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10/10/2011 - 8:53pm
Sox manager search on hold for Epstein

According to a major league source, the Red Sox -- who are currently performing due diligence on potential managerial candidates -- will not bring in candidates to interview for the position until after the status of general manager Theo Epstein is resolved.

Epstein's future with the Sox, after 10 seasons with the organization and nine as GM, is uncertain at the moment, at a time when the Cubs have requested permission to talk to him and there is a report of his being seen in a Chicago Starbucks. Given the importance of the relationship between the manager and general manager, the Sox appear set to wait until the identity of the GM is determined before they bring in candidates to investigate their fit for the job.

That said, Epstein's status is only one element in preventing the Sox from interviewing...

10/10/2011 - 6:27pm
Belichick: Pats wary of Cowboys

Coming off a win over their rival, the Patriots have a different challenge this week when they play the Cowboys, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick is making sure his players are up to speed. "Playing a team that you don't know very well, doesn't know you, presents a lot of different challenges," Belichick said Monday afternoon during his weekly interview with WEEI's The Big Show. "Completely different from playing the Jets."

Belichick has been known to give his players quizzes on everything from personnel to opposing coordinators, but the Cowboys' ability speaks for itself. "They give you a lot to get ready for," he said. "They have a lot of talent." 

The coach was pleased with his team's performance against the Jets, saying, "It wasn't perfect, but we did more things right than not right and that showed up in the final result." 

He was particularly impressed with running back...

10/10/2011 - 6:26pm
Patriots release OL Thomas Welch

The Patriots announced Monday that offensive lineman Thomas Welch has been released. Welch, a seventh-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2010 out of Vanderbilt, has had two stints on the 53-man roster after starting the season on the practice squad. He was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Sept. 12 prior to the season-opener at Miami and saw his first NFL action against the Dolphins. He was released from the 53-man roster on Sept. 14 and signed to the practice squad the following day. He was signed for the second time to the 53-man roster on Oct. 1, prior to the game at Oakland.

Welch, 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, spent the majority of his rookie season last year on the Minnesota practice squad. He was released by Minnesota on Sept. 3, and then was signed to the Patriots practice squad.

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10/10/2011 - 4:22pm
Julien: B's playing with 'too much comfort'

After watching his team lose for the second time in three home games to start its Stanley Cup championship defense, Bruins coach Claude Julien called out his team after what he felt was a soft effort in a 1-0 loss to the Avalanche Monday afternoon at TD Garden. 

"We got outworked by a team that was a lot hungrier than we were," Julien said of a young Avalanche team that is rebuilding and earned its first win. "Right from the get-go, as soon as they got the power play, it gave them so momentum and they just never looked back. Throughout the game, I felt our team was second on the puck, losing races, and also whenever we got there and got into a battle, they were certainly a lot hungrier than we were.

"It's one of those games you hope will give your players a opportunity to realize what we've talked about since the beginning, about every team coming in here and playing us hard is going to happen. From the start, from the time...

10/10/2011 - 4:05pm
Wilfork: 'A step in the right direction'

Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork took many positive from the team's 30-21 win over the Jets and felt that, "It's definitely a step in the right direction," for a defense that has been questioned through the first quarter of the season.

In an interview on WEEI's The Big Show, Wilfork said the emphasis was on limiting big plays, winning first down and getting off the field on third down. "Each week we try to tackle those things," Wilfork said. "Last week was a great week for us. It started Wednesday. Everybody came ready to work."

The biggest positive came on third down as the Patriots forced eight three-and-out drives by the Jets. "That was a big, big turning point for us this week," Wilfork said. "Being able to get off the field on third downs, being able to get after the running game. It's definitely something to build on."

As for the pass rush, Wilfork said that it's coming. "We've been...

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