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06/16/2010 - 5:30pm
Brady weighs in on 18-game season

Via a press release from the National Football League Players Association, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady weighed in with his thoughts on a possible 18-game season today, a slate described by league officials as an “enhanced” season. Brady, who is the Patriots alternate union rep, was quoted, as well as Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, and both talk about the potential dangers associated with going to an 18-game regular season.

“I’ve taken part in several postseason runs where we have played 20 games,” writes Brady. “The long-term impact this game has on our bodies is well-documented. Look no further than the players that came before we did. Each player today has to play three years in order to earn five years’ or post-career health care. Our union has done a great job of raising the awareness on these issues and will make the right decision for us players, the game and the fans.”

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06/16/2010 - 5:14pm
Patriots sign P Mesko

The Patriots have signed punter Zoltan Mesko to a four-year deal. (UPDATE, 5:41 pm: The Patriots have confirmed the signing via Twitter.) The fifth-round selection out of Michigan is the fifth Patriots pick to sign, joining offensive tackle Thomas Welch, offensive lineman Ted Larsen, wide receiver Taylor Price and tight end Aaron Hernandez. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


06/16/2010 - 5:12pm
Ainge: 'We need a different Rasheed'

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and talked about the injury to starting center Kendrick Perkins. The torn ACL and PCL ligaments in the right knee of Perkins will keep him out of Thursday's Game 7 vs. the Lakers. Ainge was asked about the injury and if the Celtics would be able to get quality play from the bench in place of Perkins.

 

"Yeah, obviously we'd like to have Perk healthy," said Ainge. "He's a big part of our team defense. But yeah, I do think that Glen Davis and Rasheed can carry the mail for us at the center position."

 

Ainge said that he didn't know for sure, but indicated that he thinks it will be Wallace starting in place of Perkins instead of Davis. Ainge said that Wallace will have to adjust to his new role for Game 7. 

 

"Yeah, we need him. It's a different role, playing a starters role and playing the...

06/16/2010 - 4:56pm
Doubront to start for Sox on Friday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed that his team plans to call up left-hander Felix Doubront on Friday from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his major league debut against the Dodgers. Doubront has a 2.11 ERA in the minors this year, having split time between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.

 

The left-hander is already well known to the Sox. Since being added to the 40-man roster following the 2008 season, he has been in big league camp in each of the last two years, and was particularly impressive in delivering seven shutout innings this year in Grapefruit League action. He has also taken part in the Rookie Development Program in both 2009 and 2010, and he has made a formidable impression on Sox officials.

 

"He's not a finished product. He's still developing his secondary pitches. But he's got some finish on that fastball and he's not afraid to throw it," said Francona. "We've got a young kid coming...

06/16/2010 - 4:48pm
Perkins out of Game 7 with 2 torn ligaments

LOS ANGELES -- Kendrick Perkins tore his MCL and suffered a partial tear of another ligament in his right knee in Game 6 and will not play in Game 7 Thursday.

 

"Physically, I'm in pain," Perkins announced. "I hurt my knee pretty badly. I'm out for [Thursday]. There's nothing I can do about it. A torn MCL and a torn PCL and I have to watch from the sidelines. I'd be lying if I told you if it didn't hurt but it hurt. I'll probably never get the opportunity again to get back to the finals. Physically, I'm doing better than I am mentally."

 

Perkins, who said he had yet to have an MRI on the knee, made the announcement himself as he met with the media on Wednesday afternoon at Staples Center. 

 

Perkins injured his right knee in a collision with Andrew Bynum under the Lakers basket midway through the first quarter. For more on this story as it develops, visit the ...

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