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07/11/2011 - 12:31pm
Sox prospect Pimentel demoted to Salem

The Red Sox sent struggling right-hander Stolmy Pimentel down from Double-A Portland to Hi-A Salem. The move follows a difficult first half in which Pimentel went 0-9 with a 9.12 ERA for the Sea Dogs.

The Sox recently had tried to restore Pimentel's confidence by having him work shorter two- to three-inning stints in Portland, but his continued struggles led them to send him back down to the level where he spent all of the 2010 season. Pimentel was viewed as one of the Sox' top pitching prospects at the start of the season; while the organization continues to believe that he is a future big league starter, and notes that his stuff (including a fastball that is now touching 96 mph) remains that of a legitimate major leaguer, his command issues and poor results prompted the move back a level.

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07/11/2011 - 12:00pm
Julien: Corvo 'more engaged' than Kaberle
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien discussed the Bruins' offseason moves and their prospects on the final day of development camp Monday. The B's lost Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle to free agency, replacing them with Montreal's Benoit Pouliot and Carolina's Joe Corvo. 

In the case of Kaberle and Corvo, Julien said the 34-year-old Corvo can help the power play, much like Kaberle was expected to when the B's sent a package of commodities (a 2011 first-round pick, a 2012 second-rounder and center Joe Colborne) to Toronto or the defenseman.

"It’s not about replacing [Kaberle] but taking on his role," Julien said of Corvo. "I think you look at Corvo, who’s got a really good shot. He’s a player that may be a little bit more physical and more engaged. We’re going to have to work with him as far as making him understand the way we play here. And I think the way we play will certainly help him a little bit...

07/11/2011 - 10:14am
Report: NFL deal expected for July 21

According to an ESPN report, the NFL and NFL Players Assocation are expected to reach an agreement that will be ratified during the July 21 league meetings in Atlanta. The report credits sources familar with the state of negotiations and quotes an unidentified owner as saying that there's "no reason to believe it won't get done."

However, the story incudes some concern from a member of the players' negotiating team, who indicated players feel they have made significant concessions "that have not been reciprocated," and that "we've basically reached the limits of compromise."

The players source told ESPN that the union agreed to cut rookie compensation in half but won't agree to change the right for rookies to become free agents after four years in the league.


07/11/2011 - 10:04am
Russell statue set for City Hall Plaza

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced Monday that a statue of Celtics legend Bill Russell will be sited at City Hall Plaza.

Three artists have been selected as finalists in the competition to determine the design: Fern Cunningham, Ann Hirsch and Antonio Tobias Mendez.

Cunningham designed the Harriet Tubman memorial at Harriet Tubman Park in the South End. It's said to be the first statue on city-owned property honoring a woman.

Hirsch's work includes a nine-sculpture gothic/human installation called "Watchers."

Mendez designed the Red Sox "Teammates" statue — profiling 1940s-era legends Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio and Bobby Doerr — that stands outside of Gate B at Fenway Park.

The artists will present their ideas to the Bill Russell Legacy Project committee in the fall and a winner will be chosen.


07/11/2011 - 9:45am
Vrabel confirms retirement, Ohio State job

Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel confirmed on Monday that he is retiring from the NFL and taking a job as assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio State.

In a statement released by his agent, Neil Cornrich, Vrabel announced: "After 14 years in the National Football League, I have decided to retire and accept the position of linebackers coach at The Ohio State University.

“I am extremely appreciative of the teammates, coaches, and great fans who surrounded me during my NFL career, and am honored to have been a part of three tremendous organizations in the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs.  I am especially grateful to Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli, who not only gave me the opportunity to play for a team that won three Super Bowl championships and an NFL record 21 games in a row, but also taught me invaluable lessons on creating the ultimate team approach.

“I am very excited to...

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