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03/13/2012 - 10:05am
Report: Hoyer gets second-round tender

According to a report from Adam Caplan, the Patriots will use a second-round restricted free agent tender on quarterback Brian Hoyer.

If a team wishes to sign Hoyer, the Patriots (should they refuse to match the offer) would receive a second-round draft pick. If Hoyer is not signed to an offer sheet by another team and elects to sign with New England, he would receive a salary of $1.93 million in 2012.

Hoyer -- signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots in 2009 -- has been with New England for three seasons as Tom Brady's backup. He has appeared in 13 games, completing 27-of-43 passes for 286 yards with one TD and one INT.

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03/13/2012 - 9:16am
Lucchino: 'Remote chance' Iglesias starts

Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan Show on Tuesday morning. Lucchino was asked to evaluate the performance of Bobby Valentine to date as the manager continues his first spring training as manager of the Sox.

"He's done a wonderful job," Lucchino said. "Working well with Ben Cherington and he's just been a shot in the arm of energy and newness."

With Valentine in the fold, there has been talk in the media about an organizational shift, with a possible increased emphasis on base-stealing and bunting, the kind of "small ball" that is more prevalent in the National League.  

"Bobby does believe a little bit more in the running game and the bunting game as was the case under Terry Francona and Theo Epstein," Lucchino acknowledged. "But we'll see. This is spring training. … You try things, you want to see what the capacity of...

03/13/2012 - 8:02am
Mashup: Obama to see NCAA play-in game

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minster David Cameron will attend Tuesday night's NCAA play-in game in Dayton, Ohio, between Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State. The two leaders will take part in a live halftime interview with analyst Clark Kellogg.

The White House said the trip will showcase the tight relationship between the two allies. Ohio also is considered a swing state for the upcoming election.

Republicans criticized the trip.

"While showing off our amazing college basketball teams is great, many Americans struggling to find jobs, dealing with soaring gas prices, or concerned with our rising deficit and debt would probably like the president spend at least as much time dealing with those issues," said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

The president made his NCAA tournament picks for ESPN, and they will be unveiled Wednesday. He has not revealed whether he predicted...

03/13/2012 - 7:35am
Ainge: 'We need an extra big body'

LOS ANGELES -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was at Staples Center on Monday to watch his team play the Clippers. He is scheduled to fly back to Boston on Tuesday where he hopes to have further information about the health of Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O'Neal. That will go a long way toward determining whether the Celtics make a move.

"No one wants to give up bigs that can help you win, but we need an extra big body at some point, depending on the results," Ainge said. "If Chris and Jermaine can play, that changes things."

Wilcox is undergoing further cardiac tests after something came up during a regular exam last week. O'Neal has been contemplating wrist surgery and has been out since before the All-Star break.

"We’ll just wait and hear what the doctors have to say and what [Wilcox] has to say rather than me commenting anymore," Ainge said. "I should find out Wednesday....

03/13/2012 - 7:18am
Ozzie: Bobby V can 'go and [bleep] himself'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected from Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox, evidently for telling the first base umpire that a fair/foul call was not yet in his jurisdiction because the ball remained in front of the bag.

"It was lesson time," said Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "Ozzie was telling the first base umpire it wasn't his call, because the ball was in front of the bag, and he didn't want to hear that."

As Guillen exited the field through the tunnel next to the Red Sox dugout, Valentine waved. Asked if he said anything to his Miami counterpart, Valentine recalled saying, "See ya."

Guillen did not see or hear Valentine's remarks, but asked how he would have reacted, Guillen made his feelings clear.

"I don't see it. I would have told him to go and [expletive] himself, too," said Guillen, with a laugh. "That's the way Ozzie Guillen is....

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