Dooling frustrated by leaked NBAPA information

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Dooling frustrated by leaked NBAPA information

ATLANTA Keyon Dooling is one of the more level-headed, even-keeled players you'll find in the NBA.

But there was no mistaking the anger and frustration the Boston Celtics guard felt when details began to surface surrounding the growing rift between union president Derek Fisher, the union's executive committee and its executive director, Billy Hunter.

More than anything else, Dooling was troubled by the leaking of classified union information that included, among other things, the executive committee - which Dooling is a member of - seeking Fisher's resignation.

"I'm a union man, and I don't air union business," said Dooling, who is vice-president of the NBA player's association. "I wish that every man that's a part of our union would have the same principles as I do.

Dooling added, "it upsets me that we don't have the same cohesiveness that tight-knit organizations have, for whatever reason. It's ridiculous, it's hideous, it disgusts me that we can't keep our union business in-house."

BothSI.comand Yahoo! Sports reported that Fisher was pursuing an internal review of the union's "business practices" even though the executive committee said such a review was "unnecessary."

A memo sent to union members from Hunter - who appears to have the support of the executive committee - was obtained bySI.comthat indicated the committee, "voted to rescind the resolution it made last week to conduct a review of the NBPA's practices and finances" because "the review was unnecessary since there had ben a recent independent audit of the NBPA's finances which raised no issues."

The fact that all that information is out there for public consumption, does not sit well with Dooling.

"It's simple; somebody's telling. Somebody's talking," Dooling said. "I'm not airing union business. It's ridiculous. I'm a union man. I want to protect the integrity of our players and what we fight for and what's our rights. We don't do that through the media and through the public. It does no good, to have that out."

Hightower, Branch will begin training camp on PUP list

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Hightower, Branch will begin training camp on PUP list

The Patriots will be without two of last year's defensive starters when training camp begins later this week. 

Both Dont'a Hightower and Alan Branch were placed on the physically unable to perform list on Monday. They are eligible to come off the list at any time. Once they are removed from the list, they will be eligible to practice fully. Players on PUP count against the 90-man training-camp roster.

Undrafted rookie tackle Andrew Jelks will begin camp on the active/non-football injury list. The Vanderbilt product dealt with knee injuries that kept him off the field each of the last two seasons. 

Neither Hightower, nor Branch, nor Jelks participated in spring practices at Gillette Stadium. Hightower was present for voluntary work, but during practices open to the media he typically did some conditioning off to the side. Branch skipped optional team activities (as he usually does), and though he was in Foxboro for mandatory minicamp, he did not practice during that three-day stretch.

Hightower was limited last season with knee and shoulder injuries. The MMQB.com's Albert Breer said on Sports Sunday that Hightower's health concerns made teams reticent to make him offers that would lure him away from New England. 

Report: Patriots in talks with CB Brandon Flowers

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Report: Patriots in talks with CB Brandon Flowers

In what’s been a somewhat busy offseason for their secondary, veteran cornerback Brandon Flowers is in talks with the Patriots, according to Adam Schefter. 

Flowers, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Chiefs and last three with the Chargers, was released in March. He is set to meet with the Cardinals this week as well. 

The Pats lost cornerback Logan Ryan this offseason, but landed the top free agent corner on the market in Stephon Gilmore. A potential addition of Flowers might give them an insurance policy if second-year pro Cyrus Jones fails to improve from a dismal rookie season. 

Flowers was limited to just six games last season, as a concussion ended his season in December. He has played in at least 11 games in the rest of his NFL seasons. His lone Pro Bowl nod came in the 2013 season.