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12/11/2009 - 12:50pm
Brady back at practice

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady returned to practice on Friday for the first time this week. Brady was listed on the injury report on Thursday with finger and rib injuries. It was also Brady's first practice since his wife Gisele gave birth to the couple's first baby on Tuesday. Also in attendance were Randy Moss and Adalius Thomas. Defensive lineman Myron Pryor was missing for the third straight day. The 7-5 Patriots are preparing for the 5-7 Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.


12/11/2009 - 12:30pm
Sox invitees to Rookie Program

The Red Sox have invited 11 players to their Rookie Development Program this January. The program offers Sox minor leaguers a chance to meet with major-league personnel (Sox coaches, front-office members and players), acclimate to Boston, familiarize themselves with Fenway Park and work out in a structured environment. Many players have credited the program with having eased their transitions to the major leagues once they are called up. Typically, the Sox try to invite players whom they consider candidates for the major leagues in a 12- to 18-month window.

 

This year's invitees are:

 

RHP Randor Bierd

LHP Felix Doubront

C Luis Exposito

SS Jose Iglesias

OF Ryan Kalish

RHP Casey Kelly

OF Che Hsuan Lin

RHP Ryne Miller

SS Yamaico Navarro

RHP Junichi Tazawa  

RHP Kyle Weiland

 

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12/11/2009 - 11:12am
Lucchino: Payroll not declining

Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and refuted reports that the team's payroll has been on the decline. "Our payroll has not gone down the last two years," he said. "The newspapers may report that our payroll has gone down the last two years, but that is just not accurate. And our payroll will be higher this year. We don't discuss publicly what are payroll is because we think there's a competitive disadvantage in telling the other teams in our division and our league what we're going to spend and not spend because they may be able to do some guesses and calculations about how active we'll be in the market."

 

Lucchino said fans should not get upset when they hear the team use the word "bridge" in reference to this season. "I think there's been a gross overreaction to one word, and that word is 'bridge,' " Lucchino said. "Just look at our...

12/11/2009 - 10:46am
Schefter on D&C: Thomas may sit

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about the Patriots' discipline issue from this week, when coach Bill Belichick sent four players home for arriving late to a team meeting Wednesday. Schefter said that the players showed bad timing in showing up late three days after Belichick challenged the team to show a new level of commitment.

 

Said Schefter: "Apparently, coach Belichick delivered a rather stern and forceful message to them in the postgame locker room [Sunday]. He told them, 'Look, we've lost four games on the very last possession' — four games — and they're still in first place by a game, and there's a quarter of the season left. 'This is the time to basically buckle down, zero in, focus in on everything that we've got to do get done here down the stretch.' And then what happens is on Wednesday there's the snowstorm and the...

12/11/2009 - 8:55am
Watson on D&C: Tiger a warning

Patriots tight end Ben Watson made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Calllahan show Friday morning and talked about the mood in the locker room as the team prepares to face the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. As for people complaining that Watson should be more involved in the offense, the veteran toed the party line. "If the team winning means you being used in a different way, that's what you signed up for," he said.

 

Watson was asked if Tiger Woods was a topic of discussion among players, and he admitted it was occasionally. "Every now and then we talk about the latest thing that came out in the paper," Watson said. "Yesterday, we had kind of the same conversation and said what I said now: Let this be a reminder to all of us — we're all two steps away from being stupid."

 

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