From Comcast SportsNetSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Manny Ramirez homered on his first pitch of the Dominican winter league season.Thousands of cheering fans stood and cheered as Ramirez came to bat in the bright yellow jersey of the Eagles, a team from the northern region of Cibao. Ramirez then drove his first pitch over the right-field fence.The Eagles went on to lose Wednesday night's game 3-2 to the Escogido Lions.Ramirez had last played in his Dominican Republic nearly 20 years ago. He served his second 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy last year, then was released from his minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics. in June without making it back to the big leagues.
Former Boston College football player Max Holloway -- son of former Patriots offensive lineman Brian Holloway and grandson of former Boston Bruins great John McKenzie -- was killed Thursday morning in an automobile accident in his hometown of Lutz, Fla.
According to Florida television station WFLA, Holloway, 26, was driving a 2008 Black Dodge Charger . . . around 2:30 a.m., when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck a utility pole. The car then flipped, struck several trees and smashed into the garage of a home. The station reported that no one in the house was injured.
Hollway played at BC from 2009-11. He earned his degree in 2011 and, although he had college eligibility remaining, declared for the NFL Draft. He went unselected, and was playing for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League at the time of his death.
“We are all shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic news,” said Boston College head coach Steve Addazio. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Max’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
“The entire Boston College Athletic Department sends their prayers and condolences to Max’s family and friends,” said athletic director Brad Bates. “We are all devastated to hear the news of Max’s untimely passing.”
FOXBORO -- Dion Lewis returned to practice for the Patriots on Thursday afternoon. He has not practiced all season and has been on the physically unable to perform list since before the start of training camp.
The clock has now started on the deadline for the Patriots to activate Lewis. The team has three weeks to place him on their 53-man roster. Should the Patriots make the most of that window, they would not activate him until the days leading up to their Week 11 game against the 49ers. He is eligible to be activated as soon as this week and could, in theory, be on the roster for this weekend's matchup with the Bills. The Patriots do have an open roster spot at the moment.
Lewis suffered a torn ACL in Week 9 of last season and was progressing well until enduring a stress fracture to his patella. In order to repair the fracture, Lewis underwent a surgical procedure that required screws to be inserted to the affected area.
On Thursday, the Patriots conducted practice in full pads, and the media availbility portion of the session included only stretching and warmups so Lewis was not seen participating in drills.
More to come . . .