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11/28/2011 - 6:37pm
Belichick: 'It's a players game'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered some insight into his philosophy during his weekly visit with The Big Show.

"It's a players game," Belichick said. "The players are out there playing. Once you call the play as a coach you really don't have any control of the game anymore. The plays are in the hands of the players and the decisions they make pre-snap and post-snap. That's what players do, they make decisions. My feeling as coach, my feeling has always been, if they can do it then I'm all for doing it. If they can't do it, then I don't want to ask them to do something even though it looks good to me as a coach. If we can't do it on the field then it's not worth doing."

The question was asked regarding the touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Wes Welker in Sunday's win over the Eagles in which Welker made an adjustment. 

"A lot of that happens during the week," Belichick said. "It's something that you...

11/28/2011 - 2:06pm
Valentine waiting for word while in Japan

According to The New York Times, Red Sox managerial candidate Bobby Valentine was waiting to hear if he had been offered the Sox job while in Japan Monday. The 61-year-old was visiting a hospital in the the city of Sendai, a coastal city ravaged by a tsunami in March.

The Times reported that Valentine told the collection of fans attending the $50-per-person charity event that he was anxiously awaiting word regarding the job but had no information regarding when a decision would be made. When a moderator asked those in attendance if they preferred Valentine to get the Red Sox job, the crowd broke out into loud applause, according to the report.

Valentine and Gene Lamont are believed to be the two finalists for the Red Sox manager job, with the team expected to make a decision this week.

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11/28/2011 - 2:01pm
Julien: Maintenance day for Ference
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Andrew Ference, who was the only player missing from Monday's practice, was simply given a maintenance day. 

"He'll be back on the ice tomorrow," Julien said of the defenseman and alternate captain. 

Ference missed two consecutive games earlier this month with a lower-body injury, sitting out the Bruins' victories over Buffalo and New Jersey on Nov. 12 and 15, respectively. 

The Bruins, who have picked up 23 of a possible 24 points over their last 12 games, will practice again Tuesday before heading to Toronto for the first game of a home-and-home with the Maple Leafs.

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11/28/2011 - 1:14pm
Branch on M&M: 'My legs were shot'

Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning to talk about Sunday's impressive victory over the Eagles.

Branch caught six passes for 125 yards vs. Philadelphia, but he came up one yard short of the end zone on his most memorable catch, a 63-yard pickup from Brady on which Branch veered from his route on Brady's direction and broke free from the secondary before being tracked down just shy of paydirt.

Branch explained that he was tiring badly on the play.

"The crazy part is I think I was a little bit more fatigued before I even ran that last route," he said. "It was just all sheer will. I was just running trying to get that [touchdown]."

Added Branch: "I just knew my legs were shot. They were shot. That's the only thing I knew. My thing was like, 'I'm fitting to run this cat over. I ain't got time to be trying to run across the field 20 more yards...

11/28/2011 - 8:52am
Mashup: Bills' Johnson 'stupid' to taunt Jets

Bills receiver Stevie Johnson made fun of Jets counterpart Plaxico Burress by pretending to shoot himself in the leg during a first-half touchdown celebration Sunday. He then mocked the Jets' "flight" celebration and flopped on the ground, drawing a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff. It led to great field position for the Jets, and they cashed in with a touchdown en route to a 28-24 victory.

"I was just having fun, and part of having fun ended up being a penalty and a touchdown for the Jets," Johnson said. "It was a stupid decision by myself."

Johnson, who dropped a potential winning touchdown pass in the final minute, said his celebration wasn't meant as a personal knock on Burress, who served jail time for bringing a loaded gun to a nightclub.

Burress, who said he wasn't aware of Johnson's actions, didn't appear offended.

"I've seen worse, and I've heard worse. So, it doesn't bother me at all...

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