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07/26/2011 - 1:18pm
Report: Mankins to sign franchise tender

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Logan Mankins will sign a franchise tender with the Patriots and report to training camp on time.

The All-Pro guard missed the first seven games of last season with contract issues before signing a $1.54 million tender. He is expected to earn about $10.1 million this season, unless the Patriots and Mankins can work out a long-term contract before September 20.

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07/26/2011 - 11:18am
Report: Pats to release Banta-Cain

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have informed linebacker Tully Banta-Cain that he will be released on Thursday.

Banta-Cain -- who underwent surgery last Friday to repair an abdominal tear -- had a team-best 10 sacks in 2010 and five sacks in 2011, second on the club to Mike Wright's 5.5. 

Banta-Cain was set to earn a base salary of $2.3 million in 2011.

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07/26/2011 - 9:42am
Herzlich signs with Giants

Former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich has signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent.

"Decision is made I will be a #GIANT can't wait to get to #NYC. Thank you for everything." tweeted Herzlich on Tuesday morning. 

The 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year -- who missed the 2009 season as he overcame Ewing’s sarcoma -- was not chosen in April's NFL Draft. There were several reports on Monday that had Herzlich potentially landing in Baltimore, but the linebacker instead heads to the Giants, a team loaded with BC connections, including head coach Tom Coughlin (and several assistant coaches and members of the front office) and guard Chris Snee.

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07/26/2011 - 8:46am
Rondo: Perkins trade affected C's too much

As has long been suspected, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo admitted to Yahoo! Sports that the trade of his good friend Kendrick Perkins in late February had a bigger impact on the team's mental focus than it should have.

"It wasn't like the man passed away or something," Rondo told Yahoo! Sports reporter Marc J. Spears. "I think we put too much emphasis on it. It's a business. He got traded. He's very happy where he's at. We still talk, and I'm always going to have his back. It shouldn't have affected us the way it affected us."

Of course, as Celtics head coach Doc Rivers pointed out, the starting five that won the 2008 NBA title never lost a playoff series with a healthy Perkins on the floor. The team's 2004 first-round draft pick missed the first 43 games of the 2010-11 NBA season, recovering from the ACL tear he suffered in the Game 6 loss to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals.

Opponents of the trade that sent Perkins...

07/26/2011 - 6:50am
Mashup: Did ex-Flyers party too much?

It was a surprise to much of the hockey world when the Flyers traded captain Mike Richards and Jeff Carter this offseason. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that it may have had more to do with the players' off-ice activities, with two unnamed ex-teammates implying Richards and Carter were partying and drinking to excess. The two refused to write their uniform numbers on a board in the locker room under a pledge to abstain from alcohol as per coach Peter Laviolette's request.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren denied the rumored reason for the trades and was offended that players would reveal such information. "That's our locker room. Our inner sanctum. Our board. Someone's crossing a line here," he said.

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