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09/13/2012 - 10:37am
Report: Sox owners 'quietly shopping' team

According to a report from Charlie Gasparino of the Fox Business Network, Red Sox ownership have begun "quietly shopping" the franchise to potential buyers and are mulling the sale of the team.

Owning both Liverpool FC and the Red Sox has been the biggest challenge for John Henry and Fenway Sports Group and is the key reason they could be looking to sell, people with direct knowledge of the matter told Gasparino. By selling the Red Sox, Henry could potentially devote more resources to Liverpool, which was purchased by Fenway Sports for $476 million in 2010. Gasparino reports that people close to ownership feel that more attention is being paid to the future of the Liverpool franchise than to the last-place Red Sox.

The Red Sox denied any interest in selling the team. On Thursday, a spokesperson for the Sox said of “...

09/13/2012 - 8:40am
Lucchino: Talk of selling team 'nonsense'

Red Sox CEO/president Larry Lucchino, in an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, discussed his future with the franchise on Thursday morning. There have been rumors that Lucchino, in the last year of his contract, may not return next season, but he made his intent to return clear to Dennis & Callahan.

"This is the place I call home," Lucchino said. "I hope to be here for the foreseeable future. I've got no plans to go anywhere else. I enjoy my working relationship with my partners and colleagues and the challenge that faces us here is a tremendous one. In some ways, and this may sound perverse, it's appealing. We've done things one way, this is our 11th year, and quite a good ride and lots of success. But now there is a fundamental challenge to us, a very real opportunity to get this franchise back to where it should be in terms of on-field success and playoff baseball. And I relish that opportunity. I don't have any plans...

09/13/2012 - 7:07am
Mashup: Did Francesa fall asleep on air?

In Thursday's Morning Mashup, we have a photo of A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy's scar after getting out of surgery from the nasty line drive he took, hilarious out takes of John Clayton's "SportsCenter" commercial, video of Mike Francesa falling asleep on air while talking Red Sox-Yankees, and a report that Jim Calhoun is retiring as head coach of UConn's basketball team. 

Calhoun racked up 873 wins while coaching college basketball. He won three national titles, and headed up the UConn program alone for 26 years. More amazing, he staved off cancer three separate times.

The program has come under scrutiny in recent years. An investigation in 2008 led to recruiting violations. Additionally, the program has struggled to maintain academic standards and is ineligible for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Kevin Ollie, who played in the NBA and was hired as an assistant in 2010, is expected to take over the head coaching position.

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09/13/2012 - 6:46am
Reports: Calhoun to retire Thursday

According to multiple reports, UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun will announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Calhoun, 70, was hired by UConn in 1986 (following 14 years at Northeastern) and transformed the school into a national power, winning three NCAA titles (1999, 2004, 2011). UConn also was a  Final Four participant in 2009. Under Calhoun, UConn won 10 Big East regular-season championships and seven Big East tournament titles.

Calhoun has battled several health issues in recent years, including prostate cancer in 2003, and had back surgery last February. Last month he broke his hip falling off his bicycle (Calhoun broke five ribs falling off a bike in 2009).

UConn will not be eligible for the 2013 NCAA tournament, failing to qualify for eligibility because of several years of below-standard academic progress rate scores. Calhoun also served a three-game suspension at the start of last...

09/12/2012 - 9:58pm
Red Sox put up a fight but fall to Yanks

The Red Sox again proved unable to claim consecutive wins, as they followed a victory on Tuesday with a 5-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday in a contest that saw three Red Sox get ejected. The Sox are 2-12 in their last 14 contests. The last time they won two straight games came on Aug. 26-27 against the Royals. 

Aaron Cook was strong through three shutout innings before falling prey to the longball in the fourth. He gave up a solo homer to Curtis Granderson and a two-run blast to Robinson Cano, continuing a season-long issue for Cook, who has permitted a career-high 1.3 homers per nine innings this year.

Those two homers accounted for the only runs scored against Cook in five-plus innings. Still, that yield was enough to drop the right-hander to 3-10 on the season, in no small part because Granderson launched a massive two-run homer to right against reliever Alfredo Aceves in the top of the seventh inning to give the Yankees a 5-1 lead....

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