A quiet Saturday morning here in New England, but here are a few of the headlines from this morning:

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald offers up a look at owner Robert Kraft, who is looking to help land the World Cup in the US in 2018.

“I think the next time it comes to the U.S., it’ll be unbelievable,” said Kraft, who saw the old Foxboro Stadium host an Italy-Spain quarterfinal and five other matches in 1994. “I have the privilege of being on the bid committee, so you know I’m going to lobby to be as close to the final as we can be.”

Boston is one of 18 cities looking to host, and nine would be named as sites.

Tired of talking about Brady’s contract situation?  Let’s take some time and moan and groan now about his interaction with Kobe Bryant at the Celtics game the other night.  That’s an article that appeared in the Herald this morning, focusing on fan reactions from that scene in Boston following their game 3 loss against the Lakers.

Meanwhile the Patriot Ledger talks to Derrick Burgess,who after the final game of the ’09/’10 season put his home up for rent, and is now need of a new place to live.  Burgess re-signed to a one-year contract worth a potential $1.65 million last month.

New England cut former Central Michigan wide receiver Bryan Anderson, and Central Michigan Life gives you a look at how they’re taking it locally after seeing one of their guys cast off by the Patriots.

Finally Mike Reiss of ESPN offers a look at the Logan Mankins contract situation, and offers up his take on the situation.

But in the Patriots’ case, it is my opinion that they would be making a mistake if they reduced Mankins’ salary. Such an action could threaten some of the “locker-room chemistry” momentum they created this offseason by aggressively re-signing their own free agents (the Patriots and Mankins have not found a middle ground in contract-extension talks).

That’s it for this morning.  Hope everyone has a good day and we’ll see you in the morning.