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07/28/2010 - 8:32pm
Lucchino: Sox aggressive in trade market

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, following his team’s three-game sweep over the Angels, suggested that the Sox have positioned themselves to contend over the duration of the season. As such, he suggests that the Sox are approaching the July 31 deadline for non-waiver trades aggressively, looking for opportunities to upgrade over the next three days.

 

“I think there’s an obligation we have in ownership and the front office to look aggressively to see if there’s a way we can make the team better as long as we have a chance in July,” said Lucchino. “And I think we absolutely have a chance.”

 

Lucchino could not say with any certainty whether the Sox would actually be able to make a move, but he made clear the thrust of the team’s efforts. Even though the Sox seemed in some danger of falling out of contention during the 10-game West Coast roadtrip, the team...

07/28/2010 - 7:47pm
Reports: Wright's body found in Memphis

According to multiple reports, former NBA player Lorenzen Wright's body has been found in a wooded area in southeastern Memphis.

 

Memphis police are referring to their ongoing investigation as a "death investigation."

 

The 34-year-old Wright, who played for the University of Memphis as well as the Grizzlies, has been missing since July 19. According to sources from a report in the Commercial Appeal, a 9-1-1 call was made from Wright's cell phone on July 19. A dispatcher could hear loud blasts from gunshots, but the cell phone call ended.

 

The seventh overall pick of the 1996 NBA Draft, Wright averaged 7.9 points and 6.3 rebounds during his 13-year career. 


07/28/2010 - 7:14pm
Beckett back in win column as Sox sweep

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It had been more than three months since Josh Beckett had claimed a victory. His last win came on April 10, before his teammates started experiencing one broken bone after another. On Wednesday, the Red Sox' Opening Day starter finally collected his second victory of the season on a day when he overpowered the Angels in a 7-3 victory that concluded Boston's three-game sweep of the Halos.

 

Beckett tossed seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out five. He was strong to the end, striking out a pair of batters in his final inning and seeming to lose nothing as he reached 112 pitches in his second start since returning from the disabled list. He could have easily gotten by without a single earned run but for a pair of defensive lapses.

 

Beckett was backed by four homers from his lineup, none bigger than an eighth-inning grand slam by Marco Scutaro that unknotted a 3-3...

07/28/2010 - 4:44pm
Patriots sign McCourty, cut Crable

The Patriots announced Wednesday afternoon that they had signed first-round pick Devin McCourty and released outside linebacker Shawn Crable. Crable, a third-round pick of New England in 2008, was dogged by injures in his two seasons with the Patriots, landing on season-ending injured reserve in both 2008 and 2009. Thought to be a player who could give the pass rush a jolt, the Michigan product never played in a single regular-season game for New England. For more on this story, check out our Patriots' team page at weei.com/Patriots.


07/28/2010 - 3:54pm
Pitino: 'Unfortunate things happen'
By: DJ Bean

Former Celtics head coach Rick Pitino gave his long-awaited testimony in the case against Karen Cunagin Sypher, the woman with whom he committed adultery on July 31, 2003 (for the complete story, click HERE).

 

Upon the two meeting in an Italian restaurant, Pitino bought Sypher a drink. The two engaged in conversation, and after the restaurant closed, Sypher unzipped his pants, at which point they "very briefly" had sex, according to Pitino. 

 

Tim Coury, the owner of the restaurant, left while the two were still talking. He told the two and an aide of Pitino to leave through a self-locking door. Pitino's driver, Vinnie Tatum, said he observed Sypher as being "flirty."

 

Sypher is being charged with extortion, as she demanded money, cars, and a house in return for keeping quiet about the act of indiscretion...

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