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10/12/2010 - 8:01pm
Report: Gonzalez will take over Braves

Fredi Gonzalez will be named manager of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gonzalez, the former Florida Marlins manager and former Braves third-base coach, replaces Bobby Cox, who was the Braves' skipper since 1990 before retiring at the end of Atlanta's recent playoff run. Gonzalez had a 276-279 record in three-plus seasons managing a Florida team with one of baseball's smallest payrolls.


10/12/2010 - 7:09pm
Kraft: I think new CBA could happen soon

Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the Associated Press on Tuesday it's a realistic goal that the owners and players will reach a new collective bargaining agreement before the end of the 2010 season. Speaking at the NFL owners' meetings in Chicago, Kraft sounded an optimistic note about the state of the negotiations, saying "we're moving ahead" and he'd "like to see this get done before the season ends." Asked if that was a realistic objective, he added, "to me it is."

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10/12/2010 - 5:25pm
Shaq, Big Three sit out C's exhibition

Doc Rivers said Monday that he would rest Shaquille O'Neal Tuesday night when the Celtics play at Philadelphia in their fourth exhibition game. Rivers didn't stop there, electing to rest Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett as well as Delonte West (back spasms), according to a Tweet from the team's account.

 

O'Neal has also been dealing with a sore hip, but Allen, Pierce and Garnett were simply given the night off. Including Sunday's game with the Raptors, the Celtics are playing five games in seven days. The starting lineup for the Celtics tonight will be: Nate Robinson, Von Wafer, Marquis Daniels, Glen Davis and Jermaine O'Neal.

 

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10/12/2010 - 2:33pm
Branch: 'I am not Randy Moss'

Deion Branch spoke to the media Tuesday following his return to the Patriots after Monday's trade that sent the wide receiver from the Seahawks to New England in exchange for a fourth-round pick. 

 

The Super Bowl XXXIX MVP was asked if he felt he was brought to New England to replace Randy Moss.

 

"That's the first thing I want to let you all know -- I am not Randy Moss," said Branch, who participated in practice. "I wasn't Randy Moss when I was here and I'm not here to replace him. I'm going to do what the offense asks of me and that's what I'll do ... I'm just a piece of the puzzle. I'm not the answer to anything. I'm just a piece of the puzzle."

 

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10/12/2010 - 12:43pm
Branch practices, Wheatley returns

FOXBORO -- Wide receiver Deion Branch, acquired Monday from the Seahawks, was on the practice field Tuesday as he began his second tour with the Patriots.

 

Wearing No. 84, Branch walked on to the field with Tom Brady. The Patriots dealt a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft for the Super Bowl XXXIX MVP, who ranks 13th in franchise history with 213 catches.

 

In other practice news, Fred Taylor (foot) was not spotted on the field but cornerback Terrence Wheatley (foot) and defensive lineman Mike Wright were on the field. Wheatley has not played in a game or practiced since injuring his foot in the preseason. 

 

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