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11/25/2012 - 6:49pm
Spaziani fired as BC football coach

Frank Spaziani has been fired as Boston College football coach, the school confirmed Sunday night.

The move does not come as a surprise, as Spaziani's team went 2-10 this season, including an embarrassing loss to Army. The Eagles closed out the season on Saturday with a loss at NC State.

"A personnel decision of this magnitude affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change was necessary," new BC athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement.

The move is the first major change for Bates, who was selected to succeed Gene DeFilippo in October. Bates told WEEI earlier this year that he would wait until the end of the season to evaluate the program.

Spaziani became head coach in 2009, after 12 seasons as a BC assistant. His first team went 8-5, but his last three teams all had losing records. His four-year mark is 22-29 (13-19 in the ACC), and he never won a game against a ranked team.

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11/25/2012 - 6:39pm
BC can't get it done vs. Bryant

Dyami Starks scored all 17 of his points in the second half, including a tiebreaking layup with 1:44 remaining, and Bryant knocked off Boston College, 56-54, on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.

Olivier Hanlan scored 19 points for BC (2-4). Joe Rahon netted 11, and Ryan Anderson had eight points and 14 rebounds.

Frankie Dobbs had 15 points and eight rebounds for Bryant (3-2).

BC was within a point with 31 seconds left, 55-54, after two free throws from Hanlan. Dobbs hit a free throw to restore the Bryant lead to two with 12 seconds remaining. Hanlan was called for a charge with three seconds left, but BC got another chance when Bryant turned over the ball on the ensuing inbounds play. However, Anderson's long 3-point try at the buzzer fell off the rim.

BC next plays at Penn State on Wednesday (9:15 p.m.) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.


11/25/2012 - 6:39pm
Sox officials met Napoli; no offer yet

An industry source confirmed reports that Red Sox officials had a dinner meeting in Boston with free agent Mike Napoli on Saturday, but according to the source, the team has yet to make an offer to the power-hitting catcher/first baseman/DH. Jen Royle (via twitter) was the first to report that the meeting included principal owner John Henry, GM Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell.

Napoli slumped to a .227 average with a .343 OBP, .469 slugging mark and .812 OPS with 24 homers in 108 games in 2012 with the Rangers, a year in which a leg injury limited him to 108 games (his fewest games played since 2008). For his career, he's a .259 hitter with a .356, OBP, .507 slugging mark and .863 OPS while averaging 33 homers per 162 games.

The Sox' interest in Napoli is primarily as a first baseman and a fallback DH option for for David Ortiz. His appeal to the...

11/25/2012 - 3:26pm
Ft. Myers mayor: Better off if Sox left

Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson told the News-Press that the Lee County region would have been better served to permit the Red Sox to leave the county rather than paying for the construction of a new facility for the Sox, JetBlue Park, which opened in 2012. The decision in 2008 to fund a new Red Sox spring training facility put Lee County on the hook not only for most of the construction expenses related to JetBlue but also obligated the region to fund improvements in the Twins’ facility in Fort Myers. Meanwhile, Lee County is still paying off its debts for the construction of City of Palms Park — the currently vacant facility where the Sox played before moving to JetBlue.

Lee County now faces more than $436 million in ballpark expenses over the next 32 years, according to the News-Press.

“It would have been smarter to let the Red Sox move on,” Henderson told the News-Press. “I would debate that we wouldn’t be...

11/25/2012 - 12:42pm
Kevin McHale's daughter dies at age 23

Alexandra "Sasha" McHale, daughter of Celtics legend and current Rockets coach Kevin McHale, died on Saturday. She was 23 years old.

"I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful daughter, Sasha, on Saturday afternoon," said Rockets owner Leslie Alexander in a statement. "Kevin and Lynn are loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time. Our entire organization is mourning the McHale family's loss, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers."

According to a Houston Chronicle report, Sasha McHale suffered from the auto-immune disease lupus and was hospitalized for a related condition. A month ago, she tweeted, "The only good...

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