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12/18/2012 - 3:12pm
Jets' Sanchez benched, McElroy to start
By: DJ Bean

The Jets announced on Tuesday that they will start quarterback Greg McElroy over Mark Sanchez on Sunday against the Chargers. 

McElroy played in relief for the struggling Sanchez on Dec. 2, leading the Jets to a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals after Sanchez threw three interceptions. The team elected to start Sanchez in the next two games (1-1), and his four-interception performance Monday against the Titans led to a loss that dropped the Jets to 6-8 and eliminated them from playoff contention. 

A seventh-round pick out of Alabama, McElroy has only played in game in his NFL career (the aforementioned win over Arizona). Sanchez had been the Jets' starting quarterback since the team traded up to select him with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft. In his NFL career, Sanchez has 68 passing touchdowns, 12 rushing touchdowns and 68 interceptions. 

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12/18/2012 - 12:07pm
Red Sox announce Uehara signing

The Red Sox announced the signing of reliever Koji Uehara to a one-year contract, meaning that the right-hander passed his physical. According to a major league source, he will receive a salary of $4.25 million. 

GM Ben Cherington said on a couple of occasions that he wanted to add pitchers who attack the strike zone. No pitcher better embodies that trait than Uehara, whose 7.97 strikeout-to-walk ratio is the best in major league history for any pitcher with at least 100 innings pitched. In 2012, though he was limited to just 36 innings (he missed more than two months with a lat injury), he had an astonishing 43-to-3 strikeout-to-walk rate along with a 1.75 ERA for the Rangers. 

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12/18/2012 - 11:53am
Avery Bradley returns to full practice

According to multiple reports, guard Avery Bradley -- who hasn't played since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals in May -- returned to take part in full practice in Chicago on Monday.

Bradley took part in a 90-minute full-contact practice session on Monday, with the team amidst a three-city road swing that has opened with consecutive defeats in Houston and San Antonio, without issue. There is still no timetable for his return to the Celtics, but clearly, he's getting closer, and coach Doc Rivers suggested that it would represent an upgrade if Bradley can play his way back into the starting guard spot, allowing both Jason Terry and Courtney Lee to come off the bench.

"[Bradley] will have to earn [a starting spot] and get it but I think on paper, it looks better," Rivers told reporters. "But you have to wait and see how it works once he gets back."

The Celtics went 14-4 down the stretch last year when Bradley...

12/18/2012 - 8:01am
Mashup: No playoffs for bumbling Jets

The Jets' hopes of making the playoffs were ended Monday night with a brutal 14-10 road loss to the Titans. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions but was in position to win the game after a 19-yard punt gave New York the ball at the Tennessee 25 with 47 seconds remaining. However, Sanchez couldn't handle a low shotgun snap on first down and the Titans recovered the fumble.

ESPN play-by-play caller Mike Tirico summed it up best, saying: "That's the way this game should end, that's the way the Jets' season should end: Ugly, and a loss."

Said Jets coach Rex Ryan: "Obviously, it's a devastating loss, out of the playoffs, and it hurts beyond belief. I think the thing that really hurts the most is we've got no one to blame but ourselves."

Sanchez (13-for-28 for 131 yards) had a passer rating of 32.6, lower than Tim Tebow (39.6), who was 0-for-1 and rushed three times for 15 yards. Sanchez turned over...

12/17/2012 - 10:32pm
J.D. Drew: Stephen is own player, person

Speaking by phone Monday night, former Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew said that his younger brother, Stephen Drew, should fit in well in Boston. Stephen, who has agreed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal with the Sox, informed his older sibling earlier Monday that he would be joining J.D.'s former team while the pair was duck hunting near their homes in Georgia.

J.D. did explain that while there are "a lot of similarities" between the brothers (who are eight years apart in age), fans in Boston will notice some subtle differences.

"The thing is, Stephen is not nearly as guarded as I am," J.D. said. "He's more outgoing. He may even come across that way to me because, you know, reflecting a lot of what I went through when I came out of college. … I came under a bunch of scrutiny before I even stepped into a major league uniform and I hadn't even done anything. … I took a bunch of heat. Stephen's benefited from some...

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