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11/02/2011 - 11:42am
Haynesworth: Problems stem from execution

FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said Wednesday morning that the defensive problems that New England has been having this season are a question of execution.

"I don't know if we overthink it. I just think we need to execute," he said Wednesday before practice. "We prepare well here. It's one of the most outstanding teams in terms of how we prepare. We want to be prepared better than the other teams. We just need to execute."

The Patriots defense struggled Sunday in a 25-17 loss to the Steelers. Pittsburgh was 10-for-16 on third down, had five scoring drives of 10 plays or more and finished with 427 net yards. Haynesworth said the Pats are doing an "all right" job stopping the run but need to bring more pressure on the quarterback.

"People think we're going to dwell on it. You know, after every game, you feel the same -- you have things that you did well and things you have to improve...

11/02/2011 - 7:29am
Chris Herren on D&C: 'Don't feel bad for me'

Former Celtics guard Chris Herren, the subject of an ESPN documentary called "Unguarded" that details his battles with drug abuse, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about his experiences.

"If I do what I'm supposed to do today, I have a better chance of staying sober tomorrow. There's no doubt about that," said the Fall River product. "Some people look at me with a sad look on their face and say, 'I'm so sorry, it must be really, really tough.' And I look at them and I say, 'You should have saw me four years ago. Then it was really, really tough. Don't feel bad for me now. I'm blessed. I've been given a gift that some people don't get.' So, although I will live with this forever, I'm doing my best to maintain it and live with that life."

Asked if he looks back at his basketball career with regret, Herren said no.

"I don't look back and say, like, 'Oh, I wish; if I did this, it...

11/02/2011 - 6:55am
Mashup: Sharks' Thornton told to 'shut up'

After the Sharks lost on Monday to the Rangers, 5-2, Joe Thornton lamented San Jose's missed opportunity. "They were probably the softest team we played against on this road trip, and we should have had the two points," the former Bruin said.

Rangers coach John Tortorella initially brushed off the comments, but on Tuesday he responded with more vigor.

"Joe hasn’t won a damned thing in this league," Tortorella said. "He could go down as one of the better players in our league never to win anything. So what he should do is just shut up. It was uncalled for. It was classless. I’ve never had it happen like that before."

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11/01/2011 - 10:25pm
Pedroia, Gonzalez, Ellsbury win Gold Gloves

Three Red Sox claimed American League Gold Gloves Tuesday night, with second baseman Dustin Pedroia winning his second, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez taking his third, and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury earning his first.

Playing in a career-high 159 games, Pedroia had the second-highest fielding percentage in the AL (.990), only trailing the Angels' Howie Kendrick (.992). The Sox infielder committed seven errors while notching the third-most chances in the league (772). The Yankees' Robinson Cano won the award last season.

In his first season in the American League, Gonzalez finished second behind Casey Kotchman in fielding percentage (.997), making just four errors while owning the top zone rating among AL first basemen (.893).

Ellsbury was able to win his first Gold Glove thanks to a season in which he didn't make an error in 394 total chances. He also managed six outfield assists.

It marked the first time since 1979 the Red Sox...

11/01/2011 - 10:20pm
Julien: 'Our team was there' in win

For one of the first times all season, Bruins coach Claude Julien felt his team gave the kind of effort he was looking for in a 5-3 win over the Senators at TD Garden Tuesday night. Julien watched as his team fell behind 2-1 on two fluky first-period goals and lost a 3-2 lead early in the third period on a shot through a heavy screen in front of Tim Thomas. 

"I just felt our team was there tonight," Julien said after 13 Bruins recorded points. "Our compete level was better, and our focus seemed to be there. When you look at the way [Ottawa] scored that first goal, it was a little bit snakebitten. But tonight, we looked like a group that wasn't going to let those kind of things beat us."

The Bruins, who were just 3-7-0 entering Tuesday's contest, won the game when Johnny Boychuk beat Craig Anderson with a slap shot from the right point at 6:41 of the third. Daniel Paille followed up with a breakaway goal that sealed Boston's...

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