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12/29/2011 - 11:07pm
Report: Pats OC is head coaching prospect

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien has emerged as a head coaching candidate, and is “expected to receive overtures to interview with teams,” according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network.

LaCanfora reports that with O’Brien’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, he could be linked to the Chiefs as a possible “coach in waiting” as a part of a staff that would include Romeo Crennel as head coach. (The theory would be that O’Brien would eventually inherit the head coaching job when Crennel steps aside.) Former Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels has also been linked to a possible job as an offensive coordinator in Kansas City on Crennel’s staff.

LaCanfora writes that “in an offseason in which seven teams or more could be interviewing...

12/29/2011 - 9:50pm
Rivard leads No. 24 Harvard to rout of BC

Laurent Rivard scored 18 points Thursday night as 24th-ranked Harvard pulled away to win at Boston College for the fourth consecutive season, 67-46.

Corbin Miller (12 points),  Brandyn Curry (11) and Christian Webster (10) also scored in double figures for the Crimson, who improved to 10-1.

Dennis Clifford scored 14 points and Patrick Heckmann added 13 points BC, which fell to 5-8 after having its three-game winning streak snapped.

One series was emblematic of the Eagles' fate. With just over seven minutes remaining, BC point guard Gabe Moton was all alone under the basket but missed the easy lay-in. At the other end, Rivard drilled a 3-pointer for a 57-43 lead. It was part of a 12-0 run that ended with Harvard comfortably in front, 62-43. BC, which has had problems all season with late scoring droughts, went six minutes without a point this time and scored just thee points (all free throws by Clifford) in the final 8:25.

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12/29/2011 - 5:14pm
Pats: Brady limited because of left shoulder

FOXBORO -- The Patriots listed quarterback Tom Brady as limited in practice Thursday with a left shoulder injury. Logan Mankins (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot) were absent on Thursday as the team continued on-field prep work for the Bills Sunday at Gillette. Here is Thursday's complete report:

Did Not Practice
G Logan Mankins (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
QB Tom Brady (left shoulder)
WR Deion Branch (groin)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
OT Matt Light (ankle)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
RB Shane Vereen (hamstring)
G Brian Waters (ankle)
WR Wes Welker (knee)...

12/29/2011 - 5:11pm
Kalish may miss start of season after surgery

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed reports by multiple media outlets that Ryan Kalish would likely miss the start of the 2012 season after undergoing labrum surgery on his left shoulder on Nov. 8. Kalish told both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald that he would be sidelined due to the procedure, which was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles.

Cherington wrote in an email that he expected Kalish to be doing some work at designated hitter during spring training, expecting a return to the outfield for the 23-year-old early in the season.

The Red Sox initially expected that Kalish -- who injured his shoulder diving for a ball while playing for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox on April 21 -- wouldn't require surgery on the shoulder. But he continued to experience symptoms heading into the offseason, it was decided the left-handed hitter would get the shoulder scoped.

Kalish's '11 season was limited to 24 games due to the...

12/29/2011 - 2:41pm
Turnabout: Brady does practice with Pats

FOXBORO -- Despite an ESPN report to the contrary, Tom Brady was at practice on Thursday in the frigid cold on the upper grass fields as the Patriots continue preparations for the Bills Sunday afternoon in the regular season finale at Gillette Stadium. Brady was present as the team went through its pre-practice stretching exercises.

About two hours earlier, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Brady's injured left shoulder would keep him out of practice on Thursday. He added the injury was "not insignificant" but it was not a "long term" issue and the team expected him to start and play Sunday against the Bills. 

Schefter, moments later on his Twitter page, explained that Brady might be stretching so the team can list him as limited before reiterating his initial report that Brady is "not practicing" Thursday. 

Brady's absence on Wednesday was explained on the team's official participation report as...

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