Kraft says Goodell protecting league image

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Kraft says Goodell protecting league image

PALM BEACH -- Robert Kraft applauded the penalty handed down to the New Orleans Saints for their bounty program because of the message it sent to corporate partners.

Speaking Tuesday at the NFL Owner's Meetings, the Patriots owner said, "(Commissioner Roger Goodell's) job is to protect the game. We're privileged we have a 10-year labor agreement, 11-year TV contracts. Anyone that's gonna brand with us wants to know that the league is being run by a strong hand and I think he's done that."

Kraft passed on commenting on the Saints specifically, offering that, "The commissioner is the person who had the most information . . . We don't have the information. He came out with his decision and he has the support of the membership."

He also sidestepped questions about the salary cap penalties handed down to the Redskins and Cowboys that both teams are vehemently fighting this week.

"I think that's in the litigation phase so I'm gonna let the lawyers deal with that. (I'll) pass on that," Kraft said.

In years past, Kraft would be more free with his opinions. On Tuesday he said that, as he's grown older, he's made it a point to resist weighing in as often.

Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

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Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

BOSTON - Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.

The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, and the Red Sox got two more runs on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error in the eighth.

Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Cubs closed a nine-game road trip at 5-4.

Pierce tweets after final NBA game: 'The ride was unreal'

Pierce tweets after final NBA game: 'The ride was unreal'

After 19 seasons Paul Pierce's career has come to an end.

The former captain of the Boston Celtics sent out a series of tweets after his final game, thanking everyone for their support during is career.