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11/22/2011 - 5:15pm
Report: Sox still tried to get Farrell
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox asked the Blue Jays to reconsider their stance after they announced in October that they would not let employees make lateral moves to other organizations. The Blue Jays made their policy change amidst speculation that the Red Sox might be interested in Toronto manager John Farrell for their vacant managerial position.

Rosenthal, who cites major league sources, writes that the Red Sox "have had conversations with the Blue Jays about Farrell since the Jays’ policy shift, asking what it would take for them to reconsider their position."

The report also states that the Red Sox were not optimistic that the talks would go far, and that the discussions "failed to progress." Farrell was the Red Sox' pitching coach from 2007 to 2010...

11/22/2011 - 4:59pm
Wilfork: Edelman 'understands the game'
By: DJ Bean

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Tuesday, discussing Monday's 34-3 victory over the Chiefs and where the Pats stand through 11 weeks of the season.

One bright spot in Monday's victory was Julian Edelman. The third year receiver, who played quarterback at Kent State, played defensive back and linebacker in addition to having a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown. 

"It's funny, because you have Julian going from offense to special teams, to special teams, to defense and defense to special teams," Wilfork said. "He's probably the only guy that's walking from one end to the other end, from one walkthrough to another walkthrough, and it's all different stuff."

"He came in, and he actually put in his work," Wilfork added. "He learned his stuff, what we asked him to do. We don't want to overload his plate much, but he understands the game. He's a football...

11/22/2011 - 11:30am
Brady on D&C: Gronkowski 'phenomenal'

Just hours after leading the Patriots to a 34-3 rout of the Chiefs, quarterback Tom Brady checked in with Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning for his weekly discussion.

The Patriots were shut out in the first quarter but found their rhythm shortly thereafter and pulled away for the big win.

"Our execution early on obviously wasn't very sharp. We just weren't on the same page collectively as a group," Brady said. "I thought once we settled into the game and got to the stuff that we felt really good about, we did a much better job of executing. Obviously, that produces points.

"Early on it was just tough. They threw a bunch of different things at us and we were just kind of out of sorts. But I thought we responded well there in the second half. I always say it's hard to win in the NFL. To win 34-3 was pretty good for us coming off really an emotional win against the Jets and then a tough loss at home two weeks ago. Now it...

11/22/2011 - 11:11am
Valentine: Manager is Cherington's choice

Speaking at the media availability portion of his formal interview with the Red Sox Monday at Fenway Park, managerial candidate Bobby Valentine clarified both the timeline of the team's interest in him, and how he was explained the process would unfold.

Of particular note was Valentine recollecting that Sox president Larry Lucchino told the 61-year-old in one of their first meetings that it would be general manager Ben Cherington making the ultimate decision on who would get the job.

"Larry made it pretty clear that this was going to be Ben's choice," Valentine said, "and when I walked out of the room with Ben I was hoping I was received well enough that I would be able to come and get a second tour of duty, but I wasn't sure. And I didn't get a phone call for a few days. That made it a situation that I was really happy I only told my wife that I talked to Ben and I didn't have to explain to people why I wasn't getting a phone call....

11/22/2011 - 8:53am
Mashup: DA says police deny records on Fine

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Syracuse police have not been cooperative in his investigation into Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, who was accused of child molestation by two former ball boys but denies any wrongdoing.

Fitzpatrick said he had to get a court subpoena Monday ordering police to turn over records related to the case, and the deputy chief responded with an obscenity upon being presented with the order.

"I've never seen this happen in my history with the DA's office," Fitzpatrick told the Syracuse Post-Standard, noting that he's been pushing for assistance since last Thursday.

"I pleaded with people to turn over the records," he added. "I don’t understand this. I’ve heard three different stories about what they have and don’t have.”

Earlier Monday, Mayor Stephanie Miner released a statement saying police are...

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