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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.

 


10/26/2011 - 4:22pm
Fletcher out, seven limited for Pats

FOXBORO -- Only linebacker Dane Fletcher missed practice on Wednesday, sitting out with what the Patriots listed as a thumb injury. In addition, New England had seven players who were limited, including running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe) and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back). Here's the complete report:

Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)

Limited Participation
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
CB Leigh Bodden (thumb)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)
DL Albert Haynesworth (back)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


10/26/2011 - 3:13pm
Gammons: Lackey injury rooted with Angels

Peter Gammons joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday for his weekly discussion of Red Sox and baseball news. With Theo Epstein finally having been announced as the Cubs general manager and Ben Cherington sliding into the role of Red Sox GM, Gammons gave his thoughts on the shuffling in the Boston front office.

Epstein and Cherington worked with each other for more than nine years, and Gammons said that he doesn't think there will be any big differences in the way the two operate.

"I think there may be some differences, I don't think there will be anything dramatic," Gammons said. "I don't know what people really want in dramatic differences, in the last 10 years there's only one team that's won two World Series."

Gammons did point out that Cherington and new assistant GM Mike Hazen both started their careers in player development, meaning Boston may treat that aspect of the organization in a different manner than Epstein....

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