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11/27/2010 - 10:05am
Sox fall short of Twins in Nishioka bidding

The Red Sox submitted a posting bid in the mid-$2 million range for the right to negotiate with shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka, according to a baseball source, but they were out-bid by the Minnesota Twins, who won the posting process with a bid described by multiple reports as being in the $5 million range.

 

The Twins’ bid will entitle them to have exclusive negotiating rights to Nishioka for 30 days. If they reach a contract agreement with the Japanese star, they will pay the Chiba Lotte Marines the posting fee that they bid. If they fail to reach an agreement with him, the Twins will owe the Marines nothing.
 

Nishioka hit .346 with a .423 OBP, .905 OPS, 206 hits and 121 runs for Chiba Lotte in 2010.

 

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11/27/2010 - 12:30am
KG: 'Doc came at me' to get revenge

After Andrea Bargnani dropped 29 points on the Celtics last Sunday in a 102-101 come-from-behind Raptors win in Toronto, Celtics coach Doc Rivers pulled Kevin Garnett aside and essentially told him that can't happen again. Garnett responded by scoring a season-high 26 points while holding Bargnani to 11 in Garnett's best two-way game of the season as the Celtics prevailed, 110-101, Friday nigh at TD Garden. 

 

"Doc has different ways of motivating me," Garnett said. "He pulled me to the side, he wasn't really happy with Bargnani situation up there and I wasn't really pleased with that, either. And tonight was more of a concentrated effort to just make sure I kept him under control. It doesn't take much to motivate me." 

 

Garnett said he was inspired by his own fire and Rivers' words of inspiration. 

 

"It was 50-50 a little bit," Garnett added. "I didn't...

11/26/2010 - 11:55pm
Returning Rondo: 'I was rusty'

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo admitted he wasn't completely back to his old form but said he felt good being back on the court for the first time since suffering a strained left hamstring. Rondo played 35 minutes in Boston's 110-101 win over the Toronto Raptors Friday night at TD Garden. 

 

"I was rusty," Rondo said. "Guys made shots in the first quarter. We got some easy looks from my teammates. My timing was a little off for me. But I feel fine."

 

But as for his eight assists in the first quarter and 14 for the game, Rondo said he felt like he was seeing the court very well. 

 

"I was in the zone passing the ball," said Rondo, who added the extended minutes took its toll afterward. "Tired. I hadn't played in a week. Playing 35 minutes, I was trying to sit the fourth [quarter]."

 

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11/26/2010 - 11:48pm
Ryan: Belichick 'going to get my best shot'

Speaking at his daily press conference, Jets head coach Rex Ryan reiterated that while he believes his Patriots counterpart, Bill Belichick, should be considered tops among NFL coaches, it won't stop New York from believing it will come out on top when the Jets face off with the Pats a week from Monday. 

 

"I pride myself on being a good football coach," said Ryan, who is 2-1 against Belichick. "With the guys that I have around us, I feel confident. But I'm still not in Bill Belichick's class, and I know that. But I know one thing: He's going to get my best shot."

 

Friday, Ryan -- who sarcastically said regarding the Patriots after his team's win over the Bengals Thursday night, "Clearly, they're the best team in football. That's what all the experts say -- except me" -- went on to relay the Jets' confidence heading into the showdown, which will decide who will reside atop the AFC...

11/26/2010 - 10:01pm
Good return: Rondo leads C's over Raptors

Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 26 points while Rajon Rondo returned to the starting lineup from a strained left hamstring to dish out 14 assists as the Celtics held off the Toronto Raptors, 110-101, Friday night at TD Garden. 

 

Rondo played 35 minutes in his first game back since injuring his hamstring last Friday night against Oklahoma City. The point guard thrilled the sellout crowd with several great passes, including alley-oops to Shaquille O'Neal and Garnett. He missed three games and the Celtics were 2-1 in his absence. 

 

The Celtics built big leads twice, up by 14 in the second quarter and 22 in the third quarter, only to have the Raptors charge back, thanks to the sharpshooting of Jose Calderon and Peja Stojakovic, who were a combined 5-of-6 from long range. Toronto drew to within six, 99-93, with just over five minutes left, scoring 26 points in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter.  ...

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