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08/24/2010 - 1:33pm
Rondo withdraws from Team USA

 

According to a press release issued by USA Basketball, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has withdrawn his name from consideration for the final spot on Team USA, who will begin their participation in the World Championships Saturday night in Istanbul. 

 

"Rajon came to us and said he was going to withdraw from the team, that he had some family matters to attend to and some things to take care of before the NBA season. He did an outstanding job during our training, we appreciate the effort and commitment he made to our program and he completely has our support," said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo in the release.

 

Rondo was believed to be teetering on being the team's final cut, telling ESPN.com Tuesday, "I think I'm on the bubble. Just looking at the obvious -- I got a DNP last game. That pretty much speaks for itself." His starting role had been taken over by Derrick Rose, with...

08/24/2010 - 1:30pm
Report: White Sox to claim Manny

According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the Chicago White Sox are prepared to claim Manny Ramirez -- with the intention of acquiring him -- once the Dodgers' outfielder becomes available via trade waivers. It was thought that both the Rays and Rangers were also interested in putting in a claim on Ramirez, but such a move would be negated if the White Sox acted since Chicago is before either team on the waiver wire order due to record. According to Rosenthal, the Dodgers haven't yet placed Ramirez on waivers, and the White Sox could potentially back off staking a claim if they fall further than their current deficit of 4 1/2 games in the Central Division widens. Ramirez would still have to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to be struck. For the complete story on FoxSports.com click here.


08/24/2010 - 1:08pm
Gammons: Tampa Bay didn't claim Damon

According to a Tweet from Peter Gammons, the Tigers have told Johnny Damon that the Red Sox didn't put a waiver claim in on the outfielder solely to block him from going to Tampa Bay or the Yankees, but with the primary motivation of helping them down the stretch drive. The Tweet also mentions that the Rays, who were after the Red Sox in the waiver wire order, didn't even claim Damon. Gammons wrote: "Tigers explained to Damon Boston didn't claim to block, they want him. Tampa didn't even claim him." For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/24/2010 - 12:51pm
Olney on D&H: Expect Damon in Boston
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ESPN.com senior writer Buster Olney appeared on the Dale & Holley Show on Tuesday to discuss what player movement might occur between now and the Aug. 31 deadline for waiver deals. In particular, he addressed the immediate futures of two former Red Sox outfielders: Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez.

 

Olney said that he expects that, despite Damon's initial misgivings about returning to the Red Sox (who were awarded a waiver claim of the outfielder on Monday), he will be convinced to return to the team for whom he became an icon from 2002-05 and then a villain while a member of the Yankees from 2006-09.

 

"Knowing what kind of a teammate he is, knowing that he's a good guy, a genial guy, once he starts getting the text messages and phone calls from the people he played with in Boston, I think he'll be sold on the idea eventually of going back to Boston," said Olney. "It's fairly clear he has some...

08/24/2010 - 12:04pm
Belichick on Maroney: 'I think he's ready'

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave a vote of confidence on Tuesday to Laurence Maroney. 

 

Belichick, asked if the running back in his fifth year out of Minnesota, had tackled his fumbling issues from last season, indicated that he was pleased with what Maroney has shown so far in camp. 

 

"Every guy has always got something he can work on and do better," Belichick said. "I think Laurence has worked hard and has been out there every day and taken his reps and I think he's ready to go." 

 

After fumbling just once in his rookie season, Maroney didn't fumble a carry in 2007 and 2008. But last season, Maroney fumbled four times, losing all four. Maroney is in a battle with Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor and BenJarvus Green-Ellis for playing time as a lead tailback. 

 

All four could see significant playing time Thursday night as the 2-0 Patriots...

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