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09/29/2012 - 8:18pm
Boyd passes No. 17 Clemson past BC

Tajh Boyd completed 28-of-38 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 42 yards and a TD to lead 17th-ranked Clemson to a 45-31 victory over Boston College on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

DeAndre Hopkins had a school-record 197 receiving yards for the Tigers (4-1, 1-1 ACC), who led by three at the half and scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to pull ahead comfortably.

Chase Rettig completed 25-of-43 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns for BC (1-3, 0-2), but he was picked off at the Clemson 5 when the Eagles were trying to get back within one touchdown in the fourth quarter.

For more from the game, check out The BC Blog.


09/29/2012 - 6:30pm
Reports: Mankins out, Gronk to play vs. Bills

According to CSNNE.com, Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins did not make the trip with the team for Sunday's game in Buffalo, and he will be out of the game against the Bills due to a hip injury. The 30-year-old, in the second season of his six-year deal, had been listed as questionable. Ryan Wendell is the backup on the depth chart. 

Mankins' absence could be even more significant given that tight end Rob Gronkowski has been dealing with a hip injury of his own. However, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports (via twitter) that Gronkowski -- also listed as questionable for Sunday -- is expected to play. 

For more Patriots coverage, visit weei.com/patriots.


09/29/2012 - 6:20pm
Bobby V: Ellsbury 'never quite hit stride'

BALTIMORE -- Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup on Saturday for the first time since Sept. 20. Manager Bobby Valentine suggested that he was hopeful that the 29-year-old could "play the next few games and go home on a good note." 

Still, Ellsbury will end the year with numbers that are drastically different from the ones he posted a year ago en route to a second-place finish in the AL MVP race. Ellsbury -- who missed three months with a subluxation of his shoulder, and has subsequently managed some bumps and bruises in the second half -- entered Saturday hitting .277 with a .321 OBP, .382 slugging mark, .704 OPS, four homers and 14 steals in 70 games. 

While Valentine maintained in spring training that Ellsbury should have been the 2011 AL MVP (winning the award over Justin Verlander), the Sox manager said that the outfielder hadn't been the same player this year. 

"You know, I based my...

09/29/2012 - 2:39pm
Green 'in great condition' at C's practice

The first day of training camp on Saturday marked Jeff Green's official return to basketball in a Celtics uniform.

"I’ve gone through the tough times," said Green, whose aortic aneurysm was discovered during C's training camp a year ago. "I’ve beat it, and now I’m in great condition. My game is getting right, and I’m just happy to play basketball."

Green hadn't suited up in green since Game 5 of the 2011 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Heat.

"I was trying not to smile too much during practice," he said. "I had to keep a straight face. It’s hard. I let some emotions go, telling all the players that I’m happy to back, encouraging them, just talking a lot for no reason, because I was glad to be back on the floor."

 

Despite undergoing season-ending heart surgery in January and being subsequently released by the Celtics, making the 6-foot-9...

09/29/2012 - 1:57pm
Francona to interview for Indians job

Terry Francona will interview next week for the position of manager of the Cleveland Indians, a job that became vacant when Cleveland decided to fire manager Manny Acta earlier this week.

“I’m excited and I’m honored that they would give me an interview,” Francona told the Associated Press. “I know Sandy Alomar is also a candidate. He’s a good friend of mine. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I will do my homework over the next week.”

Francona spent a year working with the Indians front office in 2001, a year that he has often credited with laying the groundwork for his successful managerial tenure with the Red Sox after a challenging run in Philadelphia that ended with his firing at the end of the 2000 season.

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