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Sports briefs for Oct. 29, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Patriots acquire nose tackle from Eagles

Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga was traded to the New England Patriots from the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, according to reports.

Sopoaga was paid a $2.75 million signing bonus when he joined the Eagles as a free agent in the offseason. Sopoaga was a starter for the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.

The 330-pound defensive lineman brings a needed big body to the heart of the Patriots varied scheme. New England lost anchor nose tackle Vince Wilfork to a season-ending Achilles injury.

Sopoaga signed a three-year, $12 million deal and can play nose tackle or defensive end in a 3-4 defense or either inside spot in a 4-3 front.

Redskins owner Snyder, Goodell meet

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder met Tuesday in New York, but according to reports Snyder has no plans to change the controversial name of the franchise.

The meeting comes one day before a publicized forum between senior NFL officials and Oneida Indian Nations in New York City.

The Washington Post reported the meeting wasn’t about changing the name, but more about gathering “information on the team’s plans for dealing with the issues involved, including assessing and addressing opposition to the name.”

The Oneida held a protest before the Redskins hosted the Green Bay Packers because they consider the name an offensive slur.

In June, Goodell defending the team’s name in a letter to Congress. He said in September the decision to change the team’s name is ultimately Snyder’s to make.

Snyder has not shown he will bow to the growing pressure to change the franchise’s nickname.

Celtics sit Sullinger for offseason incident

Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger was suspended for the regular-season opener for his involvement in an offseason incident, the team announced Tuesday.

Sullinger will miss Wednesday’s game against Toronto.

Charges were dropped but Sullinger initially faced serious domestic violence allegations. He was arraigned on charges of battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation in September, all from an alleged incident with his girlfriend, Deann Smith. Bail was set at $5,000. Judge Gregory C. Flynn also ordered Sullinger not to contact Smith in person unless a third person is present.

White Sox sign, introduce Cuban slugger Abreu

The Chicago White Sox introduced Cuban slugger Jose Abreu at a Tuesday press conference after he officially signed a six-year, $68-million contract.

“I have to give a lot of thanks to the Cuban players who are playing for the White Sox who created this atmosphere where I feel comfortable coming here,” Abreu said through translator and White Sox director of public relations Lou Hernandez, with White Sox and Cuban legend Minnie Minoso sitting a few feet in front of them. “Having spoken with them about the White Sox, about the organization, it makes things easier and made the decision easier. I’m thankful to them for giving me that perspective.”

The contract is the largest in White Sox history.

UConn overwhelming No. 1 in women’s poll

Defending national champion Connecticut is an overwhelming favorite to repeat and win its ninth NCAA title in the preseason USA Today women’s basketball coaches poll released Tuesday.

UConn received 31 of the 32 first-place votes from the panel of NCAA Division I head coaches. Tennessee got the remaining first-place vote is ranked fourth behind Duke and Stanford. Louisville rounds out the top five.

Coach Geno Auriemma’s Huskies return eight players from a team that finished 35-4.

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