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09/03/2010 - 10:01am
Mayo on D&C: Spikes needs to 'get over it'

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Thursday's preseason loss to the Giants and the season outlook as the regular-season opener approaches. Mayo said the critics of this Patriots defense only serve to inspire the players.

 

"You definitely have to use it as motivation," Mayo said. "I try not to get into all the media and the callers and stuff like that. At the same time, you still hear the things. You use it as motivation. They said the same thing last year. They kind of bashed our defense. But we still ended up fifth in scoring defense in the league. Even though we had a couple of bad games — you take away a couple of those bad games last year, we would have been up pretty close to the top. At the same time, we have to go out every week and prove the doubters wrong."

 

Mayo said one the keys for the defense is to get more pressure on the...

09/03/2010 - 8:49am
Spaziani on D&C: Herzlich wants to play

Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Eagles' season, which begins Saturday afternoon against visiting Weber State. Spaziani provided an update on senior linebacker Mark Herzlich, who missed last season while battling cancer and was slowed in the preseason with a broken bone in his foot. Herzlich returned to practice this week and may see limited action Saturday.

 

"I'll sit with him today and get a feel for what he thinks he can do," Spaziani said. "And I'll give him my input on what I think he can do. And then we'll come to a meeting of the minds and see if he can do something."

 

Added Spaziani: "Mark just wants to get right in there. But Mark's a mature, intelligent young man and has certainly been through a lot. He understands where he's at and he understands the importance of being smart about this."

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09/03/2010 - 7:56am
Mashup: Roethlisberger to meet with Goodell

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and team president Art Rooney II are scheduled to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York Friday morning to talk about the player's six-game suspension and see if Roethlisberger deserves to have his penalty reduced. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers will not ask for more than a two-game reduction. Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw weighed in, saying he hopes the league keeps the suspension at six games because, "There's no excuse for that." Read more about that story, plus check out other top stories, videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


09/02/2010 - 10:15pm
Beltre muscles up in win over O's

BALTIMORE -- Adrian Beltre clubbed his 25th homer of the year to kickstart a five-run second-inning that starter Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox bullpen made stand up in a 6-4 victory over the Orioles.

 

Beltre went deep for the second time in as many nights, this time crushing an offering from Orioles starter Brad Bergesen. In so doing, Beltre joined Alex Rodriguez as the only third basemen in the majors to hit at least 25 homers in four of the last five seasons. The Sox proceeded to bat around in the inning, the second time they'd done so in as many nights.

 

That seemed like more than enough for Matsuzaka (9-4), who cruised through five shutout innings. Though the right-hander stumbled in allowing four runs in the sixth, he nevertheless earned the win, as the Sox bullpen delivered 3 1/3 shutout innings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 35th save, working his way out of a two-on, no-out jam by striking out...

09/02/2010 - 10:01pm
Empire building: Pats drop preseason finale

Tom Brady started and played the first two series of the game, completing 4-of-8 passes for 51 yards with a touchdown and an interception, as the Patriots lost their preseason finale to the Giants, 20-17, at the New Meadowlands Stadium Thursday night. 

 

After the Giants marched for an easy touchdown on the game's opening drive, Brady and the first-team offense looked sharp in responding, capping an eight-play, 45-yard drive with a 5-yard TD pass over the middle to Rob Gronkowski. Brian Hoyer, before coming out with a cut to his nose late in the game, finished 15-of-26 for 266 yards, including a 66-yard pitch-and-go to Darnell Jenkins to put the Patriots up 17-12.  

 

Rhett Bomar found Duke Calhoun for a 60-yard touchdown with 1:46 remaining to give the Giants the lead for good. 

 

The Patriots finished the preseason 2-2 with wins over the Saints and Falcons and losses to the Rams and Giants...

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