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11/20/2012 - 2:23pm
Rex: Belichick PAT criticism 'ridiculous'

FOXBORO -- Jets coach Rex Ryan scoffed at the criticism of Bill Belichick regarding the fact that the Patriots had Rob Gronkowski on the field in the waning moments of Sunday’s 59-24 win over the Colts.

The tight end reportedly suffered a broken arm while blocking on an extra-point attempt and is expected be on the shelf 4-8 weeks. As a result, Belichick has come under fire for his decision to have such a valuable position player on the field when the game was fundamentally out of reach. But on a conference call with the New England media on Tuesday afternoon, Ryan called the criticism “absolutely ridiculous.”

“It was on an extra point -- he’s probably done it a zillion times. He’s probably done it a hundred times this year for the simple fact of how many points they score. But you never see that,” Ryan said. “Every single team in the league -- we have D’Brickashaw Ferguson...

11/20/2012 - 1:15pm
Chatham: Can't question Gronk PAT injury

Former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday to talk about the Rob Gronkowski injury situation and the Patriots' upcoming game against the Jets.

Chatham, who was a part of the Patriots' three Super Bowl-winning teams of the early 2000s, is in the camp of people with no issue with Gronkowski being on the field for a PAT in the closing minutes of Sunday's blowout win over the Colts.

"I've never in my life heard of anyone getting injured on an extra-point play. Ever," Chatham said. "I mean, it just doesn't happen. … You're as likely to get hurt on a special teams play as you are to get caught in an avalanche in Massachusetts. It's just not likely. So, if you want to sort of present this as though there were some sort of risk that they should have mitigated, well, what risk is there on an extra point? Historically speaking, college football, junior college level, I don't care at what level, you're at...

11/20/2012 - 11:17am
Rivers on D&C: Darko 'has my blessing' to go

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss the state of the Celtics, who are coming off Sunday's blowout loss to the Pistons that dropped them to 6-5.

"Too early to tell. I do like where we're going, we're trending, we're getting better in a lot of areas," Rivers said. "Also understand we just came off the toughest stretch that we're going to have this season, as far as seven games in 10 days, four games in five. We don't have another stretch like that this year. So, when you watch, let's say the Detroit game, you're trying to evaluate more on conditioning and fatigue, just so many other factors, instead of just watching your team play basketball."

Rajon Rondo has a streak of 34 consecutive games with double-digit assists, but there was some controversy about his most recent 10-assist game. Rivers acknowledged keeping Rondo in against the Pistons until he got his 10th assist even though...

11/20/2012 - 10:49am
Blue Jays name Gibbons manager

The Blue Jays announced Tuesday that they have dipped back into their past to select a manager for their rebuilt lineup. John Gibbons, who managed the Jays from late in the 2004 season until he was fired in June 2008, was named as the team's new skipper. He replaces John Farrell, who left Toronto for the Red Sox.

Gibbons, 50, is the third-winningest manager in franchise history, posting a 305-305 record. Last season he managed the Padres' Double-A affiliate in San Antonio, following three seasons as Royals bench coach.

Gibbons inherits a roster that was overhauled by last week's trade with the Marlins that netted pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck, along with the signings of free agent infielder Maicer Izturis and outfielder Melky Cabrera.


11/20/2012 - 8:55am
Mashup: Bryant says booing 'hurt my heart'

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had an impressive game Sunday, making 12 catches for 145 yards, but Dallas fans showed that their patience is thin with the controversial and inconsistent pass-catcher. When Bryant caught a second-quarter pass and stepped out of bounds short of the first-down marker rather than take a hit while going for extra yards, the fans let him know what they thought. There were boos after the play, and more boos when the replay was shown on the scoreboard.

"I was hearing it," Bryant told USA Today. "Man, that hurt my heart."

Bryant acknowledged he made a mistake, but he insisted that he didn't realize where he was on the play.

"When I seen where we was at, I was like, Damn. I didn't mean to do that," Bryant says. "It's not like me. It's not like me to run out of bounds. I seen like four or five guys coming, so I took a step out. I didn't see the first-down marker. That's my...

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