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11/18/2011 - 1:03pm
Tarpinian joins McCourty, Spikes as no-shows

FOXBORO -- Jeff Tarpinian became the third Patriots linebacker to miss practice this week as he was not spotted at the beginning of practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at Gillette Stadium. Tarpinian was not among the 17 players listed on the Patriots injury report on Thursday. 

Also missing Friday were linebackers Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Brandon Spikes (knee) and cornerback Devin McCourty (shoulder). Those three players have missed practice all week in Foxboro, as the team readies for the Chiefs on Monday at Gillette Stadium.

The team has one more practice on Saturday and a walk-through on Sunday in preparation for Monday's game. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


11/18/2011 - 11:49am
Cherington already met with Valentine

According to a source, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington spoke with Bobby Valentine a few weeks ago but no formal interview has been been scheduled as of yet. Multiple reports stated that Sox ownership had met with the 61-year-old Valentine and that others in the ownership group will meet with the former Rangers and Mets manager.

The Boston Herald reported that Torey Lovullo will receive a second interview, although a source told WEEI.com that no second interviews have been formally arranged and Lovullo, Gene Lamont and Sandy Alomar Jr. all remain candidates.

Valentine had a 1,117-1,072 record (.510 winning percentage) in 15 years as a manager, and reached the World Series with the Mets in 2000. He also enjoyed a successful career managing in Japan, where he not only led the Chiba Lotte Marines to a championship but became an iconic figure in the NPB.

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11/18/2011 - 9:04am
Lombardi on D&C: Jets might not be 'fixable'

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi made his weekly Friday appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about news from around the league.

The Broncos knocked off the Jets Thursday night in Denver, with Tim Tebow running for the winning touchdown in the final minute. Mark Sanchez has taken the most heat for the Jets' offensive failures, but Lombardi said he's not the only problem.

"They want to be this pound-and-ground team, but I think what the Jets lack -- and it's becoming apparent to me as the season's gone on -- they don't have a blue chip running back," he said. "I know Shonn Greene got hurt, but even with Shonn Greene in the game, they think Shonn Greene's a blue chip back but there's so often that they have holes that they should have 12 yards and they get six. I think really last night demonstrated to everybody that they need a running back. If you're going to be pound-and-ground, you'd better have a blue chip...

11/18/2011 - 7:55am
Mashup: Yale coach in Rhodes controversy

Yale quarterback Patrick Witt has been the subject of stories nationwide for his decision to play in Saturday's rivalry game vs. Harvard and skip his interview for a Rhodes scholarship. Now, Yale coach Tom Williams is getting publicity because he implied he faced a similar decision when he played at Stanford in the early 1990s. But, as The New York Times discovered when it did some investigating, Williams apparently never even was a candidate -- let alone a finalist -- for a Rhodes scholarship, despite his Yale website biography stating that he was.

On Thursday, Williams insisted he never meant to mislead anyone, and he clarified the situation. "There is no intention to deceive," he said. "I never said I was a finalist for the Rhodes candidacy. The Rhodes shouldn't have any record of me, because I didn't do it. I didn't go through the process. I pulled out long before it got to that point."

Yale president Richard Levin said the...

11/18/2011 - 6:36am
Syracuse coach Fine accused of molestation

Syracuse police acknowledged that they are investigating allegations that longtime Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine molested two former ball boys in the 1980s and '90s. Fine was placed on administrative leave by the school Thursday night.

Bobby Davis, now 39, had contacted police and media outlets almost a decade ago, but because the statute of limitations had passed and Davis' accusations could not be corroborated, no legal action was taken and no stories were published. Now, a second accuser has come forward. Davis' stepbrother, 45-year-old Mike Lang, also said Fine molested him when he was a ball boy.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim stood by Fine, who is in his 35th year as a Syracuse assistant.

"This matter was fully investigated by the university in 2005 and it was determined that the allegations were unfounded," he said in a statement. "I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never seen or...

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