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10/07/2012 - 2:00pm
Hernandez inactive, Gronk, Mankins active

FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez is inactive and will miss his third straight game with a sprained right ankle while Logan Mankins will return after a one-game absence due to an injured hip. Hernandez sprained right ankle on Sept. 16 against the Cardinals at Gillette Stadium. 

Also active and playing is tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has reportedly been dealing with significant soreness and pain in his hip for the last two weeks.

Receiver Julian Edelman (left hand) and safety Steve Gregory (hip) were ruled out on Friday with their injuries. Filling out the inactive list are rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower (hamstring), tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion), defensive end Jake Bequette and offensive lineman Matt Tennant.

For complete coverage from the team of Chris Price and Mike Petraglia on the scene at Gillette, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog...

10/07/2012 - 1:29pm
Celtics roll in Italian exhibition victory

 

The Celtics will leave Europe with a split in their two preseason games after a 105-75 victory over EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 6 assists and made all 7 of his shots in the first quarter. He was also 10-for-10 at the free throw line on the trip. 

Other highlights for the Celtics included Paul Pierce who scored 14 points on 6 shots and Jeff Green, who poured in 17 points off the bench. 

Rookie Jared Sullinger got the start at power forward and had a solid outing with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Jason Terry also got the start and responded with 11 points and was a +29 in 27 minutes. Brandon Bass made all 5 of his shots and finished with 11 points, while Courtney Lee had a bounce-back game with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting. 

The Celtics will return stateside and continue camp later this week. They're back in action on Saturday night against the Knicks in Hartford. 

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10/07/2012 - 8:57am
Report: Gronk dealing with 'significant pain'

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is dealing with "significant pain" when it comes to a hip issue that has dogged him the last two weeks, according to a report from ESPN Boston. Gronkowski has been listed on the injury report with a hip ailment as of late, and was limited this past week in practice. The third-year tight end has 19 catches for 260 yards and three touchdowns this season.

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


10/06/2012 - 5:18pm
BC falls to Army in final minute

Quarterback Trent Steelman's 29-yard rushing touchdown with 45 seconds left led Army to a 34-31 victory over Boston College. The Eagles fell to 1-4.

The Steelman run came less than two minutes after the BC defense had stuffed running back Raymond Maples on a fourth-and-goal from the BC 1-yard-line with 2:03 left to play, preserving the Eagles' 31-27 advantage. However, BC's offense went three-and-out on three straight runs and then was penalized five yards, with the subsequent punt giving Army the ball back just 38 yards from the end zone. On the third play of the drive, Steelman broke free for the game-winning score. 

Army ran for an astonishing 516 yards, with Maples (184), Steelman (141) and Larry Dixon (128) each having huge days. For Boston College, Andre Williams ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries while quarterback Chase Rettig was 16-for-29 for 234 yards, a touchdown and no picks. But that offense wasn't enough, as the...

10/06/2012 - 3:43pm
Francona named next Indians manager

The Indians announced via their team twitter feed that former Red Sox manager Terry Francona has been named the 42nd manager in team history. A press conference introducing him will take place on Monday. Francona will inherit an Indians team that finished last year with a 68-94 record.

In 12 years as a big league manager, Francona has a 1,029-915 record (.529 winning percentage), having followed four difficult years in Philadelphia from 1997-2000 (285-363, .440) with eight tremendously successful seasons in Boston during which he went 744-552 (.574) during which he led the Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. 

Francona spent the 2001 season as a special assistant to the GM with the Indians, during which he became close with both Mark Shapiro (now the Indians president) and Chris Antonetti (now Indians GM). He has often referred to that year as one of his most important as a manager. (For more on his ties to Cleveland and the appeal of...

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