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02/22/2012 - 8:13pm
Patriots release Wright, Ohrnberger
By: DJ Bean

The Patriots announced Wednesday that they have released offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger and defensive tackle Mike Wright.

The Pats signed Wright out of Cincinnati after he went undrafted in 2005. He was with the Patriots for seven seasons, but played in only one game last season before being placed on injured reserve with his latest concussion. 

Ohrnberger was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. Though he became popular for his twitter account leading up to the Super Bowl, he played in only five games over his three seasons in New England. 

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02/22/2012 - 6:50pm
Francona: Manny remark 'blowing off steam'
By: DJ Bean

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, now an analyst for ESPN, joined The Big Show Wednesday to discuss the upcoming baseball season and his days as the team's skipper. Francona discussed Manny Ramirez, Carl Crawford and the Sox' rotation, among other things. 

A column written in November by Peter Gammons quoted Francona as saying "Manny Ramirez is the worst human being I've ever met" in the 2008 season. Francona wasn't sure he said those exact words, but did say he was angry with Ramirez after he had pushed traveling secretary Jack McCormick. 

"I actually talked to Peter this morning," Francona said. "I don't remember ever saying that about somebody. I think what probably happened is -- I know it was the Jack McCormick incident -- I was probably blowing off some steam, and I was having a conversation with Peter, not an interview. I don't want to sit here and say I was misquoted, because it wasn't an interview. I...

02/22/2012 - 2:33pm
Valentine: Iglesias, Ordonez different

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine spent part of his morning rounds watching shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias taking grounders. when he managed the Mets, Valentine had Rey Ordonez (the offensively deficient, three-time Gold Glover) to whom Iglesias is often compared. Defensively, Valentine's initial glimpse suggested that such praise for Iglesias' defense had merit.

"My first impression ... is that he can catch it. I bet you he can throw it after he catches it, too," Valentine said of Iglesias. "I did see similarities with Rey Ordonez in ball-glove action. Initially, it looked like he had more range than Rey."

While there are no questions about the excellence of Iglesias' glove, however, like Ordonez, there are questions about the 22-year-old's offense. Ordonez had the lowest career OPS (.600) of any player with at least 3,000 plate appearances in the last 20 years. A year ago, as a 21-year-old in...

02/22/2012 - 2:00pm
Source: Rondo named All-Star replacement

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will replace Hawks guard Joe Johnson in Sunday's 2012 NBA All-Star Game, joining teammate Paul Pierce as an Eastern Conference reserve, according to a team source.

The Hawks announced Johnson will miss the team's next two games, against Jeremy Lin's Knicks and Dwight Howard's Magic, as well as the All-Star Game following an MRI that revealed left knee tendinitis.

The All-Star selection is the third straight for Rondo, who turned 26 on Wednesday and will sit against the Thunder in the team's final game before the break to fulfill his two-game suspension for throwing a ball at a referee during a loss to the Pistons on Sunday.

Despite missing eight games due to a wrist injury midway through this season, Rondo is averaging a career-high 14.8 points and ranks second in the NBA with an average of 9.5 assists through 22 games.

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02/22/2012 - 1:56pm
Brady 'deeply saddened' by Martinez's death

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady released a statement through his Facebook page regarding the death of his mentor, Tom Martinez, who passed away Tuesday.

Wrote Brady: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of my coach, mentor and friend. Coach Martinez’s invaluable assistance and support will never be forgotten and will always have a lasting impact on my life. The time we spent together remain some of my fondest memories. His legacy of commitment, toughness and determination will live on forever."

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