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02/25/2012 - 10:10pm
Rosen rallies Penn to upset of Harvard

Zack Rosen scored 20 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 23 seconds left, to give Penn a 55-54 victory over Harvard Saturday night and prevent the Crimson from securing a share of the Ivy League title.

Harvard's Kyle Casey was called for a charge with 3.5 seconds left as he hit what would have been the go-ahead basket. Penn, which rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half, then inbounded the ball to midcourt and was able to run out the clock.

"Give them credit. They never folded," Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said. "I've said this all along: Rosen is a special player. … He's very hard to guard."

The result means Harvard (24-4, 10-2 Ivy) and Penn (17-11, 9-2) both have two league losses. If they both win out (Harvard has two games left, Penn three), there would be a playoff game to determine the league's NCAA tournament representative for the second year in a row.

"Certainly a tough...

02/25/2012 - 8:43pm
Report: Patriots will tag Welker

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Patriots are likely going to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker if they cannot reach a new deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Quoting a league source, Schefter says that the two sides have been discussing a deal, but will hit Welker with the franchise tag before the March 5 deadline if needed. The cost would be roughly $9.4 million for a one-year contract while the two sides continued to discuss a long-term pact for the 30-year-old receiver.

Welker has been invaluable to the success of the New England passing game since he arrived before the start of the 2007 season -- he led the league in receptions in 2011 with 122 catches, and has an NFL-high 554 catches in the last five seasons.

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02/25/2012 - 7:02pm
Aviles: Twitter trade rumor a hoax

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When reached by phone, Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles confirmed that the rumor spread on Twitter by an account named "@MikeAviles3," that he had been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, wasn't true and he has no affiliation with the account.

"That's not me," he said of the Twitter account. "No, I haven't been traded."

The rumor started at 5:30 p.m. when @MikeAviles3 tweeted: "Its been a great journey down here in #Beantown my agent just confirmed I'm heading to Tampa to play with the Rays. Miss you #Soxnation." The account -- which has since been taken down --  possessed more than 2,800 followers, including the confirmed accounts of Josh Reddick and Ryan Sweeney.

Aviles, however, quickly shot down the rumor when reached by WEEI.com. "I don't have a Twitter account," he said. "My agent is looking into starting one, but right now I don't have one."

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02/25/2012 - 5:31pm
Crawford: Henry 'genuinely sorry'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Before heading out to the batting cage to take 30 swings, Carl Crawford sat down with John Henry to hear an apology from the Red Sox principal owner about remarks he made last October, indicating he never wanted to sign Crawford.  

"It went extemely well," Crawford said of their meeting that lasted over 10 minutes. "He was apologetic and I accepted his apology and we both agreed to just move and go from there."

A career .293 hitter, Crawford batted just .255 last season, including .155 in April, with 11 homers and 56 RBIs, after signing a seven-year, $142 million deal prior to the 2011 season. 

"When someone is genuinely sorry for something, you can tell," Crawford said. "I think he was genuinely sorry for it. I apologized for the season I had. Had I played better, he wouldn't had to say that so we just both exchanged words that were good. I thinke we were able to clear the air...

02/25/2012 - 4:58pm
Ortiz on beer ban: 'We're not here to drink'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox DH David Ortiz addressed his team during the annual meeting between owners, the coaching staff and players, suggesting that the owners had fulfilled their end of the competitive bargain by bankrolling a powerful team and that it was the responsibility of players to fulfill the team's potential.

"I’m one of the older guys here that has been here for the last couple of years. We had those meetings and we never step up and say things. We just do nothing but listen. But today I think was a good time for us as players to make sure our owners don’t feel guilty about the job that they do," said Ortiz. "I think they do a hell of a job last year putting a good team together. After that, it’s not on them. It’s on us. I know everybody wants to call them out – [principal owner John Henry], [CEO/president] Larry Lucchino, [chairman] Tom Werner. At the end of the day, there’s nothing...

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