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11/02/2010 - 11:14am
Belichick on Mankins: 'We're glad he's back'

The Patriots confirmed that guard Logan Mankins has returned to the team. While there has not yet been a roster move to add Mankins, head coach Bill Belichick said that he expected that move to take place today.

 

"It’s good to have him back with the team. He’s part of the team now," Belichick said in a conference call, praising the two-time Pro Bowler for his toughness, intelligence and dependability. "You just can’t have too many guys like that on your football team. We’re glad he’s back."

 

Asked about Mankins' physical condition, Belichick suggested only that the team would treat the offensive lineman on a "day-to-day" basis. The Patriots head coach declined to discuss the degree to which he had been in touch with Mankins during his holdout.

 

"I don’t want to get into any of that. it doesn’t matter right now," said...

11/02/2010 - 10:33am
NFL Power Rankings: Patriots rise to the top
By: admin

Now armed with a 6-1 record that is the best in the NFL, the Patriots take over as the new No. 1 team in the latest edition of the WEEI.com NFL Power Rankings. The AFC continues its overall dominance in the rankings, while the ongoing fiascos in Minnesota and Dallas have the Vikings and Cowboys continuing their plummet.

 

For the complete Power Rankings, click here. For Patriots team news, visit weei.com/patriots.


11/02/2010 - 9:42am
Report: Vikings dump Moss for poor behavior

According to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the Vikings' decision to waive Randy Moss was motivated in part by what the article described as "brash, entitled behavior" that was encapsulated in an incident on Friday. Silver reports that Moss was uncomfortably critical of a local food establishment that was catering a post-practice meal:

 

"According to one player who witnessed the scene, Moss yelled, 'What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!'


"Said the witness: 'It was brutal. The truth is, he deserved to be cut after that. It was such an uncomfortable moment. You know that feeling where you just can tell someone feels so small? That’s what it was like being there.


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11/02/2010 - 7:26am
Youk: 'I'm preparing myself to play third'

Kevin Youkilis was tracked down by reporters this past weekend at the University of Cincinnati Homecoming football game, having played for the Bearcats' baseball team from 1998-2001. The fairly clean-shaven Youkilis explained that he has been hitting and throwing for the past couple of weeks, and that he and his injured thumb were ready to play baseball once again (yet, as he pointed out, "there's no baseball to be played.")

 

But then the subject of moving across the diamond came up. Clearly, Youkilis is not taking rumors of the Red Sox acquiring a first baseman lightly.

 

"I'm preparing myself to play third base because if you prepare yourself to play third base and you play first, it's an easy transition," Youkilis said. "So, for me, I try and prepare myself mentally to play third. I'll probably take a little more ground balls this year, but hopefully we'll find out sooner than later."...

11/02/2010 - 6:58am
Mashup: Ex-athletes running for office

There are five former professional athletes running for office in Tuesday's elections: former NBA centers Shawn Bradley (Utah state house of representatives) and Chris Dudley (Oregon governor), and former NFL players Jon Runyan (U.S. congress representing New Jersey), Keith Fimian (U.S. congress representing Virginia) and Heath Shuler (U.S. congress representing North Carolina). Said Bradley: "As a professional entertainer in sports, you get a lot of real-world experience in a world that's not very real — which is a lot of what politics are." Read more about that, plus check out a story on the first NCAA Division 1 transgender athlete — a former woman now playing on the George Washington men's basketball team — at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


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