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02/13/2012 - 11:39am
Sox, Ortiz agree to $14.575 million deal

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- According to an industry source, the Red Sox and David Ortiz averted a potential salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one-year deal for 2012 worth $14.575 million. The agreement represents the midpoint between the salary being offered by the Sox ($12.65 million) and the number being sought by Ortiz ($16.5 milion). News of the agreement was first reported by Buster Olney of ESPN (via twitter).

The agreement comes just a few hours before the two parties were scheduled to present arguments in an arbitration hearing at 2 p.m. With the agreement, the Sox have now gone 10 straight years without an arbitration hearing.

Ortiz made $12.5 million last year after the Sox exercised a team option for the 2011 season, a year in which he hit .309 with a .398 OBP, a .554 slugging mark, a .953 OPS, 29 homers and 96 RBI. He was named to the...

02/13/2012 - 11:19am
Randy Moss says he's returning to football

Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss announced via a video on Ustream that he plans to return to football after skipping the 2011 season.

"I just want to go to a team and play some football," Moss said on Monday, his 35th birthday, adding: "I said I had a surprise for y'all."

Moss said he retired due to off-field issues, but his family has told him, "It's fine, do whatever you want to do."

Added Moss: "Faith, family and football, that's my M.O., bro. Your boy be back for the upcoming season."

Moss also insisted that money won't be a key issue in where he signs, noting that he gave up $9 million or more to go to the Patriots.

"I just want to get on the best team," he said. "I'm not sitting here really worried about no deal. I think last year, before I retired, yeah, of course you want your money. But at the same time, you just want to play football. Money has never been the...

02/13/2012 - 4:32am
Francona: 'Embarrassed' Sox inspired by '11

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in an appearance on WBZ-TV's Sports Final on Sunday night, said that he suspects some of his former players will approach the coming baseball season with a chip on their collective shoulder. That, he suggested, could lead to strong seasons ahead.

"They’re always going to have a chance. They’re the Red Sox," said Francona. "You have some talented players. Some were injured. Some were probably embarrassed and feel like they have a lot to prove, they maybe feel like they have a chip on their shoulder. Whatever the reason, you’re going to see some guys coming back and probably have pretty good years."

Asked how he might address the disclosures of a disintegrating clubhouse that was symbolized by the in-game consumption of beer and fried chicken, Francona suggested that he had given the matter little thought and so he was unprepared to answer the question.

"It...

02/13/2012 - 4:00am
Noah: Celtics 'just wanted it more'

BOSTON -- After the Celtics ended his team's five-game winning streak with a 95-91 victory, Bulls center Joakim Noah sat dejected at his locker, lamenting the loss.

"Our energy just wasn't very good," said Noah, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. "We fought at the end, but overall we've got to play better. Our togetherness wasn't great. They shot a high percentage throughout the game. They ran the floor better than us. I think overall they just wanted it more."

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo recorded 32 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season. "He got off to a fast start," Noah said. "He played very confident throughout the night and just picked us apart. He's a good player."

Meanwhile, Chicago's point guard -- reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose -- missed the game with back spasms. The Bulls still lead the Eastern Conference with a 23-7 record, but the...

02/13/2012 - 3:49am
Mashup: TO blames media for perception

Terrell Owens made a weekend appearance on Dallas radio station KESN as he prepares to join the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, and the controversial wide receiver insisted that it's the media's fault that he is viewed as a troublemaker.

"I think a lot of why I probably didn't play [in the NFL] this year, everybody keeps talking about the 'character' issues," he said. "The last two or three years relatively I was quiet, knowing that everybody was saying that I had a character issue, I'm disruptive, there's a lot of hype that comes with me, they're saying I'm a distraction here and there. That's all hearsay. If you ask a bunch of my teammates, a lot of it is basically blown out of proportion, the media making me into a fall guy.

"Overall, will I ever admit that I was a bad teammate? Never. I wasn't a bad teammate. Was I disruptive. No, I wasn't disruptive. I feel like I have a lot of football left and I'm looking...

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