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07/12/2010 - 8:27pm
Stern fines Cavaliers owner 100K

NBA commissioner David Stern Monday told the media in Las Vegas that he has fined Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert $100,000 for his comments following the announcement by LeBron James that he was leaving Cleveland to join the Miami Heat.

 

Gilbert released a statement last Thursday calling James' behavior "cowardly." Later that night, he told the Associated Press that he believed the two-time MVP had quit at times during the Cavs six-game loss to the Celtics in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinal series. 

 

Stern felt the statement and comments from Gilbert was "ill-advised" and "imprudent."

 

Stern was also critical of James. The commissioner, in Las Vegas for owners meetings, said he would have told James to inform the Cavaliers before making his decision public. Stern called the advice James received "poor" and "ill-conceived."

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07/12/2010 - 7:30pm
Lester wants to remain with Sox after '14

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox starter Jon Lester said that his hope is to remain in Boston beyond his current contract, which runs through 2013 with a team option for 2014. The left-hander, who signed a five-year, $30 million deal prior to the start of the 2009 season, made clear that he has no regrets about his current deal even though some have suggested that it is a below-market pact, and that he would like to explore ways of staying with the Sox the end of that deal.

 

"You can’t pass up that first one. It’s guaranteed. Stuff can always happen. People can look at it as a bad contract, but I don’t really care what people think about it. Me and my family are secure and we’re happy. That’s all I care about," said Lester. "The next one, hopefully, I stay in Boston. I would love to stay here for a long time. You don’t see people do that anymore. I’d love to stay here. Hopefully I...

07/12/2010 - 6:48pm
Beltre passes test: 'Now it's up to Joe'

ANAHEIM -- After doing some light jogging and taking batting practice, Adrian Beltre said he is healthy enough to participate in Tuesday's All-Star Game. "As of now, I'm ready to go," he said after the American League's BP session. "Now it's up to [AL manager] Joe [Giardi]." Beltre, who had tweaked his hamstring running out a ground ball Sunday in Toronto, was surprised during the media availability session that Giardi had announced that Texas' Michael Young was taking Beltre's place on the AL roster. Later it was learned that Giardi misspoke and that Beltre intended to play in the game contingent on feeling healthy enough after Monday's workout. For more on Beltre and the All-Star Game see the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/12/2010 - 4:53pm
Boras on Ellsbury: 'Very cooperative effort'

ANAHEIM -- Speaking during the American League All-Stars media session at the Anaheim Marriott, Scott Boras said that both he and the Red Sox were on the same page when it came to Jacoby Ellsbury's rehabilitation process in the outfielder's return from broken ribs. 

 

"I don't think Jacoby had comments. I think Jacoby described exactly what occurred," said Boras, referencing Ellsbury's description of the timeline, from when he was first injured until his return to the team. "There's a lot of people, certain journalists, who just don't have the right facts. The cooperation has been great with the organization. I spoke with Terry [Francona] four or five times and Theo [Epstein] many times. We've been on the same page throughout. These are decisions of Jacoby's medical care and his physical therapy. All these things were made mutually. It's been a very cooperative environment. Good communication with everybody and we knew what...

07/12/2010 - 4:45pm
Buchholz: No talks of long-term deal with Sox

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz, who earned a spot on the American League All-Star team on the strength of a first half in which he went 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA before suffering a lower left hamstring strain, said that he and the club have not had any conversations about a possible long-term deal.

 

Buchholz said earlier this year that he would like to follow in the footsteps of teammate Jon Lester and sign a long-term deal. Yet while neither Buchholz (and his agent) nor the Sox have initiated such dialogue, Buchholz -- who would not be eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2011 season, and who would not reach free agency until after the 2014 season -- suggested there is no urgency in the matter.

 

"I think time will take care of all...

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