Pats trade Cassel and Vrabel to Chiefs

28 02 2009

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By: Brendan Tyman

The Patriots have sent quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to Kansas City for the 34th pick in the upcoming draft in April.

With this move, New England has freed up $18 million in cap space and they have 3 selections in the 2nd round in April and they have more money to resign players like Vince Wilfork and Richard Seymour, whose contracts are expiring after next season.

Cassel spent 3 years on the bench until Tom Brady went down with a season-ending knee injury in the opening game against of all teams, the Chiefs. He went on to prove that he was more than a capable backup as he threw for 3474 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Also, he led the Pats to an 11-5 record.

The Patriots could not afford to keep Cassel as a backup because he would have cost $14.6 million, which is the same amount of money they are paying Brady.

Meanwhile Vrabel has been known for his versatilty as he played both inside and outside linebacker as well as lining up in the goal line offense to catch a few touchdowns, including in Super Bowl XXXVIII. He is coming off a down year with 87 tackles and just 4 sacks.

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Haynesworth Signs With ‘Skins

28 02 2009

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By: Brendan Tyman

Albert Haynesworth chose the Redskins. He accepted the $100 million, seven-year offer with $41 million guarantee from Washington.

Haynesworth will be under the microscope from the ‘Skins fans and media. He was a key cog in the middle of the defensive line for the Tennessee Titans the past couple of years and helped them gain the top playoff spot in the AFC last season.

The Redskins now have a formidable line with Jason Taylor and Andre Carter, who had 7 1/2 sacks last year, on the outside and Haynesworth on the inside.

Haynesworth was drafted in the 1st round in 2002 out of the University of Tennessee. He is 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds. In addition, he has managed 24 sacks throughout his career.

In other news, Washington resigned cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a $54 million, six year deal. This includes $22 million guaranteed. He played with the Oakland Raiders and ‘Skins last season picking off 5 passes, 2 with Washington.





Marbury Had Stellar Debut

28 02 2009

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By: Brendan Tyman

Playing his first game in a Boston uniform, Stephon Marbury played well enough to help the Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 104-99. He also received a rousing ovation from the Garden crowd when he was first stepped on the court in the final seconds of the opening quarter.

Marbury tallied 8 points and 2 assists in 13 minutes of playing time. He also keyed the 16-4 run for the Celtics early in the 4th quarter as he made a couple of nice driving layups. Rajon Rondo recorded 17 assists. Ray Allen led all scorers with 30. Glen “Big Baby” Davis added 18 points

This was a back-and-forth contest, but the C’s controlled the final frame until the Pacers made a late run to cut their 13 point defecit to 4. Davis converted a key 3 point play and the Celts made some clutch free throws down the stretch to hold on to the victory.

T.J. Ford put up 23 points for Indiana. Troy Murphy contributed with 20 points and 13 boards.

On Sunday, the Detroit Pistons come into town hoping to stay on track after a win over Orlando last night.





Bruins Skate Past Ducks, 6-0

26 02 2009
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By Jim Chandley

Boston brought intensity that we haven’t seen in some time tonight as they hosted Anaheim at the Garden.  Tim Thomas stopped 35 shots and recorded his 4th shutout of the season.

Matt Hunwick scored at 17:54 in the first.  Michael Ryder and Chuck Kobasew each netted two goals in the Second period, effectively ending the game.  Byron Bitz tacked one on in the middle of the third.

The Bruins will host Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon at 1.  The Bruins still lead the Eastern Conference with 92 points and have the second best record in all of hockey.





Tough Loss In LA

26 02 2009

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By: Brendan Tyman

After putting together one of their best displays of team basketball, the Celtics left their flawless play in Denver. They lost to one of the biggest laughingstock franchises in the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers. LA has not been kind to Boston this year as the C’s have lost to both the Lakers and the Clippers at the Staples Center this season.

Boston had 21 turnovers and shot just 68 percent from the charity stripe. Despite playing through a dislocated thumb in the 2nd half, Paul Pierce finished with 20 points. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each scored 17.

Coming off a suspension for punching Louis Amundson in the face, Zach Randolph killed the Celts with 30 points and 12 boards. Marcus Camby also posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Baron Davis knocked down 16 and recorded 7 rebounds.

After the C’s took an 82-73 lead early in the 4th quarter, the Clips went on a 20-9 run to close the game.

Mikki Moore added 4 points and 2 assists in his Celtic debut.

The Celtics finished the 6-game swing with a record of 4-2 and now find themselves behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.





Bruins Stomp Panthers

25 02 2009

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By Jim Chandley

After a 1-3-1 road trip, the Bruins just needed to sleep in their own beds for a night.  Back at the Garden on Tuesday, Boston dominated the Florida Panthers in every aspect of the game.

The Bruins were clearly a better team all night, taking a 3-1 lead into the 3rd period.  But in the 3rd, things just got out of hand.  Byron Bitz, Aaron Ward and Michael Ryder (back from injury) all netted goals in the third.

Between the fourth and fifth goals, Chuck Kobasew destroyed the Panthers Keith Ballard along the boards in the Panthers zone.  Ballard got up looking for a piece of Kobasew and didn’t get much.  The two danced, Kobasew landed a few shots and Ballard fell to his knees.  The fight was not one-sided, but Ballard had already lost when his clocked was cleaned seconds earlier.

Tim Thomas stopped 24 of 25 shots from Florida for his 26th win of the season.

The B’s will host the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at the Garden.





C’s Add Moore, Possibly Marbury

24 02 2009

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By: Brendan Tyman

With today’s announcement of the signing of recently released Mikki Moore, the Celtics improved their roster as far as depth is concerned. The day got even better with the news of the New York Knicks buying out Stephon Marbury’s contract and likely coming to Boston.

Marbury brings some baggage with him because he has been known as a malcontent throughout his career. This move will work if he buys into the team concept that the Celts employ. He is playing for a new contract (think Manny Ramirez) and teams will refuse to sign him if he causes trouble.

On the court, Marbury gives the squad a legitimate backup point guard who can handle the ball. This will allow Eddie House to do what he does best, which is shoot. “Starbury” just needs to be a complementary player.

Meanwhile, Moore is a 7-footer who brings size and energy. He has played with the C’s before when he was signed to a 10-day contract in 2002-’03.

Overall, the Celtics gain depth with these moves at a needed time. After trading Sam Cassell and Patrick O’Bryant last week, they created roster spots for these moves to happen. It could not have come at a better time as Boston currently has 10 players active with Tony Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Brian Scalabrine being out for an extended period.

These signings could determine how the Celtics perform in the playoffs because Marbury and Moore will be able to compete come playoff time since they were signed before Sunday, the deadline for organizations to add ballplayers who could be placed on the playoff roster .