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11/14/2011 - 11:21pm
Cubs interview Sox bench coach Hale

MILWAUKEE -- Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale had a phone interview with Cubs GM Jed Hoyer about the team's managerial vacancy, Chicago president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said at the GM Meetings. Hale has been with the Sox since the 2006 season, when he came from Texas to be the Sox’ third base coach. After spending four years in that capacity, he became the Sox’ bench coach in 2010, spending the last two seasons alongside Terry Francona in the Sox dugout.

"He kind of falls into the Terry Francona category, where we know each other so well that we didn't have to put him through the entire process," said Epstein. "DeMarlo's a great coach, grew up in Chicago and it was worthwhile hearing from him."

Hale, a Chicago-area native, has been a major league coach for the last 10 years. Prior to that, he spent nine years as a minor league manager with the Sox (from 1993-99) and then the Rangers.

While he is...

11/14/2011 - 9:17pm
Cherington: Search may be down to two
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters Monday that Dale Sveum's second interview will be held Wednesday, and that the Sox may interview another candidate for a second time.

Sveum, who served as Boston's third base coach from 2004-05, is currently the Brewers' hitting coach. 

"I felt a real comfort with him on a personal level," Cherington said of Sveum. "We like his experience, a broad base of experience from playing and the type of player he was, the type of players and managers he was around as a player. He’s been in boston as a coach. Had success in boston as a coach. Had success in milwakuee as a coach. Has managed a little bit. Has managed in the minor leagues. As I mentioned last week, the next phase is getting ownership a little bit more involved. Wanted them to have a chance to get to know him better.”

The GM said that he believes Sveum and the other candidate will be the only ones...

11/14/2011 - 9:15pm
BC holds off UNH in opener

Patrick Heckmann scored 19 points and fellow freshman Ryan Anderson had 13 points and 10 rebounds as Boston College opened the season with a 67-64 victory over the University of New Hampshire Monday night at Conte Forum.

The young Eagles overcame brutal free throw shooting (17-for-31) to hold off the Wildcats (1-1), who closed an 11-point deficit midway through the final period and had a chance to force overtime in the final seconds.

After BC's Matt Humphrey missed 1-of-2 free throws, UNH raced down the floor and Alvin Abreu drilled a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining to make it a two-point game. BC guard Jordan Daniels was fouled on the ensuing inbounds and hit 1-of-2. Abreu then turned over the ball while trying to drive the lane on UNH's final possession.

Chandler Rhoads led UNH with 20 points.

BC managed to avoid becoming the first ACC team to lose this season. The league is 18-0 after all four ACC teams in action Monday...

11/14/2011 - 6:38pm
Rondo to host charity game at Harvard

The NBA may not be back anytime soon, but Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will be in town on Saturday to host a charity game at Harvard's Lavietes Pavilion at 6 p.m. The list of players scheduled to appear includes Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, JaJuan Johnson and former Celtics' Kendrick Perkins, Leon Powe and Marquis Daniels. Kevin Durant is also scheduled to take part, as well as Josh Smith, Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry and former Harvard star Jeremy Lin.

Tickets will be available on Tuesday at the Harvard Athletics box office (65 North Harvard Street in Boston) or by calling 617-495-2211. General admission tickets are $50 and courtside seats are $100. Proceeds will benefit Boston charities.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at

11/14/2011 - 4:58pm
Belichick: Carter has 'that mentality'
By: DJ Bean

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday, discussing the team's 37-16 victory over the Jets Sunday, the team's pass-rush, and the offensive production.

The Patriots sacked Mark Sanchez five times in New York, with Andre Carter registering a Patriots record 4.5 sacks. Vince Wilfork compared Carter to former Pats linebacker Mike Vrabel, a comparison with which Belichick agreed.

"I think that's a good comparison. Andre's in tremendous condition. He practices hard, he works hard, he sprints to the ball on every play and he never seems to get tired," Belichick said. "You never look at him and see him doubled over and looking like he needs a couple of minutes to get his breath. He just doesn't look like that. He's always going hard, and when the ball is snapped … he explodes off the ball time after time after time. He no only has a good motor, he's not only in good condition, but he's got that...

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