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Patriots not interested in trash talk


Patriots not interested in trash talk

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick's teams don't usually play the trash-talking game. Though shots were fired from New York on Friday, the Patriots still wouldn't engage in it on Sunday night during the week's first media availibility period.

They barely even acknowledged that the Giants had spewed what might be perceived as bulletin-board material.

New York wide receiver Mario Manningham seemed to beg the Patriots to play utilityman Julian Edelman as a defensive back in Super Bowl XLVI, hoping to expose him. Giants defensive end Osi Umenyora said he hates Patriots tackle Matt Light.

Still, no reaction from New England.

"We hear it sometimes," said Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo. "But at the same time we always talk about ignoring the noise. We're focused on this game. They have a great team, great players. Whatever their opinion is, that's their opinion."

The Pats offensive line, and Logan Mankins in particular, are often the targets of trash talk -- both on and off the field. And while Mankins rarely shies away from a on-field confrontation, he didn't seem to be bothered when told that Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck has called New England's offensive line dirty.

"That's all right," Mankins said. "We don't mind being called dirty or cheap or any of that stuff. That's a compliment to us."

Tom Brady's remarks at the Patriots pep rally wouldn't normally be considered controversial, but they drew attention Sunday.

"We're going down there, and we're going down there for one reason," Brady said. "We're going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend."

Hardly a guarantee. Though during Super Bowl week, that kind of comment stirs things up because it's about as close as the Patriots will get to talking trash.

Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery


Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not need surgery on his right hip after being hampered late in the postseason. 

Thomas originally suffered the injury March 15 against the Timberwolves and missed two games before reaggravating it in Game 6 of the second round against the Wizards. He played the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but was shut down for the final three. 

“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

The Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach wrote that the team waited for swelling to go down before determining whether surgery would be needed, and that “barring any further setbacks,” he will not. 

Thomas is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points a game. He is entering the final year of his contract. 

Morning Skate: Markov's time with Canadiens likely up


Morning Skate: Markov's time with Canadiens likely up

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while once again shaking my head reading the news headlines this morning. 


*Congrats to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Aaron Portzline, who is another esteemed hockey writer joining up with The Athletic’s Cleveland bureau


*Eric Engels says that the Habs signing Mark Streit to a short term deal means that Andrei Markov’s time in Montreal has come to a close. 


*The writers for the Pittsburgh Penguins have provided what they call “an Intimate Portrait” of Sidney Crosby from his closest boyhood friends. 


*Longtime NHL head coach Bruce Boudreau is trying something a little different out as an owner of a junior hockey team. 


*The Nashville Predators are expecting a decision to come soon on Mike Fisher as to whether or not he’s going to keep on playing in Music City. 


*Sounds like Mika Zibanejad is going to be filling a No. 1 center role for the New York Rangers after signing a big contract with the Blueshirts. 


*For something completely different: Jay Baruchel is looking to revive the Canadian superhero scene after growing up with Captain Canada and Alpha Flight.