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12/09/2010 - 4:47pm
Chung, Spikes absence not injury related

FOXBORO — Safety Patrick Chung and linebacker Brandon Spikes were no-shows at Patriots' practice on Thursday, but according to the team, their absence was not injury related. Here's a look at the complete report:

Did Not Participate
S Patrick Chung (not injury related)
LB Brandon Spikes (not injury related)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
NT Myron Pryor (back)

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


12/09/2010 - 4:39pm
Gonzalez denies agreement to Mexican blog
By: DJ Bean

If the reports that Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox have a deal in place for seven years and $154 million are true, the first baseman doesn't want it known. In a recent interview with a Mexican baseball blog, Gonzalez denied the agreement. 

 

"Nothing about that is true," Gonzalez told Puro Beisbol. "It's false. I haven't signed any contract."

 

Reports have suggested that the two sides are simply waiting until the season starts to ink the deal so the team can save money on luxury tax. Gonzalez, however, told Puro Beisbol that the Red Sox and Gonzalez "didn't negotiate any numbers" on Sunday. 

 

For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at weei.com/redsox


12/09/2010 - 2:49pm
Kruk: Yankees need Lee; Gonzalez 'an MVP'
By: DJ Bean

ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk joined The Big Show on Thursday, praising the Red Sox for the signing of Carl Crawford and noting that it is now crucial for the Yankees to sign free-agent starter Cliff Lee.

 

"It's imperative," Kruk said. "Not just because he's left handed, but because Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia are the only to starters that are dependable. They need another one if they want to compete."

 

Kruk pointed out that Crawford was likely drawn to the Red Sox because of the stability in the lineup and that "they can win two or three championships by the time" his deal expires.

 

Even if the Yankees were to sign Lee, Kruk felt that the Red Sox would still the best team in the league. 

 

"They're younger they're more athletic," Kruk said of the Sox. "Better starting pitching. Besides Mariano [Rivera] and Papelbon, which is...

12/09/2010 - 1:24pm
Pats practice: Chung, Spikes missing

FOXBORO -- Safety Patrick Chung and rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes lead a list of five Patriots missing from outdoor practice on Thursday outside Gillette Stadium. Neither player was listed on Wednesday's injury report. 

 

Also missing were Jonathan Wilhite (hip), Myron Pryor (back) and Mike Wright (concussion) as the Patriots worked out in sweats and shells on the lower practice field in bitterly cold conditions, similar to the 15-degree temperatures expected for the late-afternoon kick-off on Sunday at Soldier Field.  

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


12/09/2010 - 11:42am
Stuart's hand injury occurred last Thursday
By: DJ Bean

Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, sporting a cast and out four-to-six weeks with a broken hand, spoke on Thursday about how his injury occurred.

 

Though Stuart left the first period of Tuesday's game, the injury actually dates back to last Thursday's 8-1 win over the Lightning. Stuart blocked a shot from the point, getting hit in the right hand.

 

X-rays after the game were negative, and he played through pain and swelling for the rest of the night and in Saturday's game. On his third shift of the night on Tuesday, Stuart made a pass and his hand "caved in," as he both broke his hand and dislocated his ring finger at the same time. 

 

Stuart said that by the time he had made the pass, his hand was "hanging on by a thread."

 

This marks the second time in as many seasons that a hand injury will keep Stuart out for a prolonged period of time. He missed 26 games last...

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