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02/17/2012 - 1:09pm
Reports: Okajima fails physical with Yankees

According to multiple reports, left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima has failed his physical with the Yankees and will not be part of New York's spring training camp. The reports suggest the 36-year-old's minor-league deal, signed this offseason, would be voided.

Okajima spent the majority of 2011 with Triple-A Pawtucket, having been designated for assignment by the Red Sox in May. In June, the former All-Star told WEEI.com that he wanted to be traded. He finished '11 having pitched in seven games for the Red Sox, and 34 games with the PawSox. In Triple-A, Okajima went 8-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 51 innings.

Okajima pitched in 261 games over five seasons with the Red Sox, going 17-8 with a 3.11 ERA while saving six games. In 2007, his first season with the Sox, he made the American League All-Star team while finishing sixth in AL Rookie of the Year balloting.

He was expected to compete with Rule 5 draftee Cesar Cabral for a spot as the Yankees'...

02/17/2012 - 12:15pm
Sox' Wakefield to announce retirement

FORT MYERS -- The Red Sox announced Friday that Tim Wakefield will not return to the team in 2012 and will retire. The knuckleballer, who had been offered a minor league contract with an opportunity to compete for a job through an invitation to big league spring training, will have a press conference to announce his decision at 5 p.m.

Wakefield, 45, concludes his Red Sox career with a 186-168 record, six wins shy of the franchise record for victories that is held by Cy Young and Roger Clemens. He had been spoken on multiple occasions this offseason of his hope that the Red Sox would bring him back for one more opportunity to set the franchise record for victories — and to contribute to a team with postseason ambitions — but ultimately, with no offer of a guaranteed role, he opted to end a run with the Red Sox that was nothing short of remarkable, particularly given its obscure and uncertain origins.

Wakefield finishes his Red...

02/17/2012 - 8:53am
Mashup: LeBron would consider Cleveland

LeBron James, back in his home state for Friday's game against the Cavaliers, said he would not rule out returning to Cleveland later in his career, despite the messy breakup two years ago.

"I don't know. I think it would be great," he said. "It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I had a lot fun times in my seven years here. You can't predict the future and hopefully I continue to stay healthy. I'm here as a Miami Heat player, and I'm happy where I am now, but I don't rule that out in no sense.

"And if I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me."

James said he has no bitterness toward Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, but he said he has not spoken to Gilbert since James last met with the team's management before he made his decision to sign a six-year contract with Miami as a free agent. Gilbert famously went on a rant after James' announcement and blasted the star forward.

"I don't...

02/17/2012 - 7:14am
Anderson shines, but BC falls to Maryland

Freshman Ryan Anderson scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to prevent Boston College from dropping an 81-65 decision to Maryland on Thursday night in College Park, Md.

Fellow rookie Lonnie Jackson scored 19 for the Eagles (8-18, 3-9 ACC), who have lost all seven ACC road games this year.

ACC scoring leader Terrell Stoglin scored 24 points for Maryland (15-10, 5-6), including 19 in the first half as the Terrapins built a 14-point lead at the break. Stoglin scored 14 consecutive points early in the game -- including three straight 3-pointers -- as Maryland rebounded from a 10-4 deficit to take control.

BC next hosts fifth-ranked Duke on Sunday night.

For more BC news, visit The BC Blog.


02/16/2012 - 11:57pm
Inconsistent C's lose to Chicago

Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer scored 23 points each to lead the Bulls past the visiting Celtics, 89-80, Thursday night in Chicago.

The game was tied at 69 before Chicago closed with a 20-11 run to pick up its seventh win in its last eight games.

The Celtics, who lost for the fourth time in the last five games, got another superlative effort from Rajon Rondo, who finished with a team-high 17 points, as well as eight assists and seven rebounds. The Bulls were without star Derrick Rose, who missed his fourth straight game because of back problems, but were buoyed by 15 points and 15 rebounds from Joakim Noah.

For more Celtics news, check out weei.com/celtics.


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