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10/10/2012 - 11:16am
Grousbeck: Rondo 'really dialed in this year'

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck paid a visit to Mut & Merloni on Wednesday and talked about the team's prospects for the season. There's been a lot of turnover on the roster, and Grousbeck expressed optimism about the new players.

"Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, they look good. They look like they're meshing in. They look like that's happening," Grousbeck said. "[Jared] Sullinger is stepping up while [Chris] Wilcox is out. Listen, I like these guys. But if you don't like your team in September or October, you're not going to like them ever. This is the honeymoon period of the team. You put the roster together in July, and they haven't played a meaningful game yet, but everybody, including the team, likes this team. The guys believe this can be a special team. And that's where it starts."

Rajon Rondo appears to be spending more time working on his jump shot and leadership skills.

"I think with Rajon, I think every year...

10/10/2012 - 9:16am
Carroll excited to 'try to figure it out' vs. Pats

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to preview Sunday's game against the Patriots in Seattle.

"We know that we're playing one of the great quarterbacks in the game, and he can do so many things," Carroll said of Tom Brady. "They're off to a torrid pace with what they're doing offensively. We're trying to figure it out. That's what we're in the midst of right now. We'll try to slow them down. We've got a good group on defense, they play hard and tough and all that. Each week is a new challenge."

Seattle's defense is the strength of its team. The Seahawks leads the league in fewest yards allowed per game (258.6) and fewest points per game (13.6).

"Basically it's a bunch of young guys, we're big and strong and we run real fast and they're playing together," Carroll said. "It's a pretty new group. We have one new starter from last year, but really in the last two years...

10/10/2012 - 8:44am
BC AD Bates: 'Ongoing assessment' of Spaz

Newly named Boston College athletic director Brad Bates joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday, a day after his introductory press conference.

Bates still is working as AD at Miami (Ohio), but he said he scheduled a meeting for Thursday to discuss his departure date from the Mid-American Conference school, and he noted that he will have an eye on Chestnut Hill. One of the things he'll be watching is the struggling BC football team and coach Frank Spaziani. Following the Eagles' loss to Army on Saturday, Spaziani's future with the Eagles has been called into question.

"It's something that's an ongoing assessment, just like it would be in terms of any sport," Bates said. "You're going to evaluate a body of work over the course of the season. Then you're going to sit down with the coach -- you're going to have rigorous communication throughout the season, but you're going to sit down at the end of the year and make a decision...

10/09/2012 - 4:13pm
Goodell reaffirms Saints' suspensions
By: DJ Bean

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed the suspensions previously given to four players suspected of participating in the Saints' bounty program on Tuesday. 

The suspensions had been appealed and overturned last month, leading to the reinstatement of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. With the suspensions being reaffirmed, Vilma remains suspended for the season and Smith is still suspended for four games. Vilma will be paid throughout the season.  

The suspensions for Hargrove (currently a free agent) and Fujita were reduced, as Hargrove's suspension will be shortened from eight games to seven while Fujita's ban was reduced from three games to one. If Hargrove is signed by a team, his suspension will be two games because he has missed the first five games of the season already. 

The NFL players' association responded with the following in a press release:

"For more than six months,...

10/09/2012 - 2:44pm
Lowell: No interest in Red Sox managing job

Mike Lowell, whose name has been surfaced as a possible managerial candidate for both the Marlins and Red Sox, said he has no interest in throwing his hat in the ring for any Major League Baseball managing position.

"If any team called me right now I would be extremely flattered, but it wouldn't be for me right now," Lowell said from his Miami-area home.

The 38-year-old spent the past season with his family, while occasionally doing work for the MLB Network. Despite overtures from some organizations, Lowell hasn't been employed by a major league club since retiring following the 2010 season.

"I have always thought in the future something on the field would really interest me, but I think if you're going to do it right you really need to dedicate a lot of time," he said. "There is time that needs to be dedicated to do the job right. For me in my life, in my situation right now, I'm really enjoying the freedom that I...

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