Negotiations finally over for Light


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After a summer of negotiating, training camp sounds pretty good to Matt Light right now.
Light had a double load of stress during the lockout. He was the Patriots player representative and a free agent who couldn't negotiate with New England or any other team during the stoppage.
Light agreed to a two-year deal with the Patriots this week, ensuring he will be back protecting quarterback Tom Brady's blind side at left tackle.
"I'm excited for all these guys out here, for all the work that both sides did to get this deal done. This is a
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MPs insist on radical reform before Football Association can be trusted to run football


An inquiry into the governance of English football by MPs on the Culture Media and Sport select committee is understood to have concluded that the FA, as structured, is unfit to govern the game.
They believe that with radical reform, however, it should take control for oversight of the club game, including the highly contentious area of clubs' finances and ownership.
The committee members met yesterday to begin discussions over their final report into the governance of the English game, and while the details are yet to be finalised their recommendations are likely to be radical and far-reaching.
As well
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Bucs? Rookie Bowers Says His Knee is Ready to Go


One of the biggest stories during NFL Draft weekend was Da’Quan Bowers and how a once top-5 prospect fell into the second round of the NFL draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Owners and teams stayed away from the nation’s leading sack leader due to a knee injury. Since draft day, Bowers has been fairly quiet but he recently spoke with “The Commish” Justin Pawlowski about his knee.
“My knee is great,” Bowers started with. “It’s back to where I needed it to be.  It’s back to playing shape. I’ve been rehabbing and working out all throughout the whole summer.
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Free agent forward Kris Humphries will weigh free agency, but Nets have other options if he bolts


At his first public event since becoming Kim Kardashian's fiancé and hiring a new agent, Kris Humphries was talking like somebody ready to explore his options.
Careful not to concede anything at the negotiating table, Humphries sidestepped questions Wednesday about his free agency and declined to echo his previous statements about preferring to re-sign with the Nets.
His focus, he said, was on the ailing children he visited on Wednesday as part of a charity appearance at the Hackensack Medical Center. When asked if he still wants to return to the Nets - which he declared multiple times at the
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Market impacted by oil decision


A decision by the International Energy Agency to release 60 million barrels of oil from emergency stocks helped to send markets into a freefall on Thursday morning.
The markets rallied back in the afternoon but not enough to end the day with gains.
Concern about Greece's shaky financial situation and gloomy growth projections in the United States also rattled investors.
Experts in Calgary say the decision was taken in part to offset the loss of millions of barrels of oil from the market due to the conflict in Libya.
University of Calgary Economist Frank Atkins likens the move to hand
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Kemba Walker to Detroit Pistons in ESPN?s Latest 2011 NBA Mock Draft


If Kemba Walker falls to the Pistons at No. 8 in the 2011 NBA Draft, Detroit will find itself will a difficult decision to make: Take a much-needed big man or go best player available?
ESPN’s Chad Ford thinks Detroit will do the latter in that circumstance. In his Mock Draft 5.0 (ESPN Insider $$), released Wednesday, Ford sends Walker to Detroit. Some of his reasoning, via
For the past few weeks, we’ve had the Pistons taking (Jonas) Valanciunas, but with Valanciunas now going No. 4, it looks like the Pistons will be down to three prospects: Kemba Walker,
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LeBron, Heat ready for Game 5 rebound


LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have rooms across the hall from one another at Miami's team hotel in Dallas, which was convenient after Game 4 of the NBA finals.
They needed to talk.
And despite all the questions that have arisen after James' eight-point effort on Tuesday night - the first time in 90 career playoff games where the two-time NBA MVP was held to single digits in scoring - Wade emerged from that late-night strategy session convinced as ever in his superstar Heat teammate.
"Eventually," Wade said Wednesday, "he's going to do something amazing, and it's going to put
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John Henry Johnson - Remembering another member of the Million Dollar Backfield


Sad to see the million-dollar backfield go from its original four-member contingent down to two in the last six weeks. Joe Perry died in Arizona in April and Saturday we heard the news that John Henry Johnson, who contracted Alzheimer's in 1989, succumbed in Tracy at age 81. The fullhouse backfield of Johnson, Perry, Hugh McElhenny and quarterback Y.A. Tittle are the only backfield to have all its members enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The backfield was together three seasons (1954-56) and they established the 49ers as a offensively vibrant team, a reputation the 49ers retained through
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Romney comes out firing at US economic woes


MITT Romney, the widely hailed front-runner for the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination, has finally confirmed his candidacy and immediately attacked what pundits mark as Barack Obama's Achilles heel - a faltering US economy.
The former Massachusetts governor repeated his pledge to dismantle Mr Obama's healthcare reforms, which he said would ''bankrupt the nation''.
Launching his campaign on Thursday on a New Hampshire farm, the 64-year-old Mormon said: ''Barack Obama has failed America. When he took office, the economy was in recession. He made it worse. And he made it last longer.''
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Pat Riley keeping quiet about the Miami Heat team he built


For so many years, the basketball addict has talked about getting out. He even mapped a plan to visit the world’s seven most beautiful beaches by boat. He thinks that, to keep a life and an identity fresh, a man should attempt to change careers once every decade. Not jobs. Careers. Don’t go from coaching basketball to coaching football. Go from coaching basketball to practicing law. But the addict has never quite been able to take his own advice and free himself completely of this game’s grip, not even while dabbling in speaking engagements and authoring books, so what does
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