Speaking to New England reporters during a conference call, Carolina Panthers coach John Fox empathized with Patriots coach Bill Belichick about Wednesday's reported disciplining of Randy Moss and three other Patriots who were late for a morning meeting and sent home for the day. Fox suspended star receiver Steve Smith the first two games of the 2008 season for punching a teammate during training camp. "I think I can speak for Bill, I don't think he wanted anything like that to happen just like I didn't want something like to happen. I don't think you sit around and scheme and try to premeditate it. I think it's something you have to do to keep order. Basically, you're the gatekeeper." For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady showed up for work on Wednesday morning but he was not spotted at the media portion of practice at the Dana Farber Field House as the team began its on-the-field preparations for Carolina this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Also missing were the four players, Randy Moss, Adalius Thomas, Derrick Burgess and Gary Guyton, who were reportedly late to a team meeting at 8 a.m. because of weather and sent home. The Patriots also announced they have put safety Bret Lockett on season-ending injured reserved with an injured groin and promoted defensive lineman Titus Adams to the active roster from the practice squad. For more, visit the football blog, It Is What It Is.
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady spent Tuesday with his wife Gisele Bundchen, as she gave birth to the couple's first baby, a healthy boy. But he was at Gillette Stadium bright and early on Wednesday morning preparing for the Carolina Panthers. "It's a wonderful experience in my life," Brady said. "I owe it to my guys to be focused on what I need to do. It's really a normal week for me. Everyone is great. I didn't get much sleep. Let's talk football." Brady said mother and child are doing well and said no name has yet been picked out. For more, including audio from Brady this morning, visit the football blog, It Is What It Is.
FOXBORO — The Patriots made two additions to their practice squad today, adding quarterback Jeff Rowe and wide receiver Darnell Jenkins. Rowe is a 25-year-old out of the University of Nevada who was a fifth-round pick of the Bengals in the 2007 draft and spent that year with Cincinnati. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder spent the 2008 season on Cincinnati’s practice squad and remained there until being signed to the Seahawks active roster on December 12, 2008. He was cut in camp by the Seahawks, and worked out for several teams over the course of the season, most recently the Patriots last week. As for Jenkins, he’s a 26-year-old wide receiver out of the University of Miami. The 5-foot-10, 188-pounder was an undrafted free agent who was picked up by Houston last year — he’s also suited up for Cleveland and Tampa Bay.
ESPN's Buster Olney made an appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday morning to discuss the latest baseball rumors. Olney said general managers around the league are looking for value with a Moneyball-type approach, and it's having a big affect on the free agent market. "I think quite literally you've got a lot more teams making a lot smarter decisions, and in a lot of cases they're working from the same equations and using the same numbers to make a value judgment," he said.
Olney said he's impressed with the Red Sox' approach regarding free agent outfielders Jason Bay and Matt Holliday. "I think they are absolutely playing it the exact right way," Olney said. "The big question now for the Red Sox is how serious are the Angels on Bay. I don't think we know that yet. If the Angels are serious and they want to pay him $80 million, I think he's going to be gone. But from the Red Sox' point of view, they are...
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