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January 4, 2013

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TUDOR UP AT MASCO?

One of the state’s premier baseball programs at Masconomet Regional is now searching for a new coach.

Head coach Mike Valentino of North Andover has resigned. In four years at Masco, he went 61-26 overall.

Longtime assistant John Delaney of Lawrence could head up the list of candidates to replace Valentino. And word out of the tri-towns is that former assistant coach and big league lefty John Tudor would be a top candidate.

COTTON BOWL COMING UP

With all due respect to the folks in Texas, the “Cotton Bowl” — tonight’s bowl offering — is a bit of a step down on the BCS-ometer with Oklahoma and Texas A&M going at it.

Of course, with Pittsburgh and Mississippi Saturday followed by Kent State and Arkansas State on Sunday, we take a major dip before Monday night’s BCS title game with Notre Dame and Alabama.

BRADY PICKING A FAVORED FOE?

Tom Brady made no bones about it. He wouldn’t mind taking out the Baltimore Ravens and ending the career of Ray Lewis here in Foxboro.

Yesterday, Brady talked about a previous collision with Lewis and the Ravens.

“It was a quarterback sneak for a first down conversion. He is still an incredible player and a competitor. I know so many people have said so many things about him and certainly the guys that have played with him can probably speak to him the best. But it was a privilege to play against him,” said Brady, who wandered into strange territory with his words.

“I always enjoy beating the Ravens so, yeah, anytime I can beat those guys. They got us once this year. There’s nobody that’s played that position any better than him.”

FRIDAY NIGHT HOOP FEAST

A handful of key boys hoop battles dot the schedule tonight, that might interest you.

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