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July 24, 2013

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Vets join camps

While many NFL preseason camps opened for rookies over the weekend, the reporting date for veterans for most teams isn’t until Thursday. Although a few teams, like the Patriots, hold preseason at their stadium facility, most hold workouts elsewhere, often at a college facility.

The team with the longest active training camp tenure at one site is the Green Bay Packers, who have been working out at Saint Norbert College for the last 56 years. The Vikings have gone to Minnesota State for 48 years, the same number of years the Steelers have gone to Saint Vincent College.

The first preseason game, incidentally, is the Hall of Fame Game in Canton Aug. 4 between Dallas and Miami.

All-star interest?

The lack of interest in the major league all-star game continues to be stunning. In 1980, 30 million people watched the game on television while only 10 million watched it last year.

Among the theories on the diminishing interest in the game, one is that interest in baseball in general is down while another is that inter-league play makes it less interesting. The biggest, however, is probably the rise of cable television.

Younger Rivers’ plight

It’s been an exciting summer for former Celtics coach Doc Rivers, but it hasn’t been as uplifting for his son Austin.

Austin struggled with New Orleans in his rookie season, averaging just 6.2 points and shooting only 37 percent from the floor and he wasn’t overly impressive playing in the recent summer league.

Moreover, New Orleans didn’t show much confidence in Rivers as they acquired Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday and already have Eric Gordon in what is a crowded backcourt.

Cleared

Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz was cleared by Dr. James Andrews to begin throwing on Monday. This is big news for the Sox as Buchholz has been out since June 8 with a neck injury. Buchholz has had an outstanding season when healthy sporting a 9-0 record with a 1.71 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 84.1 innings pitched.

-Compiled by Dave Dyer