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08/10/2011 - 2:18pm
Kraft: Mankins extension 'probably' soon
By: DJ Bean

FOXBORO -- An emotional Robert Kraft met with the media on the field at Gillette Stadium Wednesday, remembering his late wife Myra as "the real deal" and discussing the future of the Patriots. 

One notable bit of information shared was that he was confident the team would sign two-time All-Pro guard Logan Mankins to a longterm extension. Kraft said the team planned carefully to lock up key members of the team including Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork and Stephen Gostkowski and bring in other veterans on shorter deals in order to make it feasible to retain or add the players they desire.

"I hope that after locking up our core veterans and bringing in these seasons veterans as I call them, and probably you'll see our good friend Logan Mankins will be signed up soon hopefully to be a Patriot for life," Kraft said. 

Though it hasn't always been smooth between the Patriots and Mankins' camp (he did not report to the team...

08/10/2011 - 1:17pm
Pats claim Wetterer off waivers, cut Ventrone

The Patriots announced Wednesday afternoon they have claimed rookie offensive guard Mark Wetterer off waivers from Cincinnati, and have released safety Ross Ventrone. Wetterer, 6-foot-5 and 319 pounds, was originally signed by Cincinnati as a rookie free agent on July 26 out of Louisville. He was waived by Cincinnati on Aug. 8. The 22-year old Wetterer started in 28 games at Louisville and was named a 2010 First-Team All-Big East player. Ventrone, 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova on April 29, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 4, 2010 and then signed to the practice squad on Oct. 19, 2010. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


08/10/2011 - 8:34am
Rondo, Perkins team up for all-star game

For one day, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and former teammate Kendrick Perkins will play basketball together again.

To conclude a three-day basketball camp in his hometown, Perkins will host a celebrity all-star game on Friday at 1 p.m. at Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, where he played prior to being selected by the Celtics with the 27th pick in the 2003 NBA draft.

Rondo will join Perkins and three of his current Thunder teammates -- Kevin Durant, James Harden and Eric Maynor -- as well as Bucks guard (and Houston native) Stephen Jackson in the game, according to the Beaumont Enterprise.

For more on this story and the Celtics, visit weei.com/celtics.

 


08/10/2011 - 7:53am
Mashup: Shaq kidnapping case dismissed

A bizarre court case involving Shaquille O'Neal was dismissed by a Los Angeles judge Tuesday. Music producer Robert Ross, who had worked with O'Neal but said the two had a business dispute, said he was kidnapped and beaten by gang members after claiming to have a sex tape of the former Celtic (he later testified that he never had such a tape). On Tuesday, the prosecution acknowledged "cause for concern" about the testimony of Ross — who has a lengthy criminal record — and decided not to continue.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


08/10/2011 - 7:11am
McDonald, Ortiz lift Sox past Twins

Darnell McDonald hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and David Ortiz hit a game-winning infield single in the seventh as the Red Sox knocked off the Twins, 4-3, Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

In his second start with the Red Sox, Erik Bedard overcome some early struggles to last five innings, allowing just two first-inning runs. Matt Albers (4-3) gave up a 3-2 lead by allowing a run in the sixth but got the win for the Sox. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 26th save.

Combined with the Yankees' loss to the Angels — as Mariano Rivera blew his second straight save opportunity — Boston took a 2 1/2-game lead over New York in the AL East.

For more on the game and other Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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