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09/02/2010 - 1:19pm
Agent: Lawsuit if Savard deal is voided
By: DJ Bean

Larry Kelly, the agent for Marc Savard, made the most notable noise from the Savard camp Thursday since news broke this month that the center’s contract with the Bruins was being investigated.

 

 

Savard signed a seven-year, $28.5 million extension with the Bruins in December, but its front-loaded nature has led to its investigation. The NHL is willing to grandfather such deals if the NHLPA agrees to a new way of calculating salary cap hits, but if the players association declines the terms, Savard’s deal could be voided.

 

“You can imagine the lawsuit that would ensue,” Kelly, who said the league had already given the deal its stamp of approval before opening the investigation.

 

A lawsuit could be warranted by the fact that not many teams have cap space to sign Savard, who would be a free agent if the deal is nixed. Savard is set to earn $4.007 million this season, but...

09/02/2010 - 11:52am
Report: A-Rod drops Boras as agent

According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has dropped Scott Boras as his agent, signing on with Pittsburgh attorney Jay Reisinger. The report states that Rodriguez fired Boras a month ago. Reisinger has been serving as Rodriguez' attorney for some time, having counseled the slugger throughout the time in which it was revealed that Rodriguez had used performance-enhancing drugs. To see the the complete report click here.


09/02/2010 - 11:00am
Manny flying in personal barber to Boston

Manny Ramirez told ESPN.com that he will be flying in his personal barber, Angel Pena (also known as 'LMontro'), when he comes to Boston for the White Sox' three-game series at Fenway Park, which starts Friday. Ramirez needs Pena to cut his hair due to the appearance standards upheld by the White Sox ever since owner Jerry Reinsdorf had A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede cut their hair in 2006.

 

"It seems like everywhere I go, people worry about my hair," Ramirez told ESPN.com after going 1-for-3 for the White Sox Wednesday. "I just want to go out there and play the game."

 

Pena, who routinely joined Ramirez on the road with the Red Sox while the slugger was playing with the Sox, cuts the hair of many major league players and personalities, including David Ortiz and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. Ramirez told ESPN.com that Pena was in Minnesota at the Twins-Tigers series, but would be in Boston by Friday...

09/02/2010 - 8:38am
Report: Woods to pay Elin $54 million by '16

According to the Palm Beach Post, the divorce settlement between Tiger Woods and his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, mandates that the PGA star pay Nordegren $54 million by 2016 or risk losing his newly-built property in Jupiter Island, Florida. The report states that Woods took out a $54 million mortgage two days after the divorce was finalized in Panama City on Aug. 23. Woods is currently in the Boston-area while getting ready to participate in this weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship. Click here to read the entire story.


09/02/2010 - 8:19am
Papelbon: 'I don't trust radar guns'

When asked about the 105 mph fastball reportedly thrown by Reds rookie Aroldis Chapman last Friday, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon said during his team's recent series against the Rays, "I've seen it," citing the time he clocked then-Detroit minor-leaguer Joel Zumaya throwing 104 mph during a Florida State League game in 2004. "I used to always calibrate our gun just to make sure," Papelbon explained. "I started and Lester started so I always had Lester's velocity as well. Zumaya was consistently 101 to 104." Chapman was clocked at close to 104 mph Wednesday night.

 

Papelbon then went on to explain that radar gun readings shouldn't be the be-all and end-all when analyzing fastballs, saying that he has a more accurate idea of how hard he is throwing than any radar run reading taken in a stadium.

 

 

"I can tell you exactly, within an a mile an hour what that fastball is...

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