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11/23/2009 - 9:04am
Esiason on D&C: Pats eye Peyton

Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Patriots' win over the Jets and other NFL news. Esiason talked about the "game within a game" that is motivating players. He said he believes Bill Belichick tries to reward Tom Brady by allowing him to go for better numbers than Peyton Manning.

 

"I think Belichick always uses anything he that he possibly can to motivate his team," Esiason said. "There's always, I think, another level of competition that's going on here. They might publicly disagree with me, but I always think that Belichick wants Tom Brady to have better statistics than Peyton Manning. That's the ultimate competition at the highest levels of the NFL. You look at the numbers that Tom puts up every week, and they throw the ball so much, I wouldn't doubt — and this is just me probably taking a leap of faith here — I wouldn't...

11/23/2009 - 7:23am
Morning Mashup: Clips duo clipped

Former Celtics first-round draft bust Michael Smith was suspended from providing analysis on Los Angeles Clippers radio broadcasts because of comments about an Iranian-born player, but it hardly seems worth it once you hear the comments. We've got lots of clips today, including Kobe Bryant's behind-the-backboard shot, an amazing drive from the Denver Nuggets' J.R. Smith, a fantastic football finish, and the Anaheim Ducks fan fight over a hockey stick. It's all at Monday's Morning Mashup, along with links to the news of the day, plus trivia, the automatically generated transcript of the day and more.


11/23/2009 - 6:51am
Sox' Drew explains his surgery

Speaking to WEEI.com from his home in Georgia, Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew explained that the surgery he had in Boston last Thursday was a procedure that cut away some bone spurs that were irritating his acromioclavicular (AC) joint in the outfielder's left shoulder. The ailment, which had led to two cortisone shots during the 2009 season, had gotten appreciably worse as the offseason unfolded, according to Drew, leading to the operation.

 

"I got to the point a couple of times where it was really painful during the season but got the shot and it took the edge off," Drew explained. "When you're doing baseball every day I think your body is loosened up and more accepting to those motions you do. But when you come home for the offseason and everything starts healing up that's when a lot of time you start noticing...

11/23/2009 - 2:09am
Report: Sox shopping Lowell

According to FoxSports.com, the Red Sox are offering Mike Lowell to other clubs and offering to pick up $6 million of his $12 million salary in 2010. Even so, the report cited a rival executive who suggested that other teams would not be inclined to pick up that much of the third baseman's salary for next year.
 
Lowell is entering the final season of a three-year, $37.5 million deal he signed after the 2007 World Series. The 35-year-old hit .290 with a .337 OBP, .474 slugging percentage and .811 OPS in 2009 while hitting 17 homers and driving in 75 runs. He was limited to 119 games in his first season following surgery on his right hip labrum after the 2008 campaign.
 
For more, visit the Full Count blog.


11/22/2009 - 11:52pm
Northeastern drops football program

Northeastern University announced through a press release on Sunday night that the school has dropped its football program.

 

"The decision was made by a panel consisting of senior administrators, trustees, faculty, alumni, donors and students. The Athletics Review Panel has met since 2007 to discuss the direction of the Athletic Department. Peter Roby, director of athletics and recreation, headed this panel and made the initial recommendation to discontinue football, which the panel accepted."

 

Northeastern finished this season, 3-8, including 3-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Roby said the benchmark for defining a program’s success is not wins and losses, but creating a positive student-athlete experience. "The primary motivation for this decision was based on the significant obstacles to...

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