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April 11, 2013

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Receiver Help

The Patriots were busy upgrading their wide receiver core on Wednesday re-signing one player and signing another to an offer sheet.

According to ESPNBoston.com Julian Edelman agreed to a one-year deal with the Pats. Edelman, 26, had 21 catches in an injury plagued 2012 season.

The Patriots also signed Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a one-year $2.5M offer sheet. Sanders is a restricted free agent and the Steelers have five days to match the Patriots deal. If the Steelers allow Sanders to sign in New England, the Patriots will have to send a third round pick to Pittsburgh.

Melo the Man

Carmelo Anthony now tops the NBA’s scoring race and its most popular jerseys list.

Anthony took over the No. 1 spot on the league’s sales list, moving past MVP LeBron James and becoming the first Knicks player at the top since the first list was released in 2001-02.

Anthony was No. 4 last year on the list, which is based on sales at the NBA Store in New York and on NBAStore.com since last November. The reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week edged Kevin Durant in the scoring race after averaging 41.8 points last week.

Durant was third on the jersey sales list, followed by seven-time No. 1 Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose.

The Knicks remained first in team sales, followed by Miami and the Lakers.

Rish Resigns

“Jon Rish, the fill-in play-by-play voice and host for WEEI’s Red Sox broadcasts, resigned Monday after being asked to take a pay cut by parent company Entercom,” according to Chad Finn of Boston.com.

Rish told WEEI program director Jason Wolfe before the Red Sox’ home opener Monday. His last day is April 24.

“I didn’t want to tell Jason by phone,” Rish told Boston.com. “I wanted to tell him in person. He was speechless.”

Rish intends to become a software designer, according to the article.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru and Christopher Smith

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