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09/13/2012 - 1:27pm
Henry on M&M: Sox owners not selling

Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni show, said that suggestions that the current Red Sox ownership group is exploring the potential sale of the team are inaccurate. Referring specifically to a report from Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business News, Henry said, "I'm disputing his sources. Whatever his sources tell him, I'm completely disputing."

"I think whenever things aren't going according to plan, with all the turmoil we've had this year, people are going to speculate about this type of thing," Henry said. "Certainly it hasn't come from us. We're committed to this franchise for the long term. ... We're having meetings here at Fenway about 2013 and beyond. 

"We've had minority owners get out, but there's always been more than enough interest from existing partners to take them out," he added. "There hasn't been any discussion with minority partners, at least...

09/13/2012 - 1:00pm
Henry: Lucchino will be back in '13

Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni Show, said that Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino has signed a contract extension and will be back with the Red Sox in 2013. Lucchino has been with Henry and chairman Tom Werner since the group won the bidding for the club after the 2001 season. To listen to the complete interview, visit the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

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09/13/2012 - 12:51pm
Perfect attendance as Connolly returns

FOXBORO -- Offensive lineman Dan Connolly returned Thursday to Patriots practice as the team held full pads practice with perfect attendance. Connolly, who has a history of concussion-related injuries, suffered a head injury while blocking as a fullback on Stevan Ridley's 1-yard touchdown run on Sunday. 

With Connolly back, all 53 players on the roster were present for the first time this season. 

Running back Shane Vereen, who returned to shorts and shells practice on Wednesday, was in full pads for the first time since injuring his foot during the Aug. 24 preseason game at Tampa Bay. The team will practice again on Friday before hosting the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. 

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09/13/2012 - 12:34pm
Gasparino: 'I'm not making this stuff up'
By: DJ Bean

Charlie Gasparino of the Fox Business Network joined Mut and Merloni on Thursday to discuss his story about the Red Sox owners "quietly shopping" the team.

Gasparino admitted that he knows very little about baseball, but that he knows the business of sports well and that his information is solid.

"There's no incentive for me to do this other than knowing first hand that there has been what I would call a very early stage entree to a potential buyer, and that internally among the brain trust of the Fenway Investment Group, the owner of the Red Sox, there is talk and they're talking about what to do with the team and to potentially sell it," Gasparino said. "Now, does that mean they're going to do it? Are we at an extremely early stage? Yes. Does [Larry Lucchino] have plausible deniability? Probably, but I am not making this stuff up. I don't care how many times they deny it."

Gasparino said that his information...

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 “...

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