Late Links Thursday

The weekend weather is looking pretty good at this point, and if you’re looking to get one of your last golf rounds in for the season or to be able to help out a family and cause in need, consider supporting the Cooper Open. The golf tournament and barbeque will be held on October 7, 2006, 11 a.m. at the Pease Golf Course in Portsmouth, NH. The Cooper family has three beautiful daughters who are afflicted with Mitochondrial Disorders, and the cost for treatment is constantly rising. Last year $16,000 was raised at the Open, with half going to the Coopers and half going to Marcel’s Way (a non-profit established to provide information, education and financial support to those whose lives are touched by Mitochondrial Disorders.)

Your support would be greatly appreciated. If you’re unable to attend, you can also donate on the page for the Cooper Open.

Ellis Hobbs garnered a lot of attention in the Patriots locker room yesterday as the second year cornerback tries to work his return from a broken wrist suffered in the Denver game. John Tomase has Hobbs preaching the “day-to-day” line, while still holding out hope of playing this weekend. Shalise Manza Young has Hobbs hoping for a rapid recovery. Alan Greenberg also has a look at Hobbs, who says he was so upset at not being able to play against that the Bengals that he had a few tears while watching the game at home. Jennifer Toland has more of Hobbs talking about his injury and hopes for a quick return. Michael Parente says Hobbs is anxious to get back out on the field. Mark Farinella has more on Hobbs wanting to play Sunday against Miami.

Tony Massarotti claims that Bill Belichick and the Patriots are talking up the Dolphins because they know this week is a cream puff. Jim Donaldson says that Belichick must be joking with us when he’s praising Miami. Mike Reiss notes that the high expectations set for the Dolphins at the start of the year have yet to be realized. Albert Breer looks at how both the Patriots and Dolphins are able to change up their appearances and schemes from week-to-week, making them hard to prepare for. Tomase says that despite their tough start, Dante Culpepper and the Dolphins remain confident that they will be able to turn things around. Eric McHugh offers up a report card from the Cincinnati game.

Jackie MacMullan says that the Patriots will be coming at Culpepper full force this Sunday. (Nice touch with Boston.com adding video clips to the top of certain stories.) Jeff Howe also says that the Patriots aim this Sunday will be to rattle Culpepper.

Ian Clark looks at Jarvis Green being honored as AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his three sack performance against Cincinnati. Massarotti also looks at some of the struggles that Tom Brady has had against the Dolphins. Breer has a look at Chad Scott, who stepped up big in the absence of Hobbs last week against the Bengals. Glenn Farley looks at Ty Warren’s strong performance thus far this season.

Tomase’s notebook has more on the hit that Reche Caldwell took on Sunday and how he feels now. Dan Pires’ notebook also looks at Caldwell bouncing back from the hit. Reiss’ notebook (also with a video clip) has Hobbs talking about his injury. Young’s notebook has Belichick warning us not to dismiss the Dolphins. Parente’s notebook has more on Green being honored by the league. Toland’s notebook also reports on the honor.

David Ferris has some fantasy football player rankings by position for this week.

Sean McAdam reports that Indians director of player development John Farrell could be the top candidate to replace Dave Wallace as pitching coach. He also says that the firing of Buck Showalter in Texas could’ve closed a potential landing place for Manny Ramirez. Michael Silverman says that atop the Red Sox list of things to do this winter is to overhaul the bullpen, which includes finding a replacement for Jonathan Papelbon in the closer role. Buddy Thomas says that the only chance that Theo Epstein has to make amends for 2006 is to trade Manny Ramirez this offseason. Joe Haggerty looks at what moving Papelbon to the rotation next season means for the Red Sox.

Rob Bradford has Carlos Pena saying that he’ll always cherish the time he got to spend with the Red Sox. Mike Fine tries to figure out what happened to the 2006 season.

Bob Hohler has a good feature on former Red Sox outfielder Jimmy Piersall, who is being honored by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for his play as a high schooler in Connecticut. Hohler even manages to talk to Piersall’s godson, who is none other than disgraced US Representative Mark Foley.

Lenny Megliola looks at whether the Celtics and Bruins can grab some of the spotlight away from the Red Sox and Patriots this winter.

Shira Springer profiles Celtics rookie point guard Rajon Rondo, who is impressing early on in camp, even as he learns the pro game. Mark Murphy looks at Tony Allen as the third year guard continues to recover from knee surgery and regains his confidence (with the help of Paul Pierce) after a wasted second season in the league. Kevin McNamara has Ryan Gomes looking to build on his strong rookie season after a summer of hard work on his game. Jim Fenton has Gerald Green looking to make a big leap in his second season in the league. Mike Fine looks at what Theo Ratliff can bring to the Celtics – defense and the ability to teach it to his younger teammates.

Springer’s notebook has Delonte West planning on practicing on Sunday. Murphy’s notebook has Togo Palazzi addressing the team about the importance of roles on a winning team. Palazzi was the player cut when Bill Russell joined the Celtics in 1957 following the Melbourne Olympics. Fine’s notebook has Paul Pierce displaying that he’s in great shape to start camp.

Karen Guregian looks at the ways in which Zdeno Chara is going to influence and improve the Bruins. Mike Loftus says that Chara will stand tall as the Bruins captain. Steve Buckley has Charlie Jacobs hoping to reward the patience of Bruins fans. Steve Conroy looks at one of the Bruins many newcomers, winger Shean Donovan. He also has an extensive Bruins Roundup, looking at who’s back and who’s new.

Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has the Bruins looking to be a force on the power play this season. Conroy’s notebook says that Petr Kalus is being sent to Providence to get an opportunity to play regular minutes.

Bill Doyle‘s Tuning In column this week checks in with Andy Brickley, looking forward to another season of Bruins telecasts, and has a quick preview of what NESN has planned for this season. Richard Sandomir had a terrific piece on Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, who remembers his days covering the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Condolences go out to the family of Rich Pedroli, the former sports editor for the Woonsocket Call and Sunday editor for the MetroWest Daily News passed away on Monday at the age of 44. Russ Olivo has a remembrance of Pedroli in the Call, and Joe Fitzgerald remembers him in the Herald.

ESPN has Tigers/Yankees at 1:00 and Cardinals/Padres at 4:00. FOX has Dodgers/Mets at 8:00. ESPN also has Florida St/NC St college football at 7:30.

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