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11/21/2010 - 1:04pm
Report: Pats lodge complaint about Pitt. turf

FOXBORO — The Patriots have reportedly filed a complaint with the league about the turf at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. LaCanfora reported that New England and Oakland have also lodged complaints about the footing at Heinz Field, which is universally accorded as having some of the worst turf conditions in the league.

Before he was cut, former Pittsburgh kicker Jeff Reed called the state of the turf into question in the wake of a missed field goal last week against the Patriots.

“I’m not one to make excuses. I’ll take the credit for the miss. It was a great snap, a great hold, great protection,” Reed said of the miss, a 26-yarder against New England. “[But] it’s kind of hard when you plant your foot and a piece of ground moves where the ball’s under the holder. I almost missed the ball completely.

“I’m not going to...

11/21/2010 - 12:56pm
Rondo out against Raptors

Rajon Rondo will not play Sunday against the Raptors because of a strained left hamstring that the All-Star guard suffered Friday night in a loss to Oklahoma City. The injury happened when he collided with Royal Ivey.

 

Nate Robinson will start for Rondo, his first start for the Celtics. Doc Rivers told reporters in Toronto that he was monitoring Delonte West's minutes because of West's back, which forced him to miss some time in the preseason. West had a wrap around his lower back throughout the Oklahoma City game. Rookie Avery Bradley is among the 12 active players.

 

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11/21/2010 - 11:35am
Brown: Polian's presence alters refs' calls

Talking on NFL Sunday, former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown, who also spent some time playing in the Pats' defensive backfield, stated that it was his opinion that referees called a different game when the Colts were involved due to the presence of their president, Bill Polian.

 

"I just think that Bill Polian, when the referees do games with him in it, they call a lot more pass interference calls than they do with any other team," Brown said.

 

Polian, who is on the NFL's competition committee, helped institute the league's "illegal contact" rule after the Patriots beat his Colts in the 2003 AFC Championship Game.

 

Agreeing with Brown was another participant in the Sunday morning show, former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria, who pointed to the difference in referees' approaches following the 2003 season.

 

"I agree with you Troy, the benefit on being on...

11/21/2010 - 7:19am
Lowrie: 'I'm an everyday middle infielder'

Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie, who hit .287 with a .907 OPS and nine homers in 55 games down the stretch, said by phone from Arizona that he had not had any discussions with the Red Sox about what position or role he might have in 2011.

 

The 26-year-old has been mentioned in a number of possibilities for the Sox next season, whether as a starting shortstop (should the team trade Marco Scutaro), a starting third baseman (in one scenario should Adrian Beltre depart) or as a utility infielder. Lowrie understands that his position is out of his control -- as, for that matter, is whether he spends the offseason being mentioned in trade rumors -- but he has a clear view of himself as a major leaguer.

 

After spending almost all of his professional career at shortstop and almost all of his college career at second base, while he would not object to any starting role, he views those two positions as his most natural fits. And,...

11/21/2010 - 1:10am
Savard: Campbell emails 'didn't faze me'
By: DJ Bean

After skating with the rest of his teammates for the first time this season, Bruins center Marc Savard addressed his state of mind, his recovery from post-concussion syndrome, and the unflattering light in which his name has grabbed headlines of late. NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, who coached Savard while the two were with the Rangers in 1997-98, had emails leaked in which he called Savard a "little fake artist" and the "biggest faker going." On Saturday, Savard reminisced on their days in New York and the positive relationship the two had, and noted that it would be unfair to suggest the emails conveyed a bias that went into the decision to not suspend Matt Cooke, who gave Savard his concussion last March. 

 

 

"I have nothing against [Colin Campbell]. I think that stuff was private stuff, and I think that stuff that he was saying got interpreted in a bad way," Savard, who noted the emails...

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