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10/22/2010 - 4:30pm
Sox' Baird out of running for Mets' GM job

The New York Mets announced that they had notified four of the candidates whom they had interviewed about their opening for the position of general manager that they were no longer under consideration. While both Sandy Alderson (currently working in the MLB Commissioner's office) and Josh Byrnes (formerly the Diamondbacks GM and Red Sox Assistant GM) will be brought back for second-round interviews.

 

Red Sox director of scouting Allard Baird was among the four candidates who was told he would not be brought back for a second interview. The other candidates who were told they are no longer in the running for the position were White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White and Blue Jays special assistant Dana Brown.

 

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10/22/2010 - 4:05pm
J. O'Neal practices, says he'll be ready

Jermaine O'Neal went through a full practice Friday and expressed confidence that he'll be ready to play when the regular season opens on Tuesday. O'Neal is dealing with a variety of injuries, but the one that has affected him is the most is torn cartalige in his left wrist. The injury occurred in the first quarter of the Celtics preseason game in Toronto last Friday.

 

"I feel good," O'Neal said. "Felt pretty good today. I got a little wrap that keeps it safe. I’m not worried about it." Asked directly if he thought he would be ready to play Tuesday, O'Neal said, "Yes."

 

O'Neal was asked about the competition between himself and Shaquille O'Neal for the starting center position, which seems to have shifted in Shaq's favor after Jermaine O'Neal missed time with injuries. "We don’t compete for the starting time," Jermaine O'Neal said. "We challenge each other just...

10/22/2010 - 3:17pm
J. Kraft: 'Absolutely support' Meriweather

Patriots President and COO Jonathan Kraft, in an appearance on The Big Show, addressed the impact of the NFL's efforts to enforce strictly the restrictions on hits of defenseless players. Kraft noted that the NFL was not actually creating a new rule, but was instead merely sending a message that its current rules will be enforced more strictly than had been the case in the past.

 

"This was a rule that was on the books," said Kraft. "It’s not something new that’s happening this season."

 

Kraft made clear that the hit by Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather on Ravens tight end Todd Heap represented a violation of the rules, and was worthy of punishment. That said, the team president also made clear that the Patriots were behind Meriweather, and felt that he -- in contrast to Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who threatened retirement -- handled the league's discipline in an appropriate...

10/22/2010 - 3:06pm
Rondo preparing for a lockout

WALTHAM -- In the wake of comments by NBA commissioner David Stern that he wants player salaries cut by a third, Celtics alternate player representative Rajon Rondo said Friday that he is already saving his money in the event that league owners decide to lockout players after this season and shut down in order to save on expenses. 

 

"It doesn't worry me at all," said Rondo, who was also asked if he thinks there will be a lockout. "I don't know. I'm preparing for like there is one. I'm saving a lot of money this year. We're focused on the season. It'd be great if we could get a ring heading into a lockout but other than that, I'm focused on the season." 

 

Rondo is scheduled to earn $9 million this season while Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are all in line to earn between $10 and 18 million this season. The Celtics payroll is at $83.3 million, not including the rookie...

10/22/2010 - 1:31pm
B's Horton on D&H: 'You have to perform'

Bruins forward Nathan Horton checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the B's fast start to the season. Horton has four goals and three assists in five games as the Bruins have gone 4-1-0.

 

Horton is enjoying his new team after spending his first six seasons with the Florida Panthers in the Miami area, where hockey obviously does not have the same importance. "This is what every player dreams about playing, just this type of atmosphere, and this city," he said of Boston. "It's not like you can imagine. Once you're there, it's pretty amazing."

 

Horton said no matter where he is, his style remains the same. "You have to perform," he said. "Even if you're not putting up points or anything, you have to work hard and be a team guy and just play hard for your teammates. I think that's what everyone's trying to do. We like each other as a team. It's like a family already....

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