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09/11/2010 - 2:24pm
Fehr close to becoming NHLPA head
By: DJ Bean

The NHL players union announced Saturday that they have indeed endorsed Donald Fehr as their next executive director, as was first reported by the New York Post. 

 

"The Search Committee is pleased that the Executive Board has endorsed our recommendation to select Don Fehr as our new Executive Director and we look forward to our fellow members voting on this important matter," Mathieu Schneider, a member of the search committee said in a statement released by the NHLPA.

 

Larry Brooks had reported on Thursday that players had until 5 p.m. Saturday to get their votes in. Should he be elected, Fehr would take on the same role he held as the MLBPA's leader for 26 years.

 

"I am gratified by the Executive Board's vote, and I look forward to meeting all the Players at team meetings which begin later this month," said Fehr.


09/11/2010 - 12:47pm
USA advances to FIBA championship
By: DJ Bean

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 38 points as the USA beat Lithuania, 89-74, in the FIBA semifinal. Lamar Odom added 13 points for the States, while Lithuanian center Robertas Javtokas led his country with 15.

 

The victory sends the United States to the FIBA championship vs. the winner of Saturday afternoon's game between Serbia and Turkey. 


09/11/2010 - 12:18pm
Kraft: Brady 'one of the greatest'
By: DJ Bean

A day after submitting Tom Brady's four-year, $72 million contract extension to the NFL, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke to the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza-Young about why it was such a priority to not let the  biggest name in team history not hit free agency. 

 

“I think stability and continuity are important if you want to have a winning situation,’’ Kraft told the Globe. “You always have to upgrade and bring in young talent, but you also have to have seasoned veterans and we’re lucky to have one of the greatest players in the history of the game, in my opinion.’’

 

Kraft spoke of his relationship with Brady, and how negotiating such an important contract for the franchise impacted it.

 

“I think we have a mutual respect and affection for...

09/11/2010 - 12:49am
Cy-onara: A's batter Buchholz

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had one of the worst outings of his career, failing to record an out in the second inning while allowing nine baserunners and recording just three outs. The Sox never recovered from his stumble out of the gate en route to a 5-0 loss.

 

Aside from a start in June when he left after the first inning after injuring himself on the bases, it was the shortest start of Buchholz' career. Former Sox teammate singled and stole second on the first two pitches of the game, and Sox nemesis Kurt Suzuki later delivered a two-run double in a three-run first. A pair of walks and a pair of singles by the first four batters in the second inning led to a quick hook for the right-hander.

 

Buchholz (15-7) allowed five hits while walking four, and he threw just 17 of 39 pitches for strikes. His ERA swelled from 2.25 (lowest in the American League entering the night) to 2.53, and his longshot Cy Young candidacy...

09/10/2010 - 8:10pm
Doubront stays in Boston for tests

Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters prior to Friday night's game in Oakland that left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront did not make the trip to the West Coast, instead remaining in Boston to undergo a number of tests in an effort to determine the source of the discomfort in his clavicle. Thus far, Francona said, tests have come back negative. The Sox will continue to have the 22-year-old see other doctors, including a neurologist, in hopes of determining why he has been unable to return to the hill since an Aug. 31 outing against the Orioles.

 

"He actually felt better today and yesterday but since we weren’t going to pitch him, we want to eliminate anything. So we had an extensive amount of testing today," said Francona. "Everything came back clean. They checked for a lot of different things. It’s my understanding that they’re just trying to be conscientious."

 

Doubront is 2-2...

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