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03/18/2012 - 1:20pm
Valentine: Don't count on three catchers

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said prior to his team's game Sunday against the Rays that he has no plans to carry three catchers on the Opening Day roster, and insinuated Ryan Lavarnway -- despite the catcher's positive impressions throughout camp -- may have to start the season in the minor leagues.

 

"Eventually it's going to happen," Valentine said of Lavarnway finding his way onto the major league roster. "If the season started tomorrow, it would not happen."

Valentine explained that he has never felt inclined to have three catchers on the roster, and this year doesn't appear to be any different.

"Never is one of those words I wouldn't use, but there's a high possibility I won't go with three," the manager said

"You know, eventually, the decision goes from [what’s best for[ the individual to [what’s best for] the team. And I don’t know if [...

03/17/2012 - 11:28pm
Celtics' comeback runs out of gas in Denver

A furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Celtics fell short in Denver, as the C's lost their second straight game while falling to 2-3 on their seven-game road trip in losing to the Nuggets, 98-91.

The Celtics trailed by as many as 15 points in the game and 14 points early in the fourth quarter, but a 17-5 run brought the Celtics back to within two points at 87-85 with just over four minutes remaining. However, the Nuggets responded with five quick unanswered points to take a 94-87 lead that they would never relinquish.

In defeat, the Celtics had strong performances from Rajon Rondo (12 points, 16 assists, 5 rebounds) and Kevin Garnett (22 points on 9-of-12 shooting along with nine rebounds and five assists). Paul Pierce (22 points), however, fouled out, while Ray Allen scored just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, including an 0-for-5 night from 3-point range.

The Nuggets were led by Danilo Gallinari (20 points) and Kenneth Faried (18 points...

03/17/2012 - 8:31pm
Report: Pats agree to terms with WR Lloyd

The Patriots have reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on a contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the deal is worth three years and $12 million.)

The 30-year-old Lloyd, who has averaged 74 catches a season the last two years, has been connected to the Patriots throughout the free agent process for several reasons, not the least of which included his well-known fondness for Josh McDaniels, the New England offensive coordinator who had worked with Lloyd in Denver and St. Louis.

Over the course of his nine-year career in the NFL, the Illinois product has caught 311 passes for 4,784 yards and 31 touchdowns. His best season came in 2010 when he pulled in 77 passes for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Broncos.

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03/17/2012 - 6:33pm
Report: Patriots add DE/OLB Trevor Scott

The Patriots have signed free agent pass-rusher Trevor Scott to a one-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end/outside linebacker who was taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Buffalo, his best season came in 2009 when he had 43 tackles (38 solo) and seven sacks for the Raiders. In all, he has 13.5 sacks in four seasons with Oakland, but had a torn left ACL in November 2010 that ended his year. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


03/17/2012 - 5:41pm
Patriots sign WR Anthony Gonzalez

The Patriots announced Saturday they have signed free agent wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez.

The 27-year-old Gonzalez was drafted by Indianapolis in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft out of Ohio State. In five seasons with the Colts, the 6-foot, 193-pound wide receiver started 12 of 40 games and has 99 career receptions for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns. He started nine of those games as a rookie and averaged 15.6 yards per reception on 37 catches and scored three touchdowns. In 2008, he played in every game for the Colts, starting two, and recorded career highs with 57 receptions for 664 yards and four touchdowns.

Gonzalez is a native of Cleveland, where he was a two-sport standout at Saint Ignatius High School in football and track. While playing at Ohio State, Gonzalez teamed with two other wide receivers who were drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft (Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn, Jr.). He was an all-conference...

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