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Molden drawing interest from Seahawks, Giants


Molden drawing interest from Seahawks, Giants

Antwaun Molden, a backup corner who had a so-so 2011 with the Patriots, is drawing interest from a couple of NFC teams.

According to Aaron Wilson of, Molden will meet with the New York Giants on Monday and the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday.

Waived by the Texans at the end of training camp last August, Molden easily had his most productive NFL season while with the Patriots (2 picks, 22 tackles).

In three years with Houston, the former third-round pick amassed five tackles.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Molden has nice size, below-average quickness. He seemed to be a willing worker. The visits with other teams don't preclude the Patriots from bringing Molden back. But early April tends to be a "holding pattern" period on rosters in the post-free agent flurry and the looming draft.

Molden was the 12th player on the field for the Patriots on the Giants first touchdown drive in Super Bowl XLVI.

ALCS: Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead


ALCS: Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead

NEW YORK - Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York.

Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans.


Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

BOSTON – Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.

Hayward, who suffered a left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night, was considering having the surgery in Boston or back in Indiana by a doctor who had operated on him when he played at Butler.


It’s too soon to determine a timetable for Hayward’s return, although the Celtics anticipate he will most if not all of the remainder of this season.

Hayward’s injury delivers a major blow to a Celtics team that were considered a top-two team in the East by most.

With Hayward out for an extended period of time, teams like Washington and Toronto are likely to get more serious consideration as another strong threat to Cleveland which has advanced to the NBA Finals each of the last three seasons.

Replacing Hayward in the Celtics starting lineup was Marcus Smart who joined Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford.