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05/04/2012 - 1:24pm
Matt Light to announce retirement Monday

The Patriots will host a press conference on Monday to announce formally the retirement of Matt Light after 11 years as an anchor of New England's offensive line. Light was named to the Pro Bowl three times and appeared in 175 games, starting 173 of them at left tackle. After the Patriots took him in the second round of the 2001 draft, the 33-year-old went on to play in five Super Bowls and six AFC Championship games.

Though he signed a two-year contract with the Patriots last summer, Light will make official on Monday his decision to walk away from the gridiron.

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05/04/2012 - 12:10pm
Sox VP Kennedy on M&M: Sellout streak legit

Red Sox executive vice president/chief operating officer Sam Kennedy joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to talk about the Red Sox' sellout streak. The Red Sox say they have sold out every game since May 15, 2003, a run of 723 consecutive games. However, a Boston Globe story Friday questioned the validity of the streak, noting that seats are being sold or given away well after games start and a Fenway ticket-seller confirmed after a game this week that tickets remained when the final booth was closed.

"We've been screaming from the mountaintops for the last seven or eight years that we have tickets for sale for every game at Fenway, and they're available on a day-game purchase at Gate E," Kennedy said. "It's kind of ironic, this story this morning is sort of as predictable as the cold and rainy weather in Boston. When the team's not playing so well, I understand that we'll come under attack."

Kennedy explained that...

05/04/2012 - 10:19am
Oil Can on D&C: Boggs, Sox were bigoted

Former Red Sox pitcher Oil Can Boyd joined Dennis & Callahan for a bizarre interview Friday morning to talk about his forthcoming autobiography and his admission that he regularly used drugs during his memorable 1986 season. Before angrily hanging up on the hosts after being warned not to swear so much, Boyd told D&C he still smokes marijuana daily, accused Hall of Famer Wade Boggs of being a bigot who regularly used the n-word when they were teammates in Boston, and claimed that he performed at less than half of capability and would be in the Hall of Fame had he taken better care of his body.

Boyd, whose book is "They call me Oil Can: Baseball, drugs and life on the edge," said he was raised in a household in Mississippi where alcohol abuse was prevalent, and he had no way to escape it.

"I experienced drinking when I was small because I had parents that drank. I had uncles that drank, grandparents that drank, uncles and...

05/04/2012 - 8:01am
Mashup: Seau's brain reportedly going to BU

According to a report in the New York Daily News, Junior Seau's family told a Chicago brain research institute that it plans to donate the former Patriots linebacker's brain to Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. The BU center has become well known for its work studying deceased players' brains for evidence of trauma.

"This specimen needs to be examined," said Dr. Julian Bailes, director of the Brain Injury Research Institute in Chicago. "It doesn't matter who does it. There are only two groups doing this kind of work."

The San Diego County medical examiner ruled Seau's death a suicide Thursday.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


05/04/2012 - 1:40am
Ray Allen a go for Game 3, Smith out

After missing the final nine games of the regular season and the first two games of the series against the Hawks, Ray Allen will play in Game 3 tonight against Atlanta. 

Doc Rivers said before the game that the bothersome left ankle responded well to treatment and Thursday's practice, in which Allen participated in all 75 minutes, mostly consisting of half-court sets. 

"He looked OK in shoot around," Rivers said of Allen's work Friday morning. "But he was aggressive."

Allen said last week that he will have surgery in the off-season to remove bone spurs in the ankle, suffered when he twisted it badly on March 12 in Los Angeles in the fourth quarter of a win over the Clippers. Allen, the NBA's all-time 3-point king, averaged 14.2 points this season in 46 games, including his last four when he came off the bench for the first time in his five years with the Celtics. 

Allen should provide some outside...

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