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08/30/2010 - 2:19pm
BB on Maroney: 'I would expect he'll play'
By: DJ Bean

 Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show to discuss the team and its prospects for the coming week against the Giants and into the regular season. One of the biggest storylines throughout the preseason has been that starting running back Laurence Maroney has not had a carry in each of the last two games. Belichick continued to stress that it's not worth reading into.

 

 

"I would expect he'll play against the Giants," Belichick said. "We would have liked to have played everybody and played the backs [vs. the Rams], but we really didn't get a chance to get the kind of play time offensively that we would have liked because we had so few plays. We were never on the field."

 

In that game, a 36-35 loss, the Patriots had the ball for just 16:14. 

 

Belichick was also asked for an update on the Logan Mankins situation, and once again said he he doesn't "...

08/30/2010 - 1:38pm
Report: Manny to ChiSox on straight claim
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from ESPN's Jayson Stark, the White Sox have acquired Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez on a straight waiver claim, meaning the Dodgers will get no players in return and that the White Sox will pay all $3.8 million remaining on Ramirez' contract.

 

The White Sox are currently 4 1/2 games behind the Twins in the American League Central. They trail the Yankees/Rays by 10 games in the wild card race.

 

Ramirez, who played for the Red Sox from 2001-2007, is hitting .311/.405/.510 this season with eight homers and 40 RBI. He has made three trips to the disabled list.


08/30/2010 - 1:25pm
Clemens pleads not guilty
By: DJ Bean

As was anticipated, former major league pitcher Roger Clemens has entered a not guilty plea in regard to the charges brought upon him for lying to Congress about his use of steroids and human growth hormone.

 

If convicted, Clemens faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine. For the complete story, click here.

 

Clemens played 24 seasons in the majors and won seven Cy Youngs, the first three of which came as a member of the Red Sox. He was also named the 1986 American League MVP.


08/30/2010 - 12:26pm
Rodney: Pats 'fed up' with Jets' trash talk

Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, speaking on a conference call this afternoon, said his old team is “fed up” with the amount of trash talk coming from the Jets, and the Patriots have their Week 2 game against New York “circled” on their calendar.

“You better believe, the Patriots have that circled with the Jets,” Harrison said. “They hate the Jets, but they hate them even more because they’ve been coming out saying, ‘This is our division.’ ”

Harrison, currently an analyst for NBC’s “Football Night in America,” said the words coming from Jets coach Rex Ryan are the most surprising.

“It’s one thing if a player trash talks,” Harrison said. “But if a coach starts trash talking, guess what? He hasn’t made one tackle, he hasn’t caught the ball, he hasn’t scored one touchdown.”

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08/30/2010 - 12:17pm
BB to Pats: 'Be ready to play every week'

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick took a no-nonsense stand Monday in addressing whether or not he would play starters in the preseason finale against the Giants this Thursday night at New Meadowlands Stadium. 

 

"I tell everybody to be ready to play every week," Belichick said. "That's what we do. Coaches control control playing time but players should be ready to play every week, regardless of the score, situation, field conditions or anything else. That's their job, that's their responsibility and that's what it is every week and that's not going to change."

 

Belichick was speaking just hours after Tom Brady told Dennis and Callahan on Patriots Monday on WEEI that Belichick let the players 'have it pretty good' following a sloppy 36-35 preseason loss at home to the St. Louis Rams last Thursday.

 

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