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09/16/2010 - 9:15am
Report: BC's Gionta will be Habs captain
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from La Presse, former Boston College forward Brian Gionta will be named captain of the Montreal Canadiens when the team opens its training camp on Thursday. Gionta, 31, will be the team's 28th captain and first since Saku Koivu.

 

Gionta is entering the second year of a five-year deal signed last offseason after playing his first seven NHL seasons as a member of the Devils. One noteworthy aspect of the news is that Gionta, hailing from Rochester, NY, would be just the second American-born captain of the Habs in franchise history, joining Chris Chelios (1989-90).

 

In his career at Boston College, Gionta racked up 123 goals and led the Eagles to three national championship appearances. Though the first two yielded losses, BC beat North Dakota for the title in Gionta's senior year. 


09/16/2010 - 6:51am
Mashup: Namath feuds with Jets' Edwards

Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was the subject of some critical comments from Joe Namath after New York's Monday night loss to the Ravens. The former quarterback said Edwards "can't catch the ball ... or rarely does. He has as many drops as he does catches." On Wednesday, Edwards responded. While he said he respected the Jets legend, Edwards was not pleased, saying: "Tell him next time he's here, stop by my locker and tell me that." And in other Jets news, coach Rex Ryan said he volunteered to speak to the NFL about the Ines Sainz incident. Get more details on those stories, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


09/16/2010 - 6:32am
Billick: Jets, Sanchez could struggle with Pats

During his weekly interview with Dennis & Callahan, FoxSports NFL analyst Brian Billick suggested that the Jets won't be able to beat the Patriots Sunday with Mark Sanchez having the type of game he turned in during New York's season opener. 

 

Billick suggested that the Jets have had to reel in Sanchez a bit because they are perceived as a good football team, unlike the Detroit Lions, who let Matthew Stafford (a fellow member of the 2009 NFL draft class) throw the ball much more. "[Former USC coach] Pete Carroll said that [Sanchez] might need to stay in college another year," Billick said. "I think we're seeing the effects of that."

 

Asked whether or not Sanchez and the Jets could take the same philosophy Billick's Ravens team did when they won the Super Bowl, having a quarterback such as Trent Dilfer simply manage the game, the former coach said times have changed. 

 

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09/15/2010 - 10:14pm
Sox prospects suspended for brawl

A trio of Red Sox prospects -- Michael Almanzar, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Vladimir Frias -- were suspended from the Greenville Drive for one game each following a bench-clearing brawl between the Drive and the Lakewood BlueClaws. The news was first reported by the Asbury Park Press and Richard Breen of examiner.com.

 

The brawl occurred in the Drive's Game 2 loss to the BlueClaws in the South Atlantic League's championship series. Derrik Gibson collided with Lakewood's catcher, Sebastian Valle, at the plate and then exchanged words with pitcher Jorge Rodriguez. That prompted both benches to empty, with Almanzar coming in and, after initially appearing to try to separate...

09/15/2010 - 9:25pm
Ortiz leaves game with stiff neck

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was replaced by pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the top of the ninth inning of his team's 5-1 win over the Mariners due to stiffness in his neck. The slugger went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two strikeouts, one night after hitting his 30th homer of the season.

 

“He had a stiff neck. He slept on it funny," manager Terry Francona told reporters. "It was just getting stiffer as the day went. He was having a hard time just getting like open. So we let [Saltalamacchia] have an at-bat."

 

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