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11/23/2012 - 9:13am
Report: Mike Napoli looking for fourth year

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and the MLB Radio Network, free agent Mike Napoli is holding out for a fourth guaranteed year from the Red Sox, and has also drawn interest from the Mariners. There have also been reports regarding the Yankees interest in Napoli.

The 31-year-old would be viewed by the Red Sox as a first baseman, who would also provide depth at catcher and behind David Ortiz as a designated hitter. 

The right-handed-hitting Napoli struggled for much of the 2012 season, finishing with a .227 batting average and .812 OPS while battling leg injuries. Napoli did, however, finish '12 strong, hitting seven home runs to go with a 1.051 OPS in the season's final month.

Napoli was not offered the one-year, $13 million qualifying offer by the Rangers, meaning the no draft pick would be forfeited by any team signing the slugger.

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11/23/2012 - 8:01am
Mashup: Lions' Suh in trouble again?

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was suspended two games last year for stomping on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving Day game, might face disciplinary action again this year after his foot landed in the midsection of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during Detroit's overtime loss Thursday.

On a first-quarter play, Suh was on the ground after being taken down by an offensive lineman when he extended his left foot and it landed below Schaub's belt.

Suh let the locker room without speaking to reporters. Schaub, asked about the play, did his best to take the high road.

Said Schaub: "I really don't have anything to say about that play or that person."

Boomer Esiason, on CBS' halftime show, had no doubt the kick was intentional.

"I would never shake this guy's hand, because once again he has crossed the line," Esiason said. "It's obvious that it was on purpose."...

11/23/2012 - 2:10am
Tim Tebow admits to 'two fractured ribs'

EAST RUTHERFORD -- There was rampant speculation inside MetLife Stadum when the Jets fell behind 35-0 late in the second quarter that Tim Tebow would finally appear at quarterback, replacing Mark Sanchez. 

After the 49-19 thrashing of the Jets was complete, Tebow explained why he was never inserted into the game, despite being active. 

"Two fractured ribs," Tebow announced, adding he suffered the injury on Nov. 11 in Seattle. 

The crowd began chanting "Te-bow, Te-bow" as the Jets fell behind by 35 points. But Jets coach Rex Ryan said afterward that he wasn't going to put Tebow in the game when he was hurt. 

"I was only going to play Tim if we absolutely had to have him," Ryan said. "That's why he wasn't on the punt team and didn't have any snaps on offense."

"I appreciate his concern," Tebow said. "I had to do a little bit of talking just to dress but I...

11/23/2012 - 1:35am
Belichick on 200th: 'Players won them'

EAST RUTHERFORD -- Bill Belichick became just the eighth coach in NFL history to reach 200 wins in a career in the 49-19 blowout of the Jets Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. The mark includes regular season and the playoffs. 

"It's been a privilege and a great opportunity to coach the players that won those games," Belichick said afterward. "I never made a block, didn't make a tackle, didn't throw a pass, didn't kick a ball. The players won them.

"It's an honor to coach the group of players that go out there and make the plays and to win those games, and that's what happened [Thursday]. The players went out there and made the plays and they deserved to win. It's a privilege to coach this team for Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, the Patriots organization and the players that are on it. It's nice but it's really more a reflection of what the players have done."

Belichick is now 200-107 in his career, including 17-7...

11/22/2012 - 11:31pm
Feast: Pats humiliate Jets in record fashion

EAST RUTHERFORD -- In a remarkable display of opportunistic and complementary football, the Patriots scored 21 points in 52 seconds, highlighting a 35-point second quarter and 49-19 humiliation of the Jets at MetLife Stadium before a national TV audience. The Patriots all but assured themselves of the division title by improving to 8-3 overall, and 4-0 in the AFC East.

Steve Gregory intercepted a pass and recovered a pair of fumbles, returning one for a touchdown as the Patriots scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams for the second straight week. Julian Edelman, before leaving with a head injury in the third quarter, caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady and returned a kickoff fumble 22 yards for another score. 

Brady finished 18-of-28 for 323 yards, three touchdowns and a season-best 139.4 QB rating. It was Brady's 52nd 300-yard game, tying Kurt Warner for fifth-most in NFL history. Conversely, Mark Sanchez...

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