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10/14/2010 - 9:25pm
NBA union plans legal challenge of tech rule

Billy Hunter, the executive director of the NBA player’s union, said in a statement that the union would mount a legal challenge against the league’s crackdown on technical fouls. Hunter added that the players were not consulted about the rule change before it was implemented.

 

Here’s the statement:

 

“We have not seen any increase in the level of ‘complaining’ to the officials and we believe that players as a whole have demonstrated appropriate behavior toward the officials. Worse yet, to the extent the harsher treatment from the referees leads to a stifling of the players’ passion and exuberance for their work, we fear these changes may actually harm our product. The changes were made without proper consultation with the Players Association, and we intend to file an appropriate legal challenge.”

 

The union’s move comes on the heels of Kevin...

10/14/2010 - 6:16pm
Sox give Salty $750K, avoid arbitration

The Red Sox announced that they have agreed to a one-year contract with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the 2011 season. The non-guaranteed split contract, which a source told WEEI.com is for $250,000 at the minor league level and $750,000 in the majors, allows the two sides to avoid salary arbitration. 

 

The Sox traded for the switch-hitting catcher at the July 31 trade deadline, acquiring him from Texas in exchange for three minor-league prospects: pitcher Roman Mendez, catcher Michael Thomas (whom the Rangers converted to a pitcher) and first baseman Chris McGuiness. Saltalamacchia, 25, went 3-for-19 with three doubles in 10 games for the Sox before undergoing season-ending surgery in September to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on Sept. 28, producing a final line of .158/.360/.316/.676. 

 

With Saltalamacchia's deal having been signed, the remaining Red Sox eligible for arbitration are Jonathan...

10/14/2010 - 4:19pm
Ravens injury report: Rice, Ngata return

The 4-1 Baltimore Ravens returned five players to practice on Thursday, including RB Ray Rice and NT Haloti Ngata. All five were still limited by various ailments as they prepare for Sunday's showdown with the 3-1 Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Three players have already been ruled out of Sunday's game.

 

Ravens Injury Report for Thursday:

OUT

T Jared Gaither (back)

LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder)

WR Donte Stallworth (foot)

 

Limited Participation

LB Paul Kruger (knee)

S Ken Hamlin (ankle)

TE Edgar Jones (thigh)

RB Le'Ron McClain (shoulder/knee)

DT Haloti Ngata (knee)

RB Ray Rice (knee)

CB Josh Wilson (thigh)

 

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


10/14/2010 - 3:47pm
Branch: Got new deal to 'be around champs'

FOXBORO — Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch said Thursday that he renegotiated his deal so he could “be around champions.”

Speaking at an impromptu Q&A at his locker with reporters, Branch talked about his reported decision to reduce his base salary to $2.2 million for 2011, the final year of a six-year, $39 million contract he signed with Seattle in 2006. The original contract would have given Branch just under $6 million in base salary for the 2011 season. With his new deal, incentives could bring Branch’s salary to $4 million.

“I think it was just more so something that I was dealing with. It’s nothing bad at all,” Branch said. “I just always wanted to be around champions. It’s always good to have that feeling and to know what you’re surrounded with.

“I think both parties agreed on something and we worked it out,” Branch added. “You got...

10/14/2010 - 3:26pm
McDonald has surgery on thumb

Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.

 

The surgery, which was performed in Phoenix, AZ, by Dr. Donald Sheridan, was considered a success and McDonald will begin his rehabilitation in the next few weeks and should be healthy for the start of spring training.

 

For more Red Sox news visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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