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10/10/2010 - 10:43am
Belichick on Moss: 'Time to move on'

In an interview with Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network, Patriots coach Bill Belichick once again gave his thoughts on the trade that sent Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings. Lombardi asked Belichick why he felt he needed to deal the wide receiver during the regular season.

 

“Well, it was a combination of things – part of it was Randy, part of it was our football team, part of it the opportunity to make the trade," said Belichick. "In the end we put it all together in the pot and felt like it was the best thing to do for our team. It was a tough decision and he’s meant a lot to this team but in the end we felt like it was the thing to do."

 

Lombardi asked Belichick if his relationship with Moss had turned sour this season -- as some reports have suggested -- but the Patriots head coach dismissed that notion, just as he had done during his press conference last Thursday.

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10/10/2010 - 8:37am
Thomas in, lines tweaked for Bruins
By: DJ Bean

PRAGUE -- A night after the Bruins lost their season-opening game in Prague to the Coyotes, 5-2, Claude Julien said that Tim Thomas would be starting in goal for Boston on Sunday. Tuukka Rask allowed four goals to Phoenix in Saturday's losing effort, though one came from a flukey bounce off the boards and another came on a breakaway caused by a Daniel Paille. Julien indicated that the team's plan was to start Thomas in the second game anyway barring an overwhelming effort from Rask.

 

Additionally, Mark Recchi stated prior to the game that he would be playing on the third line, which is centered by second overall pick Tyler Seguin. Recchi had played on Patrice Bergeron's line, which at one point included Seguin, throughout camp. Rookie Jordan Caron, another former member of the second line in preseason, will return to skating with Bergeron after being scratched in the opener. Blake Wheeler will remain the second line's other wing.

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10/10/2010 - 12:05am
Hughes huge as Yankees advance past Twins

The Yankees continued their postseason dominance against the Twins, claiming their eighth straight postseason victory against Minnesota in a 6-1 triumph to conclude a three-game sweep in the AL Division Series.

 

New York was led by a dominant effort by starter Phil Hughes, making his first career playoff start. Hughes -- whom the Yankees refused to trade to the Twins as part of a potential deal for former two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana after the 2007 season -- tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six. Hughes did not allow a runner past second base.

 

The Yankees offense struck early against Twins starter Brian Duensing. Robinson Cano tripled in the second inning and scored on a Jorge Posada single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and New York never looked back, adding on with a Mark Teixeira RBI single in the third and a two-run homer from Marcus Thames in the fourth.

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10/09/2010 - 9:01pm
Rays bats come alive, avoid elimination

Tampa Bay scored five runs in the final two innings, overcoming a one-run deficit heading into the eighth, eventually claiming a 6-3 win over the Rangers in Game 3 of the teams' American League Division Series, Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. The late-game surge was capped by ninth-inning home runs from Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena. 

 

Tampa Bay came into the game hitting just .125 for the series, having gone just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the first two contests (both Texas wins). The Rays weren't having much better luck for the majority of Game 3, with Texas starter allowing no runs on just two hits over five innings. Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza was almost equally as effective, giving up just two runs (one earned) on five hits over six innings.

 

The Rangers had claimed a 2-1 lead in the seventh thanks to Ian Kinsler's leadoff homer. Texas also got a ninth-inning home run from Nelson Cruz off...

10/09/2010 - 8:16pm
Road kill: BC blown out by Wolfpack

North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns as Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien finally got a measure of revenge on his former employer in a 44-17 blowout of the BC Eagles in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday.

 

After starting the season 2-0, BC suffered its third straight loss in their largest margin of defeat. The BC defense was unable to find an answer to Wilson, who was 38-of-51 with two interceptions, one by linebacker Mark Herzlich.

 

The biggest storyline of the day was O'Brien, looking for his first win against Boston College, since leaving after the 1996 season. BC had beaten him in three previous encounters before Saturday.

 

The Eagles started quarterback Dave Shinskie who regained his starting posistion after an injury to freshman Chase Rettig and a poor performance by Mike Marscovetra left Spaziani with no other option. Shinskie had another...

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