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11/30/2011 - 5:44pm
Pedroia: Valentine 'going to be fun'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, was asked about the news that Bobby Valentine will be the next manager of the Red Sox. 

"It's exciting," Pedroia said. "Just excited to have a manager, it took a long time. I think the search is over and now we can all get ready for next year. And I bet all the fans are excited too. He's been around, he's done it before in a big market. So it's going to be fun."

Alex Speier of WEEI.com reported earlier Wednesday that after the Red Sox parted ways with Terry Francona, team officials told at least one player that there had been no plans to hire “someone like Bobby Valentine.” Pedroia was asked if he was ever told that by Sox officials.

"No one ever mentioned like that to me," Pedroia said. "They were going on with the manager search, trying to find the best guy for the job. It's...

11/30/2011 - 5:21pm
Pats have 14 limited at practice Wednesday

FOXBORO -- Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was the only member of the roster to miss Wednesday's walkthrough in sweats on the upper grass fields behind Gillette Stadium. The offensive lineman, who injured his right ankle in the second quarter on Sunday in Philadelphia and left after the game in a protective walking boot, was out with what the team listed as a back and foot injury. However,  two faces who hadn't seen the practice field for several weeks were in attendance: linebackers Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher. Here's the complete injury report:

Did Not Participate:
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot)

Limited Participation:
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
OT Matt Light (ankle)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
CB Antuwan...

11/30/2011 - 3:08pm
Vollmer lone player missing at Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer was the only player not spotted at Patriots practice outside on the upper grass fields on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. Vollmer injured his right ankle in the second quarter on Sunday in Philadelphia and left after the game in a protective walking boot. 

The team conducted a walkthough in sweats but no shells, pads or helmets in beginning on-field preparations for the winless Colts this Sunday in Foxboro.

Returning to practice for the first time in over a month was linebacker Dane Fletcher, who has been nursing a thumb injury. Also spotted at practice were linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) and Chad Ochocinco (hamstring), both of whom missed Sunday's game against the Eagles. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


11/30/2011 - 2:17pm
BC's Kuechly ACC Defensive Player of Year

Boston College junior linebacker Luke Kuechly was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year Wednesday. Kuechly, who on Monday was named a unanimous All-ACC first-team selection, was tabbed on 30 of 45 ballots by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. NC State cornerback David Amerson, who leads the nation in interceptions with 11, was second with 14 votes.

Kuechly was second in voting for ACC Player of the Year, behind Virginia Tech junior running back David Wilson, who also was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year.

Kuechly ended his season Friday vs. Miami by returning an interception for a touchdown and breaking his own ACC single-season record for tackles with 191. He also set the school career tackles record with 532 (passing Stephen Boyd's 524).

Kuechly is speculated as a high first-round draft pick in the NFL, but he said he has yet to decide whether he will depart a year early from BC.

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11/30/2011 - 2:10pm
Gammons: Sox embarrassed again by leaks

Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about Bobby Valentine as the manager of the Red Sox.

Gammons said the Red Sox' latest blunder is how they failed to notify runner-up Gene Lamont before leaking the news about Valentine.

"I think the one thing that has left a really bad taste in people's mouths around baseball … is that somebody in the Red Sox was so excited about getting the publicity for this that they went and leaked it before Ben Cherington had the opportunity to talk to Gene Lamont," Gammons said. "I would think John Henry and Tom Werner would be terribly embarrassed about this, because it really is embarrassing. It's a major topic of conversation around the sport, and it's too bad. You certainly know that's not Ben's style. It just isn't right. Gene Lamont is a really good man and I think would have been an excellent manager. He has a lot...

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