Pats In The Clear

Mike Reiss reports that the NFL has decided there will be no further sanctions against the Patriots for the spying incident. The Herald says that the league has received and destroyed all intelligence gathered by the Patriots in this matter.

Patriots Daily has your weekly roundtable discussion on the team, and a look at this weekend’s game with the Bills. As always, your comments and thoughts are encouraged on the page.

Michael Felger says that once again, the AFC East will be no contest…and it appears it will be that way for some time to come. Christopher Price says that no team is better at playing with a lead than the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young has Bill Belichick praising the Bills. Eric McHugh has the Patriots looking to improve their red zone defense. Chris Kennedy says not to expect this as the week that the Bills come due.

Karen Guregian and Christopher L. Gasper each look at second year running back Laurence Maroney, who talks about his upright running style, and doesn’t plan to change it. Jennifer Toland has the Patriots leading the league in rushing defense after two games. Mark Farinella has Rosevelt Colvin talking about his preparation and his development as a linebacker here in New England.

Guregian has Asante Samuel getting his legs under him after sitting out most of training camp. Robert Lee has a piece on Wes Welker, and how the receiver is fitting in nicely with the Patriots. David Heuschkel looks at the timing of Rodney Harrison’s HGH buys. Hector Longo comes up with some stray shots to take.

Guregian’s notebook has the Patriots defense vowing to improve its red zone play, where the first two opponents are 4-4 thus far this season. Gasper’s notebook says that Samuel has made up ground quickly, like any good cornerback. Lee’s notebook has Samuel approaching top form once again. Toland’s notebook tabs Welker as a guy who already makes things happen.

Jim McCabe and Jim Lazar have their weekend picks, while Double D and I.M. Bettor check the action.

Red Sox

If the Red Sox make the playoffs, it appears that they will be facing either the Angels or the Indians. Michael Silverman takes a look at each club and why the Sox would want to face them. Bob Ryan says that if the Red Sox would be the weakest of the AL playoff teams if it turns out to be the Angels, Yankees, Indians and Boston in the postseason. Sean McAdam makes the case that how the team plays in September will have no bearing on how they play in October. Jeff Goldberg notes that by tinkering with their rotation and roster, the Red Sox have gotten themselves in some hot water in the AL East race.

Jim Donaldson goes after Theo Epstein, saying that the Red Sox GM might want to keep his gorilla suit handy. Rob Bradford says that there is still time to get things turned around in the final nine games of the season. Joe Haggerty notes that an oblique strain, like what Manny Ramirez is suffering from, can be a tricky injury to properly come back from. Lenny Megliola says that the Red Sox need Jonathan Papelbon to put his last two poor outings behind him and be dominant again.

Amalie Benjamin has Sox ace Josh Beckett looking to get his 20th win of the season tonight, but more importantly, to stop the Red Sox losing streak. Bradford has more on Josh Beckett going for win number 20 tonight, and notes the hard work that Beckett has put in to get to this point. Garry Brown has more on Beckett going for win number 20.

Benjamin’s notebook has Gabe Kapler putting his managerial career on hold and hoping to come back as a player next season. Bradford has more on Kapler itching to play next season.

Other

Marc J. Spears talks to new Celtic Ray Allen, who has no problem being a co-star here in Boston after years of being the top dog on mediocre NBA teams.

FSN had their Celtics media luncheon yesterday, and will become part of Comcast SportsNet on October 1st. They are building a new studio for the network, and programming will include a full half hour pre and post game show for the Celtics, for each game, (including weekends, which they didn’t do in the past) and a weekly Celtics magazine show, slated for Tuesdays at 7:30. Greg Dickerson will now also be the sideline reporter for away games as well as home games, and Tommy Heinsohn will sit out some of the longer road trips, with Donny Marshall taking his place. In those games, Heinsohn will be part of the pre-game show instead. There was also talk down the road of Comcast creating an extensive sports news organization for New England.

Susan Bickelhaupt has more on Heinsohn and the Comcast SportsNet move. In the Herald, The Inside Track has the news from the luncheon.

David Scott reports that Glenn Geffner’s role with the Red Sox radio network will be greatly reduced (if not eliminated) next season.

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