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10/06/2011 - 6:16pm
Tito, ChiSox didn't talk before Ventura hire

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona did not have talks with the White Sox about their vacant managerial position prior to Chicago hiring Robin Ventura Thursday.

Sources had suggested Francona would be a candidate for the White Sox position considering his history with the organization, having began his coaching career in the Chicago minor league system, where he managed for four seasons. The former Red Sox skipper had kept a close relationship with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Francona is also close with White Sox director of player development Buddy Bell.

The 44-year-old Ventura, who played with the White Sox from 1989-98, had been serving as a special advisor under Bell. He has no prior managerial experience. Others rumored for the Chicago job were Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez and Sandy Alomar Jr., who is Manny Acta's bench coach with the Indians.

"When I met with the...

10/06/2011 - 4:05pm
Hernandez, Haynesworth limited for Pats

FOXBORO – Tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive linemen Mike Wright and Albert Haynesworth all returned to practice for the Patriots on Thursday as the team continued preparations for Sunday’s game at Gillette against the Jets. Here’s the complete Thursday injury report for New England.

Did Not Practice
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (ankle)
RB Danny Woodhead (ankle)

Limited Participation
DL Albert Haynesworth (back)
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee)
CB Kyle Arrington (chest)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
CB Leigh Bodden (groin)
S Patrick Chung (hand)  
DL Shaun Ellis (knee)  
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)  
S Josh Barrett (thumb/hamstring)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Full Participation
LB Dane...

10/06/2011 - 3:52pm
Rex: Brady 'as good as it gets'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan has had an unmatched level of success against the Patriots -- and Tom Brady -- over the last two-plus seasons, winning three of five matchups. Brady has had moments of brilliance vs. the Jets and Ryan, but has struggled in all three losses, most notably the postseason defeat in January. Ryan was asked at his press conference Thursday what has to be done to slow down Brady.

"It's really a team deal, you want to put him in situations where maybe he's more careful with the ball than he has to be," said Ryan. "If you play standard defense against him you've got no chance. I mean zero. I mean you better hope for a hurricane or something, because that would be your only chance. And, quite honestly, I've been on the sideline wishing for a hurricane. He's that good, he's that kind of guy. He's as good as it gets right now."

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10/06/2011 - 2:05pm
Valentine on M&M: No contact yet from Sox

ESPN analyst and former Rangers and Mets manager Bobby Valentine, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni Show, said that he had not been contacted by the Red Sox to this point about the managerial vacancy that was created when Terry Francona and the team parted ways last Friday.

Valentine, 61, had a 1,117-1072 (.510) record 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 he also became an iconic figure in the NPB.

Asked whether he'd talked with the Sox, Valentine said, "No, this is the first contact I've had with anyone in Beantown."

However, he did hint that he would be open to discussing the position with the Sox, even as he tried to limit conversation on the topic.

"You're not offering the job, so I'm not going to talk about whether I want it," ...

10/06/2011 - 1:43pm
Pats practice: Hernandez, Haynesworth back

FOXBORO -- The Patriots got good news Thursday when three key players were cleared to return to practice. Albert Haynesworth (back), Mike Wright (concussion) and Aaron Hernandez (knee) were all back on the field for practice in full pads on the lower grass field outside Gillette. 

Hernandez has been out since injuring his left knee in a Week 2 win over the Chargers while Wright has been out since getting hit in the head in Week 1 against the Dolphins. Haynesworth missed the last two weeks with a back issue. 

There were four players not at practice as Danny Woodhead (ankle), Julian Edelman (ankle), Jerod Mayo (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back) were all missing for the second straight day. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


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