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10/27/2011 - 7:48am
Ortiz: Sox 'won't regret' it if they re-sign him

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz told ESPN.com that he was pleased to hear that new Boston general manager Ben Cherington had spoken of his desire to bring back the slugger, who is eligible for free agency. For his part, Ortiz reiterated to the website that he has no desire to go to a team other than the one with whom he has made his home since 2003.

Ortiz' agent met with the Sox to begin negotiations, and he and the Sox plan on speaking again before the window of exclusivity for teams to negotiate with their own free agents expires five days after the World Series. For his part, Ortiz insists that he will reward the Sox if they bring him back.

"I would never try to do anything to hurt the organization. This organization, I hope I don't have to go anywhere else. Playing for the Red Sox you have to be proud...

10/27/2011 - 4:43am
Maddon: Any potential ban on beer 'asinine'

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, speaking from his Huntington Beach, Calif. home Wednesday, strongly criticized the idea that beer needed to be banned from clubhouses in Major League Baseball, calling such a move "asinine." 

MLB vice-president Joe Torre had intimated at the World Series that MLB may look into banning beer from clubhouses following the controversy surrounding accusations that Red Sox pitchers drank during games throughout the 2011 season. Torre did go on radio in New York Wednesday to say no change would be made, stating that MLB would allow the clubs to dictate their own policies regarding the matter.

Even the thought of the alteration, however, infuriated Maddon.

"I'm not into knee-jerk reactions," the Rays manager told WEEI.com. "If somebody had all of these wonderful thoughts prior to this happening I may be more on board with it, or more empathetic to it. But all of this knee-jerk stuff...

10/27/2011 - 4:21am
Maddon: Treatment of Tito 'almost criminal'

Speaking from his home in Huntington Beach, Calif., Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon came out in support of Terry Francona, declaring the treatment of the former Red Sox manager after he parted ways with Boston to be "almost criminal."

"Terry did nothing wrong. Terry is wonderful. Terry as a manager is excellent, and as a person he is even better than that," Maddon told WEEI.com. "So to have people saying this stuff is really disappointing.

"It's almost criminal. It reeks of a set-up. It smells bad. I feel badly for the guy. I don't know him really well, but I know him. I know the players and how they think about him. it's a shame that he has to go through this."

Asked which piece of the drama surrounding the Red Sox since their historic September collapse was most shocking, Maddon again brought up Francona.

"The biggest surprise is how anybody could say anything bad about Terry Francona," the...

10/27/2011 - 4:00am
Progress in NBA talks; full season possible

At the end of a marathon, 15-hour day of negotiations between NBA owners and players, the two sides had made enough progress that they suggested that a full 82-game season, which would begin in November, remained a possibility if an agreement is reached soon. The two sides focused on salary cap issues, and plan to continue to address that same subject when they resume talks on Thursday.

"We were able to work through a number of different issues today regarding our system," union president Derek Fisher told reporters. "We can't say that major progress was made in any way, but some progress was made on system issues. Obviously enough for us to come back."

According to Yahoo! Sports, which cited a source in saying that there was significant progress and that the two sides "need [Thursday] to punch it over [the] end line" in...

10/26/2011 - 10:54pm
Garnett, Pierce, Rondo to play in exhibition

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are among 14 NBA players who will take part in an All-Star exhibition game in Puerto Rico on Sunday. Several players including LeBron James and Chris Paul have backed out of the game, but the list of players is still impressive.

In addition to the three Celtics: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Amar'e Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Carlos Boozer, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Chris Kaman and Tyson Chandler have all been contracted to play.

Sunday's game was supposed to be the first stop on an international tour but it's unclear whether it will be a one-game only event or if the tour will continue through London, Macau and Australia. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the details.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.

 


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