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01/27/2010 - 12:43pm
Wilfork: 'I will not sell myself short'

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork appeared on the Dale & Holley Show (with Michael Holley and guest host Lou Merloni) to discuss his contract situation on Wednesday morning. With his six-year rookie contract now having ended, Wilfork could become an unrestricted free agent. However, the Patriots have the right to place a franchise tag on the star defensive tackle.

 

Wilfork made clear, however, that his goal is a long-term contract, whether with the Patriots or another team. The idea of a franchise tag, which would provide likely result in a one-year deal, did not sit well with the 28-year-old.

 

 

"I did honor my six-year deal. Now, that six-year deal is up. It’s time for me to move forward, with the Patriots or not with the Patriots," said Wilfork. "[A franchise tag] is decent money for most people out there. What I do, it’s okay.

 

"But I don...

01/27/2010 - 11:46am
Report: Sox to attend Lowry workout

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (via Twitter), the Red Sox are expected to be one of the 10-15 teams expected to attend the workout of left-handed pitcher Noah Lowry. The 29-year-old last pitched in the majors in 2007, when he went 14-8 with a 3.92 ERA (despite striking out just 87 and walking 87 in 156 innings). Over the past two years, Lowry underwent forearm surgery (based on what his agent told reporters was a misdiagnosis) and then surgery to remove a rib to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. He has a career 40-31 record and 4.03 ERA.


01/27/2010 - 10:55am
Doc on D&C: Don't expect trades

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning. Asked about the Celtics' reputation as trash-talkers — three Celtics ranked in the top four of a recent Sports Illustrated players poll about the league's top yappers — Rivers said he once tried to limit the talk but learned the hard way that it negatively affected the team's play, so he allows it. "It's who we are, and I'm not going to try to change it," Rivers said. "It's part of their DNA."

 

Rivers defended Kevin Garnett, who landed at No. 1 in the trash-talking poll (with Rasheed Wallace and Paul Pierce not far behind). "The thing with Kevin is, Kevin talks the whole game — to himself, us, to his teammates and to the other team," Rivers said. "So, I don't know where and who he's talking to. And I don't think the other team does as well." Added Rivers: "I don't really think...

01/27/2010 - 10:19am
Carroll on D&C: 'Pumped' about NFL

New Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning from Mobile, Ala., where he is scouting players in practices leading up to the Senior Bowl. Carroll discussed his decision to leave USC and take another shot at the NFL, his first pro stint since being dismissed by the Patriots after the 1999 season.

 

"It's such a good opportunity," Carroll said. "When these guys came around and said they wanted me to come up there and do this thing, and they wanted me to do it the way I thought was the very best, giving me the freedom to create the kind of environment and culture that I wanted to do ... and have the guys I want to hire, and on and on. It was just right. If you're ever going to go, this was the time. I was pumped up about it." Added Carroll: "It was a great challenge, it's something that's going to be hard to do, but it's going to be exciting and fun and all that....

01/27/2010 - 10:08am
Wakefield: 'I plan on being' a starter

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield told a Comcast TV interviewer at the Baseball Assistance Team (BAT) Awards in New York on Tuesday that he is in good health and plans on being a member of the Red Sox rotation in 2010. Wakefield said that he received positive medical reports from the Red Sox team doctor and trainer on Monday, and that he is currently "right back on track with my normal offseason routine."

 

"I plan on being one of the five [Red Sox] starters," Wakefield said in the interview. "Obviously, I think there were some questions marks that were relieved yesterday. I went to see the doctor, met with the trainer yesterday. They did some testing, and were very surprised at my strength, how quickly it came back.

 

"I feel great," he added. "I finished my rehab...

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