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12/28/2012 - 8:30am
Sources: Napoli has interest from other team

According to multiple baseball sources, at least one team has been in communication with Mike Napoli's representatives regarding the free agent infielder's status since negotiations with the Red Sox hit a snag. According to one source, it is believed no contract offer has been extended by a team other than the Sox since the early December agreement with Boston.

The Red Sox and Napoli have yet to finalize a three-year, $39 million deal -- which was agreed upon on Dec. 3 -- due to concerns surfaced after the 31-year-old underwent the Red Sox' physical examination. It is believed the issue giving the Sox pause revolves around Napoli's hip.

Earlier Thursday, multiple reports stated the Red Sox were remaining in contact with the representatives for free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche. LaRoche, who would cost the Red Sox their second-round pick in the June amateur draft if signed, is seeking a three-year deal.

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12/28/2012 - 8:20am
Sox legend Fisk pleads guilty to DUI

Red Sox legend Carlton Fisk pleaded guilty Thursday in Joliet, Ill., to a misdemeanor charge of DUI and was sentenced to one year of court supervision plus a fine of $1,250 to cover court costs. He also must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and counseling.

Fisk, 64, was arrested after being found asleep in his pickup truck in a suburban Chicago cornfield on Oct. 22 with an open bottle of vodka on the floor.

The Hall of Fame catcher split his career with the Red Sox (1969, '71-80) and White Sox ('81-93). He is best remembered for his Game 6-winning home run in the 1975 World Series at Fenway Park.

It's been a tough month for Fisk, whose Florida home was burglarized last week, with thousands of dollars in collectable silver coins stolen.


12/28/2012 - 7:52am
Mashup: Suspended Wade denies dirty play

A couple of Boston sports antagonists were in the news Thursday, one receiving a suspension and the other escaping punishment on an apparent technicality.

The NBA suspended Heat guard Dwyane Wade one game for his kick to the groin area of Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions during Wednesday night's game in Charlotte. Wade, who in the past has been accused of dirty play by Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, flailed his left leg upon being fouled, but he continues to insist it was an accident.

Tweeted Wade Thursday: I'm far from being a dirty player, + my intent was never 2 kick Ramon Sessions. I just reacted to the contact that I got from him. More than anything, I think of my boys watchin me be4 retaliating 2ward any player.

Sessions didn't buy Wade's explanation, saying after the game: "I thought he did it on purpose."

Meanwhile, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted two words Thursday in reference to his appeal...

12/28/2012 - 3:26am
Celtics prove to be Clippers' latest victim

The Celtics dropped a 106-77 decision at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Thursday night. 

The win was the Clippers' 15th in a row, making them the first team to win that many consecutive game since the Celts' 19-game win streak in the 2008-09 season.

The Celtics never led, committing 18 turnovers in the process. Kevin Garnett scored 16 points for the visitors, who dropped to 14-14 with their fifth loss in the last seven games. Paul Pierce and Jeff Green each added 12 points.

It marked the Clippers' largest-ever win over the Celtics, who were held to just 10 points over the final 12 minutes.

The Clippers, who saw their reserves score as many points as their starters (53 points), got 21 points from sub Matt Barnes and 17 out of Jamal Crawford, another reserve.

The closest the Celtics would come after the first few minutes was when back-to-back 3-pointers by Jason Terry and Courtney Lee cut the Clippers' lead to four points...

12/27/2012 - 10:54pm
O'Halloran: First base still Sox' 'area of focus'

Red Sox assistant GM Brian O'Halloran, in an interview on Thursday night's Red Sox Hot Stove show, said that while he would not comment directly on free agents including first baseman Adam LaRoche, the club continues to talk with free agents with first base representing an "area of focus" at a time when there is still no official deal in place with Mike Napoli.

While Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal in December to be the Sox' primary first baseman, that agreement hasn't been finalized in the aftermath of his physical. Meanwhile, reports have surfaced that the Sox have been in touch with LaRoche -- the top free agent alternative at first base, albeit one who would cost the Sox not just the years and dollars it would take to sign him but also a draft pick -- though it remains unclear if those conversations have been anything beyond preliminary at this stage.

"I’m not going to be able to address any specific free...

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