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08/05/2010 - 12:04pm
Welker takes a licking and keeps on ticking

FOXBORO -- In his biggest test to date in training camp, Patriots receiver Wes Welker took a pair of heavy hits from linebacker Jerod Mayo in full scrimmage drills Thursday morning. The first hit came as Welker was running a slant pattern off the right end while the second hit came as Welker ran a crossing route. In both cases Welker held onto the pass from Tom Brady and popped right up and made his way back to the huddle. 

 

Other fan highlights included bucket drills as quarterbacks Brady, Brian Hoyer and Zac Robinson attempted to land passes in a blue garbage bucket in the back left corner of the end zone from 20 and 30 yards out. Only Hoyer was able to find the target, though Brady hit the outside of the bucket several times from both distances. 

 

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08/05/2010 - 11:44am
Banta-Cain: Burgess deserves support

Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning for a brief interview in between the morning and afternoon sessions at training camp in Foxboro. Asked about fellow linebacker Derrick Burgess, who has yet to show up at camp or announce his future plans, Banta-Cain offered his support.

 

"I haven't spoken with him," Banta-Cain said. "I don't want to talk him into or out of anything. I think he's at a point of his career that I respect any decision that he makes and I support it. It's tough to play in the league as long as he has played. If he wants to hang it up, he deserves to do it. If not, it would be great to have him back out here. But I respect it either way."

 

Asked about concerns with the Patriots' ability to pressure the passer, Banta-Cain said there is hope with the younger players. "I think the guys that we have I'm confident in," he said. "...

08/05/2010 - 11:28am
Gammons: Sox asked about Masterson

According to a tweet from MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons, the Red Sox contacted the Indians at the trade deadline in an attempt to bring former Sox hurler Justin Masterson back to Boston. Gammons reported that the Indians replied, "No, thanks."

 

Masterson is just 4-10 this season with a 4.52 ERA, but he beat the Sox Wednesday night for the second time this season, pitching five innings of one-run ball. He compiled a 9-8 record for the Sox in 2008 and '09 before being traded to the Indians in a 2009 deadline deal with minor leaguers Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price for Victor Martinez.

 

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08/05/2010 - 11:14am
Noon Red Sox chat with Merloni
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The Red Sox season hangs in the balance. The team is 6 1/2 games behind both the Rays and the Yankees, and needs to get hot fast in order to make a push for the postseason. Can they do it? Did they do the right thing at the trade deadline by essentially standing pat? What to make of the injury to Kevin Youkilis, and the issues surrounding Jacoby Ellsbury?

 

WEEI.com’s Lou Merloni will be taking your questions about these subjects and others at noon on Thursday. Stop by for his insight into all things Red Sox.

 

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08/05/2010 - 11:12am
Vote: Is Shaq a good fit for C's?

There have been reports that the Celtics front office was not unanimous in its support of the signing of free agent center Shaquille O’Neal. How about the fans? Cast your vote in support or opposition to the move at Green Street.


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