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12/08/2010 - 11:37pm
Source: Red Sox ink Crawford to 7-year deal

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have reached an agreement with outfielder Carl Crawford, as first reported by The Boston Globe. Multiple reports peg the value of the agreement at seven years and $142 million, suggesting that only a physical and some final contract language stand in the way of the biggest deal ever inked by the current Red Sox ownership group.

 

The $20.3 million average annual value surpasses the $18 million a year that Jayson Werth will receive in his fresh seven-year, $126 million deal from the Nationals. The 29-year-old Crawford was widely considered the top position player in free agency and had reportedly drawn interest from the Angels and Yankees, among others. That said, the Sox had some pause about whether to go to as many as seven years for Crawford, and the team was more enamored of the idea of signing Werth for a shorter term.

 

But once Werth went for seven years...

12/08/2010 - 11:02pm
KG clarifies cancer comment to Karl

Kevin Garnett approached Nuggets coach and cancer survivor George Karl following Wednesday's game at TD Garden and told him that he meant no offense in the wake of his comments about Charlie Villanueva on Nov. 2 in Detroit. After the Celtics beat the Pistons, Villaneuva, who is bald, accused Garnett of calling him someone who "looked like a cancer patient" during the game.

 

Garnett said he called Villaneuva "a cancer to his team and the NBA" but denied the "cancer patient" charge. Garnett wanted to make sure that Karl was not offended. 

 

"I went up to him as man and told him what I said and I told him that I had nothing personal towards him nor any other cancer patients that are out there struggling, dealing with life situations," Garnett said. "I wanted to say that man-to-man. I was going to do it before the game when the [game] clocks were messed up but I wanted to get...

12/08/2010 - 9:35pm
Jackson, BC hold off Providence

Reggie Jackson amassed 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Boston College held off a late charge for an 88-86 victory over Providence on Wednesday night at Conte Forum.

 

Josh Southern contributed 16 points and nine rebounds, while Joe Trapani had 14 points and nine boards for the Eagles, who won their fourth straight game to improve to 7-2. BC shot an impressive 51 percent from the field and 48 percent from 3-point range (12-for-25).

 

Marshon Brooks had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Providence, which lost for the first time in six games and fell to 9-2. Vincent Council added 13 points and nine assists for PC.

 

The Eagles opened the contest with a 9-0 run and never trailed in the game. They led by 11 points at the half, 42-31, and pushed the lead to 16 points early in the second period after a 3-pointer by Jackson. The Friars fought back and drew within two points with 1:30 left on two free...

12/08/2010 - 9:33pm
Eight-ball: C's pocket 8th straight win

Ray Allen scored 18 of his game-high 28 points in the first half and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each added 17 as the Celtics won their eighth straight with a 105-89 win over the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at TD Garden. Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony did not play due to inflammation in his right knee. 

 

The Celtics shot a scorching 68 percent in the first quarter, making 13-of-19 from the field, on their way to building a 19-point lead. It was 30-11 with 2:47 left in the first quarter before the Nuggets closed to within 14, 35-21, heading into the second quarter. The Nuggets continued their hot shooting in the second, hitting 11-of-19 to close to within one, 51-50, on Ty Lawson's lay-up. The basket capped a 39-20 run that got Denver back into the game. The Celtics put the game away in the third quarter with a 10-2 run. Glen Davis had 16 points to lead the Boston bench effort. 

 

In winning their...

12/08/2010 - 9:26pm
Epstein: Red Sox not close to anything

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With the Red Sox addressing secondary needs on their 2011 club, GM Theo Epstein suggested that the team is in a comfortable position as it tries to address its remaining holes and areas of upgrade. That being the case, he said that the Sox do not appear to be close to any deals at the Winter Meetings, and he does not expect a deal to occur on Wednesday night.

 

“I think we got our big bat through trade, for the most part,” he said. “Still looking for good players but the Gonzalez acquisition put us in a little bit of a different spot in terms of our need to do something. we’re still looking for the right player and the right fit.

 

With Gonzalez in tow, the Sox have been able to operate with relative freedom in terms of time constraints. They have already made the central acquisition of the offseason that will dictate the team’s other moves.

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