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03/06/2012 - 9:42am
Billick: Gronk 'didn't much care' about loss

NFL Network and FOX Sports analyst Brian Billick was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning. Billick was asked about Super Bowl XLVI and specifically the fourth-quarter drop by Wes Welker, a play that many still view as crucial to the final outcome. Billick was quick to praise Welker but was highly critical of Rob Gronkowski, who played the Super Bowl with an injured ankle that required surgery five days later. Video of a shirtless Gronkowski dancing at the team's postgame Super Bowl party was a subject of controversy in the days after the 21-17 loss to the Giants. 

"No one takes it more personal [than Welker], as opposed to [Rob] Gronkowski, who didn't much care and just decided to go party all night," Billick said. "I can't imagine that Wes Welker was out partying after that game. You know he was devastated.

"It shows me -- and I know this young man, I worked him out when we were at the combine...

03/06/2012 - 7:50am
Mashup: NCAA looks at Syracuse drug issues

A great season for the Syracuse basketball team on the court continues to be marred by off-court news. More than three months after longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired amid accusations that he sexually molested former ballboys, school officials on Monday acknowledged that they self-reported possible violations of the school's internal drug policy last year and the NCAA is investigating.

A Yahoo! Sports report indicates that at least 10 players since 2001 tested positive for banned substances, yet all of them were allowed to practice and play instead of being suspended. One of the players allegedly failed four tests and another tested positive for three.

Syracuse (30-1) is the No. 1 seed for the Big East tournament and opens play in Thursday's quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. Jim Boeheim's Orange are in line for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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03/06/2012 - 7:33am
Welker: 'Glad I will be a Patriot'

The Patriots elected to use their franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker on Monday, and late on Monday night Welker reacted to the news via Twitter.

"Glad that I will be a Patriot in 2012," Welker wrote. "And hopefully '13,'14,'15,'16,'17,'18 .........."

Welker's tag is non-exclusive, meaning that he is free to negotiate with other teams but the Patriots would receive two-first round picks if he is in fact signed by another franchise. The franchise tag salary for receivers this season is expected to be nearly $9.5 million. 

Welker has caught 554 passes in his five seasons with the Patriots, most in the NFL during that span. His 122 catches led the league in 2011 and his 1,569 receiving yards set a career high.

For more Patriots news visit weei.com/patriots.

 


03/05/2012 - 11:00pm
Ortiz goes deep in Sox' win over Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz and catcher Dan Butler each home runs, while pitchers Clay Buchholz and Vincente Padilla kept the Twins scoreless for the first four innings as the Red Sox claimed a 10-2 win over Minnesota at Hammond Stadium Monday night.

Ortiz finished with a pair of hits, while narrowly missing a second home run in his third and final at-bat, having his opposite field blast hauled in by Twins left fielder Ryan Doumit. Also coming away with multiple-hit games for the Red Sox was Will Middlebrooks (2-for-2). Butler's three-run homer came in a five-run seventh for the Red Sox, who are now 2-0 in Grapefruit League action.

In his first spring training start this season, Buchholz went two innings, striking out two and walking two while not allowing a hit or run. Padilla, flashing both a 92 mph fastball and curveball clocking in at 57 mph, allowed three hits over two innings, striking out two.

Red Sox reliever Will Inman allowed...

03/05/2012 - 8:03pm
Bruins sign veteran goalie Marty Turco
By: DJ Bean

 Less than an hour after announcing that Tuukka Rask will miss the next 4-6 weeks, the Bruins announced Monday evening that they have signed veteran goaltender Marty Turco to a one-year deal. Turco must first clear waivers before joining the team, and will be elgibile to join the B's on Wednesday if he goes unclaimed. 

Because Turco joined the team after the trade deadline, he will not be eligible for postseason play.

Turco, 36, played the first nine seasons of his career with the Stars before playing for the Blackhawks last season. He went 11-11-3 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. In his 10-year NHL career, Turco has a 2.35 GAA and .910 save percentage. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


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