Morning Sports Update: Matt Barnes says he needs to ‘reevaluate’ himself after rough August outings

Good morning, sports fans.

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes walks toward the dugout after giving up runs to the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Matt Barnes walks toward the dugout after giving up runs to the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning. –Steven Senne/AP

Tom Brady and the Patriots win their preseason game against the Panthers, and the Red Sox finish their series against the Royals with a 10-4 loss, in which Matt Barnes earns five runs.

Matt Barnes says he needs to ‘reevaluate’ himself after rough August outings: After showing considerable promise over the first four months, the right-hander has had the rug pulled from beneath him in the so-called dog days. In 9 2/3 innings in August, he’s allowed 12 hits and 12 earned runs. His ERA on the season has jumped from 3.12 to 4.45. (the Providence Journal)

Jonathan Freeny signs 2-year extension with Patriots: New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny, who is third on the depth chart behind Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins, has signed a two-year extension with the club. (ESPN.com)

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Bill Belichick says all three quarterbacks could use more reps: Bill Belichick was expansive Saturday when asked on a conference call how he’ll split the quarterback reps for the Patriots final preseason game Thursday in New York. (CSNNE.com)

Quarterback Ross Comis prepares to lead UMass: When he was directing traffic in practice — steering teammates in the right direction, trouble-shooting questions about the playbook, making sure every piece of the University of Massachusetts offense was in the right place — Ross Comis noticed something. (The Boston Globe)

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will sit through anthem until there’s change: Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for U.S. change, Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress in America — specifically when it comes to race relations. (Boston.com)

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