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09/30/2011 - 6:31pm
Francona: 'It was my decision'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in a press conference to discuss his parting from the team for whom he managed the last eight seasons, said that he had reached the conclusion that his time in Boston had come to a logical conclusion. Over the course of a final month of the season during which he struggled to get players to buy in to the values that he wanted to prioritize, Francona said that he recommended in a meeting with Red Sox owners and officials that the team move in a different direction, and not pick up the two-year, $8.75 million option on his contract.

"It’s my decision. It was my decision," said Francona, who had a 744-522 record along with his two World Series titles in Boston. "I think it’s time for a new voice. I was frustrated with some of my inabilities to get some things done here. After taking to ownership and [GM Theo Epstein] at length, multiple times, I think it’s the right thing to do for the...

09/30/2011 - 4:40pm
Francona won't be back with Red Sox

The Red Sox and manager Terry Francona reached a mutual decision to part ways, the team announced in a press release. The Sox declined their two-year, $8.75 million on Francona, who had concluded a three-year contract during which he had reached the playoffs once and missed the postseason in the last two seasons. The team will be on the hook for a $750,000 buyout.

The decision was made after a meeting this morning between Francona, GM Theo Epstein, Assistant GM Ben Cherington, principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino.

“We met with Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington Friday morning to discuss the 2011 season, ways to improve the club in the future, and Tito’s status. During the meeting, Tito, Theo and Ben agreed that the Red Sox would benefit from an improved clubhouse culture and higher standards in several areas. Tito said that after eight years here he was frustrated by his difficulty making...

09/30/2011 - 2:25pm
Pats' Hernandez, Vollmer ruled out Sunday

FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez (knee) and Sebastian Vollmer (back) were ruled out of Sunday's Patriots game after both missed practice on Friday, while defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back) and cornerback Ras-I Dowling (hip) were listed as questionable. Both Dowling and Haynesworth did not participate in practice on Friday. The team released its practice report on Friday afternoon before leaving for Oakland in the afternoon for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Here’s the complete Friday injury report for the Patriots.


Did Not Practice
DL Albert Haynesworth (back) Questionable
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee) OUT
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back) OUT
DL Mike Wright (concussion) OUT
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip) Questionable

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (chest) Questionable 
CB Leigh Bodden (groin) Questionable
S Patrick Chung (hand) Questionable
DL...

09/30/2011 - 12:44pm
Epstein: No decision yet on Francona

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said in a press release Friday afternoon that "there are no plans for an immediate announcement" regarding the status of manager Terry Francona. The manager and GM met with team principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner Friday morning at Fenway Park to discuss Francona's future in the aftermath of a season-ending, 7-20 September collapse that left the Red Sox outside of the playoffs for the second straight season.

“John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington and I met with Terry Francona this morning at Fenway Park to exchange thoughts and information on the 2011 season and discuss areas for improvement going forward," Epstein said in a statement. "We all plan on taking some time to process the thoughts expressed in the meeting. There are no immediate plans for an announcement.”

Francona is at the end of a three-year contract, with the team holding a...

09/30/2011 - 11:46am
Pats practice: Dowling missing at start

FOXBORO -- Patriots cornerback Ras-I Dowling was missing from the start of practice on Friday, joining Albert Haynesworth, Sebastian Vollmer, Mike Wright and Aaron Hernandez as players not on the field as the team prepares for the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday afternoon. 

Dowling was limited on Wednesday and Thursday with a hip injury before missing Friday while Haynesworth (back), Vollmer (back), Wright (concussion) and Hernandez (knee) have all been out of practice this week. 

The team practiced in shorts and shells on the lower grass field in preparation for the newly-sodded field at the Coliseum in Oakland. The Patriots leave Friday to travel cross country for their game on Sunday afternoon in the Bay Area. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


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