Damon wanted to return to Red Sox


Damon wanted to return to Red Sox

Would you want Johnny Damon back in Boston?  

The former Red Sox center fielder wanted to make a return to the Red Sox late in the 2012 season, but it wasn't in the cards.  

Damon was invited to return to Fenway Park for the 2004 championship reunion last season, but opted not to attend. He said he would have attended if the Red Sox put him on their active roster.

They really wanted me up there for the eight-year anniversary, said Damon. I was like, Eight years sounds weird. If I can play, suit me up. Im still in shape. Ill be there. But they couldnt adjust the roster and I didnt go up. It would have been classic.

If Damon doesn't sign with a team before Spring Training, he has said he will "enjoy life" and retire.

Patriots to have joint practices with Jags Aug. 7-8 ahead of preseason opener

Patriots to have joint practices with Jags Aug. 7-8 ahead of preseason opener

For the sixth season in a row, the Patriots will conduct joint practices with an opponent ahead of playing a preseason game. The team announced they'll work out with the Jacksonville Jaguars Aug. 7-8 at Gillette Stadium before playing the Jags in the preseason opener Aug. 10. 

The practices will be free and open to the public and will be held on the practice fields behind the Stadium.

The Patriots had joint practices with the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears last summer and previously had them with the Saints in 2015, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, the Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 and the Saints and Bucs in 2012.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has talked about the value of these joint practices, has found it a good way to scout players they might eventually have an interest in and has reportedly been discussing conducting them with another preseason opponent, the Texans (Aug. 19 at Houston), coached by former Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien.