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04/30/2011 - 3:13pm
Pats draft TE Lee Smith at No. 159 overall

The Patriots selected tight end Lee Smith out of Marshall with the 159th overall pick of the NFL draft on Saturday. Smith is a 6-foot-6, 266-pounder who finished his senior season with the Thundering Herd with a career-best 38 catches for 358 yards and three touchdowns. He started his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee, but was kicked off the team after a DUI. He transferred to Marshall, and finished his college career with 75 catches for 791 yards and three touchdowns. His father, Daryle, played offensive line at Tennessee and spent six seasons in the NFL playing for the Cowboys, Browns and Eagles before spending four more seasons in the CFL. For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/30/2011 - 2:12pm
Pats take OL Marcus Cannon at 138 overall

With the 138th overall pick in the NFL draft, the Patriots selected TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon.

Cannon, a 6-foot-5, 358-pounder, has played tackle over the course of his college career, but it's believed he might have some positional versatility, possibly moving to guard at the next level. Many initially believed Cannon to be a second-, or even a first-round pick, but Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which was discovered when he went through physicals at the combine. (Reports indicate that it is treatable — Cannon faces a success rate for beating the cancer of better than 90 percent.) Cannon is a three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and a third-team All-American in 2010.

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04/30/2011 - 2:11pm
Marchand: B's can 'write our own chapter'
By: DJ Bean

PHILADELPHIA -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand did not have to suffer last year's collapse against the Flyers in uniform, but the rookie is happy to be a part of the continuation of what is becoming an interesting playoff rivalry. 

"There's a lot of hype going into this series right now, especially with what happened last year," Marchand said. "It's nice just to be here and hopefully we can write our own chapter." 

Marchand scored 21 goals in the regular season, making him one of the bigger additions to this year's Bruins lineup. After five points in the first round vs. the Canadiens, he hopes to bring the B's past the Flyers and into the Eastern Conference finals. Last year, however, he could only watch as the B's blew a 3-0 series lead. 

"It was really tough being there watching. Even though I didn't play, it was tough it was tough watching what was going on and being part of it. we're really excited...

04/29/2011 - 10:45pm
Belichick: Mallett 'definitely a football guy'

FOXBORO — Shortly after the Patriots selected controversial quarterback Ryan Mallett in the third round of the NFL draft Friday night, New England coach Bill Belichick talked about the acquisition of the former Arkansas quarterback, a player many believed was a first-round talent who slipped down the draft board because of character questions.

“We just felt like he was a good player. He’s won everywhere he’s been — high school, college,” Belichick said. “[He] did a good job at Michigan. They came in and changed offenses. That was definitely beyond his control. I think he’s been a successful, productive quarterback all way through his career, high school, college.”

Mallett met with the Patriots during the pre-draft process, and Belichick said he came away feeling that the quarterback was “an impressive guy to talk to.”

“He’s definitely a football...

04/29/2011 - 10:30pm
Tito: Think [Daisuke] be OK for next start

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka left Friday night's outing against the Mariners after allowing a leadoff single to Ichiro Suzuki in the top of the fifth inning. After the pitch, an 87 mph fastball, catcher Jason Varitek went to the mound to check with the pitcher. Manager Terry Francona and two trainers joined the pitcher on the mound, at which time the decision was made to pull him from the game. The injury was described by the team as right elbow tightness.

"He just said it was stiff. He didn't put up a fight," said Francona after the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Seattle. "We're trying to be obviously cautious. ... We think he'll be OK for his next start."

It was noteworthy that none of his five fastballs against Ichiro exceeded 88 mph, with a drop in velocity certainly representing a source of concern in conjunction with the description of the injury. Matsuzaka left having allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits while walking...

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