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07/24/2012 - 6:49am
Mashup: Curtis Martin hid head injuries

Former Patriots and Jets running back Curtis Martin, set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month, said Monday that he suffered so many head injuries during his playing days that he became "an expert at covering it up."

"This was just the mentality, it's no fault of the NFL or anything, it's just a part of the game." Martin said at a luncheon in New York, as quoted by The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. "When I would get hit, they knew that I popped up just like that, every time I get hit. … Any time that I didn't pop up, my fullback knew to come pick me up because I was probably either dazed or knocked out."

Martin, who admitted that at 39 he's already having some short-term memory issues, said the NFL's toughest problem is convincing players to admit when they're hurt.

"The NFL not only has to deal with the fact that the game is changing and there are these real-life...

07/23/2012 - 11:57pm
Pedroia: 'I think we're all miserable'

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia took stock of his team's plight after the Red Sox endured a 9-1 blowout loss in Texas against the Rangers. Pedroia expressed a positive long-term view of the Sox even as he conceded that, amidst a four-game losing streak that has dropped the team below .500 for the first time since June 16, the immediate outlook is not very promising.

"I think we're all miserable," he told reporters. "Nobody in here likes losing. We want to win, every single one of us. It happens. I mean, it's the big leagues, man. They went out and executed pitches today and swung the bats great, and we didn't. That's the way it is, man. You play better, you win. That's basically it.

"We'll be all right. We've got to keep fighting. No one said this is going to be easy, and it never is here. But we'll find a way," he added. "We've been here before. We've come back from starting 2-10 last year and we fought...

07/23/2012 - 10:16pm
Sox pounded by Rangers, sink below .500

The all-or-nothing Red Sox offense was shut down by right-hander Scott Feldman and the Texas Rangers on Monday night, as the Sox dropped their fourth straight contest, this one by a 9-1 count. As a result, the team fell back below .500 for the first time since June 16.

The Sox took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted a Feldman changeup for a colossal homer to deep right-center. But the advantage proved short-lived as the Rangers posted four runs in the bottom of the third against Sox starter Felix Doubront.

Though Doubront kept the Rangers unbalanced for much of the game, Texas' rally was fueled by a frustrating three-batter sequence for the left-hander to start the inning. An infield single to short by the speedy Craig Gentry was followed by a walk to Ian Kinsler, with the runners executing a double steal to advance to second and third. Shortstop Elvis Andrus then fouled off three straight 1-2...

07/23/2012 - 6:13pm
Patriots place six on active/PUP list

Multiple reports indicate the Patriots have placed six players on the active/physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp: Tight ends Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells; offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer; linebacker Brandon Spikes and defensive lineman Myron Pryor.

That group joins rookie wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, who was placed on active/PUP last week after failing his physical. Players on the active/PUP can be removed from the list at any time.

One interesting name not on the list was tight end Rob Gronkowski, who underwent ankle surgery after the Super Bowl loss to the Giants. Gronkowski was sidelined throughout the spring camps in the wake of the surgery, but appears to be good to go for the start of training camp later this week.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


07/23/2012 - 5:53pm
Ichiro Suzuki traded to Yankees

The Yankees have traded for Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in exchange for right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. New York will also receive cash.

The 38-year-old Suzuki is hitting .261 with a .288 on-base percentage and .353 slugging percentage. He had '10-5' rights (10 seasons in the major leagues and five with the same team), allowing for a chance to veto the trade, but according to the report Suzuki accepted the deal.

Suzuki has spent the entirety of his 12-year major league career with the Mariners, winning 10 Gold Gloves, two batting titles and one American MVP award (2001). He is in the final season of a five-year, $90 million contract, which pays him $17 million this year.

Mitchell, 25, appeared in just four games with the Yankees, but compiled a 3.81 ERA in 85 2/3 career Triple-...

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