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02/24/2010 - 7:31pm
Kraft optimistic about Wilfork deal

Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters Wednesday that the team is “very close” to a contract with Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork and sounds optimistic that negotiations will wrap up soon. “We have a budget we've set for next year. Our first priority is with Vince,” Kraft told the Boston Herald from the NFL Scouting Combine. “I think we’ve had some positive discussions. We're very close. I hope we can conclude it soon.” Wilfork was franchised earlier this week, but when the decision was announced, both sides expressed hope they could ultimately reach a long-term deal. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


02/24/2010 - 7:07pm
Parise's two goals lifts USA

Zach Parise scored two goals, including an empty-netter with 12 seconds remaining, to help lift the United States Olympic men's hockey team past Switzerland, Wednesday. The U.S. managed to get off 44 shots on Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller, while United States netminder Ryan Miller made 19 stops in earning the shutout. For a complete recap click here.


02/24/2010 - 6:15pm
Teen claims to be David Ortiz' son

According to a report on the Dominican website noticiassin.com, a 16-year-old Dominican boy believes David Ortiz is his father and he wants the Red Sox slugger to take a paternity test to confirm it. Edward Bonifacio, who said he has been training in hopes of making the big leagues himself, told the website he heard people make comments about Ortiz being his father, and he confronted his mother. He said she admitted that the man he thought was his father was in fact his stepfather. Bonifacio, who insists his interest is not financial, said he has never had any contact with Ortiz but he has contacted people close to the slugger to ask him to take a paternity test. He said he went public with his situation because he has not been able to get a response from Ortiz.


02/24/2010 - 5:18pm
Adrian Gonzalez: No talks yet

Speaking to the North County (CA) Times, Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said that he hasn't engaged in any contract talks with San Diego to date (“There hasn’t been any talks about anything," he said), and that whatever deal he signs to extend beyond the 2011 season won't include any hometown discount. “At the time you take the security. … The next one is where I look for what I deserve.” The Red Sox has been identified as one of the teams thought to be interested in Gonzalez if the slugger becomes available.


02/24/2010 - 5:03pm
Pierce 'most likely' out against Cavs

WALTHAM -- The Celtics will likely be without Paul Pierce when they take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on Thursday night, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Pierce was kept out of practice on Wednesday to protect his injured right thumb. "I'm not going to say definitely but most likely not [Thursday]," Rivers said. "We'll just evaluate it day-to-day. I didn't want him to take a chance of getting his thumb hit at all in practice so that if he did feel good [Thursday] but if not, we'll just wait. We're just going to go a game at a time with him."

 

Asked if he were concerned that Pierce's thumb was anything more than a sprain, Rivers said likely not. "I would know if it's something else and it's not," he said.

 

Also missing practice on Wednesday was Marquis Daniels with flu-like symptoms. "We sent Marquis home. He looked awful so we'll see [Thursday] and...

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