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10/05/2011 - 4:09pm
Tito: Wouldn't have refused Sox option

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his first interview since the press conference to discuss his departure from the Sox after eight years, told The Big Show that he had reached a point where he was starting to doubt whether he was the right person to continue the job. That said, he also acknowedged that had the Red Sox picked up the two-year, $8.75 million option on his contract, he would not have fought the organization about the idea of continuing in Boston through 2013.

"No. No. No," Francona said when asked if he would have refused had the Sox picked up the two-year option. "[But] some of these were personal conversations and I hope you respect that, because there are guys, eight years together is a lot, and I have a lot of respect for [the Red Sox owners] and what they do. There were some things that were voiced in meetings that I viewed as maybe not being supported. Maybe they didn’t [view them that way]....

10/05/2011 - 4:00pm
Plax to Pats: 'Thank you' for Super catch

FOXBORO -- The man who caught the game-winning catch against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII still can't believe his good fortune that led to one of the most dramatic catches in Super Bowl history. On Sunday, Plaxico Burress - now with the Jets - faces the Patriots for the first time since the catch the crushed New England's sports psyche and ended the Patriots' dreams of becoming the first 19-0 team in NFL history. 

In a Wednesday conference call with Patriots reporters, Burress said he couldn't believe his good luck when Ellis Hobbs matched up on him in single coverage with no help, just moments before hauling in the 13-yard fade from Eli Manning to put the Giants ahead with 35 seconds remaining. 

"It was a play we had run twice," Burress said. "Eli had told me before we broke the huddle that if they gave me single coverage, he was going to throw it. I'm just thinking to myself, 'There's no way they're going to single...

10/05/2011 - 3:30pm
Plax on Belichick: 'I never heard from him'

FOXBORO -- If Bill Belichick had interest in the offseason in Plaxico Burress, as the Patriots coach indicated in Tuesday's conference call, the star receiver said Wednesday in a conference call with Patriots media that he never heard from the coach.  

"I never heard from them," Burress said. "Well, my agent and myself never heard from him, personally. Maybe he did do some research or look at some tape or what have you, but I never heard from him personally." 

Instead of Burress, who hadn't played since 2008 because of a gun conviction, the Patriots decided to trade for Chad Ochocinco and add him to the wide receiving corps that already included Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Taylor Price and Julian Edelman.

"We did look at him in the offseason just because of his general availability as we normally do – look at all the players that are not connected with a team," Belichick said on Tuesday....

10/05/2011 - 2:20pm
Marchand on M&M: No Cup hangover

Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after receiving his Stanley Cup championship ring. Marchand said the ring is too big to wear in public.

"I could barely fit it on my finger," he said. "I can't bend my finger when I have my ring on, it's so big. … If I was to wear it around all day my arm would get tired of carrying it. It will sit on a mantel."

The Bruins open the season Thursday night, hosting the Flyers. Marchand said he doesn't expect the B's to have a post-Cup letdown, and he will not use the short offseason an excuse.

"The only thing it really did for me was I had to be more dedicated to my training and my diet and my sleep," he said. "I thought I did a good job with it. I came into camp and I was a lot quicker and my body fat was a lot lower. So, I was very happy with how I was able to train this summer to get prepared for this year. I...

10/05/2011 - 2:04pm
Report: Bruins won't sign Clark
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa, the Bruins will not sign veteran forward Chris Clark, who had been in camp with the team on a tryout.

Clark, 35, had been skating as an extra forward on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. He served as the team's alternate captain in their final preseason game Saturday. 

The exit of Clark means the Bruins' roster is set for the regular season, which begins Thursday night. Jordan Caron will have made the team for the second consecutive season. He is likely to serve as an extra forward unless he can steal a spot from a bottom-six forward.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.  


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