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08/11/2011 - 10:49am
Poll: How much should Brady play?

The Patriots open their preseason schedule Thursday night at home against the Jaguars. There are a few trains of thought about Tom Brady and how much playing time he should receive. With the lockout-shortened offseason, the team might benefit more from seeing the new players in action. But Brady could take advantage of finding a rhythm with newcomers on the offense. Then again, no Patriots fan wants to see Brady get hurt before the season starts.

What do you think? Cast your vote in our poll at the It Is What It Is blog.


08/11/2011 - 9:25am
Billick on D&C: Ochocinco 'phenomenal'

Fox NFL analyst and former coach Brian Billick joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning, as the Patriots prepare for Thursday night's preseason opener vs. the Jaguars.

Billick said Patriots coach Bill Belichick did well in acquiring controversial players Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth.

The New England Patriots have been brilliant about getting players with specific roles in mind at just the right time in their career," Billick said. "Now, there is a little bit of a risk, but when you have the cache that coach Belichick and the New England Patriots have, you can extend yourself, take a little bit more of a gamble than maybe some other teams. Because ultimately the price you're paying for them is something you can walk away from very readily. I think they are going to do well."

Billick had high praise for Ochocinco — when the receiver is focused.

"You've got to love this young man, you love...

08/11/2011 - 6:36am
Mashup: Canseco 'a monster' to ex-girlfriend

A woman who dated former baseball star Jose Canseco has a hearing Thursday after filing a temporary restraining order against the onetime Red Sox player. Fitness model Leila Shennib, 24, said she has been the victim of harassment by the 47-year-old Canseco — including derogatory comments on Twitter, which were oddly followed by a marriage proposal — since they broke up early this year. Said Shennib: "He's a very selfish person and he doesn't think anyone can stop him. He's got a huge ego. He's really manipulative. All those things create a monster."

In other sports legal news, a San Diego judge sided with a Chiefs fan who was arrested at a Chargers game in 2009 after allegedly fighting security guards. The guards were physically removing the fan for obscene behavior but did not first warn him he was being ejected, so the judge dropped a misdemeanor battery charge.

Read more about those stories and others, plus check out videos...

08/10/2011 - 10:19pm
Sox, Lester drop finale to Twins

The Red Sox appeared poised to mount another comeback in Minnesota, but after they tied the game, 2-2, in the top of the eighth inning, the Twins immediately responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to beat Jon Lester and the Sox, 5-2.

Lester, who returned to the mound for the eighth after 106 pitches, walked leadoff man Joe Mauer and then allowed a one-out RBI double to Jim Thome as the Twins took a 3-2 lead. Lester finished the night having allowed four runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings, permitting five walks while striking out four and throwing 119 pitches.

After Thome's double, Danny Valencia followed with a run-scoring double against reliever Alfredo Aceves. The Twins tacked on a pair of singles against Aceve to plate another run and create the final margin of victory.

That, in turn, rendered irrelevant a Red Sox effort to overcome a 2-0 deficit. The Sox scored an unearned run in the sixth, and then David Ortiz...

08/10/2011 - 6:48pm
Ochocinco, Haynesworth re-do their contracts

Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth have agreed to redo their contracts, according to NFLPA documents.

Ochocinco was scheduled to make a base salary of $6 million in 2011, but has agreed to restructure his deal so they he will receive a base salary of $1 million in 2011 and $3 million annually in 2012 and 2013. Meanwhile, Haynesworth was scheduled to make base salaries of $5.4, $6.7, $8.5 and $10.3 million the next four years. Instead, the former Titan and Redskin will make a base salary of $1.5 million in 2011 and $6.7 million the following season.

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


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