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12/21/2011 - 4:06pm
Report: Cubs hire Bill Buckner

According to a report from ESPN's Jeremy Schaap, the Cubs have hired Bill Buckner as hitting coach of the club's Class A affiliate in Bosie.

Buckner, the hitting coach for the White Sox in 1996 and 1997, was rumored to be a candidate for a position with the Red Sox. Bobby Valentine has a longtime friendship with the former Red Sox first baseman.

"We played together with the Dodgers," Valentine said of Buckner at his introductory press conference as manager of the Sox. "We played We played together in the Dominican Republic. I've watched his kids grow up and I respect his every opinion in baseball and in worldly matters. Whether or not Bill Buckner would be on the staff is a decision that Ben [Cherington] and I will talk about, or if anyone else will be on the staff, Ben and I will talk about...

12/21/2011 - 2:51pm
Valentine: 'Can't wait to meet' Crawford

New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon. Calling from the Red Sox' new spring training stadium in Fort Myers, Fla., Valentine gushed about the "spectacularly designed and built" JetBlue Park at Fenway South that is still undergoing preparations for its debut in 2012.

One of the Sox players who will play in that park is Carl Crawford. Valentine said he has spoken with Crawford's agent but has yet to talk directly to the player he criticized during the season while serving as an ESPN analyst.

"Carl's working his behind off, as he usually does, I guess, in the offseason," Valentine said. "From what I gather and what I've seen from afar and what I've learned third-hand, and not first-hand, is that he's an athlete who loves to work. Speaking to his agent, he is working. We have a face-to-face plan hopefully right after the first of the year, when things settle down for...

12/21/2011 - 2:32pm
Pats sign veteran safety Vincent Fuller

FOXBORO -- The Patriots filled one of their two roster vacancies on Wednesday when they announced the signing of veteran safety Vincent Fuller.

The 6-foot-1, 29-year-old Fuller is in his seventh NFL season after entering the NFL as a fourth round draft pick (108th overall) of the Tennessee Titans out of Virginia Tech in 2005. After being released by Tennessee on Sept.3, 2011, Fuller signed with Detroit on Oct. 6 but injured his elbow in an Oct. 10 game vs. Chicago and was placed on injured reserve. He was taken off the injured reserve list when he was released by Detroit on Dec. 6.

Fuller has played in 76 NFL games with five starts and has registered 163 total tackles and six interceptions with four of them returned for touchdowns.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.


12/21/2011 - 2:26pm
Pats practice: Green-Ellis, Hernandez absent

FOXBORO -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Aaron Hernandez joined Sebastian Vollmer as no-shows at Patriots practice inside the Dana Farber Field House on Wednesday, as the team prepares for the Dolphins this Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Vollmer hasn't played since injuring his right foot on Nov. 27 at Philadelphia. 

The team practice in sweats and shells and will practice again on Thursday before going through a walkthrough on Friday. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


12/21/2011 - 1:44pm
Peverley won't practice, may play Friday
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Both Andrew Ference and Rich Peverley were held out of Wednesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the practice that Ference is under the weather, while Peverley is still dealing with an ailment that is healed with rest. 

The Bruins had Tuesday off, and Julien said that Peverley will not practice at all this week. The team has yet to decide whether he will play Friday against the Panthers. 

"Ference is battling the famous flu bug," Julien said. "Peverley is maintenance. Again, same thing. We're having a good look here at our schedule and what it may do for him. We're going to keep him off here for the next couple of days, and tomorrow is certainly another one of those days. We'll decide whether he's in on Friday, and if not, that will give him at least a good week. We're going to be making a decision on him regarding his situation." 

Peverley missed two games...

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