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05/19/2010 - 10:34am
UMass football to play UNH at Gillette

The Patriots announced Wednesday that Gillette Stadium will play host to college football the next two falls, as UMass and the University of New Hampshire meet at the Patriots' home field. The Colonial Athletic Association rivals will do battle on Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m. and then next year on Oct. 22.

 

“We are extremely excited to bring college football to Gillette Stadium," Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "We look forward to creating a tremendous atmosphere for these two great New England rivals, their students, alumni and fans. We have celebrated many memorable moments at Gillette Stadium and hope that the memory of playing in the inaugural college football game at Gillette Stadium will last a lifetime for all of the game’s participants."


05/19/2010 - 9:39am
Papi on benching Hanley: Not right thing to do

NEW YORK -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' 7-6 win over the Yankees Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, David Ortiz weighed in on the controversy surrounding his former teammate, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez was benched by Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez after loafing after a ball Monday. The All-Star then proceeded to show little remorse, saying Tuesday "We got a lot of people dogging after ground balls."

 

"This is not about embarrassing the player that he is," said Ortiz, who befriended Ramirez -- a fellow native of the Dominican Republic -- prior to the Red Sox trading the shortstop following the 2005 season. "Sometimes we might need to be reminded about things we do that we think is the right thing but it's not. There are more eyes watching. But embarrassing you, or your embarrassing your manager or your teammates is not the right way to go.

 

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05/19/2010 - 7:54am
LEEInks list: Boston's worst losses of 2010

It's been an up-and-down year in Boston sports. There have been more than a few humbling defeats by the local teams, with the most recent embarrassment coming Monday at Yankee Stadium. In today's LEEInks list, we look at the worst losses of 2010. Check it out here.


05/19/2010 - 7:51am
Mashup: Hanley Ramirez takes heat

Marlins shortstop (and former Red Sox farmhand) Hanley Ramirez does not have many supporters in his dispute with manager Fredi Gonzalez. Ramirez was benched following his lazy jog after a ball he booted in Monday's game, and he lashed out at his manager afterward. But Gonzalez isn't backing down. One national writer calls this Gonzalez' "finest hour." Read more about that, plus find out where the Red Sox rank on Forbes' list of the most valuable sports team brands. Those stories, plus videos, trivia and more, can be found at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


05/19/2010 - 2:45am
Was Pierce's Twitter account hacked?

ORLANDO — At some point during his postgame press conference, a post on Paul Pierce’s Twitter page appeared that read: "Anybody got a BROOM?" A reporter picked up on it and asked Dwight Howard in his press conference about it, to which Howard replied, “Am I supposed to comment on that?” Pressed for a comment Howard said, “Pride comes before a fall. Just know that.” However, it appears that Pierce's account may have been hacked. A company called Athlete Interactive, which manages digital media for several athletes, including Pierce, put on its Twitter page: "That is NOT @paulpierce34 tweeting — the previous four tweets are all courtesy of a hack. Looking into it."

 

UPDATE: On Wednesday morning at about 11:30, a tweet from Pierce's account read:...

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