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12/12/2012 - 11:06pm
Sox to introduce Victorino on Thursday

The Red Sox have scheduled a press conference on Thursday at noon to introduce outfielder Shane Victorino, who agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with the team last week during the winter meetings. Victorino, who turned 32 on Nov. 30, hit .255/.321/.383/.704 with 11 homers and 39 steals in 45 attempts for the Phillies and Dodgers in 2012, down from a career line of .275/.341/.430/.771. The Sox envision the switch-hitter as their primary right fielder in 2013. 

The fact that Victorino's deal is scheduled for announcement one day after he came to Boston for a physical further underscores the idea that something is likely amiss regarding the last stages of Mike Napoli's contract with the Sox. Napoli was initially slated to be introduced at the end of last week, but he took ill, leading to the postponement of his physical. His physical was rescheduled for Monday with an anticipated press conference to announce his three-year, $39 million deal on...

12/12/2012 - 7:49pm
Talib, Dennard limited, Gronk DNP at practice

FOXBORO -- Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were among the additions to the injury report released by the Patriots Wednesday. Both Talib and Dennard were listed as limited while Rob Gronkowski was not at the team's light walk-through inside Dana-Farber Field House despite reports that he intended to make an effort to practice this week and be ready to play Sunday night against the 49ers at Gillette Stadium. 

Defensive lineman Kyle Love was not at practice due to the birth of his child. 

Here is Wednesday's complete report:

Did Not Practice

TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip) 

DL Kyle Love (not injury related) 

Limited Participation

DT Ron Brace (elbow) 

CB Aqib Talib (hip)

CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring)

OL Nick McDonald (shoulder)...

12/12/2012 - 5:45pm
Report: No progress in CBA talks
By: DJ Bean

According to Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, Wednesday's CBA negotiations in New Jersey with mediators present ended with "no progress."

Kypreos tweeted that owners remain firm on their "take it or leave it" stance regarding a proposal offered last week. That proposal included a $300 million "make whole" going to the players to offset what the players would lose in hockey-related revenue. It also included a five-year limit on contracts (with a seven-year limit for clubs signing their own players) and a 10-year term on the next CBA, with a potential opt-out after eight years. When the players countered the offer with a proposal that had an eight-year limit on contracts (with the ability to extend players so their contract runs eight years ahead at any time) as well as an eight-year CBA term with an opt-out after six, negotiations broke off....

12/12/2012 - 5:33pm
Talib at Pats practice but Gronk not

FOXBORO -- Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib was present for Wednesday's walk-through practice inside the Dana-Farber Field House while Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was not. 

There were reports Wednesday that Gronkowski was intent on attending practice this week, with the hope of playing Sunday night against the 49ers, just four weeks after breaking his left forearm blocking on an extra point. 

Talib injured his hip while breaking up a pass late in the first half of Monday night's win over the Texans. He returned to the sideline early in the third quarter and attempted to get loose on an exercise bike but was not cleared to re-enter the game. 

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


12/12/2012 - 3:25pm
Sox lose Rosario (again) to waivers

The strange winter life of Sandy Rosario added another chapter on Wednesday, as Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reported (via twitter) that the Cubs have claimed the right-hander off waivers from the Red Sox. It is the fourth time this offseason that the reliever has changed teams.

The Sox claimed him off waivers from the Marlins in October. In need of a spot on the 40-man roster, the team then designated him for assignment in November. He did not get through waivers, and so the Sox worked out a trade with the A's for right-hander Graham Godfrey. But when the A's tried to get him off their own 40-man roster, the Sox claimed Rosario on waivers back from Oakland. However, as the Sox once again tried to outright the right-hander to the minors, the Cubs have now claimed him. 

Rosario, 27, is a 6-foor-1, athletic reliever with a 93-97 mph fastball that has explosive...

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