Kraft gave O'Brien his blessing to leave

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Kraft gave O'Brien his blessing to leave

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Friday that the team could have denied Bill O'Brien the opportunity to take the Penn State head coaching job but said O'Brien is going to "one of the great college coaching positions. they have their challenges right now."In a conversation with Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald, Kraft "I'm sad to lose him. I told him .We have a philosophy in our company, that if anyone has an opportunity and we cant match it - we did have the ability to deny him under our contract... Billy is a very high quality guy, hes got integrity. hes honest, and Im sad to see him go but I think theyve chosen wisely."As one would expect, especially with the Patriots still having O'Brien under contract, he will remain as the team's offensive coordinator through the playoffs. I personally spoke to him, and he committed to me, that he would do everything he could to help us to try to continue to win," Kraft told Guregian.

Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Ramirez gets night off

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Ramirez gets night off

Hanley Ramirez is getting a night off as the Red Sox look for their third straight win against the Rays tonight at Tropicana Field.

Travis Shaw will play first base, with Brock Holt at third.

Tonight's lineups:

RED SOX:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Brock Holt 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Andrew Benintendi LF
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Rick Porcello P

RAYS:
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SH
Matt Duffy SS
Logan Morrison 1B
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Bobby Wilson C
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Matt Andriese P

Update: Stork contemplates retirement in wake of trade to Redskins

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Update: Stork contemplates retirement in wake of trade to Redskins

When word leaked this morning that the Patriots would release center Bryan Stork, the first question that popped to many people's minds was: "Couldn't they have traded him?"

Well, hours after the news broke, they apparently did:

And a few minutes later, Ian Rapoport came through with more information:

But now, as reported by CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay, the deal might not happen:

Stay tuned.