Mike Reiss has an optimistic Tom Brady saying that he doesn’t see any reason why he won’t be ready to go in time for the ’09 season opener. Rich Thompson has more on Brady’s appearance yesterday, where he made the statements about his recovery. Shalise Manza Young says Brady will likely get into trouble with his head coach for talking so much yesterday, but it sure made Patriots fans feel better. Glen Farley has more on Brady’s road to recovery.
Mark Blaudschun has a look at the preparations Northeastern’s Brian Mandeville has made for the NFL Combine. Karen Guregian says that the Patriots will likely be looking for secondary help at the combine.
John Tomase has Jacoby Ellsbury hoping to bounce back big at the plate in 2009. Brian MacPherson says that the leadoff spot might not actually be the best spot for Ellsbury. Maureen Mullen has Jonathan Papelbon rested and ready to go this season. Alex Speier says that the shadow of Manny Ramirez has not yet been lifted from the Red Sox.
Amalie Benjamin has Red Sox ownership and management holding court yesterday. Tomase has John Henry talking again about bringing a salary cap to baseball after another offseason of unlimited spending by the Yankees. Bob Ryan has more on the financial discussion by the owners, and why it was needed. Joe McDonald has the owners supporting ‘an enlightened form’ of a salary cap.
Steve Buckley says that it is time for the Red Sox ownership to begin planning a new Fenway Park. Ron Chimelis says that David Ortiz is a little late to be joining the debate on steroids. Joe McDonald has Lou Merloni talking to Rocco Baldelli about what to expect playing so close to home. Buckley has Josh Bard choosing to wear #3, which once belonged to Jimmie Foxx.
Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics would like to make a trade before today’s deadline, but don’t expect to be able to do so. Frank Dell’Apa and Marc J. Spears also report that all is quiet on the trade front for Boston.
Mark Murphy provides a Celtics report card at the All Star break. Robert Lee has older, wiser Paul Pierce enjoying the fruits of his work. Jim Fenton has the Celtics getting back to work tonight in Utah. Jeff Howe looks at the contenders around the NBA.
Steve Conroy says that the win in Carolina might’ve done wonders for the Bruins’ psyche. Kevin Paul Dupont has Patrice Bergeron finally starting to feel like his old self. Matt Kalman has a look at Stephane Yelle. Joe Haggerty says that it is time for the young Bruins to grow up. Haggerty also has a blog post on who the Bruins might be looking at at the NHL trade deadline approaches.