After much consternation and hand wringing on the part of fans and talk radio hosts when a new deal wasn’t announced last Friday, the New England Patriots and record-setting wide receiver Randy Moss agreed to a new three-year contract last night that will keep Tom Brady’s top weapon in Foxboro.
Karen Guregian has Moss turning down a more lucrative offer from the Philadelphia Eagles in order to stay with Brady here in New England. Christopher L. Gasper and Mike Reiss says that in the end, common sense won out over dollars and cents. Shalise Manza Young has a collective sigh of relief going out around New England with the news. John Tomase says that this was a deal that the Patriots had to get done. Mark Farinella also heard the big sigh of relief that was collectively released around New England yesterday at the news.
Douglas Flynn has more on Moss choosing to remain here in New England, and notes that the Patriots still have plenty of work to do this offseason. Christopher Price has Moss returning to clear up some “unfinished business” here with the Patriots. David Heuschkel has the most dangerous tandem in the NFL returning for the Patriots with Moss’ re-signing.
Reiss’ notebook has a look at the Patriots also signing free agent wide receiver/specials teams ace Sam Aiken to a two year contract yesterday. Guregian’s notebook has more on the signing of Aiken and what his his role with the club figures to be.
The Celtics get a little more help today on their road towards an NBA championship as point guard Sam Cassell joins them for the stretch run. Peter May says that the deal is signed and that the 38-year-old Cassell will likely join the team for shootaround tomorrow morning. May also has quotes from Pistons coach Flip Saunders, who coached Kevin Garnett and Cassell in Minnesota. Steve Bulpett has Doc Rivers thrilled with the addition of Cassell to his roster, but makes it a point to say that the signing is not a statement on the play of Rajon Rondo. Jim Fenton looks at the Celtics getting some much-needed backcourt depth with the addition of Cassell.
Scott Souza says that Cassell has had Boston as his aim as early as last summer. Jeff Clark says that Danny Ainge should be the easy winner of NBA executive of the year with all the right moves he’s made this season. Garry Brown looks at the return of Celtics Pride. Bulpett’s notebook examines the new trend of everyone now wanting to play in Boston for the Celtics.
The Bruins six game winning streak came crashing to a halt last night as the Washington Capitals put up six goals in the first period on the Bruins, running away to a 10-2 victory over Boston in the Verizon Center. Fluto Shinzawa and Steve Conroy have the game reports. Mike Loftus says that history is actually on the Bruins side for tonights game against the Panthers at the Garden.
Dan Shaughnessy has a look at Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox phenom outfielder who appears to be on the fast-track to stardom. Michael Silverman says you would never know that Ellsbury and Coco Crisp were vying for the same job. Alex Speier looks at Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie as two of the future faces of the Red Sox. Maureen Mullen has more on Lowrie, who sees his path to the majors blocked by Julio Lugo at the shortstop position.
Jeff Horrigan says that Bartolo Colon could be much closer to being ready to pitch than anyone previous thought. Jeff Goldberg has more on the strong session from Colon. Sean McAdam has Colon taking an important first step with the session yesterday.
Joe Haggerty has Sean Casey fitting in with the Red Sox in the early going thus far. Speier says that getting rest for the pitching staff will be a critical factor for the Sox to get back to the World Series. Horrigan also reports on Josh Beckett getting a “B” game tune-up yesterday.
Old friend Bill Griffith in the Globe reports on Volvo producing a Red Sox special edition of its popular C30 two-door hatchback.
The Globe notebook has Kyle Snyder setting his sights on the fifth starter’s role in the rotation for the Red Sox. They also report on the results of Bartolo Colon’s encouraging bullpen session. The Herald notebook has Jonathan Papelbon’s agents in town to talk to the Sox, but very little progress is being made on a new contract for the closer. They also report on Dice-K’s training plans. McAdam’s notebook has Beckett pleased with his workload thus far in camp.