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09/21/2012 - 10:27am
Horton won't play hockey during lockout
By: DJ Bean

While Bruins players are quickly finding places to play during the lockout, at least one player won't be going anywhere. Nathan Horton, who has been shut down in each of the last two seasons due to concussions but was cleared for contact over the summer, will not play hockey during the lockout, Horton's agent told WEEI.com on Friday. 

Agent Paul Krepelka said that Horton is "doing well" and that his decision to not play hockey during the lockout "has nothing to do with his health. Just his personal choice."

Horton, 27, did not play again last season after suffering his second concussion in seven months in a 6-5 win over the Flyers on Jan. 22. In 46 games last season, the right wing scored 17 goals and added 15 assists for 32 points. Horton also saw his 2010-11 season end early when he suffered a concussion on a hit from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. 

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09/21/2012 - 10:27am
Belichick: 'Chance [Winslow] could help'

FOXBORO -- Despite just arriving in Foxboro this week with the team, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said before Friday's final full practice that tight end Kellen Winslow could play a significant role in Sunday's game in Baltimore. Winslow was brought into New England earlier this month for a meeting with the Patriots but no contract was signed. That all changed when Aaron Hernandez went down with a right ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. 

"I think we'll see," Belichick said at his Friday press conference. "We'll get a good indication today. We've thrown a lot at him the last couple of days. Today is kind of the day we try to tie it all together, review it and see how comfortable and how well he has retained things and all that. But he's a pretty experienced guy. He's smart. He's had a lot of football. We'll see how it goes but I think there's a chance he could help us."

The 29-year-old Winslow was signed on...

09/21/2012 - 10:00am
Lombardi on D&C: Cardinals' Horton 'comical'

NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Patriots and news from around the league.

Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton said after Sunday's 20-18 Arizona victory that the Patriots were tipping their plays, helping his defense keep the potent New England offense in check. Lombardi laughed off Horton's comments.

"He's promoting himself," Lombardi said. "If he knew it was run or pass, why didn't he know it was going to be a draw when Danny Woodhead scored the touchdown [called back for holding]. Those are just comical things. It's self-promotion. Guys get off on a tangent. And really, when you study the tape and you really watch the game closely, I think the Patriots beat themselves more than the Cardinals did. The Cardinals -- we talked about last week -- they have a really good defense. But there were some times, there were some plays...

09/21/2012 - 8:05am
Mashup: Grenade detonates on soccer field

In Friday's Morning Mashup, we have a crazy video of a grenade blowing up on a soccer field. (Yes. You read that right.) A soccer player in Iran was lucky to not lose his hand as he (rather casually) tossed a grenade to the sideline that had (somehow) made its way onto the field.

We also have news on Chad Johnson's fate from his assault case, a video compilation of the mistakes made by the replacement officials during Week 2 and much more. 

For more on these stories check out the Morning Mashup at the Out of Bounds blog.


09/21/2012 - 12:02am
Buchholz after loss: 'The back's fine'

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine cited Clay Buchholz's stiff back as the reason he took the starter out after 94 pitches Thursday night, Buchholz downplayed any ailment.

"The back's fine," said Buchholz following the Red Sox' 7-4 loss to the Rays. "I had a couple of long innings and I felt like somebody else could do a better job than I could. I was up and ready to go going into the eighth, there was a pitching change, and I was like, 'You know what? I've thrown 95 pitches and a couple of them have been taxing, so that was that.' "

The pitcher later added when asked again about his back, "It's basically everyday soreness. It's fine."

The issue is a sensitive one considering Buchholz missed almost four months of 2011 due to surgery on his back. The ailment hasn't been a problem for the righty, who finished his latest outing not allowing a run while giving up just four...

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