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11/18/2011 - 5:45pm
In your face: Gronk fined $7,500 for spike

FOXBORO -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was fined $7,500 Friday by the NFL for his unsportsmanlike spike following his second touchdown grab in Sunday night's win over the Jets. 

Gronkowski caught a five-yard pass from Tom Brady in the end zone on 3rd-and-3. He was tackled by Donald Strickland and then immediately got up, showed off the football for several seconds before spiking it in the immediate vicinity of the Jets defensive back. Gronkowski was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and the Patriots were assessed a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff. 

Gronkowski finished with eight catches and 113 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots rolled, 37-16. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


11/18/2011 - 5:28pm
Tarpinian (illness) added to injury report

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Jeff Tarpinian missed practice Friday with an undisclosed illness. He was among four players who missed Patriots in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at Gillette. There were no other changes as the Patriots once again listed 14 as limited. Here is Friday's complete rundown:

Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
LB Jeff Tarpinian (illness)

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
DE Shaun Ellis (rib)
RB Kevin Faulk (knee)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
OT Nate Solder (concussion)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
G Brian Waters (knee)
WR Wes Welker (knee)...

11/18/2011 - 2:25pm
Jim Duquette: Valentine 'good fit' for Sox

Radio host and former major league executive Jim Duquette joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Red Sox' managerial search.

Duquette tweeted Thursday that the Sox' search "is a disaster," and that "Bobby [Valentine] is a guy that HAS to be interviewed!" Duquette explained to Mut & Merloni that the Sox don't have enough candidates with major league managing experience.

"When you look at Ben [Cherington], and he has so many good qualities, but he doesn't have the experience," Duquette said. "That combination of GM and manager really should be, you have an inexperienced GM, I think you need an experienced manager. So, when you start to look at some of the candidates that were coming in, there's not a lot of experience in a number of those candidates."

Dale Sveum, who interviewed with the Sox, was introduced as Cubs manager Friday. Duquette said that it no surprise that Sveum ended...

11/18/2011 - 2:03pm
Tarpinian joins McCourty, Spikes as no-shows

FOXBORO -- Jeff Tarpinian became the third Patriots linebacker to miss practice this week as he was not spotted at the beginning of practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at Gillette Stadium. Tarpinian was not among the 17 players listed on the Patriots injury report on Thursday. 

Also missing Friday were linebackers Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Brandon Spikes (knee) and cornerback Devin McCourty (shoulder). Those three players have missed practice all week in Foxboro, as the team readies for the Chiefs on Monday at Gillette Stadium.

The team has one more practice on Saturday and a walk-through on Sunday in preparation for Monday's game. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


11/18/2011 - 12:49pm
Cherington already met with Valentine

According to a source, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington spoke with Bobby Valentine a few weeks ago but no formal interview has been been scheduled as of yet. Multiple reports stated that Sox ownership had met with the 61-year-old Valentine and that others in the ownership group will meet with the former Rangers and Mets manager.

The Boston Herald reported that Torey Lovullo will receive a second interview, although a source told WEEI.com that no second interviews have been formally arranged and Lovullo, Gene Lamont and Sandy Alomar Jr. all remain candidates.

Valentine had a 1,117-1,072 record (.510 winning percentage) in 15 years as a manager, and reached the World Series with the Mets in 2000. He also enjoyed a successful career managing in Japan, where he not only led the Chiba Lotte Marines to a championship but became an iconic figure in the NPB.

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