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10/06/2011 - 3:52pm
Rex: Brady 'as good as it gets'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan has had an unmatched level of success against the Patriots -- and Tom Brady -- over the last two-plus seasons, winning three of five matchups. Brady has had moments of brilliance vs. the Jets and Ryan, but has struggled in all three losses, most notably the postseason defeat in January. Ryan was asked at his press conference Thursday what has to be done to slow down Brady.

"It's really a team deal, you want to put him in situations where maybe he's more careful with the ball than he has to be," said Ryan. "If you play standard defense against him you've got no chance. I mean zero. I mean you better hope for a hurricane or something, because that would be your only chance. And, quite honestly, I've been on the sideline wishing for a hurricane. He's that good, he's that kind of guy. He's as good as it gets right now."

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10/06/2011 - 2:05pm
Valentine on M&M: No contact yet from Sox

ESPN analyst and former Rangers and Mets manager Bobby Valentine, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni Show, said that he had not been contacted by the Red Sox to this point about the managerial vacancy that was created when Terry Francona and the team parted ways last Friday.

Valentine, 61, had a 1,117-1072 (.510) record in 15 years as a manager, and reached the World Series with the Mets in 2000. He also enjoyed a successful career managing in Japan, where he not only led the Chiba Lotte Marines to a championship, but he also became an iconic figure in the NPB.

Asked whether he'd talked with the Sox, Valentine said, "No, this is the first contact I've had with anyone in Beantown."

However, he did hint that he would be open to discussing the position with the Sox, even as he tried to limit conversation on the topic.

"You're not offering the job, so I'm not going to talk about whether I want it," ...

10/06/2011 - 1:43pm
Pats practice: Hernandez, Haynesworth back

FOXBORO -- The Patriots got good news Thursday when three key players were cleared to return to practice. Albert Haynesworth (back), Mike Wright (concussion) and Aaron Hernandez (knee) were all back on the field for practice in full pads on the lower grass field outside Gillette. 

Hernandez has been out since injuring his left knee in a Week 2 win over the Chargers while Wright has been out since getting hit in the head in Week 1 against the Dolphins. Haynesworth missed the last two weeks with a back issue. 

There were four players not at practice as Danny Woodhead (ankle), Julian Edelman (ankle), Jerod Mayo (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back) were all missing for the second straight day. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


10/06/2011 - 12:39pm
Hernandez on Revis: 'Good matchup'

FOXBORO -- He hasn't yet been cleared to play on Sunday and still sports a brace on his injured left knee, but Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said Thursday that he would welcome a chance to play against Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis. The Jets cornerback said this week that Hernandez gives the Patriots offense an added dimension and would be a challenge he'd like to take on if the right situation presented itself. 

"I think it would be a good matchup," Hernandez said. "You could change that into a story, now." 

Hernandez let out a primal yell of "ahhhh" each time he was asked whether his injured knee would be healed in time for him to play this weekend. Hernandez has missed the last two games after injuring the knee in the Week 2 win over the Chargers. 

"I feel pretty good," Hernandez said. "Just trying to get healthy and take it day-by-day. I'll take it day-by-day and see...

10/06/2011 - 12:04pm
Ference, Kelly to share Recchi's 'A'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien announced after the Bruins' morning skate Thursday that Andrew Ference and Chris Kelly will share the second 'A' as alternate captains this season, joining captain Zdeno Chara and alternate captain Patrice Bergeron. 

Ference will wear the letter for home games, while Kelly will wear it on the road. The two will switch halfway through the season, with Kelly getting it in home games. 

The Bruins had the options of giving the letter, which was last worn by Mark Recchi, to one player or sharing it with multiple guys. In the end, they chose to go with two players, and they're confident they picked the right two.

"We didn't think we'd get as much impact with just moving it around all the time," Julien said. "There's got to be some sort of stability, but our leadership group remains bigger than the letters that are out there. We're going to take advantage of that inside the dressing room."...

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