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08/27/2010 - 11:25am
BC names Shinskie starting QB for opener

Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani made it official that Dave Shinskie wil be the starting quarterback for the Eagles when they open the season Sept. 4 against Weber State at Alumni Stadium. Shinskie, a 26-year-old sophomore who started 10 games last season, beat out sophomore Mike Marscovetra and freshmen Chase Rettig and Josh Bordner in camp.

 

“Dave had a very good camp,” Spaziani said in a statement. “He is the incumbent, and we won games with him last year. He has improved and he is certainly deserving.”

 

Spaziani also announced that redshirt freshman defensive tackle Dillon Quinn has been suspended for the first three games due to an undisclosed violation of team rules.

 

For more BC news, visit The BC Blog.


08/27/2010 - 10:54am
Pats' Neal on D&H: 'Lot of work to do'

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning to talk about the Patriots' disappointing performance in their 36-35 preseason loss to the Rams on Thursday night. Asked what the message was from the Patriots coaches following the game, Neal said: "Pretty much we've got a lot of work to do. And they're right. We'll look at film today and see how we can improve and just get back after it. Luckily, that was a preseason game. We were really trying to win that thing. We just couldn't pull it out."

 

Added Neal: "We have another week to work out the kinks. Hopefully, we can be a little more smooth in the next game and have a good feel going into the regular season."

 

A former collegiate wrestling standout, Neal discussed mixed martial arts fighting, with the UFC making a stop in Boston this weekend. Neal said he knows a number of UFC competitors but isn't likely to...

08/27/2010 - 10:50am
Strasburg likely needs Tommy John

Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg will likely undergo Tommy John surgery due to a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Washingon GM Mike Rizzo told reporters. The tear was discovered during an arthrogram MRI performed on Thursday by the Nationals. Strasburg will receive a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum before making a final determination about whether to have the surgery, which would likely sideline him for most if not all of the 2011 season.

 

Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, had a 5-3 record, 2.91 ERA and a 92-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 68 innings in the big leagues this year. The flame-throwing right-hander's starts had been a major event this year, with attendance spikes and national broadcasts often accompanying him to the mound.

 

The rate of recovery from Tommy John surgery is excellent (albeit less than 100 percent), and some pitchers (such as Red Sox right-...

08/27/2010 - 9:43am
Mayo on D&C: 'We played dumb football'
By: Jay Asser

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday morning following the loss to the Rams in the third preseason game on Thursday night. Mayo talked about the defensive struggle against rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, establishing a legitimate pass rush going into the season and personally mentoring the younger linebackers.

 

"They just came out and executed better than we did," Mayo said of St. Louis. "We played dumb football last night with too many penalties and couldn't get off the field. You definitely don't see that coming leading into the week, especially with the way we've performed the previous weeks, but we just get back to the drawing table today and try to get better for next week."

 

Mayo was also asked about Brady's recent comments on the Jets and whether or not he watches "Hard Knocks."

 

"I'm not getting...

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...

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