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02/17/2011 - 6:29pm
Patriots confirm coaching changes

The Patriots confirmed the addition of George Godsey to the coaching staff as an offensive assistant on Thursday evening, and announced the promotions of Harold Nash from assistant to head strength and conditioning coach and Brian Ferentz from offensive assistant to tight ends coach.

Ferentz will enter his fourth season with the Patriots and his third on Bill Belichick’s coaching staff. After serving as a scouting assistant in 2008, he was named a coaching assistant in 2009. Last season, he served as an offensive assistant coach. Ferentz played for his father, Kirk, as an offensive lineman at Iowa from 2001-05 and then spent the 2006 season on the Falcons practice squad.

Nash served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the last six seasons. In addition to his strength and conditioning duties, Nash also assists in coordinating the Patriots player development programs. After receiving top honors for the team's...

02/17/2011 - 5:34pm
Report: Godsey joining Patriots staff

George Godsey, who has spent the last seven years as an assistant at the University of Central Florida, is set to join the Patriots coaching staff, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. The move was confirmed by UCF head coach George O’Leary.

“George has been with me for a long time as a player and coach,” O’Leary added in a statement released by UCF. “This is happy news to see him get this opportunity to expand his coaching career with a great organization like the New England Patriots. I wish him good luck there. We have already begun a search for his replacement and are doing our due diligence with that.”

Godsey joined O’Leary’s staff at UCF in 2004 as a graduate assistant. He was quarterbacks coach from 2005 through 2008. Godsey coached then took over coaching the running backs from 2009-10.

It’s not known what position he would have on the Patriots’...

02/17/2011 - 5:21pm
NFL players and owners agree to mediation

Two weeks before the collective bargaining agreement expires, the NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed Thursday to mediation in their labor dispute. The two sides have agreed to bring in the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, an independent U.S. government agency that will oversee negotiations in Washington beginning Friday. Negotiations broke down last week, leading to the cancellation of one planned session. The players are expecting the owners to lock them out if the CBA expires on March 3 without a new agreement.

 

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02/17/2011 - 3:05pm
Immigration issues keep Kelly out vs. Isles
By: DJ Bean

 Bruins forward Chris Kelly, acquired Tuesday night in a trade with the Senators, will not be available to play Thursday night against the Islanders due to immigration issues. Kelly, a Canadian citizen previously employed in Canada, will remain in Ottawa, where he will join the team Friday. 

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

 

"At this time we have not received the proper immigration approval necessary for Chris to play in tonight's game against the New York Islanders. This is the normal operating procedure for a non-immigrant to legally work in the United States. Chris will meet the team in Ottawa tomorrow and will be available to play in tomorrow's game against the Senators."

 

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02/17/2011 - 1:33pm
Gonzalez: Pujols won't affect contract talks

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez met with the media at the team's minor league training facility to discuss the state of his surgically repaired shoulder and his excitement about his new team. He also talked about his own contract status -- Gonzalez is playing on a $6.3 million option this season, and would be eligible for free agency after the 2011 season if he did not sign a long-term deal with the Sox.

 

"We don’t have any set deadlines [for negotiating]," Gonzalez said. "Hopefully we can get it done sooner rather than later, but from my end, I want to show them I’m healthy and that I’m playing 100 percent out there."

 

A source told WEEI.com in December that the two sides had seen eye-to-eye on the parameters of a contract extension that would keep Gonzalez in Boston for seven years. The first baseman said that his talks with the Sox would not be impacted by...

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