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11/16/2012 - 7:23am
Source: Red Sox not prioritizing Hamilton

According to a baseball source, reports of the Red Sox' interest in free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton have been "overblown."

While the Red Sox are in the market for a pair of outfielders this offseason, Hamilton -- considered by most as the premier free agent on the market -- doesn't appear to be near the top of the team's list of players it hopes to target. While the Sox have talked to the 31-year-old's agent, Michael Moye, the communication was the same kind of due diligence done for a multitude of free agents.

When asked about the team's potential interest in Hamilton while appearing on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said: "We’ve talked, by this time in the offseason, like most teams, we’ve talked to just about every agent of any prominent free agent. That’s part of our job, to do that due diligence. That doesn’t mean anything other than we’ve...

11/16/2012 - 6:56am
Mashup: BC soccer star punished for tweets

Stephanie McCaffrey, the second-leading scorer on the Boston College women's soccer team, was suspended from the team Thursday for sending out joking tweets about Penn State's sexual abuse scandal as the Eagles prepared for a Friday night game at Penn State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

McCaffrey, a sophomore from Winchester, sent out 10 tweets referencing former Nittany Lions football assistant Jerry Sandusky over a 24-hour period. Her Twitter account was taken down about an hour after her last tweet late Thursday afternoon.

"The student-athlete used very poor judgment and exhibited insensitivity toward Penn State, for which she apologizes," new BC athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement. "This type of behavior is not tolerated among our...

11/15/2012 - 11:01pm
Without Rondo, Celtics fall to Nets

Playing without Rajon Rondo due to the point guard's sprained right ankle, the Celtics mounted a furious comeback but couldn't close the deal Thursday night in Brooklyn, falling to the Nets, 102-97, at Barclays Center.

The Celtics trailed by as many as 13 but used a 20-2 run in the third quarter to make it a back-and-forth affair heading into the final minutes. Paul Pierce, who missed two key free throws with under a minute remaining, closed the gap to two points by knocking down a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left. But Deron Williams -- who was fouled on a controversial call on what appeared to be a clean steal by Leandro Barbosa -- came back to boost the hosts' lead to four points with a pair of free throws.

After two free throws from Pierce with 19 seconds cut the deficit back to a pair, Williams countered with two more freebies for Brooklyn. Jason Terry proceeded to miss his two free throws with 11 ticks remaining, putting the game out of reach....

11/15/2012 - 10:00pm
Vinson tip-in lifts UMass over Providence

Terrell Vinson tipped in a rebound at the buzzer to lift UMass past Providence, 77-75, in an opening-round game at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in Bayamon on Thursday night.

UMass trailed by three points with 1:22 left when Jesse Morgan (18 points) hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 75. The score stayed that way until the final second. Chaz Williams (17 points, five assists) drove to the basket and missed a layup, but Vinson finished it off for the Minutemen's second straight last-second win to open the season. UMass edged Harvard on Tuesday, 67-64, on Sampson Carter's 3-pointer with 1.2 ticks left.

Bryce Cotton scored a game-high 23 points for Providence (2-1). Also for the Friars, Kadeem Batts had 19 points and nine rebounds, and LaDontae Henton contributed 13 points and 11 boards.

UMass advances to a semifinal game against sixth-ranked NC State on Friday at 5 p.m. The Wolfpack knocked off Penn State on Thursday, 72-55.

Providence will...

11/15/2012 - 7:46pm
Cabrera trounces Trout in MVP voting

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera claimed the American League MVP, easily out-distancing second-place finisher, Angels rookie Mike Trout.

Cabrera, who became the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, received 22 of 28 first-place votes, with Trout receiving the other six. The Tigers' third baseman finished with 362 points, while the Angels' outfielder totaled 281 points. One voter, Sheldon Ocker from the Akron Beacon Journal, was the only voter to not put Cabrera and Trout in second spot, giving Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre a second-place vote.

Cabrera finished with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBI, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since the Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski won the award 1967. The last four Triple Crown winners have won the MVP.

San Francisco catcher Buster Posey took home the National League MVP.

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