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01/20/2012 - 12:24pm
Kraft: 'The team has been my savior'

FOXBORO -- An emotional and passionate Robert Kraft spoke for over 25 minutes Friday morning, just over 48 hours after his team takes the field in the AFC championship for the seventh time in his stewardship of the Patriots. In a year that has seen him help settle the NFL labor dispute in late July, just five days after losing his beloved wife Myra to cancer, Kraft spoke from the heart about what this team means to him.

"The team has been my savior. I've had my kid, my four sons and eight grandchildren, and this team has been like an extended family, and also past players," Kraft said. "Sometimes a few of them come through [locker room] and touch the [MHK] patch and say, 'that one was for mama.'"

One of the past players Kraft thanked Friday was Drew Bledsoe, who is making the cross-country trip to Gillette to be one of four honorary captains from the 1996 AFC championship team for Sunday's game against the Ravens. 

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01/20/2012 - 11:29am
Ortiz: 'Doesn't seem like' deal will get done

Speaking before the Boston Baseball Writers dinner, David Ortiz said, at this moment, he doesn't expect a deal to get done prior to an arbitration hearing.

"I don't know," said the DH when asked if he expected an agreement to be reached before a hearing. "It doesn't seem like it right now."

Ortiz submitted a figure of $16.5 million for his arbitration case Tuesday, while the Red Sox came in at $12.65 million. According to a source, the slugger had previously been offered a two-year deal by the Sox, at $9 million season.

"I guess that's part of the game," he said. "From a business standpoint, that's how it goes. … I've been watching from the outside."

Ortiz' agent, Fern Cuza, met with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington late last week prior to exchanging arbitration figures. Arbitration hearings will be held from Feb. 1-20.

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01/20/2012 - 9:11am
Lombardi on D&C: Ravens D will wear down

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and his words were music to Patriots' fans ears, as he predicted a New England victory in Sunday's AFC championship game and had harsh words for the dysfunctional Jets.

"I think the Patriots will win 31-20," Lombardi said. "I think the Patriots are going to score. I think the Patriots are going to move the ball on them. I don't think that's going to be an issue."

Lombardi is concerned with how the aging Ravens defense will fare against New England's potent offense.

"They've got some real issues," he said. "Bernard Pollard has never been known for a coverage guy. He's an in-the-box safety. My man Ray Ray Lewis, for all the dancing and all the great performances and what a great career he's had, he's not suited to play a space game, defending the field horizontally and defending the field...

01/20/2012 - 8:52am
Pats will play Rams in London in 2012

The Patriots will face the Rams in London on Oct. 28, the NFL announced Friday. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. EST and be televised live in the United States on CBS. It's part of a three-year deal involving "home" games for the Rams in London.

This will be the second game in England for the Patriots, who played there against Tampa Bay in 2009 and came away with a 35-7 win.

“We are honored to be selected for this year’s game and eager to return,” said Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “We had such a great experience during our last visit to London. We are proud to have great support from our fans when we are on the road. The United Kingdom is home to some of our most passionate Patriots fans, including the UKPatriots, who are among our most active fan clubs overall, not just overseas. We look forward to another memorable experience.”

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01/20/2012 - 7:57am
Mashup: MVP Braun reportedly begins appeal

Brewers star Ryan Braun reportedly began his appeal of his positive drug test Thursday, as the National League MVP attempts to avoid a 50-game suspension.

Braun is presenting his case to a three-member arbitration panel, according to the New York Daily News, and he'll have to prove that "the presence of a prohibited substance in his urine was not due to his fault or negligence."

Braun will receive his MVP award Saturday at the annual dinner of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He is expected to give a speech but not take questions from the media.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


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