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12/16/2010 - 2:58pm
Reports: Red Sox to sign Bobby Jenks
By: DJ Bean

According to multiple reports, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with free agent right-handed relief pitcher Bobby Jenks. The 29-year-old was non-tendered by the White Sox following the season and became a free agent. ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting Jenks' deal with the Red Sox is for two years and $12 million and that it is pending a physical. Jon Heyman of SI.com was the first to report the agreement. 

 

A two-time All-Star closer, Jenks has had at least 40 saves twice in his six-year career. He had 27 last season for the White Sox, while striking out 61 batters in 52 2/3 innings. He posted a 4.44 earned run average and a  1.36 WHIP. 

 

For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at weei.com/redsox


12/16/2010 - 1:40pm
Rondo, Garnett among All-Star leaders

The first returns of 2011 NBA All-Star balloting were released Thursday. A pair of Celtics rank highly among vote-getters, as Rajon Rondo (497,141 votes) stands second among Eastern Conference guards and Kevin Garnett (456,111) is second among Eastern Conference forwards. If both hold their position in the voting, it would be the second All-Star appearance (and first start) for Rondo and Garnett's 14th selection.

 

Paul Pierce is fourth among Eastern Conference forwards (235,107 votes) and Ray Allen is fourth among Eastern Conference guards (235,977). Shaquille O'Neal is second among centers in balloting, but trails Dwight Howard (the overall leader in votes among all Eastern Conference players with 611,561) by over 300,000 votes. 

 

Kobe Bryant tops all NBA players with 722,682 votes. The All-Star Game will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 20, 2011.

 

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12/16/2010 - 1:27pm
Pats practice: Brady, McCourty return

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Devin McCourty returned to Patriots practice Thursday as the team practiced outside in slightly warmer conditions in preparation for Sunday night's game against Green Bay. 

 

Four players - all along the defensive line - were still missing as Ron Brace, Mike Wright, Myron Pryor and Gerard Warren were not spotted during the open portion of practice. The team practiced in sweats and shells for the second straight day. 

 

Wright is still dealing with the effects of a concussion while Myron Pryor has a nagging back injury. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


12/16/2010 - 12:43pm
Wilfork: 'Not even worried' about Pro Bowl

FOXBORO -- Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday he isn't worried about his current third-place standing in AFC Pro Bowl balloting among defensive tackles. Voting ends Monday night following the Bears-Vikings game. 

 

"That's something I'm not even worried about right now," Wilfork said of his place behind Baltimore's Haloti Ngata and Pittsburgh's Casey Hampton. "I'm all about Green Bay this week. Whatever happens with that, happens. We've got a bigger task at hand this week than worrying about the Pro Bowl. I'll leave it where it's at."

 

One of Wilfork's biggest concerns and that of the defense is preparing for the possibility of facing one of two quarterbacks - either Aaron Rodgers or Matt Flynn - this Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. 

 

"It's tough, very tough," Wilfork said of preparing for two quarterbacks. "But they run the offense very...

12/16/2010 - 11:54am
Suggs: Brees 'better' than Brady

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told the Baltimore Sun on Thursday that he feels that Drew Brees -- not Tom Brady or Peyton Manning -- is the best quarterback in the NFL.

 

“Well, in my eyes he’s better," said Suggs when asked if facing Brees is similar to facing Brady or Manning. "Maybe it could be my personal vendetta against the other guys, but he’s definitely one of the premier quarterbacks in this league, and he’s got the numbers to prove it. And not only that, he’s got the hardware to prove it.”

 

Brady and Suggs had an on-field shouting match in the fourth quarter of the Patriots overtime win over the Ravens on October 17. Suggs told the media after that game that Brady "better hope he don't see us again."

 

For more Patriots news visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.


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