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...
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)
DT Ron Brace (elbow)
CB Aqib Talib (hip)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring)
OL Nick McDonald (shoulder)...
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....
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.
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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...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Milo is done after advocating for pedophilia. The guys dive into the Red Sox roster.
Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry's dream of doing play-by-play is over.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski joins Kirk and Gerry in Fort Myers.
Lou interviews JBJ, who talks about playing in a young outfield, and why he changed his number.
David Aldridge appeared on NBA TV to say that the Bulls don't want to trade Jimmy Butler to the Celtics for just picks. They want Jae Crowder, too.
Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report, thinks that the GM's around the league are positioning to make a run at Jimmy Garoppolo.
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the rumored increase in interest in Jimmy Garropolo and try and figure out what they'll get if they complete a trade for him.
Based on this string of tweets and his desire to fully test the free agent waters, it certainly seems logical that Marty Bennett will not remain with the Patriots for next year.
Dale, Keefe and Holley discuss the Celtics needs as the deadline looms. Even a minor move might make the team better.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
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