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01/19/2012 - 8:53pm
Law: Pats defense has been 'lights out' lately

FOXBORO -- Former Patriots cornerback Ty Law, who was named one of the honorary captains for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Ravens, said Thursday he believes the New England defense -- and the secondary in particular -- has played "lights out" over the last few games.

"Yes, they struggled throughout the season, but had a lot of injuries and a lot of things that just weren’t going their way," Law said on Thursday. "And when you have a quarterback like Tom Brady and you can get that many points, it helps you out a lot.

"But they’ve stepped it up in a big way -- especially last week," Law added. "So hopefully, they can carry that over and gain that confidence from these last few performances and play that well on Sunday night, because Tom and that offense is clicking. All the defense has to do is step up, be productive and they’ll win the football game."
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01/19/2012 - 6:30pm
Ainge: If a trade can help, 'We'll do it'

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly interview and addressed the talk of whether he would make a move involving any of his Big Three.

"It's just obvious," Ainge said. "Of course if we get the opportunity to make a trade that will help our team, we'll do it. I guess I was stating obvious answers and it became like a really big story. 

"We've all known there's a window for this group, so we're constantly evaluating that and been evaluating it for the last couple of years," he continued. "I don't have anything on the books. I don't have have anything imminent. There's nothing out there that I'm actively doing. I'm being patient with this group of guys. They believe that their much better than they're playing right now, Doc [Rivers] believes they're much better than we're playing right now. I believe that too."

Ainge said he was disappointed by the team'...

01/19/2012 - 6:16pm
Pollard: I took pride in hit on Brady

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Brian Waters told the media on Thursday that Bernard Pollard -- a teammate of Waters with the Chiefs -- "took pride" in being able to get a hit on Tom Brady in 2008, a Week 1 lunge at the knee that resulted in a torn ACL for the New England quarterback. Pollard, now with the Ravens, was asked Thursday if Waters was accurate in that assessment.

"I took pride because I didn't do anything wrong," Pollard said. "This is a game where anything can happen. I don't care about recognition, I don't care about being the face of the NFL, I'm just blessed to be able to do what I do."

Pollard wasn't flagged on the play, though the NFL instituted a rule after the 2008 season that penalized a player for making contact with a quarterback's knee.

"It's football, at the end of the day guys get hurt every Sunday," Pollard said. "I think the fact of the matter is that in this case it was Tom...

01/19/2012 - 5:34pm
Cherington explains Crawford diagnosis

Speaking prior to the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner at the Copley Westin Hotel, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington explained why the diagnosis of Carl Crawford's injured wrist wasn't made earlier in the offseason.

Crawford recently underwent surgery on his wrist after experiencing increased discomfort while ramping up his hitting regimen. It was an injury Cherington said the outfielder had felt to some degree during the season, but wasn't a concern for the player upon the completion of the regular season. 

"I think whenever something like this happens we always go back and think about whether we could have found this out earlier, found something earlier. Having surgery in the first week of January is a lot better than the last week of March, but probably not as good as the first week in October," the Red Sox GM said. 

"In this particular case, based on the research we've done, based on the conversations we've...

01/19/2012 - 5:04pm
Brady (left shoulder) full practice participant

FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady moved from "Did Not Practice" to "Full Participation" on Thursday's injury report. In all, New England had 14 players who were limited. Here is Thursday's complete report:

Limited Participation
WR Deion Branch (knee)
OL Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
TE Aaron Hernandez (concussion)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
OL Nate Solder (concussion)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
T Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
LB Tracy White (abdomen)

Full Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
QB Tom Brady (left shoulder)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)

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