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03/21/2012 - 4:30pm
Lester feels good despite rough outing

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who had been scheduled to pitch at least five innings on Wednesday, instead lasted just three innings while requiring 80 pitches in an eventual 6-5 Sox loss to the Pirates. Lester allowed four runs (all in his third and final inning) on eight hits while walking two and striking out one.

Despite the fact it was a spring training contest, Lester said that he was disappointed by his poor results.

"I’m a competitor. I want to win. I don’t care if it’s on the back field in Minnesota or in Fenway or wherever. I always want to do well and get the results that I feel I’ve been working for," said Lester. "This is not something I take lightly, even if it’s in spring training."

That said, Lester also said he felt good about his mechanics. While he did end up leaving some fastballs up, he felt that his ability to repeat his delivery was solid, thus...

03/21/2012 - 4:30pm
Boeheim on NCAAs: 'This is not fun'

Just over 24 hours before taking on Wisconsin in the East Regionals at TD Garden, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim made a distinction Wednesday on what it's like coaching one of the greatest programs in college basketball history.

Last week, when his team barely survived North Carolina-Asheville in the first round and beat Kansas State to advance to Boston, Boeheim made the analogy that if a doctor was performing surgery, he wouldn't want him to be having fun.

"I don't want to make fun of‑‑ make light of what a doctor does," Boeheim said before his team's 50-minute practice at the Garden. "But what we do to us is very serious, and we need to‑‑ we can make jokes and comments and stuff, but it's very serious. It's what we do, and we want to do it right, be able to get it right. I've never associated‑‑ a better comment would be if I want to have fun, I'll go to play golf. This is not fun. If I wasn't getting paid, I wouldn't be doing this...

03/21/2012 - 3:25pm
Report: Green-Ellis signs with Bengals

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bengals and free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis have agreed to a three-year deal.

Terms of the deal were not in the Schefter report. Green-Ellis played four seasons with the Patriots, rushing for 2,064 yards and 29 touchdowns, including a 1,008-yard, 13-TD season in 2010. Green-Ellis never fumbled in his four seasons with the Patriots, carrying the ball 510 times from 2008-11.

For more Patriots news visit weei.com/patriots.


03/21/2012 - 2:09pm
Pats free agent DE Anderson to join Bills

According to a tweet from his agent Wednesday afternoon, defensive end Mark Anderson agreed to a four-year deal with the Bills, ending his brief tenure in New England.

In 16 games with the Patriots last season, the 28-year-old had 29 tackles (18 solo) and 10 sacks. Anderson started the season as a pass rushing specialist but was pressed into regular duty following a season-ending injury to Andre Carter.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder has played six NFL seasons, the first 4 1/2 with the Bears and then 11 games with the Texans in 2010 after his release from Chicago. He was signed by New England as a free agent on Aug. 5, 2011.

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.


03/21/2012 - 1:08pm
Saints coach Payton suspended for 2012

Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now with the Rams, was suspended indefinitely for their roles in a bounty program the past three seasons. Williams will sit out the 2012 season, and then his status will be reviewed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Punishments also were doled out to Saints general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games plus a $500,000 fine) and assistant coach Joe Vitt (six games).

Additionally, the Saints will forfeit their second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013 and pay a fine of $500,000.

The Saints were found to have paid players thousands of dollars for hits that knocked opponents out of games. At least 22 players were found to have been involved, and the league will announce their punishments in the coming weeks.

The NFL cited "conduct detrimental" to the league in announcing the harsh punishments...

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