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12/14/2011 - 1:32pm
Sterling Moore back on Pats practice squad

FOXBORO -- A week after being cut, defensive back Sterling Moore was re-signed to the Patriots practice squad on Wednesday as the team prepares for Tim Tebow and the Broncos Sunday in Denver.

The 21-year-old Moore has spent time on the practice squad and the 53-man roster for the Patriots this season. He has played in five games -- including three starts -- while recording six total tackles.

Moore, 5-foot-10, 205 pounds, originally signed with the Raiders as a rookie free agent on July 28 out of Southern Methodist. After being released following training camp, he spent the first few weeks of the season on the Oakland practice squad and then joined the New England practice squad on Oct. 5.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is

 


12/14/2011 - 1:06pm
Source: Sox acquire Astros closer Melancon

According to multiple sources, the Red Sox acquired Astros closer Mark Melancon in a trade Wednesday for pitcher Kyle Weiland and Jed Lowrie.

Melancon, 26, a 2006 draft pick of the Yankees out of the University of Arizona, had Tommy John surgery late in 2006 and missed the 2007 season. He made his debut for the Yankees against the Red Sox in 2009. He was traded to the Astros last year as part of the Lance Berkman deal. The right-hander went 8-4 with a 2.78 ERA and 20 saves in 25 chances for the lowly Astros this past season. He had 66 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings.

Weiland, 25, debuted for the Red Sox this season, going 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA. He is expected to be given a spot in the Astros rotation.

Lowrie has played four injury-plagued seasons in Boston, batting .252 with a .324 on-base percentage and .408 slugging percentage, with 19 home runs and 117 RBIs in 256 games. In 2011, he played in 88 games and hit .252/.303/.382 with six home...

12/14/2011 - 1:03pm
Top moments from Celtics media day

Tuesday's Celtics media day featured plenty of memorable moments. At Green Street, Ben Rohrbach has a compiled a list of the top 10 takeaways from the session, complete with video highlights. Among them: Jeff Green talking about getting his college degree, Paul Pierce teasing Ray Allen about his age, Kevin Garnett comparing the Celtics' chemistry to cooking in the kitchen, and one player donning his third different number in three years (and talking about asking for a letter instead).

Check it out at the Green Street blog.


12/14/2011 - 11:38am
KG on D&C: 'You've got to get past mad'

In an interview with Dennis & Callahan from Celtics training camp that aired Wednesday, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett talked about the team's prospects for the shortened 2011-12 season, Rajon Rondo's intelligence and maturity, criticism of NBA commissioner David Stern, and the Shaquille O'Neal-Danny Ainge controversy.

Garnett, who was actively involved in the players' negotiations with the league during the lockout, said he did not think there would be basketball this season, but now he says it's time to put the hard feelings aside and move on.

"I think everybody needs to get past mad and come here and be professional," he said. "And I think that's what you see, guys understanding what this is. But to sit back and complain about the things that Stern is doing, jamming up trades and all this other stuff, I think he's been playing God for a while. But we need to understand that he's also grown our league. He's also done a lot of...

12/14/2011 - 11:10am
Gronkowski earns AFC POTW honors

FOXBORO -- After setting a new standard for NFL tight ends with his 14th and 15th touchdown receptions of the season, Rob Gronkowski on Wednesday was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14. 

Gronkowski not only caught two touchdowns to pass Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis for the most in a single season by any tight end in NFL history, he totaled 160 yards receiving on six catches, just one yard shy of the franchise record set by Ben Coates in September 1994. 

Additionally, Gronkowski became just the second New England tight end to go over 1,000 yards for the season after the 160 yards pushed his 2011 total to 1,088. Coates set the franchise mark for a tight end with 1,174 yards in 1994. It is the 31st time in NFL history that a tight end has registered a 1,000-yard season. Gronkowski needs 203 yards in the final three games to set the NFL record for most yards in a season by a tight end, held by Kellen Winslow, who had 1,290...

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