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01/27/2012 - 10:29am
Valentine: Pitcher 'not at top of my wish list'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, speaking at a charity event hosted by Kevin Youkilis, told reporters that he was not overly eager for his team to acquire another starter. Though he took stock of an American League landscape that has become more daunting with the moves by Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder (among others) from the National League, Valentine also suggested that he is comfortable with the current shape of the Red Sox starting staff and that adding more pitching would complicate his planning for spring training, given the potential struggle to find innings for all of the pitchers competing for rotation spots.


“Another pitcher would be, I guess OK,” Valentine told reporters. “It’s not at the top of my wish list. ... I think we have a lot of numbers right now. If all the reports are right and the three starting pitchers [Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz] we have penciled in at this time are healthy and ready to...

01/27/2012 - 9:15am
Ochocinco: 'Happy' despite 'humbling' year

Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco told the Associated Press that his season with the Patriots has been "humbling," but that he is ultimately happier to be going to the Super Bowl as a roster member of one of the participating teams rather than as a representative of the Ochocinco News Network.

"It's been a learning experience; that's what this has been. This had been one of the most humbling experiences I've ever been in," Ochocinco told the AP. "This is one of the first times I've been about doing exactly what everyone told me to do. It wasn't about the numbers. It wasn't about money. It wasn't about me."

Asked if he regretted that tradeoff, Ochocinco was adamant. From the story:

"No!" he said with an expletive and a smile, "because I've done the other thing over...

01/27/2012 - 9:02am
Mashup: Colts owner calls Peyton 'politician'

Two days after Peyton Manning publicly lamented the Colts' situation, team owner Jim Irsay criticized the franchise quarterback, calling him a "politician."

"I don't think it's in the best interest to paint the horseshoe in a negative light, I really don't," Irsay told reporters Thursday following the introduction of new coach Chuck Pagano. "The horseshoe always comes first, and I think one thing he's always known, because he's been around it so long, is that, you know, you keep it in the family. If you've got a problem you talk to each other, it's not about campaigning or anything like that."

Manning, who missed the 2011 season following neck surgery, apparently got the message.

"At this point, Mr. Irsay and I owe it to each other and to the fans of the organization to handle this appropriately and professionally, and I think we will. I've already reached out to Mr. Irsay," Manning told The...

01/27/2012 - 8:49am
McCourty: Giants WRs pose matchup issues

Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, in his weekly interview on the Dennis & Callahan show, suggested that the Giants team that the Patriots will face in Super Bowl XLVI is playing at a higher level than the one that beat New England, 24-20, in Week 9 of the regular season.

"They’re playing very well," said McCourty. "I think now when you look at them, they’re playing even better now than they were then. We’re playing an offense that was missing two key players [receiver Hakeem Nicks and center David Baas]. It’s just a little different watching, knowing those two guys will be out there."

McCourty added that the Giants now feature three "explosive" receivers who impact the game from different parts of the field and thus create a significant defensive challenge for the Patriots. The Giants will feature the trio of Nicks, Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham in the Super Bowl, and the...

01/26/2012 - 11:56pm
Scott, Virginia pull away from BC

Mike Scott scored 18 points and 19th-ranked Virginia posted a 66-49 victory over Boston College Thursday night in Charlottesville, Va.

Jontel Evans and Akil Mitchell added 10 points apiece for the Cavaliers (16-3, 3-2 ACC), who came into the game ranked second nationally in points allowed at 50.2 per game.

Ryan Anderson had 12 points and nine rebounds for BC (7-13, 2-4).

Virginia took a 31-23 lead into the half. The margin was 11 points 30 seconds into Period 2 after a Joe Harris 3-pointer. But the Eagles clawed back and tied the score at 44 midway through the period on a 3-pointer from the corner by Danny Rubin.

The Eagles then went into one of their all-too-familiar second-half scoring droughts, scoring just two points over the next seven minutes and five points the remainder of the game. When Virginia's Sammy Zieglinski hit a 3-pointer with 3:20 remaining, it was a 57-46 game, and Virginia coasted home from there, finishing the...

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