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01/06/2011 - 2:20pm
Ryan: Manning prepares more than Brady

Jets coach Rex Ryan was at it again on Thursday as he attempted to shower Peyton Manning with praise in advance of his team's showdown with the Colts Saturday night in Indianapolis. But in the process of crediting Manning preparatory skills, he slighted Tom Brady. 

 

"I know Brady thinks he does. But it's Peyton Manning," Ryan said, according to the New York Daily News. Ryan's comments come on the same day that Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December - which included a Brady-led 45-3 rout of New York on Dec. 6. 

 

Ryan's Jets are trying to avenge a loss to the Colts in last year's AFC Championship on the same Lucas Oil Stadium field. The last time the two teams met, Manning and the Colts trailed the Jets, 17-6, before the Colts rallied for a 30-17 win. For more, visit the Patriots team page at...

01/06/2011 - 2:17pm
KG, Rondo hold narrow All-Star lead

The latest round of NBA All-Star balloting was announced today and Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are still among the top two at their positions, but they are getting competition from Amar'e Stoudemire and Derrick Rose. Garnett leads Stoudemire by about 24,000 votes, while Rondo's lead over Rose is down to 12,000.

 

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard are the other leaders in the East, while Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and the injured Yao Ming lead the West. The starters will be announced Jan. 27.

 

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01/06/2011 - 1:54pm
Brady AFC Offensive player of December

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady had one of the best months of his career in December. Now, the NFL has recognized him for it.

 

For the fourth time in his career, Brady has earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors as he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December on Thursday. Brady led the Patriots to a 4-0 record, including back-to-back 300-yard games, with 326 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-3 win vs. the Jets on Dec. 6 and a 369-yard effort with two touchdowns in snowy conditions in a 36-7 win at Chicago on Dec. 12.

 

Brady, who led the NFL with 36 touchdown passes, threw 11 touchdowns, the best among all NFL quarterbacks. Brady also attempted 136 of his NFL record 335 consecutive pass attempts without an interception in the month.

 

Brady also won the honor for September and October in 2007 and for the month of October in 2009. For more, visit the Patriots team page at...

01/06/2011 - 1:19pm
Next for Shaq: Snowball Shaq Attack

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, in an interview with the Dale & Holley Show, said that he has been plotting his next major event in the Boston area. In the aftermath of his journey to Harvard Square as the "Shaq-tue" and his evening serving as conductor of the Boston Pops, O'Neal now would like to serve as a giant target for frozen weapons.

 

"I’m going to stand in the middle of the field, I’m going to move, and people can stand 30 feet back and try to hit me with a snowball," said O'Neal. "We will call it the Snowball Shaq Attack."

 

He also suggested that he would like magician Criss Angel ("Mindfreak") to levitate him above TD Garden for 10 minutes.

 

O'Neal also discussed topics related to the composition of the Celtics. Among them:

 

--He described teammate Rajon Rondo as "probably No. 1" among the point guards who...

01/06/2011 - 12:32pm
Pats practice: Connolly back to full contact

FOXBORO -- Patriots starting right guard Dan Connolly shed his protective non-contact red jersey on Thursday as the Patriots continued full-contact practice in full pads in their bye week. 

 

Connolly missed the final two games of the season after suffering a concussion during the same Green Bay game in which he returned a kick-off a record 71 yards. Danny Woodhead and Dan Koppen remained in the non-contact red jerseys at practice on the lower practice field outside Gillette Stadium. 

 

Missing from practice were Mike Wright, Jermaine Cunningham, Sebastian Vollmer and Aaron Hernandez at Patriots practice. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


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