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02/02/2011 - 4:24pm
Pedroia eager to 'open a can of whoop-ass'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in the final offseason installment of the Laser Show, said that he is eager to head to Fort Myers for spring training next week in order to "get focused on opening a can of whoop-ass."

 

"It's been a while. I've never been this excited," Pedroia said of the prospect of getting to Fort Myers. "Everyone's obviously excited with the team we're going to have. ... Just going out there and going to work, I can't wait."

 

He added that he has felt as if the Sox were positioned to compete for a World Series in each of his spring trainings, but that "this year, it seems like it's a little bit different because there's so much talk about who we got in the offseason." With the additions of Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and new relievers such as Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler, Pedroia announced his excitement for the prospects of the 2011 club.

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02/02/2011 - 1:45pm
Milbury: Thomas having all-time great season

NESN hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. Milbury gave his thoughts on the Marc Savard situation, as recent reports have suggested that the center might be shut down for the season as he continues to experience symptoms from a moderate concussion he suffered after a clean hit to the head from Colorado's Matt Hunwick on January 22.

 

"All the signals [regarding the health of Savard] have been mixed at best," said Milbury. "He's got to look at this for the long term. We all know that it would be great to have him back and healthy, but if he's not 100 percent sure that he can get it right and get it safely right they have to consider the alternatives. And really it [missing the rest of the season] seems logical."

 

If Savard is in fact placed on the long-term injury list, does Milbury see a scenario where the Bruins might make a high-impact...

02/02/2011 - 11:15am
Goodell: BB 'deceived' me with no apology

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reveals in this week’s edition of “Sports Illustrated” that he wanted Patriots coach Bill Belichick to make a verbal apology in front of the press in the wake of the 2007 video scandal, and when Belichick didn’t, he felt “deceived.”

Goodell fined Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 and deducted a first-round draft pick for secretly videotaping an opposing team’s coaching signals. Owner Robert Kraft thought the penalty too severe, but Goodell told Kraft that, as part of the disciplinary action, Belichick also must make a verbal apology in front of the press. Instead the coach issued a printed statement that contained an apology and refused to answer any questions on the topic.

“I was given assurances that [Belichick] would tell his side of the story,” Goodell says. “He went out and stonewalled the press. I feel like I was deceived.”...

02/02/2011 - 9:56am
Shaq: 'It's hard not being in charge'

Shaquille O'Neal -- who has scored just 10 points in his last four games -- spoke to Yahoo Sports following the Celtics' 95-90 win over the Kings on Tuesday night. O'Neal -- who played just 16 minutes in the Kings' game, scoring two points --  told Yahoo that if circumstances were different he wouldn't be pleased with such a limited role.

 

"If I was on a [expletive] team, I'd be pissed right now," O'Neal said. "Two points? I would have [expletive] somebody up in the locker room."

 

But the Celtics are 37-11 and chasing another championship, and O'Neal seems to be on board with his current role. The center has started in all 36 games he's played in, averaging 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds.

 

“It’s hard not being in charge for me. It really is. But I got to accept it,” O’Neal said. “This is a good team. I’m not the only Hall-of-Famer hopeful here....

02/02/2011 - 7:56am
Mashup: Steelers LB mocks commissioner

Steelers linebacker James Harrison made clear his feelings about being heavily fined for hits to the head this season. At a cold Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, he said sarcastically: "I don't want to hurt nobody, I don't want to step on nobody's foot and hurt their toe, I don't want to have no dirt or none of this rubber on the field fly into their eye and make their eye hurt, I just want to tackle them softly on the ground and, if y'all can, lay a pillow down where I'm going to tackle them so they don't hit the ground too hard, Mr. [Roger] Goodell."

 

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


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