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04/16/2012 - 12:37pm
Korir day: Kenyan rallies to win Boston

Wesley Korir continued the Kenyan dominance at the Boston Marathon Monday, overcoming temperatures in the high 70s to rally for a victory over Levy Matebo in the 116th running of the Patriots' Day race. Korir, a 29-year-old who left his homeland to attend college in Kentucky at Murray State and then Louisville, finished in a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds. A Kenyan has won Boston 19 out of the last 22 years, including three straight.

Matebo looked to be in control of the race, but with less than two miles to go Korir caught his fellow Kenyan. Matebo responded to the challenge and moved back in front by 20 feet, but Korir, a two-time winner of the Los Angeles Marathon, had the final answer, retaking the lead with less than a mile to go and quickly pulling away. Matebo finished in 2:13:06, just ahead of countryman Bernard Kipyego (2:13:13). Michigan native Jason Hartmann was fourth in 2:14:31.

Defending champion Geoffrey Mutai, who...

04/16/2012 - 12:17pm
Youk's agent: 'Will not dignify' comments

Joe Bick, the agent for Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, suggested that he felt no need to address the suggestions by manager Bobby Valentine that his client is not "as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason."

"I will not dignify his quotes by responding to something that is so far off base on so many different levels," Bick wrote in a text message.

Valentine said on Monday morning that he met with Youkilis and apologized for comments that the manager said were being misinterpreted as critical.

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04/16/2012 - 10:16am
Bobby V: Apology to Youk 'very sincere'

Before Monday's annual Patriots' Day contest at Fenway, Bobby Valentine attemped to clarify his television comments on Sunday night about what he has seen in the play of Kevin Youkilis early on this season. 

"I answered the question, 'It's not Youk-like, the way he's playing.' That was the question I answered. I should've explained that his swing isn't what he wants it to be. The physical part of his swing is frustrating him and frustration leads to emotion, and I haven't seen him break as many helmets as I saw him break on TV. It just seemed different," Valentine began. 

"Kevin came in this morning and I thought it was about his groin because it was sore after the game [Sunday]," Valentine said. "I said, 'Hey, how you doing, how's the groin?' He said, 'It's all right but what's going on?' When he said people called him and said I said things he didn't like, I totally apologized. I said, 'Geez, the last thing in...

04/16/2012 - 9:15am
Pedroia: Don't understand Bobby V's point

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia came to teammate Kevin Youkilis' defense prior to Monday's early game against the Rays, following manager Bobby Valentine's critical comments about the third baseman Sunday.

"I know that Youk plays as hard as anybody I've ever seen in my life,"Pedroia said. "I have his back, and his teammates have his back. We know how hard he plays. I don't really understand what Bobby's trying to do. But that's really not the way we go about our stuff here. I'm sure he'll figure that out soon."

Added Pedroia: "We've got Youk's back. He's played his [butt] off for us for a long time. Anytime he steps on the field, he's a great player. We're here to win, and we're here to win with him."

Asked if he thought Valentine's comments could have been meant as a motivational tool, Pedroia didn't sound impressed.

"Maybe in Japan or something," he said, referring to Valentine's stint...

04/16/2012 - 8:54am
Youkilis 'confused' about Valentine's criticism

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was early to arrive at the Red Sox clubhouse Monday morning, and he responded to comments from manager Bobby Valentine the day before that Youkilis does not appear as "into the game" as in years past.

"I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Valentine said in an interview for WHDH-TV's Sports Xtra. "But [Saturday] it seemed, you know, he's seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he'll move on from there."

Responded Youkilis: "That's not what I see. I go out every day and play as hard as I can. I take every ground ball in the morning, take every at-bat like it's my last. I don't think my game has changed at all. I still get upset with myself and still get mad. That's just not how I go about my game of baseball....

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