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08/09/2012 - 10:58pm
Solder: 'I've got to do better than that'

FOXBORO -- After committing two holding penalties in the first quarter, one of which wiped out a 17-yard gain from Tom Brady to Brandon Lloyd, starting left tackle Nate Solder said he realizes his play has to improve before the regular season. 

"I've got to do better than that," Solder said after Thursday's 7-6 win over the Saints in the preseason opener. "It's just learn and move on, you know? It's all about getting better, building off of it and continuing to work hard." 

Solder and right tackle Marcus Cannon collided in the pocket as protection broke down on another play, a strip sack of Brady that led to a turnover and a New Orleans field goal. 

"I think it's always a building process, always trying to get better, always trying hard to work better together, be more efficient and make a lot of plays," he said. 

Solder said he is not thinking about replacing the retiring Matt...

08/09/2012 - 10:40pm
Reports: Howard to Lakers in four-team deal

In a trade that could dramatically reshape the NBA, the Lakers appear to be close to acquiring All-Star center Dwight Howard from Orlando in a four-team deal that also involves Denver and Philadelphia.

The framework of the deal, according to national reports, is as follows:

Lakers get: Howard
Denver gets: Andre Iguodala
Philly gets: Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson
Orlando gets: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nicola Vucecic, Moe Harkless and three first-round picks.

While the Celtics would benefit from Howard leaving the Eastern Conference, they would have to contend with the emerging Bynum in their own division. The Sixers, however, seem to be surrendering the most value in the transaction with Iguodala and two recent first-round picks in Vucecic and Harkless leaving town for a center with...

08/09/2012 - 9:32pm
Mixed bag: Pats win as Brady, OL struggle

FOXBORO -- Rookie Chandler Jones provided several highlights with his pass rush on the first team defense and Brian Hoyer led the Patriots on a 97-yard touchdown drive to open the second half as the Patriots beat the Saints, 7-6, Thursday night in New England's preseason opener. The win was marred by the loss of linebacker Dane Fletcher, who reportedly tore the ACL in his left knee on New England's first punt of the night. 

It was also a rough start for Tom Brady, who struggled with the first team offensive line. Brady was strip-sacked by Will Smith and fumbled. The Saints recovered at New England's 34. The turnover led to the only points of the first half as the Saints led, 3-0 at halftime. Brady was rushed several times by an offensive line that is still gelling and getting accustomed to playing without retired left tackle Matt Light and the injured pair of Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer. Nate Solder, filling in for Light at left tackle, was...

08/09/2012 - 9:20pm
Doubront, Sox fall flat in Cleveland

The Red Sox endured the continuation of a number of dismal themes as they suffered a 5-3 loss to the Indians, the Sox' third straight defeat.

Felix Doubront continued to look like a pitcher hitting a rookie wall, pitching well through four innings (in which the Sox held a 3-1 lead) before losing the strike zone and his stuff in the fifth, allowing four straight runners to reach, three of whom scored. Doubront lasted just 4 1/3 innings in dropping to 10-6.

Meanwhile, the Sox offense proved unable to grind out at-bats or to sustain threats. The team walked just once, the 31st time this year that the team has walked one or fewer times, with a 12-19 record in such contests. Though Adrian Gonzalez slammed a two-run homer (his 12th of the year) to give the Sox a 2-1 lead and Dustin Pedroia later added an RBI single, the Sox were just 2-for-12 (plus ninth) from that point forward.

The Sox are now 55-58 for the season and remain 5 1/2 games out...

08/09/2012 - 8:36pm
Report: Pats' Fletcher tears ACL

FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher tore the ACL in his left knee in the first quarter of Thursday's preseason opener, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Fletcher started the game at inside linebacker for the Patriots -- filling in for Brandon Spikes -- and was part of a unit that forced a three-and-out on Drew Brees and the Saints. 

Then, as the Patriots' first drive stalled, he returned to the field on the punt unit. He fell to the turf and needed help to get off the field. Fletcher was taken to the locker room, where the diagnosis was made. 

The punt wound up not counting and the Patriots gained a first down on the play as the Saints were called for a procedure penalty. 

Fletcher has proven to be one of the most versatile players in the Belichick defensive system, playing both inside and outside linebacker. He finished his 2010 rookie season with 23 tackles and two sacks in 13 games played, all as a...

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