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04/06/2010 - 11:09am
Source: Pats will work out UConn punter

The Patriots are going to hold a private workout with Connecticut punter Desi Cullen tomorrow in Hartford, according to a league source. Cullen, a 23-year-old out of Louisville, averaged 42.8 yards per punt this past season (good 28th in the country). A 6-foot, 201-pounder, he’s best described as a combo guy who can punt (he was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award), handle kickoff duties for the Huskies, as well as hold for field goals and kick some long field goals.

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04/06/2010 - 9:07am
Report: Donahue to be named BC coach

UPDATE: According to a Boston College spokesman, an announcement on the school's new basketball coach will not come on Tuesday. A source at BC indicated that Cornell's Steve Donahue is likely to be announced as the school's coach on Wednesday.

 

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com first reported that Donahue was chosen over former BC assistant coaches Ed Cooley (now at Fairfield) and Bill Coen (Northeastern). Speaking on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning from the Final Four in Indianapolis, Goodman said Donahue can be successful if he does a better job than his predecessor, Al Skinner, at making inroads with area amateur programs.

 

"The key here is sitting down with the right people in Massachusetts," Goodman said. "There's three major AAU programs. You'd better get in well with all of them."

 

Donahue had met with BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo and vice...

04/06/2010 - 6:58am
Alleged mistress, teacher: Tiger is a liar

Tiger Woods' press conference Monday at Augusta National did not sway most of the golfer's critics. We've got a roundup of opinions from the web, plus comments from alleged mistress Joslyn James, who said Woods is "still a big fat liar," and a kindergarten teacher who wants an apology because she says Woods made up a story about a racial attack when he was in her class. For that, plus video of President Obama's first pitch and a fantastic play from White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, check out Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


04/06/2010 - 6:20am
Sox' Westmoreland makes 'steady progress'

The Red Sox announced in a press release Monday that minor league outfielder Ryan Westmoreland is undergoing treatment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Westmoreland, a 19-year-old from Portsmouth, R.I., will continue to go through physical and occupational therapy while at Spaulding. According to the release, "He has been making steady progress and is in great spirits."

 

On March 16, Westmoreland underwent surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain. After spending several days at that facility, he made significant gains in his rehabilitation and was cleared to return to Boston to continue the recovery process. He made an appearance at Fenway Park for the Red Sox' Sunday night opener vs. the Yankees.

 

"We don't know, at this stage, what's going to happen," Ron Westmoreland, Ryan's father,...

04/06/2010 - 5:26am
Sox asked Beckett for medical contingency

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox had initially asked Josh Beckett to include a medical contingency in the pitcher's contract, with the team offering an increase in the financial terms in exchange for the clause. Ultimately there was no such contingency put in place in the four-year, $68 million contract extension agreed on by Beckett and the Sox, with the physical examinations administered by both the team and the insurance company ending up being satisfactory enough for the team to secure protection via insurance if it decided to go that route. 

 

"We have outstanding health reports. … All the testing now is better than it’s ever been. The commitment that we made today demonstrates that," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "We kind of put our money where our mouth is. He’s a guy who is insurable. He’s someone who we count on to be as healthy as he’s...

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