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02/24/2012 - 5:23pm
Gronk on post-SB dancing: 'It is what it is'

In his first post-Super Bowl interview, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski addressed the flap that has arisen over the infamous shots of him dancing at a postgame party after the loss to the Giants.

Speaking on 97.5 The Fan in Philadelphia, Gronkowski talked about the images of him jumping around on ankle that limited him in the game and would later require surgery.

“It is what it is,” said Gronkowski, who had surgery on the injured ankle five days after the game. “We were just having fun with my brothers and stuff ... family I haven’t seen in a while ... and the chance of hanging out with LMFAO was pretty cool too. Unfortunately, we didn’t win, and that was the number 1 goal.”

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02/24/2012 - 2:44pm
Pedroia: 'Whatever [Braun] says I believe'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Moments after Ryan Braun addressed the media regarding the overturning of his 50-game suspension due to a violation of Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy, Dustin Pedroia defended his long-time friend and former World Baseball Classic teammate.

"If he said he didn't do it, I believe he didn't do it," said the Red Sox second baseman, who first met Braun when the two were trying out for Team USA in college.

"He's a genuine, and whatever he says I believe. Every time I've talked to him and saw him he's been first-class to me and I respect the heck out of him. I'm glad he's not serving his suspension and they got it right."

When talking to the media Friday in Arizona, the 2011 National League MVP was adamant regarding his innocence, saying, ""The system and the way it applied to me in this case was fatally flawed."

"He's one of the faces of the game,"...

02/24/2012 - 1:30pm
Brewers' Braun speaks out: 'I'm innocent'

National League MVP Ryan Braun held a press conference Friday from the Brewers' spring training home in Phoenix and proclaimed his innocence in an impassioned speech, one day after his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test was overturned by an arbitrator.

Shortly after meeting privately with his teammates, Braun stood in front of a microphone on the field and spoke to the assembled media for more than 20 minutes.

I'm innocent," he stated. "I've maintained my innocence since Day 1, and ultimately I was proven to be innocent."

Added Braun: "If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally, I'd be the first one to step up and say I did it. I would bet my life this substance never entered my body."

Braun explained how the individual who accepted his urine sample failed to mail it promptly to the testing lab, instead holding on to it for a couple of days. He suggested that something may have happened...

02/24/2012 - 11:35am
Agent hopeful Carter will return to Pats

INDIANAPOLIS -- Andre Carter's agent, Carl Poston, indicated Friday morning that the defensive end is "ahead of schedule" on his rehab, and he has already held preliminary discussions with the Patriots about a possible return to New England in 2012.

Carter had a team-high 22 quarterback pressures and 10 sacks in 14 games before going down with a season-ending quad injury in December. He was on a one-year deal with the Patriots, but it certainly appears that the 32-year-old is open to returning next season.

"He's rehabbing. He's in good shape. He wants to play," Poston said of Carter, who will turn 33 in May. "We're just kind of monitoring and tracking his injury, and when it's time to talk they're going to let me know. I just called them to see what their plans were, to see if they were interested, and I would have been surprised if they said they weren't interested. Obviously, they said they were interested, but it's a...

02/24/2012 - 8:48am
Melancon on D&C: 'Sense of urgency' on Sox

New Red Sox reliever Mark Melancon visited with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning in Fort Myers, Fla., and talked about transitioning from a closer with the Astros to a setup man in Boston.

Melancon acknowledged that there is a psychological hurdle to overcome when changing roles.

"I think you just get so prepared, three runs or less, and then if it's not there there is that little bit of a letdown," he said. "But that's definitely a mind block you've got to get rid of, and do it as quickly as possible."

However, Melancon said the excitement of pitching in Boston should help overcome that. "I feel like any situation in Boston is a closing situation," he said.

The Red Sox had a memorable collapse last season followed by reports of locker room disharmony, but Melancon said his early impressions from spring training are positive.

I've been so impressed with everybody," he said. "The...

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