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03/22/2010 - 9:28am
Kraft wants Brady in Foxboro

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he wants to keep Tom Brady around for a long time, although he admitted that he would have preferred that Brady was in Foxboro instead of Southern California as the team begins voluntary workouts. According to CSNNE's Tom Curran, during a breakfast with Boston media members at the owners meetings in Orlando, Kraft said: "Would I prefer he be here in the offseason? Yes. To me, he is the most complete, special leader in the NFL. Would we be better as a team if he was here the entire time between now and the start of training camp? [Yes.]" Added Kraft: "It wouldn't surprise me if he was [in Foxboro] by the end of the meetings."

 

As for the team's efforts to sign its quarterback to a contract extension, Kraft said: "Tom Brady will be part of this franchise. He wants to be. We want him to be. Great things happen if you're flexible, not rigid. We're not sleeping [on getting a new contract...

03/22/2010 - 7:56am
Kraft supports OT rule change

Patriots owner Robert Kraft met with members of the media Monday morning at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando and said he will support the new overtime rule for playoff games that gives the loser of the coin toss a bonus offensive series should the other team kick a field goal on the opening possession of OT. The proposal requires 24 yes votes (three-quarters of the teams) to pass.

 

For more Patriots news, check the It Is What It Is blog.


03/22/2010 - 7:47am
V-Mart: No contract talks with Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez indicated from spring training that while he would like to discuss a long-term deal with Boston, there have been no extension talks as he prepares to begins the final season under his contract.

 

"I already told them through my agent that I was going to be more than happy to [talk] before the season," Martinez said. "It's all up to them. ... [There's been] nothing 'til now."

 

Martinez also commented on Joe Mauer's eight-year, $184 million with the Twins, saying: "He deserves every penny he got."

 

For more on the impact of Mauer's signing on the Red Sox, click here.


03/22/2010 - 5:45am
Mashup: Ex-owner rips Charlotte

Outgoing Charlotte Bobcats owner Bob Johnson had some parting comments for the city Sunday, and they weren't very complimentary. On the same day new owner Michael Jordan promised to be more visible in the community and win over fans and businesses, Johnson said Charlotte did not do enough for him and his team, calling it a "close-knit, arrogant, sometimes incestuous town." Read more about that, plus get links to the day's top stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


03/21/2010 - 10:42pm
Duke, Syracuse advance to Sweet 16

Top seeds Duke and Syracuse were among the teams that advanced to the Sweet 16 on Sunday, blowing out the opposition and becoming the second and third No. 1 seeds to advance. (Kentucky turned the trick on Saturday.) Other winners on Sunday included No. 2 seeds West Virginia and Ohio State, as well as fourth-seeded Purdue. But it wasn't all top seeds that made their way to the next level on Sunday — out of the Ivy League, Cornell, the 12th seed in the East Region, picked up its second upset of the tournament on Sunday, shocking fourth-seeded Wisconsin, 87-69. Read more here.
 


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