by clicking here.


10/25/2010 - 11:39am
Boychuk on forearm injury: 'It sucks'
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was sporting a splint on his left forearm as he adressed the media during Bruins' practice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday. The defenseman is expecting to get a cast shortly after learning on Sunday that he will be out for approximately four weeks with a fractured bone in his left forearm.

 

"It sucks, but that's the way it has to be," Boychuk said of the prognosis. He was slashed in the first period of Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers by Brandon Dubinsky. He left the ice following the play but returned to finish the period before sitting the rest of the game.

 

"I just tried to suck it up," Boychuk said. "I thought it was just a bruise or something like that on the wrist. I just put some tape on it and tried to put some tape on it and tried to finish the period."

 

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