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01/12/2012 - 1:26pm
Theo: Henry alone in not wanting Crawford

Speaking on the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning, Cubs president, and former Red Sox general manager, Theo Epstein confirmed John Henry's assertion that the principal owner was against signing Carl Crawford to the seven-year, $142 million deal he received prior to the 2011 season. Epstein said, however, that Henry was alone in his opinion, with the rest of the organization's decision-makers being on board with the commitment.

"When you own the team you can do that, and I think John is an organization-first kind of guy. Those were kind of unique circumstances," Epstein said. "The bottom line was that's right. I think John didn't want to do that one, but everyone else did in the organization. Everyone knew it wasn't perfect. You don't set out one day...

01/12/2012 - 1:17pm
Belichick: Branch is 'exceptional, rare'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick heaped praise on receiver Deion Branch on Thursday, placing him among the smartest players he has ever coached in a Patriots uniform. Belichick pointed to Branch's ability to read a defense and adjust his route accordingly, giving Tom Brady an open and available target. 

"Branch is great at that, he's great at that, as was Troy, as was Kevin, as was Randy," Belichick said, putting Branch in the same class as Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown and Randy Moss. "Those guys just knew where they could go, how long they had to get there and how to do it. And 99 percent of the time, if as a coach, you said, 'this is the situation, and this is what we want you to do,' that's what they would do."

Belichick said tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are having great seasons but still have a way to go to match the longevity and production of Branch, the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX. 

"Deion and...

01/12/2012 - 11:34am
Bruins recall Caron from Providence
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence Thursday, a move that gives them a spare forward with Brad Marchand suspended.

The Bruins have sent Caron to Providence five times this season. In 12 AHL games, Caron has two goals and seven assists for nine points. In 13 NHL games this season, Caron has one goal and two assists for three points. 

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01/12/2012 - 11:23am
Rivers: 'We clearly have to play better'

Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning, a day after the Celtics lost 90-85 to the Mavericks at TD Garden to drop to 4-5 on the season.

"I am concerned about our rebounding, we have to be a better rebounding team, not only on the defensive glass but also on the offensive glass.," said Rivers of a Celtics team that grabbed just two offensive rebounds in the loss to Dallas. "I just thought at times we broke our discipline defensively and allowed baskets as well. There's things we have to do better, there's things we have to fix."

Rivers was asked if there is reason to be concerned about the long-term prospects of this Celtics team, or if patience is still needed when examining the potential of this season.

"There's a lot of season left, lot of games left, but we clearly have to play better," Rivers said. "One of the things I do remind the guys of is that there...

01/12/2012 - 9:55am
Theo: Sept. didn't influence Cubs decision

Talking on the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday, Cubs president Theo Epstein said that the Red Sox' September collapse had nothing to do with his decision to leave his position as general manager of the Sox and pursue the opportunity in Chicago.

"As far as it would have effected people's futures, I can only speak for myself and I would have still followed through expressing my desire to pursue the opportunity in Chicago because that was a product of 10 years here and wanting to challenge myself in a new environment going forward. That was not a reaction to what happened in September one bit," he said, referencing the Red Sox' 7-20 final month of the 2011 regular season.

Epstein also discussed his perception of what took place in the final month of the...

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