Gammons: 'Surprised' if Valentine returns

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Gammons: 'Surprised' if Valentine returns

With a less-than-successful season almost complete and a three-ring circus on top of that, many don't forsee manager Bobby Valentine returning next season.
Peter Gammons, MLB Hall of Fame writer and analyst, joined Felger and Mazz Wednesday to look at the state of the Red Sox and Bobby V.
Gammons says that ownership is committed to Ben Cherington and that he would be "surprised" if Valentine returns next season.

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.