Postcard from Camp: Replacement referees show up


Postcard from Camp: Replacement referees show up

DAY13: New wrinkle on Monday. The full pads practice was held in the morning and the players had just a little afternoon film and classroom work in the evening. It was the first time the padded practice was held in the a.m. This was practice No. 9.

Warm, Dry. Clear. Freakin' perfect.


WHAT THEY DID9:00-9:45: The same walkthrough, stretching, positionalstretching, positional drills that they always do. 9:45: 7-on-7 drills
10:00: Special teams (onsides kicks)10:15: 11-on-11 (drilling off Saints offensive sets; switch and work on Saints defensive sets)

Referees on the field. Three of them. And they were replacement refs since the real stripes are on strike. Or locked out. Or whatever. They're not working. Worst-case scenario will be if these officials aren't appreciably worse than the lamentably inconsistent crews they're replacing. And that's a possibility that hasn't been entertained enough.

Sergio Brown had a nice practice, earning praise at different junctures from Bill Belichick for his special teams and safety work.

Alex Silvestro, the newly christened tight end, got stuck hard by Malcolm Williams in a 1-on-1 tackling drill.

Offensive lineman Nick McDonald was in full pads for the first time. James Ihedigbo, who was in a full-contact jersey for the first time Sunday, was in shorts and a t-shirt on Monday. Brandon Spikes wasn't at practice either.

Visanthe Shiancoe, Daniel Fells, Myron Pryor, Alfonzo Dennard and Jonathan Fanene didn't practice.

Sergio Brown. Good kid. Seemed to have his first solid practice of camp.

Malcolm Williams. The seventh round pick in 2011 made a few solid plays and has flashed more frequently at defensive back the past few days.

Andrew Benintendi leads Red Sox past Nationals in 8-1 win

Andrew Benintendi leads Red Sox past Nationals in 8-1 win

Andrew Benintendi excelled in his early-game action against Nationals starter Joe Ross in the Red Sox' 8-1 win. Benintendi finished the contest 2 of 2 with a triple and two RBIs. Dustin Pedroia helped Benintendi at the top of the lineup. Pedroia was 2 of 2 with a double and two RBIs.

Kyle Kendrick got the Red Sox pitching staff off to a strong start in his four-inning appearance. The 32-year-old righty had six strikeouts and allowed five hits with one earned run. Kendricks performance should ease some anxiety in Boston, as Drew Pomeranz headed to the disabled list.

Reliever Ben Taylor, 24, pitched the final two innings for the Sox, and had four strikouts with three hits allowed and no runs.

Chris Sale will pitch Friday for the Red Sox at 4:05 a.m against the Nationals.

Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask questions


Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask questions

BOSTON -- Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's fiancee testified in his double-murder trial Thursday that she learned to keep her mouth shut and "not to ask any questions" in certain situations.

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez testified against Hernandez under a grant of immunity from prosecutors. She and Hernandez have a 4-year-old daughter. She said she took Hernandez's last name in 2015.

Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting two men in Boston in July 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. He is also charged with witness intimidation in the shooting of Alexander Bradley, allegedly to silence him about the killings.

Jenkins-Hernandez repeatedly said she could not recall details about conversations with Hernandez after the 2012 killings and after Bradley's shooting in 2013.

She said she didn't ask Hernandez for details about Bradley's shooting, even though Hernandez and Bradley were close friends.

"[Bradley] was not my friend . . . Yes, it's a sad situation [but] why should I press about something like that?" she said.

Jenkins-Hernandez also said she did not recall getting a call from Hernandez at 2:37 a.m. on July 16, 2012, minutes after prosecutors say Hernandez shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they sat in a car at a stop light in Boston. Prosecutors said phone records show a 17-second call from Hernandez to her at that time.

Hernandez has denied shooting the men. His lawyer told the jury during opening statements that Bradley shot the men over a drug deal.

Bradley testified he saw Hernandez shoot the men. He also said Hernandez shot him in the face months later after he made a remark about the Boston shootings.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after being convicted in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Jenkins-Hernandez.