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07/26/2012 - 12:46pm
Belichick: 'No long-term plan' for Waters

FOXBORO -- Veteran offensive lineman Brian Waters -- who did not report to OTAs or June's minicamp -- was not with the Patriots as they opened camp on Thursday outside Gillette Stadium. Coach Bill Belichick told reporters he was not surprised by this development as the 35-year-old spends time away from the team instead of working out in training camp. 

"He's not here," Belichick announced. "It's basically the same as it was in minicamp. We'll just take it day-to-day. There's no long-term plan."

There has been speculation that Waters could be holding out of training camp and reporting closer to the start of the regular season, if he is declared in shape and ready to begin the season. The Patriots signed Waters just before the regular season began in 2011 after he spent 11 seasons with the Chiefs. He had a stellar season for the Patriots at right guard and earned a Pro Bowl berth protecting Tom Brady. 

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07/26/2012 - 12:26pm
Cop fired for racial slur at Crawford

The police officer who allegedly directed a racial slur at Carl Crawford at a minor league baseball game in Manchester, N.H., on July 5 has been fired, Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella announced Thursday.

John Perreault, 38, was informed in a letter from Mazzarella that he had been terminated. Perreault was a five-year veteran of the Leominster Police Department and had been on paid administrative leave since the allegations surfaced two weeks ago. Perreault, who was off duty at the time of the incident, allegedly called Crawford a "monday," which is known to be a substitute for an offensive word used against African-Americans.

Wrote the mayor wrote in the termination letter sent to Perreault on Thursday:

As Mayor, it is my expectation that City employees of any department will never use racially-motivated statements against anyone, whether on-duty or off-duty. Your actions are so egregious that severe...

07/26/2012 - 12:01pm
Duquette on M&M: Sox should move Beckett

MLB Radio's Jim Duquette joined the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday to talk Bobby Valentine's future, and Josh Beckett's trade value.

When asked about Beckett's value on the trade market with the July 31 deadline approaching, Duquette didn't see much.

"One problem with Beckett is that he's underachieved to this point," he said. "The Red Sox would have to take back money [for trading him] and his reputation has proceeded him at this point. I think he's a change-of-scenery guy, I think you maybe get him out of there. It's a hard move. ... If I was the Red Sox I would absolutely move him."

There have been rumors swirling that Valentine might not come back next season if the Red Sox don't make the playoffs.

"I have conversations with scouts and executives all the time," Duquette said. "They start to talk about managers and general managers on the hot seat and his name comes up a lot as one that if [...

07/26/2012 - 10:01am
Source: 'Nothing close' on Beckett deal

According to a major league source, while the Red Sox have fielded some exploratory inquiries on right-hander Josh Beckett, such calls to this point have been little more than exercises in kicking the tires. At this point, the source said, there is "nothing close" regarding a potential deal that would send the right-hander (now 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 starts after Wednesday's loss against the Rangers) to another team.

Another major league source said that the Rangers are not interested in the 32-year-old right-hander. While Texas is trying to add a starter in light of the season-ending surgery for Colby Lewis, and the team may be a desirable destination for Beckett (who, as a pitcher with 10 years of big league service and five with his current team, can veto any trade), the Rangers do not see him as a fit.

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07/26/2012 - 7:05am
Mashup: Youkilis says ankle injury is 'mild'

Kevin Youkilis continues to produce in Chicago, notching an RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 victory over the Twins, but he departed the game in the fourth inning with a sprained left ankle. The 33-year-old Youkilis struggled with injuries in Boston, missing a month earlier this season with a back problem, but the White Sox insist he only left the game as a precaution.

"He's fine," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He probably could've continued to play. But [trainer] Herm [Schneider] looked at it and wanted to take him out. We'll look at it again [Wednesday night] and see how it's going."

Said Youkilis, who rolled his foot over the first base bag on his RBI single: "I'll be good; it's just mild. I wasn't moving. It just locked up on me. I had to go get some work on it. It'll be fine by Friday. I just wasn't moving too well left and right. You can't help the team when you're out at third base if you can't really move."...

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