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12/03/2010 - 2:51pm
King on D&H: McCourty key for Patriots

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon and previewed the Patriots-Jets matchup. King said he only recently decided that the Patriots can win the game, based on one player's performance in last week's win over the Lions.

 

"I think the Patriots will [win]," King said. "If you would have asked me two weeks ago, or even especially before the Detroit game, there's a good chance I would have said the Jets. But something happened in that Detroit game to convince me that the Patriots are OK. And that is the play of Devin McCourty. I just think that he now gives Santonio Holmes a real tough day on that side of the field.

 

"Hey, look, I have no idea what [Bill] Belichick will do. Nobody does. But I think it's logical to suggest that on more than half of the obvious passing plays in this game that Devin McCourty's going to be on...

12/03/2010 - 2:23pm
Sturm discusses deal that wasn't
By: DJ Bean

After taking a day off from skating at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington on Friday, Marco Sturm spoke about his situation with the team. The Bruins reportedly had a deal in place with the Kings to send him to LA, but health issues held up the trade. Sturm, who waived his no-trade clause to facilitate the deal, said he did not take a physical and is unsure of why the deal fell through. 

 

Sturm said that he was willing to waive his no-trade clause after a talk with general manager Peter Chiarelli. The team needs to shed salary, and Sturm, who will have a $3.5 million cap hit when he returns from his torn ACL and MCL, is a logical candidate to go as a result. 

 

 “I’ve got to see the situation," Sturm told reporters. "I had a talk with Peter and he...

12/03/2010 - 2:15pm
Pats practice: Wright, Pryor, Wilhite out

FOXBORO -- For second straight day, CB Jonathan Wilhite, and defensive linemen Myron Pryor and Mike Wright were the only three missing from Patriots practice as the team worked out in sweats and shells on the main stadium field. 

 

Wilhite has missed the last two games with a hip injury. Pryor suffered a back injury against Cleveland and has been inactive for the three games since Nov. 7. Wright missed the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit after injuring his neck and suffering a concussion against Indianapolis on Nov. 21. 

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


12/03/2010 - 2:04pm
Patriots add Moore, cut Woods

The Patriots announced Friday they have signed defensive end/outside linebacker Eric Moore and released outside linebacker Pierre Woods.

Here's part of the announcement that was issued by the team on the move:

Moore, 6-4, 268 pounds, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the New York Giants (2005), New Orleans Saints (2006) and St. Louis Rams (2006-08). He spent the last seven games of the 2009 season on the Carolina practice squad and went to training camp with the Panthers in 2010 but was waived on Sept. 4.

Moore originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick by the New York Giants out of Florida State in 2005. After playing in eight games as a rookie in 2005, Moore was released by the Giants following training camp in 2006. He was then signed to the New Orleans’ practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster and playing in four games for the Saints. After being waived from the Saints, he finished...

12/03/2010 - 1:46pm
Beltre: 'I do hope I stay with the Red Sox'

Free agent Adrian Beltre said Thursday that he would like to remain a member of the Red Sox. "These guys are my friends and they made me feel part of the team," Beltre told The Boston Globe. "There's a lot going on right now, but I do hope I stay with the Red Sox."

 

Beltre, who flew from Los Angeles to the Dominican Republic to take part in David Ortiz' charity event, said he has a deal on the table, but he did not identify which team it's from. "I could make a deal right now if I wanted to," he said. "But I want to wait and make sure I make the right decision."

 

The A's reportedly are in pursuit of the third baseman, who hit .321 with 28 home runs and 102 RBI for the Sox last season. But Beltre said his enjoyed the experience in his first season in Boston.

 

"I got used to seeing that park full in the first inning and still full in the ninth inning. I liked...

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