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Eagles braced for training camp change

At the very least, the Groundhog Day that is training camp will take on a new locale. For Eagles veterans, training camp at Lehigh is all they've known during their time in Philadelphia. But that will change this year as the Eagles have ended a 17-year run of preseason practices in Bethlehem, Pa. The team has opted instead to complete this season's three-week camp at its headquarters at the NovaCare Complex and Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. ... It remains to be seen what kind of camp Kelly will establish regardless of the venue. [Receiver Jason Avant] said based on previous OTAs and minicamps, the team has an idea of what a typical practice will be like. He said he hopes the preseason will be physical, what he called a "tone-setter." (Philadelphia Inquirer)Comment

Tortorella out to change 'lunatic' image

John Tortorella managed to make it through his introductory press conference in Vancouver without yelling at anyone. The 55-year-old Tortorella was recently fired by the New York Rangers after they lost the Eastern Conference semi-finals to the Boston Bruins in five games. But don't expect him to act the same way he did with the Rangers. ... "I think it's come to the point with me," Tortorella told the Canucks website. "where I'm kind of being defined as 'that lunatic,' not only on the bench, but also after games with media. I don't want to be defined that way, but I do make my own bed in that type of situation and I need to make some corrections, I need to make some adjustments in that part of it." (National Post)Comment

Cashman wants A-Rod to shut up

Reportedly on the verge of making his way back to the majors, Alex Rodriguez found a way to anger his boss all the way from Florida. Livid over [Rodriguez's] decision to tweet an update on his rehab process, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a message for the third baseman. "You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]," Cashman told ESPN New York. "Alex should just shut the f--- up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now." Rodriguez tweeted Tuesday that he has been cleared to play in rehab games. Rodriguez's comments seemed to contradict what Cashman told ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews on Monday. "Visit from Dr. [Bryan] Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news -- the green light to play games again!" Rodriguez tweeted. (New York Post)Comment

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