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08/21/2012 - 3:23pm
Patriots cut DL Jonathan Fanene

The Patriots announced Tuesday afternoon they have released defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, offensive lineman Kyle Hill and kicker Chris Koepplin.

Fanene was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Cincinnati on March 20. One of the team's highest-profile offseason additions -- he signed a $3.85 million deal -- he was reportedly battling a knee injury throughout the summer, and struggled to stay on the field. A veteran of seven NFL seasons with the Bengals, the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2005 out of Utah. He has registered 12.5 sacks in his last two full NFL seasons with 6.5 in 2011 and 6.0 in 2009. Fanene was limited to two games in 2010 due to an injury.

Hill, 23, originally signed with New England as a rookie free agent on Aug. 8. He was a four-year starter at left tackle at Duke University. The 6-foot-6, 306-pounder was one of four team...

08/21/2012 - 3:06pm
Nava, Padilla activated, Crawford to DL

The Red Sox have activated Daniel Nava and Vicente Padilla from the disabled list, while optioning Danny Valencia to Triple-A Pawtucket and placing outfielder Carl Crawford on the disabled list.

Nava is hitting .251/.373/.397 in 199 at bats. He will be back in the lineup as the designated hitter as the Sox play the Angels on Tuesday. Scott Podsednik will tae over in left for Crawford, who will have season-ending surgery on Thursday.

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox
 


08/21/2012 - 2:39pm
Pedroia: 'I was very vocal in the meeting'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said on The Big Show that he was one of the more vocal players in the now infamous team meeting that took place in late July, but that he didn't place the blame on manager Bobby Valentine, as was reported in a Yahoo! story.

"The bottom line is, I was very vocal in the meeting. I'm one of the leaders on the team, but when I spoke I didn't say anything bad about Bobby whatsoever," Pedroia said. "That guy's report in a sense is right. I was very vocal. Somebody asked me why I thought we were losing games and why we weren't playing well and I told the truth and it had nothing do with our manager. Bobby's been great.

"He's been great with me. I had one incident with Bobby. That was early in the year and I went and talked to him. Me and Bobby have been awesome. I think the perception is that I was so close with Tito [Francona] that it didn't matter who was managing the next season, they figured...

08/21/2012 - 2:15pm
Nava back, Ciriaco leads off, Ellsbury third

Now that the Red Sox have shut down Carl Crawford to have season-ending surgery, Bobby Valentine has decided to shake up his lineup as the Sox open a three-game series with the Angels at Fenway Park. Pedro Ciriaco will hit leadoff with Dustin Pedroia moving into the second spot and Jacoby Ellsbury hitting third. Daniel Nava is also in the lineup at DH.

Here's the rest of the Sox lineup as they face Ervin Santana:

Ciriaco 3B
Pedroia 2B
Ellsbury CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Saltalamacchia C
Nava DH
Aviles SS
Podsednik LF

Cook P

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/21/2012 - 10:36am
Celtics hire another assistant coach

The Celtics added NBA Development League head coach Jay Larranaga as an assistant on Doc Rivers' coaching staff, according to multiple reports.

The son of University of Miami head coach Jim Larranaga, the younger Larranaga coached the BayHawks to D-League playoff appearances in both his seasons in Erie, finishing third in Coach of the Year honors in 2011-12.

Larranaga, 37, joins C's assistants Mike Longabardi, Armond Hill, Kevin Eastman, Tyronn Lue and Jamie Young.

Meanwhile, two other organizational items of note: 1) Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren will interview for the 76ers GM job early this week, according to The Philadelphia Enquirer; and 2) The C's are reportedly among a handful of teams lobbying...

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