According to multiple reports, Bruins winger Blake Wheeler made an appearance at Ristuccia Arena on Friday morning. The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa notes that he arrived in town Thursday before stopping by the team's optional captain's practice on Friday.
Wheeler became the second player under Peter Chiarelli's rule to make it to an arbitration hearing when he was awarded a $2.2 million salary for the upcoming season in August. Through two seasons with the Bruins, the 25-year-old Wheeler has 39 goals and 44 assists for 83 points.
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According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Red Sox have hired former Reds first baseman Hal Morris as a scout. Morris had been working with the Pirates.
A former eighth round pick of the Yankees, he played in New York from 1988-89 before spending seven years in Cincinnati. His career, in which he hit 76 homers, also saw stops in Kansas City and Detroit.
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Running back Fred Taylor checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon from the Patriots locker room. Taylor recounted what happened Thursday morning when news filtered in about Tom Brady's car accident. "Tom came in and he was still upbeat," Taylor said. "Guys were concerned, asking him, 'Hey, are you OK,' even, 'What did it feel like?' Just the shock of it all. To see him walking around, a smile on his face, the energy was still there, he was still positive — we went out there and had a productive day."
The mass of writers and television crews didn't take long to overtake the Patriots locker room. "The media was in here so quick," Taylor said. "They swarmed down very quick. To see that amount of people, it definitely looked like a playoff crowd of media. But hey, this is the market that we're in. And that's what you get. You want to go out there and you want to do well. ... The...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady did not speak publicly Friday about his car accident on Thursday or his reported four-year, $72 million contract extension. But his coach did offer some gracious words for his Pro Bowl quarterback.
"There's no quarterback I'd rather have than Tom Brady," Bill Belichick said. "He does a great job for us in all phases of the game. I think Tom, myself and all the rest of us are trying to get ready for Cincinnati."
The Patriots host the Bengals at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
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Sports Illustrated's Peter King joined the Dale & Holley show Friday to discuss Tom Brady's contract and other NFL news. King said the Patriots deserve praise for getting the Brady deal out of the way before the start of the season. "Whatever the feelings were on the part of Robert Kraft or on the part of Tom Brady, I give them credit, both of them, for not allowing this to be any sort of festering boil."
King said he doesn't expect any of the other Patriots, even the ones pushing for new contracts (Logan Mankins, Randy Moss) to have any jealousy about Brady's deal. "Tom Brady has been beyond a good soldier," King said. "He has not ever raised a stink and said, 'I'm underpaid.' He's always said, 'Hey, listen, I just want to build the best team we can.' I think sometimes in life, the non-squeaky wheel gets the grease. This is one of those times. … I don't think anybody looks at that contract and...
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