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08/07/2010 - 8:46am
Thomas denies waiving no-trade clause
By: DJ Bean

LOWELL -- Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas spoke for the first time this offseason at Milan Lucic's Rock and Jock softball game. The subject of trade rumors given the $5 million cap hit his contract calls for in each of the next three seasons, Thomas denied waiving his no-trade clause to facilitate a deal in June. In fact, he said there has been no contact between he and the Bruins.

“I haven’t talked to the team at all, except for the physical therapist that I’m dealing with in recovering from my surgery,” Thomas said.

Thomas is 11 weeks into a 12-week recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. He told Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog that he is not upset with the team and that much of the speculation involving him this offseason has been untrue.

“There’s so many little pieces of misinformation that I’m not even going to waste my...

08/06/2010 - 10:36pm
Patriots sign Barrett, release Clayton

The Patriots announced Friday night they have signed safety Josh Barrett and released running back Thomas Clayton. Here's the complete statement from the team on the transaction:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots claimed and were awarded S Josh Barrett off waivers from the Denver Broncos today. In addition, the Patriots released RB Thomas Clayton.

Barrett, a 6-2, 225 pounds safety from Arizona State, originally was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has played in 20 games with three starts during his two seasons in the NFL and has totaled 25 tackles on defense and 13 tackles on special teams. Last season, he appeared in 14 games and finished with two tackles on defense and eight special teams tackles.

Clayton, a 5-11, 222 pound running back from Kansas State, was signed by the Patriots on June 11, 2010. He originally was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the...

08/06/2010 - 10:33pm
Report: Kaczur has 'significant' back injury

According to ESPN.com, Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur has told teammates he has a significant back injury that could potentially sideline him for the entire 2010 season. The report states that Kaczur, who has been out of the Pats' last 11 training camp sessions, was slated to move from tackle to guard, could seek another medical opinion, but the prospects for a return any time soon remain "grim." Five-year veteran Dan Connolly has been lining up with the starting unit with both Kaczur and holdout Logan Mankins not available. For more Patriots coverage see the team page at weei.com/patriots.


08/06/2010 - 10:31pm
Pats cancel weekend practices

The Patriots announced Friday night they have cancelled practice for both Saturday and Sunday. Currently, the team is scheduled to get back to work on Monday with double sessions at Gillette Stadium in anticipation of the visit of the New Orleans Saints — the Patriots and Saints will be holding joint practices on Tuesday (9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.) and Wednesday (9 a.m.) in Foxboro prior to their Thursday night game at Gillette. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/Patriots.


08/06/2010 - 10:26pm
Sox strike first: Buchholz beats Yanks

NEW YORK -- Clay Buchholz claimed his first career victory against the Yankees, allowing three runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings, leading his team past New York, 6-3. With the victory, the Sox moved within five games of he Yankees in the division, the closest they've been since the All-Star break.

 

Buchholz was touched early for a two-run homer by Mark Teixeira in the first inning, but the Sox quickly rallied back from three two-out runs in the top of the second. Jacoby Ellsbury drew a bases loaded walk, and Marco Scutaro lined a two-run double down the left field line against Yankees starter Javier Vazquez. After the Yankees rallied for a run in the bottom of the fifth, Ryan Kalish gave his club some breathing room by stroking a two-run homer to right-center, the first of his career.

 

The Yankees never again threatened, as Buchholz handed the baton directly to Daniel Bard (two outs) and Jonathan Papelbon, who threw a...

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