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09/13/2012 - 12:34pm
Gasparino: 'I'm not making this stuff up'
By: DJ Bean

Charlie Gasparino of the Fox Business Network joined Mut and Merloni on Thursday to discuss his story about the Red Sox owners "quietly shopping" the team.

Gasparino admitted that he knows very little about baseball, but that he knows the business of sports well and that his information is solid.

"There's no incentive for me to do this other than knowing first hand that there has been what I would call a very early stage entree to a potential buyer, and that internally among the brain trust of the Fenway Investment Group, the owner of the Red Sox, there is talk and they're talking about what to do with the team and to potentially sell it," Gasparino said. "Now, does that mean they're going to do it? Are we at an extremely early stage? Yes. Does [Larry Lucchino] have plausible deniability? Probably, but I am not making this stuff up. I don't care how many times they deny it."

Gasparino said that his information...

09/13/2012 - 10:37am
Report: Sox owners 'quietly shopping' team

According to a report from Charlie Gasparino of the Fox Business Network, Red Sox ownership have begun "quietly shopping" the franchise to potential buyers and are mulling the sale of the team.

Owning both Liverpool FC and the Red Sox has been the biggest challenge for John Henry and Fenway Sports Group and is the key reason they could be looking to sell, people with direct knowledge of the matter told Gasparino. By selling the Red Sox, Henry could potentially devote more resources to Liverpool, which was purchased by Fenway Sports for $476 million in 2010. Gasparino reports that people close to ownership feel that more attention is being paid to the future of the Liverpool franchise than to the last-place Red Sox.

The Red Sox denied any interest in selling the team. On Thursday, a spokesperson for the Sox said of “...

09/13/2012 - 8:40am
Lucchino: Talk of selling team 'nonsense'

Red Sox CEO/president Larry Lucchino, in an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, discussed his future with the franchise on Thursday morning. There have been rumors that Lucchino, in the last year of his contract, may not return next season, but he made his intent to return clear to Dennis & Callahan.

"This is the place I call home," Lucchino said. "I hope to be here for the foreseeable future. I've got no plans to go anywhere else. I enjoy my working relationship with my partners and colleagues and the challenge that faces us here is a tremendous one. In some ways, and this may sound perverse, it's appealing. We've done things one way, this is our 11th year, and quite a good ride and lots of success. But now there is a fundamental challenge to us, a very real opportunity to get this franchise back to where it should be in terms of on-field success and playoff baseball. And I relish that opportunity. I don't have any plans...

09/13/2012 - 7:07am
Mashup: Did Francesa fall asleep on air?

In Thursday's Morning Mashup, we have a photo of A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy's scar after getting out of surgery from the nasty line drive he took, hilarious out takes of John Clayton's "SportsCenter" commercial, video of Mike Francesa falling asleep on air while talking Red Sox-Yankees, and a report that Jim Calhoun is retiring as head coach of UConn's basketball team. 

Calhoun racked up 873 wins while coaching college basketball. He won three national titles, and headed up the UConn program alone for 26 years. More amazing, he staved off cancer three separate times.

The program has come under scrutiny in recent years. An investigation in 2008 led to recruiting violations. Additionally, the program has struggled to maintain academic standards and is ineligible for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Kevin Ollie, who played in the NBA and was hired as an assistant in 2010, is expected to take over the head coaching position.

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09/13/2012 - 6:46am
Reports: Calhoun to retire Thursday

According to multiple reports, UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun will announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Calhoun, 70, was hired by UConn in 1986 (following 14 years at Northeastern) and transformed the school into a national power, winning three NCAA titles (1999, 2004, 2011). UConn also was a  Final Four participant in 2009. Under Calhoun, UConn won 10 Big East regular-season championships and seven Big East tournament titles.

Calhoun has battled several health issues in recent years, including prostate cancer in 2003, and had back surgery last February. Last month he broke his hip falling off his bicycle (Calhoun broke five ribs falling off a bike in 2009).

UConn will not be eligible for the 2013 NCAA tournament, failing to qualify for eligibility because of several years of below-standard academic progress rate scores. Calhoun also served a three-game suspension at the start of last...

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