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Verdict's in: Thumbs up for Cherington

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Verdict's in: Thumbs up for Cherington

Ben Cherington is drawing raves -- on Twitter, at least -- for his acquisition of Andrew Bailey (and Ryan Sweeney) from Oakland for Josh Reddick and a pair of Class A minor-leaguers.
From Foxsports.com's Ken Rosenthal:
Love deal for RedSox if Bailey stays healthy. Rival clubs question whether he can. But for Reddick and two kids in A ball, slam dunk. MLB
From CBSsports.com's Jon Heyman:
at first blush, looks like redsox got a good deal. closer value not spectacular in market flush with them. bailey
And, referring to Cherington's previous trade of Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland to Houston for Astros closer (and now Red Sox set-up man) Mark Melancon, the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham pointed out:
Cherington turned Lowrie, Reddick, Weiland and 2 kids into a closer and set-up man. Not bad. Not too bad at all.
And what now? Well, from ESPN.com's Buster Olney:
Red Sox have an inexpensive bullpen; you wonder if they'll now spend available cash to land a needed starting pitcher (Kuroda? Saunders?)

Morning Skate: You lose. Grab your shovel, rookie

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Morning Skate: You lose. Grab your shovel, rookie

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying the most wonderful season of the year.

*Here’s a fun moment with David Backes and Charlie McAvoy as the B’s rookie D-man had to clean out the dog poop in Backes’ backyard to pay off a bet after BU took a beating.

*JT  Brown is done raising his fist to raise awareness for social injustice and is going to get even more involved in the community than he already is in Tampa.

*Riggins talks about his hockey memories from playing in the celebrity game at the NHL All-Star game while promoting a new movie.

*The experienced, still-dangerous Henrik Zetterberg isn’t slowing down for the Detroit Red Wings, according to the Hockey News.

*A former chef for the Bruins is one of the finalists for the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy in Men’s Health Magazine.

*Connor Hellebuyck may be able to buy some time for the Winnipeg Jets, but they have a serious between-the-pipes problem.

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore (concussion/ankle) still out with Falcons, Jones on deck

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore (concussion/ankle) still out with Falcons, Jones on deck

FOXBORO -- The Patriots are looking thin in the secondary as they head into their third and final day of practice before Sunday's matchup with the Falcons. 

Both Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle) and Eric Rowe (groin) sat out the session, as did linebacker Elandon Roberts (ankle). Undrafted rookie defensive end Harvey Langi was also a non-participant as he recovers from injuries sustained in a car crash last week. 

Asked if Friday's practice was a possibility, Gilmore said, "We'll see." He did not give any indications that his symptoms had improved or that he had been cleared for practice as he works through the league's concussion protocol. 

Rowe was spotted in the locker room on Thursday, but he has not practiced since aggravating his groin injury in Week 4. He was injured initially during a Week 2 win over the Saints. 

Roberts suffered an ankle injury when teammate Alan Branch landed on his lower leg during a loss to the Panthers in Week 4. However, he was healthy enough to play in Weeks 5 and 6. It's unclear as to whether or not his current ailment is related to what knocked him from that Week 4 loss to Carolina. 

Here is Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's game between the Patriots and Falcons:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Jordan Tripp

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
K Matt Bryant (back)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)