The Patriots announced Tuesday afternoon they have released defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, offensive lineman Kyle Hill and kicker Chris Koepplin.
Fanene was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Cincinnati on March 20. One of the team's highest-profile offseason additions -- he signed a $3.85 million deal -- he was reportedly battling a knee injury throughout the summer, and struggled to stay on the field. A veteran of seven NFL seasons with the Bengals, the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2005 out of Utah. He has registered 12.5 sacks in his last two full NFL seasons with 6.5 in 2011 and 6.0 in 2009. Fanene was limited to two games in 2010 due to an injury.
Hill, 23, originally signed with New England as a rookie free agent on Aug. 8. He was a four-year starter at left tackle at Duke University. The 6-foot-6, 306-pounder was one of four team...
The Red Sox have activated Daniel Nava and Vicente Padilla from the disabled list, while optioning Danny Valencia to Triple-A Pawtucket and placing outfielder Carl Crawford on the disabled list.
Nava is hitting .251/.373/.397 in 199 at bats. He will be back in the lineup as the designated hitter as the Sox play the Angels on Tuesday. Scott Podsednik will tae over in left for Crawford, who will have season-ending surgery on Thursday.
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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said on The Big Show that he was one of the more vocal players in the now infamous team meeting that took place in late July, but that he didn't place the blame on manager Bobby Valentine, as was reported in a Yahoo! story.
"The bottom line is, I was very vocal in the meeting. I'm one of the leaders on the team, but when I spoke I didn't say anything bad about Bobby whatsoever," Pedroia said. "That guy's report in a sense is right. I was very vocal. Somebody asked me why I thought we were losing games and why we weren't playing well and I told the truth and it had nothing do with our manager. Bobby's been great.
"He's been great with me. I had one incident with Bobby. That was early in the year and I went and talked to him. Me and Bobby have been awesome. I think the perception is that I was so close with Tito [Francona] that it didn't matter who was managing the next season, they figured...
Now that the Red Sox have shut down Carl Crawford to have season-ending surgery, Bobby Valentine has decided to shake up his lineup as the Sox open a three-game series with the Angels at Fenway Park. Pedro Ciriaco will hit leadoff with Dustin Pedroia moving into the second spot and Jacoby Ellsbury hitting third. Daniel Nava is also in the lineup at DH.
Here's the rest of the Sox lineup as they face Ervin Santana:
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The son of University of Miami head coach Jim Larranaga, the younger Larranaga coached the BayHawks to D-League playoff appearances in both his seasons in Erie, finishing third in Coach of the Year honors in 2011-12.
Larranaga, 37, joins C's assistants Mike Longabardi, Armond Hill, Kevin Eastman, Tyronn Lue and Jamie Young.
Meanwhile, two other organizational items of note: 1) Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren will interview for the 76ers GM job early this week, according to The Philadelphia Enquirer; and 2) The C's are reportedly among a handful of teams lobbying...
Glenn Ordway and Fred Smerlas talk with Cornerback Malcolm Butler in the lockerroom after the Patriots handily beat the Pittsburgh to advance to Super Bowl 51.
Fauria calls the boys to give his take on the game today and why he sees a Patriots victory on the horizon - although he says he's getting more and more nervous as kickoff approaches. He gets into the match-ups, "fire alarm-gate", how the Steelers D will approach the Pats - zone or man, and more.
The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
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