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11/17/2010 - 2:00pm
Pats practice: Brady, Page and Pryor miss

FOXBORO -- For the second straight week, Tom Brady missed Wednesday practice to rest his foot as the Patriots began on-field work in advance of their latest huge game, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

 

Brady was nursing a foot injury following the loss in Cleveland on Nov. 7 and did not practice last Wednesday. He was also limited on Thursday and Friday but showed no ill effects during a 39-26 thrashing of the Steelers last Sunday night. Brady had his first 300-yard game, throwing for 350 yards and three touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski while rushing for another. 

 

Also missing from practice again were safety Jarrad Page (calf) and Myron Pryor (back). The team practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette. 

 

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11/17/2010 - 1:54pm
Brady would do '4th-and-2' all over again

FOXBORO -- With the Indianapolis Colts coming to town this weekend, there will be lots of talk about the single biggest play of the season between the two teams last year at Lucas Oil Field. And like everyone who watched the thriller between the Colts and Patriots, Tom Brady remembers 'fourth-and-2' last November. 

 

Last year, the Patriots needed just two yards for a first down with two minutes to go to salt away a 34-28 win at Indy. But instead of punting the ball away to Peyton Manning and the then-perfect Colts, Pats coach Bill Belichick decided to put the contest in Brady's hands.

 

"I haven't thought about it at all since probably that game, since that night as a matter of fact," Brady said Wednesday. "Our coaches have always had a lot of faith in what we do offensively and the way the offensive line protects and the way the receivers get open. He's gone for it a bunch on fourth down this year...

11/17/2010 - 1:33pm
Milbury on D&H: Rangers' Avery 'despicable'

NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

 

The main topic of conversation was the controversy involving NHL discipline boss Colin Campbell, whose inflammatory e-mail about Marc Savard caused a firestorm this week.

 

"When you're in a position to impact a guy's life in some way by disciplinary action or heavy fines, which they now have in the NHL, you can't form those opinions at least in terms of expressing it in a way that goes public," Milbury said. "The e-mail thing was just simple, logistical — you can't be that stupid in order to do it. The actual content of it was worse. I think he made a mistake. I don't think it impacted any judgments that I know of.

 

"Colie is a terrific guy, he tries to be fair, but he stepped in it. Whether...

11/17/2010 - 1:28pm
Reports: A's make five-year offer to Beltre

According to a report in the Dominican daily newspaper El Dia, the A's made an initial offer to Red Sox free agent Adrian Beltre of five years, $45 million. The story indicates that this is the first offer made to Beltre.

 

UPDATE: ESPNDeportes.com is now reporting that the offer was for five years and $64 million, matching the size of the contract Beltre signed with the Mariners after the 2004 season.

 

For more on the Beltre market, click here. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


11/17/2010 - 12:37pm
Fla. owner thinks Hanley will retire a Marlin

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Speaking at the MLB owners' meetings, Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told WEEI.com that he fully expects Hanley Ramirez to remain with his team, and predicts that the 26-year-old will end his career with the Marlins.

 

"Do I think he will retire a Marlin? Yes," Loria said.

 

"I love Hanley. You can tell everybody in Boston that my wife [Julie] is from Massachusetts [Leominster], she likes Hanley too, and she wouldn't let me get rid of him. But you never know. We signed him to a seven-year deal for a reason. There's no reason to think he should not be with us."

 

Ramirez, who has been rumored to be a target of the Red Sox in past years, signed a six-year, $70 million extension during the 2008 season. In 2010, his fifth full major league season, Ramirez hit .300, with 21 homers, and 32 stolen bases. Since arriving with the Marlins in the trade that sent Josh...

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