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11/02/2009 - 2:08pm
Sox farm director declines SD job

According to a baseball source, Red Sox farm director Mike Hazen declined an offer to become the Assistant General Manager of the Padres. Hazen interviewed with former Red Sox Assistant G.M. and new Padres G.M. Jed Hoyer last week. Hazen's decision was first reported by ESPN's Peter Gammons (via Twitter).
 
Hazen, a native of Abington, Mass., has been the Sox' farm director since 2006, when he came from the Indians' front office. He spent two seasons as a player in the Padres' minor-league system.
 
It is unknown at this time whether Hazen might receive a title change as a result of his decision to stay with the Sox. His time with the club has been a fruitful one for the player development system, which has seen numerous players -- including 2007 Rookie of the Year Dustin Pedroia, starter Clay Buchholz, centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, shortstop Jed Lowrie...

11/02/2009 - 2:01pm
Report: Patriots work out two RBs

The Patriots are working out free-agent running backs Maurice Hicks and Marcus Mason Monday at Gillette Stadium, according to ESPN. The 31-year-old Hicks has been in the league since 2002, and has played for Chicago (2002), San Francisco (2004 to 2007) and Minnesota (2008). A product of North Carolina A&T, he has also seen time in the return game. Mason, 25, is a Youngstown State product who has played for both Washington and the New York Jets. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


11/02/2009 - 10:42am
Brady on D&C: Favre 'special'

Tom Brady appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about what happened in the NFL yesterday during the Patriots' bye week, as well the difficulty he has avoiding the paparazzi when he dines out and how long he plans to play the game.

 

Brady said he enjoyed being able to watch the action on TV yesterday, including Brett Favre's return to Green Bay.

 

"It was a pretty special thing to watch," Brady said. "Those special players don't come along so often."

 

As for how long Brady plans to play, he said: "I feel like the best I've ever felt." He added: "Assuming my arm feels great, there aren't a lot of other things that are going to keep me from wanting to play. ... I'll just keep playing 'til I'm collecting social security."

 

Brady was asked if other interests might draw him away from the game. He said that he has...

11/02/2009 - 10:00am
Rondo, C's agree in principle

According to Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com, the Celtics and Rajon Rondo have agreed in principle to a five-year contract extension that could reach a worth of $55 million. The agreement was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, who works out of California, is scheduled to talk again with the Celtics late Monday morning. According the Yahoo! report, the parameters of the agreement was reached late Sunday night when Celtics GM Danny Ainge agreed to the particulars in a late-night phone call, a day before the deadline to ink such an agreement. If there was no extension agreed upon prior to 6 p.m. Monday, the 23-year-old would have been in line to become a restricted free agent following the 2009-10 season. WEEI.com reported last week that the Celtics' initial offer was five years and $...

11/02/2009 - 9:39am
Esiason on D&C: Mangini no fun

Boomer Esiason appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show this morning and talked about Brett Favre's homecoming, the Yankees' success and the Mangini mess in Cleveland.

 

"It's one thing to be Bill Belichick and be a little awkward, be kind of unique, because you are considered the best head coach out there in the NFL right now," Esiason said. "You have your Super Bowl rings to prove it, and all that quirkiness that you bring to your press conferences. ... All those things are funny when it's Bill Belichick because he has the street cred to do it. But when you've actually tried to take the fun out of football, when you're Eric Mangini, and you have to watch him on the sideline and you have to listen to him after the game, I think he's doing a real disservice for the Cleveland Browns.

 

"There are things that are probaby going to unravel, I would imagine, assuming the ownership is going to be willing...

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