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01/26/2012 - 12:35pm
Gronkowski won't practice Thursday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots aren't taking any chances with Rob Gronkowski. Head coach Bill Belichick announced Thursday that the Pro Bowl tight end will be held out of practice with the left ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's AFC championship win over the Ravens. 

"He's not going to practice today," Belichick announced Thursday morning in his meeting with the media. "We'll take it day by day. I’m not going to try to forecast where he'll be 10 days from now."

A relaxed Belichick smiled when a reporter prefaced the first question about Gronkowski's status. 

"He's good, good," Belichick laughed before later adding, "He's had a lot of production -- a lot of touchdowns and good blocks. He has definitely made some plays."

Gronkowski set a new NFL record for tight ends with 17 touchdown receptions and one rushing score during the regular season. He caught a pair of touchdowns against the...

01/26/2012 - 8:58am
Mashup: Brady No. 3 on Bloomberg list

Bloomberg Businessweek released its annual list of the "Power 100" athletes -- comprising on- and off-field attributes -- and Tom Brady ranks third. The Patriots quarterback is behind two other NFL quarterbacks: Drew Brees and runner-up Aaron Rodgers. Brady, whose key sponsors include Under Armour, Audi, Ugg and Stetson Cologne, was fifth last year.
Brady's counterpart in the Super Bowl, Giants QB Eli Manning, is 15th. The next Boston athlete on the list is Celtics big man Kevin Garnett, at No. 54 (seven spot down from last year). Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski checks in at No. 77, and Wes Welker is No. 95.

Also in the news, Lightning fans are campaigning to save the job of the woman who dressed as the team mascot, Thunderbug. Kelly Frank was fired after an incident with a Bruins fan during a game last week. She sprayed Silly String on the B's fan's head. He got mad, pushed the mascot and had to be restrained. The team said the incident...

01/25/2012 - 10:25pm
Former Sox reliever suspended 50 games

Former Red Sox reliever Dustin Richardson was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances. Richardson tested positive for an amphetamine, Letrozole and metabolite, Methandienone metabolite, Methenelone and metabolite and Trenbolone and metabolite.

Richardson, a fifth-round pick by the Sox out of Texas Tech in 2006, appeared in 26 games for Boston in 2010, working 13 innings as left-handed reliever. He was traded to Florida after the season for Andrew Miller. He pitched for the Triple-A affiliates of the Marlins and Braves last season. 

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01/25/2012 - 7:01pm
Sox, Bailey agree on $3.9 million deal

According to an industry source, new Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey reached agreement with the Red Sox on a one-year, $3.9 million deal that includes up to $100,000 in performance bonuses. That is below the $4.025 million midpoint of the $4.7 million figure submitted by the reliever and the $3.35 million offer that the club had made in salary arbitration.

Bailey, 27, was acquired from the A's along with outfielder Ryan Sweeney in exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick and prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantara in late December. The two-time All-Star has 75 career saves and a 2.07 ERA in three big league seasons, along with 174 strikeouts (against 49 walks) in 174 career innings. In 2011, he was limited to a career-low 42 games while going 0-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 24 saves.

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01/25/2012 - 6:13pm
Harbaugh: Scoreboard no factor on FG

In response to charges that the Patriots may have manipulated the Gillette Stadium scoreboard at the end of the AFC championship game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh issued a statement to the Ravens' official website:

“We knew what the down and distance were on our last series. The scoreboard was not a factor for us. Any suggestion that the wrong down information was a deliberate effort to affect the outcome of the game is nonsense.”

Ravens kicking consultant Randy Brown hinted that the Patriots may have been up to no good at the end of the contest, saying that New England deliberately flashed the wrong information on the scoreboard late in the game, causing confusion on the Baltimore sideline and leading to a missed late field goal from Billy Cundiff.

Speaking with 94 WIP Radio in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Brown was asked if the Patriots did it purposefully in hopes of gaining an advantage, Brown replied, “I...

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