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10/17/2012 - 2:48pm
Report: Fehr not thrilled with NHL's offer
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from Bob McKenzie of TSN, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr sent a less-than-enthusiastic letter to every player and agent following the league's latest proposal on Tuesday. The letter, sent Tuesday night, credits the owners for improving on previous offers but notes it still costs the players money.. 

"Simply put, the owners' new proposal, while not quite as Draconian as their previous proposals, still represents enormous reductions in player salaries and individual contracting rights," he wrote. "As you will see, at the 5 per cent industry growth rate the owners predict, the salary reduction over six years exceeds $1.6 billion. What do the owners offer in return?"

Added Fehr: "The proposal does represent movement from their last negotiating position, but still represents very large, immediate and continuing...

10/17/2012 - 2:22pm
Sox claim reliever Rosario from Marlins

According to an industry source, the Red Sox claimed right-hander Sandy Rosario on waivers from the Miami Marlins. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Rosario, outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin has been designated for assignment. 

Rosario, 27, is a 6-foor-1, athletic reliever with a 93-97 mph fastball that has explosive late life in the strike zone. In 7 2/3 big league innings, he's allowed 13 runs while striking out four and walking three. However, he's been a consistent strike thrower in the minors, compiling 319 strikeouts and 73 walks in 310 minor league innings. He spent most of 2012 in Triple-A New Orleans, forging a 1.04 ERA with 24 strikeouts and just two walks in 26 innings -- and both of the walks were intentional. 

He also features a hard changeup and a slider, both or which are inconsistent but that flash plus potential and which the Sox believe may not be far from getting there, particularly given the promising reports of his...

10/17/2012 - 1:25pm
Rex: Pats D 'doesn't get credit it deserves'

FOXBORO -- Jets coach Rex Ryan saw the film of Sunday's Patriots game in Seattle in which they gave up two touchdown passes in the final eight minutes, blowing a 13-point lead in a 24-23 loss to the Seahawks. But Tuesday, in a conference call with the New England media, Ryan said he doesn't see the Patriots defense as weak or incompetent. 

"I think you have to be balanced," Ryan said. "I know New England, every year they get criticized for their pass defense, what they rank and all that. But it's not about that. The Patriots play complimentary football where obviously, you have the No. 1 offense in all...

10/17/2012 - 12:50pm
Bolden, White only Patriots missing practice

FOXBORO -- Running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Tracy White were the only Patriots not spotted at practice on Wednesday on the grass training fields behind Gillette Stadium. The team held only a walk-through, which is a practice without pads or shells. 

Since the team held only a walk-thru, injured defensive lineman Myron Pryor was eligible to participate after spending the first six weeks on the physically unable to perform list. Pryor was spotted on the field with this teammates for the first time. 

The Patriots will practice again on Thursday and Friday in advance of their game against the Jets on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


10/17/2012 - 11:37am
Brandon Lloyd on shoulder: 'I'm fine'

FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd said he's "fine" after appearing to get a little shaken up in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Lloyd, who is second on the Patriots in receptions (34) and receiving yards (401), laid out for a ball down the New England sidelines late in the game against Seattle, and appeared to land awkwardly on his shoulder. He spent a couple of plays on the sideline, but did return for the final few plays. The 31-year-old Lloyd is in his first season with the Patriots.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


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