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10/25/2010 - 2:43pm
NFL applauds Meriweather's 'tenacious' hits

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, one week after criticizing Brandon Meriweather for his hit against Ravens tight end Todd Heap, praised the Patriots safety responding to the League's crackdown on hits to the neck and head of defenseless players. Meriweather, who was fined $50,000 last week for his hit on Heap, leveled Chargers wide receiver Patrick Crayton with a hit below the shoulder on Sunday. Anderson lauded Meriweather's clean, aggressive play.


"We like to think we're off to a good start in terms of the new emphasis and the recognition that we are going to play aggressively but well within the rules," Anderson told the Associated Press. "It's a good start.


"Brandon Meriweather, specifically, last week we were appropriately calling him out and chastising him," he added. " Yesterday in the Patriots' game at San Diego, Meriweather made two very tenacious,...

10/25/2010 - 2:36pm
Doc: Shaq 'most likely' starts

WALTHAM -- Barring any unforeseen changes, Shaquille O'Neal will make his Celtics debut as the starting center on opening night against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at TD Garden. 


"Most likely Shaq, to be honest," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following Monday's practice. "We haven't officially announced it but most likely."


Rivers added that back-up centers Jermaine O'Neal and Semih Erden will both suit up and be ready to play. O'Neal has been playing with torn cartilage in his left wrist while Erden has a sore shoulder that Rivers indicated will take some "managing" to keep him healthy enough to play. 


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10/25/2010 - 1:13pm
Francona: 'No timetable' to replace Farrell

Red Sox manager Terry Francona felt mixed emotions about the departure of close friend and pitching coach John Farrell, who on Monday will be announced officially as the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. On the one hand, Francona was tremendously grateful for the chance to work with Farrell for the last four years, and thrilled for the opportunity that his friend will enjoy.


At the same time, the Sox skipper made clear that the loss of Farrell will be felt going forward.


"The fact that he was there, like a pillar, for four years, I feel really lucky," Francona told “I don’t see where [having Farrell in the Blue Jays dugout] will help. That’s the one thing, I wish he was in a different division. We spend our whole life trying to find ways to win games. To face one of your best friends 18 or 19 times isn’t the most fun. Somebody is going to go home being mad. I hope it...

10/25/2010 - 1:03pm
Meriweather: 'Love' aggressive coaching

Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather stopped in for his weekly visit with the Dale & Holley show from Gillette Stadium on Patriots Monday. Meriweather said he wasn't surprised with Bill Belichick's decision Sunday to go for it on fourth-and-1 at midfield with two minutes remaining and New England holding a three-point lead over the Chargers. "That's coach," Meriweather said. "Coach is an aggressive coach, and that's what we love about him, the fact that when somebody else won't do it, he would."


After the Patriots were stopped the defense had to take the field, Meriweather said there was no disappointment. "We were saying, 'Man, it's time to play.' We were happy about it. We were like, 'All right, now we get to show everybody how good our defense really is.' And I think we did that."


Meriweather said he made the necesssary adjustments to avoid getting himself in trouble with the...

10/25/2010 - 12:40pm
Wilfork on D&H: 'The game has changed'

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork called in to the Dale & Holley show for his weekly appearance on Patriots Monday. Wilfork said he's happy to leave San Diego with a win, no matter how ugly Sunday's 23-20 victory over the Chargers was.


"A lot of people look into it deeper than others," he said. "I'm one of the guys that just basically [says], 'A win is a win.' You take from that win things that happened in that game. In this game, we probably had a chance to close the door early, but we didn't. We allowed them to stay in the game. But at the end of the day, we got the 'W.' We made the plays that counted."


Added Wilfork: "It really wasn't a smart play by those guys jumping offsides on the field goal to push it back 5 more extra yards, to turn it into a 50-yard field goal. Who knows? That 5 extra yards could have made the difference for them. We cover situations in practice a...

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