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11/21/2010 - 11:35am
Brown: Polian's presence alters refs' calls

Talking on NFL Sunday, former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown, who also spent some time playing in the Pats' defensive backfield, stated that it was his opinion that referees called a different game when the Colts were involved due to the presence of their president, Bill Polian.

 

"I just think that Bill Polian, when the referees do games with him in it, they call a lot more pass interference calls than they do with any other team," Brown said.

 

Polian, who is on the NFL's competition committee, helped institute the league's "illegal contact" rule after the Patriots beat his Colts in the 2003 AFC Championship Game.

 

Agreeing with Brown was another participant in the Sunday morning show, former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria, who pointed to the difference in referees' approaches following the 2003 season.

 

"I agree with you Troy, the benefit on being on...

11/21/2010 - 7:19am
Lowrie: 'I'm an everyday middle infielder'

Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie, who hit .287 with a .907 OPS and nine homers in 55 games down the stretch, said by phone from Arizona that he had not had any discussions with the Red Sox about what position or role he might have in 2011.

 

The 26-year-old has been mentioned in a number of possibilities for the Sox next season, whether as a starting shortstop (should the team trade Marco Scutaro), a starting third baseman (in one scenario should Adrian Beltre depart) or as a utility infielder. Lowrie understands that his position is out of his control -- as, for that matter, is whether he spends the offseason being mentioned in trade rumors -- but he has a clear view of himself as a major leaguer.

 

After spending almost all of his professional career at shortstop and almost all of his college career at second base, while he would not object to any starting role, he views those two positions as his most natural fits. And,...

11/21/2010 - 1:10am
Savard: Campbell emails 'didn't faze me'
By: DJ Bean

After skating with the rest of his teammates for the first time this season, Bruins center Marc Savard addressed his state of mind, his recovery from post-concussion syndrome, and the unflattering light in which his name has grabbed headlines of late. NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, who coached Savard while the two were with the Rangers in 1997-98, had emails leaked in which he called Savard a "little fake artist" and the "biggest faker going." On Saturday, Savard reminisced on their days in New York and the positive relationship the two had, and noted that it would be unfair to suggest the emails conveyed a bias that went into the decision to not suspend Matt Cooke, who gave Savard his concussion last March. 

 

 

"I have nothing against [Colin Campbell]. I think that stuff was private stuff, and I think that stuff that he was saying got interpreted in a bad way," Savard, who noted the emails...

11/20/2010 - 9:53pm
Bruins fall to Kings in shootout... again
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins came back from a 3-0 deficit on Saturday night before falling, 4-3, in a shootout. Michal Handzus scored the game-winner in the shootout, while Blake Wheeler had two points for the B's. 

 

The Kings got goals in the first from Brad Richardson and Handzus in the first period and made it 3-0 when Jarret Stoll scored his 100th career goal at 2:50 of the second period. From there the Bruins turned it on, getting goals from Blake Wheeler, Gregory Campbell, and Patrice Bergeron to tie it up, while Thomas showed the form Bruins fans had been accustomed to seeing throughout the season. 

 

Bergeron's goal came on the power play in the third period, his third goal of the season. It was the fourth straight game between the two teams to be decided by in overtime or a shootout. The Kings had won the previous three. 

 

Thomas made 38 saves through regulation and overtime, while Quick...

11/20/2010 - 7:06pm
Addai and Hart among those out for Indy

The Colts on Saturday evening announced the following players are out for Sunday's game against the Patriots: running backs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart; as well as linebackers Gary Bracket and Clint Session and cornerback Justin Tryon. All five did not practice on Friday, so it's not a dramatic surprise, but Addai (neck) and Hart (ankle) have provided much of ground attack for Indianapolis, while veteran linebackers like Bracket (toe) and Session (elbow) are also a major part of the Colts' defense. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


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