Morning Skate: Friday, January 4, 2013

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Morning Skate: Friday, January 4, 2013

Michael Grange is kicking the crap out of this NHL lockout, and does it again with a great piece on the salary cap floor and the disagreement between the two sides.

Stu Hackel from the Red Light blog says that the mistrust between the two sides is bedeviling the CBA talks.

Teemu Selanne predicts that the end of the NHL lockout will be coming at the beginning of next week. If Selanne says it then Ill believe it for now.

My good buddy Tim Panaccio in Philadelphia says that expectations are low for today when it comes to CBA talks, and the current sessions going on with a federal mediator.

Great piece by Elliotte Friedman, who says that the bitterness is growing during an NHL labor waiting game thats trying the patience of even those that love and worship the game.

A nice piece on a Boston Herald interns recent visit to Comcast SportsNet New Englands Burlington studios on a night when I was co-hosting Sports Tonight.

Gary Lawless says that a source is claiming Gary Bettman will pull the plunger on the season if a deal isnt close to completion late next week.

For something completely different: an Oral History of Good Will Hunting in Boston Magazine thats probably the most interesting thing youll read this week.

Edelman, Amendola, Lewis, Vollmer to begin camp on PUP list

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Edelman, Amendola, Lewis, Vollmer to begin camp on PUP list

Training camp practices begin on Thursday for the Patriots, but the team will be without a handful of projected starters when workouts begin. 

Receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, running back Dion Lewis, tight end Clay Harbor and offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer, Shaq Mason and Tre' Jackson will all begin on the active/physically unable to play list. 

More to come . . . 

 

Farrell: Sox may gave to manage Betts' knee condition for rest of season

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Farrell: Sox may gave to manage Betts' knee condition for rest of season

BOSTON -- After missing two-and-a-half games due to soreness in his right knee, Mookie Betts was back in the lineup for the Red Sox Monday night.

Betts was removed from Friday night's game after four innings when he experienced soreness in the knee. The knee had been bothering him since the beginning of the second half of the season.

The training staff drained some excess fluid from the knee Saturday, reducing the swelling that had taken place.

"I was able to run at full speed [Monday],'' said Betts. "We were able to get the swelling out with ice and whatnot. I tried to stay off of it (for the weekend).''

"He feels better than he has the last couple of days,'' said John Farrell.

Farrell said the Sox might have manage the condition for the rest of the season.

"I don't fully expect this to vanish,'' said Farrell. "The biggest thing is that there was a little buildup of swelling. Once that subsided and was removed, that's where he's feeling the freedom in his knee and he's ready to go tonight.''