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01/23/2012 - 3:04pm
Thomas skips White House based on beliefs
By: DJ Bean

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was a notable absence at the White House Monday when President Obama honored the Stanley Cup Champions. According to The Boston Globe, Thomas chose not to attend based on political beliefs but will not be suspended by the team. 

“Everybody has their own opinions and political beliefs and he chose not to join us," B's president Cam Neely told ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald

Thomas, a known fan of conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, won both the Vezina and Conn Smythe last season, breaking the single-season record for save percentage and leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup victory in 39 years.

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01/23/2012 - 9:47am
Brady on D&C: 'We'll never forget that game'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, as he begins preparation for his fifth Super Bowl. Brady admittedly was not at his best in Sunday's 23-20 victory over the Ravens, throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns, but the Patriots defense helped propel New England to the AFC title.

"The interceptions hurt," Brady said. "It's hard to be productive on offense when you turn the ball over. You go into these games with a plan, with a game plan. They're a very good defense. There are four Hall of Famers on that defense. Every yard, we had to earn. I was driving home yesterday and I said, God, there's some games where you feel like, man, guys are open, bam, you're hitting them. You're moving the ball down the field and you're getting the ball in the end zone, kind of like we did against Denver. And there's other weeks where you're battling for every half a yard. You look at that goal-line situation...

01/23/2012 - 9:46am
Scutaro deal freed nearly $8M for luxury tax

The motivation behind the Red Sox trade that sent shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Rockies on Saturday was unquestionably financial, but the amount of savings that the Sox achieved for luxury tax purposes was previously understated.

Scutaro will earn $6 million in 2012. However, in calculating the Red Sox payroll against the competitive balance tax (CBT) threshold of $178 million, he actually represented a $7.67 million salary for the coming season. That relates to the structure of Scutaro's deal.

Scutaro, who received a signing bonus of $1 million when he joined the Sox in Dec. 2009, made salaries of $5 million in both 2010 and 2011. He also had a $3 million player option (should the team decline its $6 million option and pay a $1.5 million buyout) that was treated as guaranteed money when calculating the Sox' CBT payroll. Thus, Scutaro's deal was treated by Major League Baseball as a three-year, $14 million deal, with an average annual salary of $...

01/23/2012 - 8:22am
Vegas sets Pats as early 3-point favorites

The early line out of Las Vegas has the Patriots as three-point favorites over the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Cantor Gaming, which sets lines for several sports books, also set an over-under of 53 points.

"The public will still like New England," Cantor race and sports director Mike Colbert told The Associated Press. "I don't think people are actually hip to how good these NFC teams are."

The Glantz-Culver line had the Patriots as 3 1/2-point favorites, with an over-under of 55 1/2.

Colbert said the Patriots-Giants matchup has a shot at breaking legal wagering records. When these teams met in the Super Bowl in 2008, the Giants won, 17-14, despite being 12-point underdogs. Nevada's casinos lost $2.6 million, the casinos' worst Super Bowl ever.

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01/23/2012 - 7:45am
Mashup: More interest in Colts' Manning

There’s been widespread speculation that the Jets would make a run at Peyton Manning if the Colts decide to move on from the veteran quarterback. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that another AFC East team is one of three clubs expected to join the hunt. Schefter writes that the Dolphins, Redskins and Cardinals all have interest, and The Miami Herald confirms via team sources that the Dolphins will “aggressively pursue him” if the 35-year-old is cleared medically.

The Colts, who own the No. 1 pick in April’s draft, must decide by March 8 whether to pay a $28 million roster bonus to Manning, who missed the season after having neck surgery.

Manning was in San Francisco Sunday, watching his brother Eli lead the Giants past the 49ers for the NFC championship.

“I’m just proud as a quarterback to watch him compete,” said Peyton, who bought his own tickets to the game and didn’t tell his brother he...

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