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06/07/2010 - 4:17pm
Fenway to host soccer match in July

This summer, there will a be a soccer match at Fenway Park for the first time since 1968. 

 

Perennial Scottish Premier League contender Celtic Football Club will take on the storied Portuguese futebol club Sporting Clube de Portugal at Fenway Park on July 21, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. 

 

“I'm excited to welcome Celtic F.C. and Sporting C.P. to Boston for their exhibition soccer match at Fenway Park,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Soccer is a global game and this match will provide another opportunity to showcase Boston as a truly global city attracting fans from around the world and highlighting the people, culture, and local businesses that make our city so special.  Both teams have many loyal supporters throughout our city and I look forward to this matchup with great anticipation.”

 

Tickets are priced from $20-$120 and will go on sale Tuesday, June 22. The game...

06/07/2010 - 4:11pm
Former Sox pitcher, scout Stephenson dies

According to The Associated Press, Jerry Stephenson, who pitched for the 1967 Red Sox, died of cancer at the age of 66 Sunday. Stephenson's best season in a seven-year big league career came in '67 when he went 3-1 with a save, making one relief appearance in the World Series that year. For his career, Stephenson went 8-19 with the Sox, Seattle Pilots and Los Angeles Dodgers. Stephenson scouted 25 years for the Dodgers before moving over to serve as a scout for the Red Sox for the past 14 years. He retired in October, remaining as a consultant for the Red Sox. Stephenson is survived by his wife of 43 years, Yvonne, son Brian and daughter Shannon Smaldino, as well as three grandchildren. For a look at Stephenson's career, click here. For another look at Stephenson's...

06/07/2010 - 3:59pm
Lineup: Reddick in CF, Ortiz hits third

The Red Sox open a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians on Monday at Progressive Field. The Sox enter the series with a 33-25 record, tied with the Blue Jays for third in the AL East, trailing first-place Tampa Bay by 4.5 games. The Indians are 21-34 and in last place in the AL Central. Mike Cameron, who returned to the lineup Sunday after missing a week with soreness in the left side of his abdomen, is out of the lineup on Monday. Terry Francona cautioned on Sunday that Cameron would not play every day as he continues to recover from the injury. Josh Reddick gets the start in center field. Here is the lineup for the Red Sox: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Martinez C, Drew RF, Beltre 3B, Hall LF, Reddick CF, Matsuzaka P. For all the matchups go to the Full Count Blog by clicking here.


06/07/2010 - 3:20pm
Welker practices again, says he feels 'good'

FOXBORO — Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker made another appearance at organized team activities on Monday, and said he feels “good” as he continues to work his way back after a left knee injury he suffered in the regular-season finale against the Texans in Houston.

“[I’m] just trying to work hard and day to day, just get a little better,” he said. “That’s been my plan from the get-go, and just sticking to that plan. ... I’m just taking it day-to-day and working hard and coming back as quickly as I can and just trying to get better on a daily basis.”

As he did at last week’s OTA session, Welker took part in the first few sessions, which included stretching and a series of pass-catching drills. After roughly 30 minutes, he retreated to the Dana-Farber Field House for the rest of the practice.

Welker, who said he was not restricted in any way but was again...

06/07/2010 - 2:52pm
Report: Cavs make offer to Izzo

According to a report on ESPN.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers have made an offer to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo to replace the recently fired Mike Brown. Izzo, who won a national championship in 2000 and has made six trips to the Final Four with the Spartans, is under contract with Michigan State through 2016 at an estimated $3 million a year.

 

Mark Hollis, the athletic director at Michigan State, told the Associated Press that no offer has been made to Izzo.

 

"There is not a contract offer on the table," Hollis said. "Last week, there was talk that Chicago and New Jersey were interested. If I was anywhere but at Michigan State, I would be interested in Tom, too, because he's the best coach in college basketball."


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