Wide receiver Chad Johnson, who caught just 15 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown in his only season with the Patriots, hinted in an interview with the Miami Herald that one of the reasons he struggled in New England last year was because his “personality was controlled.”
“I’m going back to my normal ways,” said Johnson, who was known as Chad Ochocinco before he changed his name again this offseason. “My normal ways, when I was at my best, when I got fined, look at the production those years. Usually things don’t go right when you try to change the way you do things. I’m back to normal.
“My personality was controlled last year. You didn’t hear me at all last year. Zero. Zilch. When my...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in his weekly interview on WEEI's The Big Show, said that he never discussed the idea of skipping left-hander Jon Lester this coming Saturday in his scheduled start in Yankee Stadium. Though Lester endured the worst outing of his career on Sunday, allowing 11 runs in four-plus innings, Valentine said that he did not see a reason for the Opening Day starter not to pitch.
"I never had the discussion about skipping him. He's the guy who's in line to pitch on that day. He's healthy and I believe in him, so why wouldn't I pitch him?" said Valentine. "He's throwing the ball really well. He's just not doing what [Clay Buchholz is] doing, which is pitching. When you throw 90 pitches and you throw five breaking balls, you're getting into a muscle, I'm going to throw it by you mentality. Once Jon reviewed the situation the last couple of games, he understands what he has to do. It's a simple thing to send a quality...
The Leominster police officer who directed a racial slur at Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford before a minor league game in Manchester, N.H., should be fired, the Leominster police chief recommended at a hearing Wednesday.
Police chief Robert Healey said John Perreault has made other racially charged "repugnant comments" on at least two occasions and repeatedly violated department standards.
"What I uncovered is a disturbing pattern of behavior by Officer Perreault," Healey said, according to WCVB-TV. "Termination is appropriate discipline."
Perreault, who has been on paid leave, will learn his fate within 48 hours, as that's the time frame the city's mayor has to make a decision.
A internal investigation determined that...
The Patriots have signed former Boston College defensive lineman Tim Bulman, according to Pro Football Talk. A Milton native and former defensive tackle with the Texans, the 29-year-old Bulman has been in the league for six seasons -- five with Houston and one with Arizona. His best season came in 2008 with the Texans, when he finished the year with 18 tackles and four sacks.
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ESPN MLB analyst Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon, saying the Red Sox will not make a move before July 31.
"I'm sure they're making their calls and seeing what the value with some of these deals are," Olney said. "As long as they're in the no-man's land they're going to sit and stay pat."
Added Olney: "We talked a couple weeks ago about [Matt] Garza, well he's not really an option at this point. And Josh Johnson might be out there with the Marlins, they would ask for something significant in return, but part of the big reason for getting Josh Johnson is you can control him for this year and try to win this year as well to have him next year. It doesn't make any sense where the Red Sox are to do that. The guys that they have now have to play better before anybody who comes in would actually help."
Two of the players who aren't performing well are Jon Lester...
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