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08/27/2010 - 7:29am
Mashup: Yankees boss sure of playoffs

On Thursday at Yankee Stadium, Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner talked to the media for the first time since his father's death in July. In addition to reminiscing about the late Yankees owner, Hank offered a comment that might provide some bulletin-board material in Boston: "We'd like to win the division, but I think we can be rest assured we're going to get to the playoffs." The Yankees are tied with the Rays for first in the AL East and are 5½ games ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card race.

 

Also in the news, controversial columnist Jay Mariotti was suspended by AOL Thursday following his weekend arrest on domestic violence charges. A TV writes takes a look at the "gleeful" reaction around the nation to Mariotti's troubles.

 

Get additional information on those stories and more — including a move to start an NHL-supported women's hockey league — at...

08/26/2010 - 10:47pm
Fast start, wild finish: Rams edge Pats

FOXBORO -- Brandon Tate returned the game's opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and Tom Brady recorded a near-perfect quarterback rating but the Patriots suffered their first preseason loss, 36-35, to St. Louis as Josh Brown hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. 

 

Brady played one series into the fourth quarter and looked in midseason form on a long, perfectly-thrown 65-yard TD strike to Randy Moss in the third quarter. Brady also found rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski twice for TD connections as the first-year player from Arizona became the first Patriots rookie since Patrick Cobbs in 2006 to score two TDs in a preseason game. As for Tate, he followed up his 97-yard return with a 43-yard return on his next kickoff chance. Tate finished with three kickoff returns and one punt return and a total of 162 return yards. 

 

On the negative side, the Patriots defensive backs...

08/26/2010 - 5:37pm
Pedroia: 'I will be good as new'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be put in a boot for his left foot over the next seven days, upon which the two sides will deem whether or not surgery will be the next step. 

 

Pedroia broke a bone in his left foot in San Francisco on June 25, after which he was placed on the DL before returning for two games last week. Pedroia experienced continued discomfort in the foot, prompting him to go on the DL again after last Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the Angels. Should Pedroia get the surgery, which would not include a bone graft (the process by which part of the bone is replaced), the second baseman hopes to be healed within three months.

 

"I will be good as new," Pedroia said in a text message to WEEI.com.

 

Pedroia is hitting .288/.367/.493 with 12 homers and 41 runs batted in over 75 games this season. He has stolen nine bases. 


08/26/2010 - 4:21pm
Report: Beckett, Lackey, MDC on waivers
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from Boston-based sportswriter Maureen Mullen, the Red Sox have placed pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Manny Delcarmen on the waiver wire. Should a team claim any of the players, which they can do until 1 p.m. on Friday, the Red Sox could either work out a trade with the team or simply release the player to that club.

 

Players often are placed on waivers as part of the post-July 31 process, and the chances likely are slim that the Red Sox would be willing to move either Beckett or Lackey. Beckett is in the midst of his worst professional season, going 4-3 with a 6.50 earned run average in a year in which he has struggled with back problems. He was signed at the start of the season to a four-year, $68 million contract extension.

 

Lackey is in the first season of a five-year, $82.5 million contract inked in the offseason. He has...

08/26/2010 - 4:06pm
Collinsworth: 18-game season 'stupid'
By: DJ Bean

Former Bengals receiver and NBC football analyst Cris Collinsworth joined The Big Show Thursday to discuss the proposed 18-game season while also admitting that he "loves" HBO's "Hard Knocks."

 

On the subject of the 18-game season, in which two preseason games would be cut out in favor of two additional regular-season games and a second bye week, Collinsworth didn't hold back in voicing his displeasure.

 

"It's stupid," Collinsworth said of the idea. "There's no way that for anybody that has never played a 16-game schedule to say that we ought to move to 18 games."

 

Collinsworth said that while adding two games to the schedule wouldn't hurt the Patriots with ticket sales, in many teams' cases it is currently already "hard to give away tickets in December." He also pointed out that players would increase their risk of injury in a longer season.

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