David Scott leads off with another look at Ron Borges’ comments about “getting screwed” by the Globe in the plagiarism case this spring.
Borges, it seems, just won’t go quietly.
Over on Patriots Daily, Christopher Price has his weekly Inside Gillette column, where he takes a look at rookie linebacker Oscar Lua’s efforts to make the club, gives us five things to look for Thursday night against the Giants and has a stat and quote of the week from Gillette.
Asante Samuel returned to the fold yesterday, but as John Tomase points out, he gained nothing by his holdout. Christopher L. Gasper writes that Samuel’s return will cause some shifting around in the defensive secondary. Shalise Manza Young reports that while Samuel showed up yesterday, he did not yet sign the one-year franchise tender. Albert Breer says that the final piece to the Patriots puzzle fell into place when Samuel reported yesterday. David Heuschkel says that Samuel’s return appeared to have been met with a collective ho-hum at Gillette.
Tomase has Samuel’s teammates happy that he is back, but saying that now is the time for him to get to work in preparation for the season. Mark Farinella has more on Samuel finally being in the house for the Patriots. Jennifer Toland has more on Samuel’s teammates reacting to his return to the fold.
Robert Lee has Kelley Washington trying to stick at a crowded wide receiver position for the Patriots. Mark Farinella has more on the 28-year-old Washington, who brings some impressive physical gifts to the field. Eric McHugh looks at another receiver, Randy Moss, who has his fair share of vocal critics, as well as supporters. Breer reports that it appears that Nick Kaczur has won the right tackle job to start the season. Jeff Howe has rookie Kareem Brown hoping to steal some playing time from the veterans, in addition to stealing their moves.
Gasper’s notebook has coach Bill Belichick praising Willie Andrews, who could see some time at safety if Eugene Wilson is out for an extended period of time. Tomase’s notebook has owner Robert Kraft cautiously optimistic about the team’s chances this year. Paul Kenyon’s notebook has Marcellus Rivers to trying make a roster sport for himself as a blocking tight end. Toland’s notebook discusses the cuts that must be made by 4:00pm today. Six players will need to be cut from the roster by that time.
Rob Bradford has an interview with Red Sox owner John Henry about what his club has done over the last few years to try and compete with the Yankees. Nick Cafardo also has a look at the Red Sox and Yankees, with New York having been unable thus far to catch the Red Sox in the division. Sean McAdam says that this Red Sox/Yankees series feels more like an afterthought than a showdown. Bill Ballou however, says that Red Sox fans must feel like Titanic survivors as they head into the series with the Yankees. Terry Nau says that the difference between the Red Sox and Yankees this season is money well-spent. Jon Couture has the Red Sox and Yankees ready to rumble once more, as does Joe Haggerty.
Lenny Megliola looks at who has overachieved, underachieved, or landed somewhere in the middle this season for the Red Sox. Gordon Edes looks at Mike Timlin, who is closing in on his 1000th career big league appearance. Jeff Goldberg says that last Friday will be remembered as the turning point in this season for both the Red Sox and Yankees.
Scott Souza has a look at the newest Celtic, forward James Posey, who looks forward to making another title run. Steve Bulpett has Posey saying that the Celtics offered the best opportunity to win a championship. Jessica Camerato has more from Posey. Daniel Malloy has more on Posey’s introduction at the Garden.
Mike Biglin has the Revolution doing some fine tuning in their time off.