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11/15/2010 - 3:23pm
Sox interviewed Sandberg about PawSox

In a conference call to discuss his hiring as the manager of the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg told reporters that he had interviewed with the Red Sox about managing their Triple-A affiliate.

 

The Sox have been looking to replace Torey Lovullo, who spent 2010 as their manager in Pawtucket before joining John Farrell's coaching staff in Toronto. The organization has been talking to both internal and external candidates about the position, and apparently Sandberg was one of the individuals who was interviewed. However, the former Cubs great -- who had spent the last four seasons as a minor league manager in the Cubs system -- ended up returning to a Phillies organization that selected him in the 20th round of the 1978 draft.

 

Sandberg was passed over for the job of Cubs major league manager recently, with Chicago electing to hire Mike Quade. Sandberg turned down offers to join the...

11/15/2010 - 3:17pm
Belichick on dirty plays: 'That stuff happens'

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn't prepared to pour extra gas on the fire Monday afternoon when asked if the officials had control of the game when the Steelers took extra liberties with rough tackles after the whistle. 

 

"Look, you've got two physical teams playing in a big game," Belichick said. "Emotions run high. I don't think that's uncommon."

 

Offensive lineman Logan Mankins took issue with the way Tom Brady was rolled into after his successful quarterback run for a third-quarter touchdown. Several Patriots felt the Steelers were taking liberties with Brady while he was prone and on the ground, trying to grab the back of his helmet and twist him awkwardly.  

 

"I thought the game was, as far as that part of it goes, pretty well officiated," Belichick added. "There wasn't a lot of [dirty hits]. But that stuff happens in a lot of games, two...

11/15/2010 - 2:13pm
Posey, Feliz win Rookie of the Year awards

Giants catcher Buster Posey and Rangers closer Neftali Feliz won the Rookie of the Year Awards for their respective leagues, presented by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Though Posey was not called up by the Giants until the end of May, he nonetheless claimed National League honors by hitting .305/.357/.505/.862 with 18 homers and 67 RBI in 108 games. The 23-year-old was a key component of the Giants team that won the NL West and then brought the first-ever championship to the San Francisco Giants. He claimed 20 of 32 votes to beat out Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who had nine first-place votes. Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia (1) and Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez (2) claimed the other first-place votes en route to third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively.

 

Like Posey, Feliz was an impact contributor as a rookie for a team that reached the World Series. He took over closing duties in the first days of the...

11/15/2010 - 1:40pm
Wilfork on D&H: Let's get physical

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork called in to the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon to take part in his weekly conversation as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday. Following the bad week of practice leading into the Browns game, the Patriots rebounded last week with better preparation leading into Sunday night's game vs. the Steelers, and it paid off.

 

Said Wilfork: "Going into this past week, it was like, 'Let's get a good start.' Once we saw the film of Cleveland, we made the corrections, we put it behind us. I think everybody got off to a great start with practice. We had good practices last week and it showed yesterday. I think everybody took it upon themselves to do their job and try to play the game we needed to play. We all said we needed to play physical and we need to be aggressive against this football team, this Steelers football team. They don't know how to play no other way but physical and aggressive. We knew we...

11/15/2010 - 12:40pm
Meriweather on D&H: 'Can't wait' for Colts

Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Monday morning, and he said a fast start was one of the keys to a 39-26 victory over the Steelers. "We came out, we started fast,"  Meriweather said. "We started early. We didn't wait to see how the game was going to go."

 

Meriweather said the team's physicality was a huge factor, especially given the hard-hitting nature of the Steelers. "Coach always tells us we have to be physical," Meriweather said. "The physical team is going to win nine times out of 10. That's something we try to take into every game, we want to be physical. I'm happy that we started early yesterday."

 

When he was asked about the challenges of preparing for multiple weapons in the receiving game, Meriweather emphasized the focus still revolves around the quarterback. "It's more of taking...

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