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09/11/2010 - 3:28pm
Kraft, Brady issue statement on new deal

The Patriots recently released a statement that included quotes from owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady on Brady’s four-year extension. Here’s the complete text of the release:

Yesterday, the Patriots submitted the paperwork for the four-year contract extension that was recently signed by Tom Brady. The extension extends through the 2014 NFL season. Today, both Robert Kraft and Tom Brady issued statements regarding the extension.
 
Statement from New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft on the four-year contract extension that was signed by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: “We have been very fortunate to have Tom Brady as the quarterback of the New England Patriots for the past decade. I am glad that this contract extension will allow his tenure to continue well into the next decade. Tom has been a terrific representative for the Patriots and a great leader for this franchise....

09/11/2010 - 3:24pm
Fehr close to becoming NHLPA head
By: DJ Bean

The NHL players union announced Saturday that they have indeed endorsed Donald Fehr as their next executive director, as was first reported by the New York Post. 

 

"The Search Committee is pleased that the Executive Board has endorsed our recommendation to select Don Fehr as our new Executive Director and we look forward to our fellow members voting on this important matter," Mathieu Schneider, a member of the search committee said in a statement released by the NHLPA.

 

Larry Brooks had reported on Thursday that players had until 5 p.m. Saturday to get their votes in. Should he be elected, Fehr would take on the same role he held as the MLBPA's leader for 26 years.

 

"I am gratified by the Executive Board's vote, and I look forward to meeting all the Players at team meetings which begin later this month," said Fehr.


09/11/2010 - 1:47pm
USA advances to FIBA championship
By: DJ Bean

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 38 points as the USA beat Lithuania, 89-74, in the FIBA semifinal. Lamar Odom added 13 points for the States, while Lithuanian center Robertas Javtokas led his country with 15.

 

The victory sends the United States to the FIBA championship vs. the winner of Saturday afternoon's game between Serbia and Turkey. 


09/11/2010 - 1:18pm
Kraft: Brady 'one of the greatest'
By: DJ Bean

A day after submitting Tom Brady's four-year, $72 million contract extension to the NFL, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke to the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza-Young about why it was such a priority to not let the  biggest name in team history not hit free agency. 

 

“I think stability and continuity are important if you want to have a winning situation,’’ Kraft told the Globe. “You always have to upgrade and bring in young talent, but you also have to have seasoned veterans and we’re lucky to have one of the greatest players in the history of the game, in my opinion.’’

 

Kraft spoke of his relationship with Brady, and how negotiating such an important contract for the franchise impacted it.

 

“I think we have a mutual respect and affection for...

09/11/2010 - 1:49am
Cy-onara: A's batter Buchholz

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had one of the worst outings of his career, failing to record an out in the second inning while allowing nine baserunners and recording just three outs. The Sox never recovered from his stumble out of the gate en route to a 5-0 loss.

 

Aside from a start in June when he left after the first inning after injuring himself on the bases, it was the shortest start of Buchholz' career. Former Sox teammate singled and stole second on the first two pitches of the game, and Sox nemesis Kurt Suzuki later delivered a two-run double in a three-run first. A pair of walks and a pair of singles by the first four batters in the second inning led to a quick hook for the right-hander.

 

Buchholz (15-7) allowed five hits while walking four, and he threw just 17 of 39 pitches for strikes. His ERA swelled from 2.25 (lowest in the American League entering the night) to 2.53, and his longshot Cy Young candidacy...

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