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03/22/2010 - 1:48pm
Bergeron to visit Brown in Atlanta

Bruins' center Patrice Bergeron said after practice on Monday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington that he plans on visiting Matt Brown, a Norwood High Hockey player that who broke his neck in a game in January when the team plays in Atlanta on Tuesday. Brown is undergoing treatment at the Shepard Center for Rehabilitation in Atlanta. Bergeron said he understands Brown's situation after having dealt with significant hockey-related concussions over the past two seasons.

 

"I have been through similar stuff and I know it is tough to sometimes stay positive," Bergeron said. "You get frustrated. It is something that I want to share with him and I am excited to go see him, him and his family. We prepared a little bag of stuff to remind him about Boston a little bit. Some movies, some stuff different professional teams in Boston, some clam chowder and stuff like that. I hope he is going to like it and it is going to be fun to first meet...

03/22/2010 - 11:56am
Report: Mankins avoiding workouts

According to a Boston.com report, Patriots' Pro Bowl offense lineman Logan Mankins is steering clear of the start of the offseason program. Mankins, who was tendered at the first- and third-round level in February, is apparently avoiding workouts in Foxboro until there until there is some significant movement on his contract situation. In accordance with the restricted free agent system, Mankins was offered the one-year, $3.268 million deal — however, since Mankins hasn't signed the tender and isn't under contract, he's not obligated to show up for any of the team's offseason activities. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


03/22/2010 - 10:28am
Kraft wants Brady in Foxboro

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he wants to keep Tom Brady around for a long time, although he admitted that he would have preferred that Brady was in Foxboro instead of Southern California as the team begins voluntary workouts. According to CSNNE's Tom Curran, during a breakfast with Boston media members at the owners meetings in Orlando, Kraft said: "Would I prefer he be here in the offseason? Yes. To me, he is the most complete, special leader in the NFL. Would we be better as a team if he was here the entire time between now and the start of training camp? [Yes.]" Added Kraft: "It wouldn't surprise me if he was [in Foxboro] by the end of the meetings."

 

As for the team's efforts to sign its quarterback to a contract extension, Kraft said: "Tom Brady will be part of this franchise. He wants to be. We want him to be. Great things happen if you're flexible, not rigid. We're not sleeping [on getting a new contract...

03/22/2010 - 8:56am
Kraft supports OT rule change

Patriots owner Robert Kraft met with members of the media Monday morning at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando and said he will support the new overtime rule for playoff games that gives the loser of the coin toss a bonus offensive series should the other team kick a field goal on the opening possession of OT. The proposal requires 24 yes votes (three-quarters of the teams) to pass.

 

For more Patriots news, check the It Is What It Is blog.


03/22/2010 - 8:47am
V-Mart: No contract talks with Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez indicated from spring training that while he would like to discuss a long-term deal with Boston, there have been no extension talks as he prepares to begins the final season under his contract.

 

"I already told them through my agent that I was going to be more than happy to [talk] before the season," Martinez said. "It's all up to them. ... [There's been] nothing 'til now."

 

Martinez also commented on Joe Mauer's eight-year, $184 million with the Twins, saying: "He deserves every penny he got."

 

For more on the impact of Mauer's signing on the Red Sox, click here.


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