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07/02/2010 - 12:33pm
Report: Ranaudo seeks Top 10 money

According to the Cape Cod Times, Red Sox draft pick Anthony Ranaudo could return to Louisiana State University if he does not receive a bonus on a par with one of the top 10 picks in the draft. The right-handed pitcher, currently with Brewster of the Cape League, was expected to be taken in the top five to top spots in the draft entering the 2010 season, but he slipped to the Sox in the supplemental first round (No. 39 overall) after injuries and performance struggles dropped his stock.

 

Still, he finished the year strong for LSU and has thrown 10 2/3 scoreless innings in the Cape League. Given that performance, Ranaudo's pitching coach at LSU believes that Ranaudo will return to school if he does not get money along the lines of a top 10 pick.

 

“If Anthony's not treated and viewed as...

07/02/2010 - 11:18am
Celtics sign first-round pick Bradley

The Celtics announced on Friday that the team has signed first-round pick Avery Bradley to a contract.

 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Bradley, the 19th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, averaged 11.6 points, 1.3 steals and shot 37.5 percent on 3-point attempts as a freshman in 2009-10 for Texas. 

 

The guard injured his left ankle in a pre-draft workout. He will have a scope on the ankle and be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Bradley will miss summer league play, but Danny Ainge said last week that he expects him to be ready for training camp.

 

For more see the Celtics team page by going to weei.com/Celtics.

 


07/02/2010 - 9:13am
Source: Pierce, C's agree to $61 million deal

Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com/FoxSports.com has learned that Paul Pierce has agreed to a four-year, $61 million deal with the Celtics. The Boston Herald was first to report the agreement. Free contracts can't officially be signed until July 8.

 

Pierce opted out of the final year of his previous contract Wednesday, walking away from what would have been a $21.5 million salary in 2010-11 to test the free-agent waters. 

 

Pierce has long stated that he wanted to retire as a member of the Celtics, and this contract should allow him to do so. The 12-year veteran has scored 19,899 points in his career, third only to John Havlicek (26,395) and Larry Bird (21,791) in franchise history.

 

For more see the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics.


07/02/2010 - 7:51am
Report: Lakers contact Tony Allen

According to a report on Hoopsworld.com the Los Angeles Lakers were one of four teams to contact free agent Tony Allen on Thursday.

 

The New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls also expressed interest in the defensive specialist. The report also claimed that teams are "ready to bid for his services." Allen averaged 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.1 minutes per game last season, but his work guarding LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in the postseason may have elevated his stock as a free agent.

 

For more see the Celtics team page by going to weei.com/celtics.

 

 

 

 

 

 


07/02/2010 - 7:11am
Mashup: Cardinals' La Russa 'out of touch'

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa spoke out this week in support of Arizona's new immigration law, despite the fact that major league players largely have railed against it. One columnist writes that La Russa's decision to make his stance public shows that he is "out of touch" with his players. Plus, the Dutch soccer team is bickering as it prepares to play Brazil in Friday's World Cup quarterfinals. Check out those stories and more at Friday's Morning Mashup.


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