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07/25/2010 - 12:17pm
Agent 'hopeful' Spikes deal can get done

The agent for second-round pick Brandon Spikes said Sunday morning he is "hopeful" the Patriots will agree to their latest contract offer.

"Regarding the Spikes negotiation, I have put together a contract offer to them that meets past precedent and custom," said Terry Watson. "I am hopeful they accept it."

With the news that fellow second-rounders Rob Gronkowski and Jermaine Cunningham have come to terms, Spikes and first-round pick Devin McCourty are the only two (of the dozen) members of the 2010 draft class who have yet to agree to a contract. The rookie portion of training camp is set to begin Sunday, while veterans report for their first practice on Thursday.

For more on this story, check our Patriots team page at weei.com/Patriots.


07/25/2010 - 10:53am
Report: Gronkowski signs deal with Pats

According to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter the Patriots have signed second-round pick Rob Gronkowski. The news comes on the heels of the Pats agreeing to terms with defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, according to a report by WEEI.com's Christopher Price. The Patriots' other second round pick, linebacker Brandon Spikes, remains unsigned, as does first-round selection Devin McCourty.

 

Update: According to ProFootballTalk.com, Gronkowski's deal is worth four years at $4.44 million, $2.59 million of which is guaranteed. For a complete breakdown of the deal click here.

 

 

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07/25/2010 - 12:49am
Not perfect enough: Lester, Sox take loss

Red Sox starter Jon Lester had the stuff to make history on Saturday, retiring the first 16 Mariners hitters he faced, 10 of them by way of the strikeout. But his bid for perfection was ended with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, when a line drive to left-center by Seattle shortstop Jack Wilson clanged off the glove of center fielder Eric Patterson for an error. Wilson reached second, and against the next batter, Lester -- pitching out of the stretch for the first time of the game -- hung a curveball to Michael Saunders, who crushed it into the right field stands for a two-run home run.

 

The Mariners later rallied for three more runs in the eighth against Lester (11-5) and reliever Manny Delcarmen. Those additional runs proved unnecessary against a Sox team that could produce no offense of its own en route to a startling 5-1 loss.

 

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07/24/2010 - 10:20pm
Lowell goes 4-for-4 for PawSox

Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell, in his second rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket, went 4-for-4 with three doubles against the Columbus Clippers (Triple-A affiliate of the Indians) on Saturday. Two of the doubles were lined to left field, one kicked off the glove of the Clippers' first baseman and into right field and the single was dunked into right. After his fourth hit, Lowell -- who played first base on Saturday -- was lifted for a pinch-runner.

 

Lowell has now played two rehab games for Pawtucket. He will play again on Sunday, starting at third base.

 

For more Red Sox coverage, visit www.weei.com/redsox.


07/24/2010 - 10:14pm
Rondo on Heat: 'They ain't done nothing yet'

Rajon Rondo told Yahoo! Sports that although the Miami Heat "should be good" in 2009-10, they aren't necessarily the favorites to win the NBA crown.

 

"They should be good, but they ain't done nothing yet," Rondo told Marc Spears following a recent practice for Team USA in Las Vegas. "They ain't done nothing."

 

The prospect of facing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami doesn't appear to faze the All-Star point guard.

 

"What is there to be nervous for?” Rondo said to Yahoo!. “I’m worried about L.A. That’s the team we need to beat. Miami looks really good on paper, and I’m sure they’re going to be really good. But they still have to come together as a team. I’m not saying they won’t, but who knows if those guys can jell?

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