Ex-Herald writer George Kimball dies at 67


Ex-Herald writer George Kimball dies at 67

Associated Press
BOSTON -- Longtime Boston Herald sports columnist and boxing writer George Kimball has died of esophageal cancer at age 67.Kimball'swife, Marge Marash, tells the Associated Press that Kimball died at hishome in New York City on Wednesday night. Kimball worked for thenewspaper from 1980 to 2005, and wrote and edited several books aboutboxing, including "Four Kings."Kimball was diagnosed with cancershortly after he retired. In an appreciation written for the Herald onThursday, former colleague Michael Gee noted that in the years afterthe diagnosis, Kimball had five books published as an author or editor.Gee wrote that Kimball didn't fight cancer, "he did something better. He ignored it."No funeral was planned. Kimball's wife says a memorial will be held at a later date.

Mingo, Branch among the Patriots sitting out of preseason game No. 3


Mingo, Branch among the Patriots sitting out of preseason game No. 3

Barkevious Mingo has made his way to Charlotte to join the Patriots, but he will not take the field with his new club about 24 hours after being traded by the Browns. 

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder that the Patriots acquired for a fifth-round pick on Thursday went through a workout long before Friday night's preseason game, but he was not in uniform with his teammates leading up to kickoff. 

Along with Mingo, Rob Gronkowski, Rob Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard, Jonathan Cooper, Shaq Mason, Malcolm Mitchell, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Shea McClellin and Alan Branch were not on the field for warmups. All four players who are still on the physically unable to perform list -- Sebastian Vollmer, Danny Amendola, Tre' Jackson and Dion Lewis -- were also missing. 

Branch has been reinstated by the Patriots and re-joined the team after serving a team-imposted week-long suspension, but it appears as though he will not take the field Friday night. 

Ninkovich (triceps), Mitchell (elbow), Cooper (foot), Mason (hand, reportedly), Sheard (knee) and McClellin (undisclosed) have been dealing with injuries and were not expected to play. Grugier-Hill is a bit of a surprise absence given that he practiced for the Patriots this week. 

Keep an eye on running back DJ Foster and receiver Keshawn Martin, both of whom will see preseason game action for the first time this summer and could make late runs at roster spots. Patriots receiver Julian Edelman may also see some game action for the first time this preseason as he was on the field with the team and in uniform before the game. Logan Ryan, Nate Ebner and undrafted rookie tight end Bryce Williams may see their first game action as well. 

As Tom E. Curran reported, Tom Brady will play, though Jimmy Garoppolo will start. Brady and the team's other quarterbacks took the field together for warmups in the lead-up to kickoff.