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02/21/2011 - 4:35pm
Former Pats CB Hobbs expected to retire
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from Fox Sports, former Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs III is expected to retire due to neck injuries. Just 27 years of age, Hobbs suffered a neck injury as a member of the Eagles while returning a kick against the Giants on Nov. 21. He did noy play again and was placed on injured reserve. 

 

The Patriots selected Hobbs in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft out of Iowa State. He played four seasons for the Patriots and set the NFL record for longest kickoff return on Sept. 9 2007 against the Jets. Hobbs was traded to the Eagles during the 2009 NFL draft for a pair of fifth-round picks and played two seasons in Philadelphia. He suffered a pair of neck injuries while playing for Philadelphia, the second of which has proven to be career-ending. 

 

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02/21/2011 - 4:02pm
Francona named to College Baseball HOF

Sox manager Terry Francona was named Monday as one of seven inductees to the 2011 National College Baseball Hall of Fame. 

 

Francona, who was an outfielder at the University of Arizona from 1978 to 1980, was named National Player of the Year in 1980, the same year he also won the Golden Spikes Award. For two years — 1979 and 1980 — he led the Pac-10 South in hits, RBI and doubles. He was named Most Outstanding Player at the 1980 College World Series after helping lead Arizona to the title. He also was named first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, The Sporting News and Collegiate Baseball.

 

The members of the 2011 Hall of Fame class will be honored during an induction ceremony on July 3 in Lubbock, Texas. The other 2011 inductees include Danny Goodwin, catcher, Southern University; Dick Groat, shortstop, Duke; Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, coach, Grambling State; Oddibe McDowell,...

02/21/2011 - 1:48pm
Thornton on D&H: Kaberle 'one of the best'

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton checked in with the Dale & Holley show Monday and talked about the team's recent roster changes.

 

Asked if there was any tension around the team last week, Thornton acknowledged that there was. "There always is this time of year," he said. "The media obviously reports it. I think it gets worse these days, with —I'm not bad-mouthing anybody, but — countless blogs and stuff that nobody really has to [be accountable]. You can just throw stuff against the wall and hope it sticks. There's a lot of names being thrown around nowadays. I think everybody's hoping that they get one right. So, yeah, there's a little bit of tension. I think the best thing to do is not try to pay too much attention to it."

 

Thornton had high praise for new Bruins Tomas Kaberle, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. "I've known Tomas for a long time," he said. "We were in the...

02/21/2011 - 1:35pm
Back in the swing: A-Gon OK to tee off

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced Monday that newly acquired slugger Adrian Gonzalez has been cleared to hit off a batting tee after surgery on his right shoulder last October. The surgery was not reconstructive and the Red Sox traded for the first baseman in December knowing that he would be ready for the 2011 season. 

 

On Sunday, Red Sox team doctor Tom Gill spoke with Mets team doctor David Altchek, who performed the procedure in October, and a decision was made that Gonzalez was feeling strong enough and had done enough rehab to allow him to start swinging. On Monday morning before team workouts, Gonzalez took 20 swings off the tee and felt good. 

 

"He's going to hit off the tee the three days and then take a day and then we'll see how he feels, but he's been coming along so well, and Dr. Gill spoke with Dr. Altchek and there were no qualms about letting him proceed, so we were thrilled,"...

02/21/2011 - 10:28am
Lackey on D&C: Fireman helped me slim

John Lackey sat down with Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning from Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. Having been the newcomer to the clubhouse last year, Lackey was asked what Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford should expect. "It's going to be different for them, for sure," he said. "Especially Adrian, coming from San Diego, it's a little more laid-back out there. It's going to be a little more intense around here. But they'll learn to enjoy it. Carl knows a little bit about it, playing in this division. He's been to Fenway a bunch, so I think he'll be pretty comfortable."

 

Lackey said pitchers are "definitely more apt to make a mistake" when Crawford is on the basepaths, so he's pleased that he doesn't have to worry about that any more. And he wasn't the only Red Sox pitcher celebrating Crawford's arrival in Boston. "I was pretty fired up about it, for sure," Lackey said of hearing about...

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