Carpenter could be an interesting Patriots fit


Carpenter could be an interesting Patriots fit

Bobby Carpenter hasn't lived up to the billing he had coming out of Ohio State as a first-round pick in 2006, but the newly acquired linebacker could be a very productive find for the Patriots.

Speaking Thursday night on SIRIUS XM NFL Radio, Carpenter said, "Ive always been a huge fan of Coach Belichick and the Patriots and the way theyve done things. They were willing to bring me in and I couldnt wait. Im really excited to be part of the New England Patriots franchise and everything they stand for."

Carpenter found a role as a backup and third-down linebacker with the Lions last year. A longtime workout partner with former Patriot Mike Vrabel, Carpenter seems to understand the role he creates in New England is up to him.

"If you have a specific talent theyre going to find a way to utilize that, on either side of the ball, whatever it is," he said. "Thats why you see so many guys playing and so many guys contributing in different ways. They do an excellent job of talent utilization and really try to find a way to get all 53 guys on the roster onto the field at some point in time so they can help the team win games.

By just about every measurable term, they are the most successful franchise in the last 10 years," Carpenter said of the Patriots. "Theyve been to five Super Bowls and won three. They have a terrific quarterback and terrific coaches. I dont know really what else you could hope for as a player going to a team."

Best thing about Carpenter? He's still only 28.

WNBA: Ogwumike helps Sparks win sixth straight, beat Sun 87-79


WNBA: Ogwumike helps Sparks win sixth straight, beat Sun 87-79

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Nneka Ogwumike scored 17 of her 21 points in the first half to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun 87-79 on Tuesday night.

Candace Parker added 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for the Sparks (10-3), who have won six straight.

Los Angeles led by six at the half thanks to Ogwumike, who made her first eight shots. The Sparks scored 16 of the first 20 points in the second half to open up a double-digit lead. Riquna Williams, who is filling in for injured guard Essence Carson, spearheaded that burst and finished the game with 13 points.

The Sun (6-7) were down by 19 and got to 68-61 early in the fourth, but could get no closer as Los Angeles scored the next eight points..

Jasmine Thomas led Connecticut with 19 points. Jonquel Jones added 13 points and 17 rebounds.