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08/16/2010 - 6:29pm
Dungy: 'I wouldn't hire' Rex Ryan

Former Colts coach and current NBC pregame analyst Tony Dungy was critical of Jets coach Rex Ryan during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Radio Show on Monday.

 

The excessive vulgarity used by Ryan on HBO's "Hard Knocks" program was too much for Dungy, who told Patrick that he would not consider Ryan a candidate if he were in a position to hire a head coach.

 

"I would not. I personally don't want my players to be around that. I don't want to be around that," Dungy said. "It's hard for me to be around that, and if I were in charge, no, I wouldn't hire someone like that.

 

"Now, I've been around 'F' bombs, so it's not like it's new. But I just don't think that has to be part of your every minute, everyday vocabulary to get your point across."

 

Dungy, a devout evangelical Christian, also feels that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should speak to...

08/16/2010 - 6:19pm
Red Sox sign fourth-rounder Cecchini
By: DJ Bean

Garin Cecchini informed WEEI.com that he will be signing with the Red Sox for $1.31 million, a step down from his initial signing bonus demands that scared other teams away, but still a sizable investment. A fourth-round pick, Cecchini was considered a top player in the draft before tearing his ACL in March. Cecchini played shortstop in high school but is expected to be a third baseman in the Red Sox organization.

 

Cecchini is considered a toolsy infielder with what Garye LaFevers, his Team USA coach, calls a "selectively aggressive" approach at the plate. The 19-year-old also is considered to be capable of having an impact on the basepaths, as he has run a 6.37 60-yard dash and stole 55 bases as a high school junior at Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La. 

 

Upon reaching the agreement with the Red Sox, Cecchini decided to donate $20,000 to the Jimmy Fund.

 

"I've been blessed and...

08/16/2010 - 5:34pm
Belichick won't 'rule out' Welker in preseason

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday and touched on a variety of topics, including if wide receiver Wes Welker would play in any preseason games.

 

"We'll see how that goes," said Belichick of the All-Pro wideout. "I wouldn't rule it out, but I wouldn't say it's a definite either. We'll just take it day by day with Wes like we do with everybody else." 

 

Rookie tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are both expected to jump in and play key roles for the Patriots in 2010. Belichick was asked how the two have fared in training camp.

 

"They know a lot more than they did two weeks ago, but they still got a long way to go," said Belichick. "One good thing about our tight ends, they've been out there every day, they've been healthy, they've worked hard and continued to get better. Aaron and Rob...

08/16/2010 - 4:55pm
Workman, Coyle agree to terms with Sox

According to sources familiar with the situation, the Red Sox have come to terms with both second-round selection Brandon Workman, and Sean Coyle, their third-round pick.

 

Workman, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Texas (the draft's 57th round overall pick), will sign a deal that includes an $800,000 signing bonus. The agreement was finalized after a call between the Red Sox and Workman's represenatives on a 2 p.m. call, with the player coming down from his asking price of $1.25 million and the Sox coming up from the MLB's suggested slot of approximately $634,000. He will begin his professional career in the coming days, reporting to Fort Myers.

 

Coyle the 110th overall selection in this year's amateur draft, is reportedly agreeing to a signing bonus of $1.3 million, according to Baseball America's Jim Callis. The Pennsylvania high school star flew into Boston with his father for a physical, and to see if...

08/16/2010 - 1:57pm
Sox 'close' to signing draftee LeBlanc

According to a source familiar with the conversations, the Red Sox were "close" to signing a deal with 11th-round draft pick Lucas LeBlanc for what was expected to be a bonus in line with second-round money. The Sox had viewed LeBlanc as unlikely to sign, and the transfer from Delgado Junior College had already arrived on the LSU campus last week, before the team apparently moved to increase its offer in recent days.

 

LeBlanc is a player with a well-rounded set of tools, whom Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye described after the draft as someone who does everything well, rather than possessing a single standout tool.

 

Earlier on Monday, WEEI.com had reported that the Sox were considering reallocating the money that they had earmarked for second-round selection Brandon Workman (a right-hander out of Texas) for LeBlanc and perhaps other later-round draftees. With news that a deal for LeBlanc is close, it...

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