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12/04/2010 - 10:39am
Source: Kelly, Rizzo, Fuentes in A-Gon deal

According to a major league source, minor leaguers Casey Kelly, Reymond Fuentes, and Anthony Rizzo are the agreed upon players that would be sent to the Padres in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez if the first baseman if a deal is finalized. Gonzalez is in Boston undergoing a physical with the Red Sox, who are also negotiating an extension for the 28-year-old. Gonzalez is slated to make $6.3 million in 2011, the final year of his current contract.

 

Both Kelly and Fuentes were first-round picks by the Red Sox, with Kelly, a right-handed pitcher, being selected with the 30th overall selection in '08, and Fuentes, a center fielder, having been taken at No. 28 in '09. The 21-year-old Rizzo, a first baseman considered perhaps the Red Sox best power prospect, was taken in the sixth-round of the '07 draft.

 

The 19-year-old Fuentes (who is the cousin of New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran) hit .270 with five homers and 42 stolen...

12/04/2010 - 8:35am
Report: Sox, Padres agree to Gonzalez deal

According to an ESPN report by Buster Olney, the Red Sox have agreed to a deal in principle with the San Diego Padres on a deal to acquire first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. According to the report, Major League Baseball has given permission for the Red Sox to negotiate with the slugger on a new contract. Olney also reports that Gonzalez could undergo a physical as soon as Saturday.

 

A source familiar with the situation told WEEI.com that while there were remaining roadblocks to a deal, there was reason for optimism that it would get done. If so, Gonzalez would give the Red Sox an elite middle-of-the-order bat who has hit 30 or more homers in each of the last four years while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense.

 

It is not yet known which prospects the Red Sox would part with in a Gonzalez deal, but one source said on Friday that he found...

12/04/2010 - 12:22am
Shaq: 'These young cats have no respect'

Bulls center Joakim Noah has done a lot of talking about Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O'Neal stood up for his teammate after the Celtics beat the Bulls, 104-92. "These young cats have no respect," O'Neal said. "So, Kevin just has to teach them." 

 

Garnett got the better of Noah, scoring 20 points to go with 17 rebounds. They were assessed double technical fouls in the third quarter. "I'm going to tell you something about people, man," Garnett said. "Everybody has an opinion, and obviously he had one. I'm not entertaining nor addressing nobodies. I'm not even entertaining them. I'm focused on basketball and these wins and trying to make this team better. Other than that, I'm not on anything."

 

Asked if he felt Noah was a "nobody," Garnett replied, "Next question."

 

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12/04/2010 - 12:04am
KG: Who knows 'if this is my last year'

Sounding a very philosophical tone, Kevin Garnett said he is not looking for any sympathy for the nagging injuries he's played through but rather just trying to enjoy himself as long as he can and as long as the NBA is still in business. On Friday against the Bulls, Garnett showed the dominant form from the 2008 championship season, scoring 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting while grabbing 17 rebounds in Boston's 104-92 win at TD Garden. 

 

"Especially with the lockout coming up, who knows if this is my last year or if we don’t play next year what it’s going to be," Garnett said. "So I’m trying to enjoy the guys now, you know." He also addressed questions about his rivalry with Chicago's Joakim Noah, the only player he refused to greet on the court just before tip-off Friday. 

 

"I'm not entertaining, nor addressing nobodies. I'm not even entertaining that. I'm focused on...

12/03/2010 - 11:04pm
Carter on Big Show: Branch is 'just a guy'

ESPN NFL analyst Cris Carter, in an appearance on The Big Show on Friday, suggested that the Patriots dealt wide receiver Randy Moss at the perfect time. That said, he also insisted that the Patriots offense is far less dynamic in Moss' absence, and he offered a harsh critique of receiver Deion Branch.

 

Though he praised Branch as a "great route-runner," Carter also suggested that Branch is too frequently injured and often "disappears" in games.

 

"The ceiling with Moss with their offense is a lot higher. … They can be really dynamic. Like frightening. Now, if they don’t play well offensively, they’ll lose, because they have a defense that doesn’t dominate the games," said Carter. "Deion disappears too much against regular corners. He disappears in the game. He’s made, like, three guest appearances since the Super Bowl. ... Look at his stats. Look at his...

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