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02/25/2012 - 3:55pm
It's official: No beer in Red Sox clubhouse

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told players in the team's annual meeting prior to spring training that there will be no drinking in the clubhouse this season, joining the majority of major league teams that don't permit alcohol in their clubhouses. 

"The rules are not to embarrass themselves or the team, the community, their teammates," Valentine said. "I don't think that's a new rule. That's a longstanding rule of life. There's no beer in the clubhouse and no beer on the last leg of road trips."

Valentine who managed previously in major league stints with the Rangers and Mets, and in Japan, said this is not really a new policy for him. 

"It's just what I've always done, except when I was in Texas," Valentine said. "I'm comfortable with it that way."

Valentine was asked how the new policy was received. 

"Standing ovation or booing? I didn't get...

02/25/2012 - 1:12pm
Owners: Sox 'highly motivated' for playoffs

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox principal owner John Henry, team President Larry Lucchino and Chairman Tom Werner held their annual training camp meeting with the team Saturday morning, before the club took the field for its first full-squad workout of 2012.

"It was setting the tone for 2012," Lucchino said of the 45-minute gathering with coaches, players and general manager Ben Cherington. "It was a customary opening day meeting."

"We talked about how proud we are to be involved in this organization," Werner added. "They should feel proud. We have great fans. This is going to be a new chapter. We didn't spend too much time talking about 2011. It's a new chapter, we have a new ball park. Our fans are excited about this year. I certainly think our players are motivated to play postseason baseball.

Henry said the team is in a good position to add to their payroll in the middle of the season if the opportunity for...

02/25/2012 - 12:24pm
Henry: 'I'm going to apologize' to Crawford

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox principal owner John Henry said he plans to apologize to outfielder Carl Crawford for his offseason remark that he wasn't behind signing him prior to the 2011 season for seven years and a financial commitment of $142 million. 

"I do," Henry said when asked if he regrets what he said about his star left fielder. "I should have never made those comments. It was an off-the-cuff remark I shouldn't have made so when I see him, I'm going to apologize to him for it."

In the weeks following his October comments, Henry attempted to explain his remarks by saying he didn't feel Crawford was the right fit in the Red Sox plan but still felt he was an outstanding player, a point he referenced again on Saturday morning. 

"I think I explained it and people don't want to seem to hear the explanation anyway," Henry said. 

Henry, team President Larry Lucchino and Chairman Tom...

02/24/2012 - 11:34pm
Sabres beat Bruins in shootout
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins fell to the Sabres by a 2-1 score in a shootout Friday at First Niagara Center. 

Zdeno Chara tied the game 3:36 into the third period to give the B's their lone goal. David Krejci scored in the first round of the shootout, but it proved to be the B's only tally after five scoreless minutes of overtime. The Sabres got shootout goals from Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy. 

Tuukka Rask took the loss for the Bruins and is now 0-4-2 over his last six starts. He made 26 saves on 27 shots Friday. 

With the loss, the Bruins have still not won back-to-back games since Jan. 10 and 12, a span of 19 games. They will face the Senators Saturday in Ottawa. 

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


02/24/2012 - 9:54pm
Casey, Curry lead Harvard past Princeton

Kyle Casey scored 20 points and Harvard's defense delivered down the stretch as the Crimson rallied past Princeton, 67-64, Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard can clinch a tie for the Ivy League title Saturday night when it hosts second-place Penn, which edged Dartmouth on Friday.

Brandyn Curry added 15 points and six assists and sparked two second-half spurts -- one that rallied Harvard from a seven-point deficit into the lead, and the second that put the Crimson ahead for good while Princeton was going over six minutes without a point.

"I just thought our defense and our will to win tonight was outstanding," Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said. "We had to go to different people in different moments. Again, our bench and our balance gave us an outstanding performance, and we needed it. I thought Brandon Curry's play in particular, he's been spectacular for us going down the stretch here with our season."

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