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07/27/2012 - 7:56am
Cherington on D&C: Sox not 'giving in'

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, during an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, said he's confident the team can turn its fortunes around and make the playoffs without mortgaging the future.

Cherington said the baseball operations staff has been active and will continue to be so leading up to Tuesday's trade deadline. The Sox play the first-place Yankees in New York this weekend.

"We spend more time in the room talking with each other about deals, and maybe have 30 or 40 phone calls with other teams throughout the course of the day," he said. "I assume that will continue, and the subject matter of those phone calls will depend some on what other teams do and some on what we do this weekend."

Cherington stressed that the Sox are well within contention for the playoffs.

"When we look at where we are in the standings, I guess particularly the teams that are right ahead of us in the...

07/27/2012 - 7:11am
Mashup: Jets' Ryan frustrated with Holmes

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who allegedly is trying to be a better teammate this season after last year's issues, was put in his place by coach Rex Ryan as the team opened training camp. Holmes, talking about the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow situation, said last week that a two-quarterback system can't work in the NFL.

Said Ryan: "We brought Santonio here to be a receiver, not the offensive coordinator. Again, we'll make those decisions, we'll do what's in the best interest of our football team, and that's the way it'll always be."

Sanchez did his best to downplay the controversy.

"I think Tone's been nothing but supportive of Tim being here, of me as a quarterback,” Sanchez said. “I think it might have gotten skewed differently than he would have liked. I don’t want to speak for Tone. You might want to ask him on that one. He’s excited to be back and just wants the rock.”

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07/26/2012 - 4:47pm
Welker: 'Contract is out of my mind'

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker reported to camp on Thursday with the rest of the Patriots veterans and insisted there are no hard feelings after he and the team could not work out a long-term contract before the July 16 deadline. Instead, Welker will play the 2012 season with New England for $9 million after signing his franchise tender in the spring.  

"I approach it like any other year, go out there and try and help my team win games," Welker said. "That's the bottom line for me. That's where my focus is, just whatever my role is, just try to help the team win.

"You've got to prove it every year, so there's no year where you don't need to prove it, so it's like any other year. The contract and everything else is out of my mind and it's really just going out there...

07/26/2012 - 4:09pm
McDaniels on Tebow: 'A friend of mine'

FOXBORO -- The man who drafted Tim Tebow late in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft said he's more focused on getting the Patriots offense firing on all cylinders than worrying about facing Tebow a season with the Jets.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow in the first round -- 25th overall -- as McDaniels was entering his second season as coach of the Broncos. 

"Tim's a good kid and had a good year last year, but we don't play them for a long time right now," McDaniels said at Patriots camp Thursday afternoon. "I wish Tim the best, personally, and he'll be a friend of mine. But our focus is on trying to get better right now, day-by-day, and I'm sure we'll have to worry about him down the road."

McDaniels, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Rams, was released by St. Louis and allowed to join the Patriots offensive coaching staff for the playoffs last season. McDaniels...

07/26/2012 - 12:58pm
Belichick: Welker status like 'every player'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick downplayed the lack of a long-term deal for Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. The team and the star receiver could not reach agreement by the July 16 deadline and as a result, Welker must play the season under the franchise tender he signed in March for $9 million this season. 

"Well, we go through that situation with every player," Belichick said. "Some players we reach agreements with, some players we don't."

Meanwhile, Belichick was asked about the team's sudden and surprising decision to cut 29-year-old former Colts offensive weapon Joseph Addai, after the running back reportedly failed an entry physical this week. 

"It didn't work out," said Belichick, who was asked about the depth of running backs on his roster. 

"We have seven backs on the roster," he said. "If we add one, we'll add one. If we don't, then we'll go with what we've got."...

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