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07/10/2012 - 12:00pm
Singleton on M&M: Sox shouldn't be sellers
By: DJ Bean

Former Major League outfielder and current ESPN Radio analyst Chris Singleton joined Mut & Merloni Tuesday, discussing the Red Sox' chances down the stretch. 

Though the Sox (43-43) are a .500 team, Singleton said that the roster is talented enough to deter general manager Ben Cherington from selling off parts. He noted that the Cardinals didn't play their best baseball until late last season before eventually winning the World Series.

"I don't think [Cherington's] in a position where you can trade players. There's just too much of an opportunity," Singleton said. "You have to look back at what St. Louis did last year. At this time of the year last year … they were dreadful to watch. They seemed to be just lifeless, there was no energy. Not that they didn't have it, but it just didn't seem to come across. … They ended up winning the world Series. I think teams have to look around at that and say, 'Last year the...

07/10/2012 - 11:53am
Report: Krstic staying in Russia

One-time Celtic center Nenad Krstic is staying with CSKA Moscow after agreeing to a new deal that runs through the 2013-14 season with a club option for the following season, via a report on Sportando. In a statement, Krstic said that he explored NBA offers but ultimately decided to return to Russia where he averaged better than 14 points and five rebounds for in Euroleague play.

It's unclear whether the Celtics would have had interest in briging him back. A team source noted last week that they were focused on other matters. By staying in Russia, the Celtics will be able to retain Krstic's Bird rights, but they can't include him in a sign-and-trade agreement because he is more than one-year removed from the roster.

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07/10/2012 - 7:01am
Mashup: Focused Moss 49ers' 'best receiver'

New 49ers receiver Randy Moss has impressed coach Jim Harbaugh so much that Harbaugh has called Moss the team's "best receiver right now," according to SiriusXM NFL Radio host Rich Gannon, who recently spoke with the coach.

Gannon, a former NFL quarterback, said he learned that Harbaugh sat down with Moss before the former Patriots receiver signed with the team and the two men talked about expectations.

Said Gannon: “At the end of the meeting, Randy turned to Jim Harbaugh and said, ‘Coach, what do you want me to do, what can I do for you?’ And Jim looked at him and said, ‘For starters, I’d like you to sit in the front row of my meetings.’

“[Harbaugh] said by doing that it’s brought guys like [Michael] Crabtree, who’d hang out in the back, and some of these other young guys, now they’re sitting up front with Randy Moss. They don’t have the hoodies on anymore. They...

07/09/2012 - 8:35pm
Papelbon: Ortiz bigger to Sox than Williams

KANSAS CITY -- Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon had some strong words when talking about the importance of David Ortiz to the Red Sox.

"I've already said, let's pay him," said Papelbon during the National League All-Stars media availability Monday afternoon. "I've said David is the Red Sox. David is Red Sox baseball. If I'm the owner or I'm the GM I pay him whatever makes him happy.

"He's different than anybody else. He's different than Ted Williams. In my opinion, he's bigger [to the Red Sox] than Ted."

Papelbon said that he wasn't surprised by Ortiz' recent comments regarding his frustration on going year-to-year with contracts and not receiving a multi-year deal from the Red Sox.

"I think it fuels him," the Phillies closer said. "He just talks about it a little bit more. David, he's an emotional guy. he puts his heart and soul into this. I find nothing wrong with what David says. I don...

07/09/2012 - 3:28pm
Lee: 'More than eight teams' in pursuit

ORLANDO -- Courtney Lee said that there are more than eight teams pursuing him including the Celtics and that his meeting with coach Doc Rivers on Saturday was productive.

"I wouldn’t know how to characterize [where things stand]. I have a great relationship with Doc from the first time I stepped on an NBA court," Lee said. "I would say our meeting went well. As far as characterizing where I’m at with the team, coach and player-wise we’re on the same page. It’s just my agent and their front office guys have to talk and work something out."

Because they are over the cap, the Celtics would have to work out a sign-and-trade deal for Lee. He's willing to be patient with the process.

"There was no verbal agreements, we’re just hearing each other out," Lee said. "They expressed their interest. I expressed my interest. It’s up to the front offices and my agent. They need to...

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