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02/15/2010 - 6:07pm
Experts: Pats eyeing Brandon Graham

With the NFL draft roughly two months away, the Patriots — who have four picks in the first 53 — likely will be targeting defense, according to several draft experts.

Football Outsiders writer Mike Tanier, who says this draft is “full of 3-4 defensive end types” New England traditionally covets, told WEEI.com that Michigan’s Brandon Graham would be a good fit for the Patriots at No. 22. Graham, a defensive end, earned MVP honors for the North team at the Senior Bowl when he recorded three tackles for loss, including two sacks, as well as a forced fumble.

Described by ESPN draft expert Todd McShay as “a Bill Belichick type of guy,” the 6-foot-1, 263-pound Graham had 20 sacks over the last two seasons for the Wolverines.

“That's a guy with 10 sacks at Michigan last year and 260-some pounds,” Tanier said....

02/15/2010 - 3:18pm
Bracket 101: UConn all but done

UConn postgame press conferences can be filled with emotion from 67-year-old, two-time national championship winner and Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. However, they rarely are somber and apologetic. Calhoun, who returned to the sidelines this past Saturday after a 3½-week medical leave of absence, watched his team give what he described as “one of the worst performances I’ve had here at UConn in 24 years.” Visit Bracket 101 to review the week that was in college basketball and to check out a list of 16 teams that are poised to dance their way into the Round of 16 in the 2010 NCAA tournament.


02/15/2010 - 2:54pm
Theo: Lowell may work out at first

Speaking at the Red Sox' minor league facility, Sox general manager Theo Epstein touched on various subjects, including the possibility of working Mike Lowell at first base when the 35-year-old is ready for action. Lowell had the pin in his surgically repaired right thumb removed two weeks ago. "We're going to prepare for him to be an important part of this team," Epstein said. "Getting exposure at first base makes sense. We'll sit down and talk to him about that."


02/15/2010 - 2:25pm
Red Sox interested in Cuban pitcher

(Updated: According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the idea that the Red Sox "would soon sign" Maya might not be accurate at this time. There is a good chance that Maya will choose a team that offers a better opportunity to immediately enter its starting rotation.)

 

According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox are interested in Cuban pitcher Yuniesky Maya but are still in the preliminary stages of negotiations. The Sox have been following Maya's situation throughout the offseason, seeing the 28-year-old pitcher as a starter who is most likely at the minor league level who could eventually fill into the back end of a rotation. Maya was named Cuba's top right-handed pitcher in both 2008 and '09 before defecting in the Dominican Republic last September. Red Sox...

02/15/2010 - 11:53am
Buchholz ready for anything

After throwing his first bullpen session of spring training, Clay Buchholz said that he will be ready for anything as the Red Sox head into the new season with six starters seemingly vying for five spots. "Breaking camp with the big league team would be good for starters. I’m not going to set any goals right now, just go in and make sure I’m ready when the games start and go from there. It’s sort of the same situation as it was last year. You’ve got six guys coming in for five starting spots. It should be another fun spring training," he said.

 

"I’ve been through a couple of things throughout my professional career. I wouldn’t be shocked for anything to happen. I’ve got to go at it like it’s a spot to win instead of thinking it’s my spot. Pitch well, and if I do everything like I started doing last year and end up like last year, I think...

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