Pats Looking Guilty

Although the NFL has denied that any decision has been made, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported last night that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has determined that the Patriots broke league rules on Sunday with the placement of the cameraman near the Jets sideline. The network’s John Clayton also has a piece on what this means for the team.

Over at Patriots Daily, Dan Snapp says that We’ve All Been Cheated. You are also encouraged weigh in with your comments on the situation over there.

John Tomase and Mike Reiss have the story locally. Tomase talks to an ex-cameraman, who says that the Browns cameramen had a reputation even when Belichick was in Cleveland coaching the Browns. Reiss examines what a football team can gain by stealing the opponents signals. Shalise Manza Young looks at the incident, stressing that the league is denying that any decision has been made about the situation. Albert Breer reports that the commissioner has come to a preliminary finding that the Patriots are guilty. Curt Brown focuses in on the cameraman, New Bedford native Matthew Estrella. Mark Farinella looks at the accusations coming in fast and furious from around the league. Jeff Jacobs says that cheating is cheating, though this situation is nothing new.

Tony Massarotti says that we really shouldn’t be surprised by any of this. Jim Donaldson says that this is just another recent black eye for the Patriots, who are seeing their image crumbled right before our eyes. David Brown says that Belichick is is guilty of letting “his team down with calculated stupidity” if these allegations are true. Lenny Megliola has the Patriots joining the tradition of cheaters in sports. David Heuschkel has the evidence piling up against the Patriots. Joseph R. LaPlante says that we live in a cheating culture. Farinella doesn’t seem to think that this whole thing is a huge deal, noting that coaches have always been willing to do anything to get an edge. Chad Finn has a First and 10 look back at Patriots/Jets.

Reiss’ notebook has Vince Wilfork saying that the Patriots players aren’t going to be distracted or effected by this incident. Tomase’s notebook has the Patriots releasing linebacker David Herron, who they had just claimed from the Vikings last week.

Red Sox
Down 8-1 to the Devil Rays in the fourth inning last night, the Red Sox offense finally woke up, outscoring Tampa 15-2 the rest of the way to a 16-10 win at Fenway Park.

Jeff Horrigan has the Sox remaining calm when facing the early deficit, and coming back with a vengeance. Amalie Benjamin reports on the Red Sox getting their power back at Fenway last night. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox launching an offensive explosion on the Rays last night. Jeff Goldberg has more on the super-sized comeback for the Sox. Phil O’Neill has the Sox hoping that this win is a momentum builder.

Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox are proving to be resilient down the stretch. Bill Burt has Jason Varitek asking the fans to support J.D. Drew rather than booing him. Megliola says that this game lasted longer than Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue.. Not bad for ol “Megs.” Sarah Green says that with the Yankees up this weekend, each of these games against the Rays becomes more important. Michael Silverman has Tim Wakefield stuck in a bad streak since returning from a sore back. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports on Kevin Cash chipping in with his bat last night.

Silverman reports on a new arrangement where the team with the best record in each league will be able to choose their own playoff schedule for the Division Series. They’ll be given the option of choosing a schedule “that lasts up to eight days featuring three off days or the one that lasts up to seven days and has two off days.” Alex Speier notes that Jon Lester has been very impressive in his last two outings, even if they did come against the Devil Rays. Chad Finn is concerned about the struggles of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Silverman says that spy warfare exists in baseball as well. Speier also notes that Eric Gagne could be more important than you think to the Red Sox postseason hopes. Horrigan has Jacoby Ellsbury learning to hit with power.

Horrigan’s notebook has Julio Lugo excited at the possibility that the Red Sox could open the 2008 season in Japan. Benjamin’s notebook has more on the struggles of Wakefield. The Projo notebook says that looking for an edge is just part of the game. Goldberg’s notebook has more on the new perk for the team with the best record. O’Neill’s notebook says that Lester’s shot at the postseason roster appears slim.

Bruins
Stephen Harris looks at five keys for the Bruins hopes as they head into training camp. Kevin Paul Dupont has Patrice Bergeron vowing to show improvement this season and hoping to stay healthier as a result of his offseason work. Harris has Peter Chiarelli hoping just to make the Bruins relevant again. Mike Loftus has the Bruins getting ready for their first camp under Claude Julien.

Douglas Flynn looks at the deal that the Bruins made for forward Petteri Nokelainen yesterday. Fluto Shinzawa has more on the deal with the Islanders. Harris says that the deal with Isles has potential

Michael Vega has Dale Earnhardt Jr expressing his disappointment at not making the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship.

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