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03/08/2010 - 1:39pm
King on D&H: Free agency 'fool's gold'

Sports Illustrated's Peter King was a guest on the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon to talk about NFL offseason maneuverings and downplayed the effect of free agency, calling it "a little bit of fool's gold now." Said King: "For the most part, free agency, especially expensive, first-weekend free agency,  very rarely pays off as effectively as a team had hoped it would."

 

King addressed the Patriots' wide receiver situation and said it's a big concern. "I just think right now you can bring in the Josh Reeds and you can do a lot of the things of that sort of Scotch taping the receiver position together," King said. "But I tell you one thing, that position would really worry me on Labor Day weekend if the Patriots don't have an established receiver added to their stable right now."

 

Asked about oft-criticized Adalius Thomas, King predicted the linebacker will not return to...

03/08/2010 - 11:28am
Lowell eyes end of week for return

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's Monday game against the Cardinals at City of Palms Park that Mike Lowell hopes to play in a game later in the week. Lowell took another round of batting practice Monday while continuing his comeback from thumb surgery. In other Sox news, Francona noted that Daisuke Matsuzaka might have to push his next bullpen session back from Tuesday to Wednesday due to the team's travel schedule and pitching coach John Farrell's availability. Outfielder Zach Daeges has been moved to the minor league camp to get treatment on a back (lat) injury that has prevented him from swinging throughout spring training. For Red Sox updates throughout the day, visit the Full Count Blog by clicking here.


03/08/2010 - 10:18am
Schefter: Pats' options 'limited'

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about NFL free agency. Schefter said the Patriots still are in position to retain defensive back Leigh Bodden if they are willing to make the commitment. "They're still in the picture," he said. "It will come down to Houston or New England, and I would imagine we'll get an answer here in relatively short order, although last year Leigh Bodden dragged his feet in free agency, so perhaps he does it again this year."

 

Schefter said New England is not a likely landing spot for Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall. "I have not heard Brandon Marshall's name mentioned in New England," Schefter said, noting that the Patriots already have committed a lot of money to re-sign players on their roster, with Tom Brady likely to get a new deal as well this offseason. This leaves the draft as the main source of...

03/08/2010 - 9:07am
Mashup: Study shows refs' bias

At the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Saturday, there was a presentation of a study that analyzed officials' calls in all the major sports. The results indicate that referees do indeed swallow their whistles in close games and show favoritism toward star players. Read more about that, plus get links to the day's top stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


03/08/2010 - 12:14am
Bodden: 'It's all about who wants me'

Free agent cornerback Leigh Bodden touched down in Houston Sunday night for a meeting with the Texans, and had plenty to say. Fox 26 TV in Houston was the first to chase him down, and he appeared excited about the possibility of being wooed by the Texans.

“I think it’s great having a team like the Houston Texans being interested in me,” Bodden said in an interview at Houston’s Hobby Airport. “I’m just going to go here, meet the coaches, and hopefully everything goes good.”

Bodden called the free agency process “kind of nerve-wracking,” but added that, “it is what it is. It’s part of the business. ... Hopefully I can get things done with the Texans and just move on.”

Bodden, who said he had other visits planned, also talked a little about the Patriots, saying he hasn’t closed the door on a potential return to New England.

“I had...

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