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11/23/2012 - 2:52pm
NHL cancels more games, All-Star weekend
By: DJ Bean

The NHL announced Friday that it has cancelled games through Dec. 14 as well as the league's All-Star weekend, which was set to take place Jan. 26 and 27 in Columbus, Ohio. 

The league has now cancelled 422 regular season games due to the current lockout caused by the lack of a collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players. 

"The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a press release. "We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus, and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible."

For more on the NHL lockout and the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


11/23/2012 - 2:44pm
Rex: 'Ridiculous' to say Jets can't catch Pats

Jets coach Rex Ryan, in a conference call with reporters on Friday morning -- the day after his team's 49-19 mauling at the hands of the Patriots -- credited New England as "an excellent football team" but insisted that he would not describe the gap between his team and his AFC East as insurmountable. 

“No, please. I’d never say that. Ever. No way,” Ryan told reporters (as described by the New York Post). “They’re an excellent football team. ... But to say they we’ll never catch them, that’s ridiculous. There is no chance, there is absolutely no percent of a chance that I believe that in my heart. And I’ll never concede that.”

Ryan described the game as a nightmare caused by five turnovers including a 52-second stretch that saw...

11/23/2012 - 12:08pm
Butterfield: Jays' managing job was in play

According to newly-hired Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield, he remained a candidate for the Blue Jays managing job until the "11th-hour," making it difficult to focus on his new position with the Sox. 

 

 

"[Toronto general manager] Alex [Anthopolous] and I have a great relationship, and he stayed in contact. It basically came down to the 11th-hour," Butterfield said from his home in Maine. "There were certain things he wanted in his next manager. When push came to shove and they were trying to narrow down the list, and Alex even told me this, he really had to have a guy who had previous major league managing experience. I felt like I was right there in the hunt at the end, just like I was in 2010 when they selected John. But there are things that we want in baseball, it's life, and it's not my time yet. I love being a big league coach. I love working with infielders and baserunners. I love...

11/23/2012 - 11:34am
Farrell: 'Non-negotiable' rules with Aceves

Red Sox manager John Farrell, in an interview on the WEEI Red Sox Hot Stove Show on Thursday night, said that he has had initial contact with reliever Alfredo Aceves and that he plans to meet with him at greater length to discuss expectations going forward.

Aceves was one of the most impactful relievers in baseball in 2011, when he had a 2.61 ERA while pitching 114 innings. In 2012, while spending most of the year as the Red Sox closer, he was effective for long stretches but then struggled deeply down the stretch, losing ninth-inning duties and finishing the year with a 2-10 record and 5.36 ERA. Perhaps more significantly, he had multiple issues related to his conduct, getting hit by the team with a three-game suspension for ripping off his uniform in the bullpen, getting into a dugout disagreement with Dustin Pedroia during which he swatted away manager Bobby Valentine and, later, leaving a bullpen mound in a fashion that permitted him to avoid...

11/23/2012 - 9:13am
Report: Mike Napoli looking for fourth year

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and the MLB Radio Network, free agent Mike Napoli is holding out for a fourth guaranteed year from the Red Sox, and has also drawn interest from the Mariners. There have also been reports regarding the Yankees interest in Napoli.

The 31-year-old would be viewed by the Red Sox as a first baseman, who would also provide depth at catcher and behind David Ortiz as a designated hitter. 

The right-handed-hitting Napoli struggled for much of the 2012 season, finishing with a .227 batting average and .812 OPS while battling leg injuries. Napoli did, however, finish '12 strong, hitting seven home runs to go with a 1.051 OPS in the season's final month.

Napoli was not offered the one-year, $13 million qualifying offer by the Rangers, meaning the no draft pick would be forfeited by any team signing the slugger.

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