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08/01/2012 - 11:16am
Rivers takes responsibility for Allen leaving

Celtics coach Doc Rivers, in London to handle analysis of the Olympic basketball competition for NBC, said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports that he deserves some blame for Ray Allen's decision to leave for the Heat as a free agent.

Rivers said his decisions to use Allen off the bench late in the season and allow Rajon Rondo more freedom with the ball were the key factors in Allen leaving.

"People can use all the Rondo stuff – and it was there, no doubt about that – but it was me more than Rondo," Rivers told Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. "I'm the guy who gave Rondo the ball. I'm the guy who decided that Rondo needed to be more of the leader of the team. That doesn't mean guys liked that – and Ray did not love that – because Rondo now had the ball all the time.

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08/01/2012 - 8:40am
Red Sox, Rangers talked blockbuster

According to multiple major league sources, one potential deal discussed by the Red Sox and Rangers prior to the non-waiver trade deadline included a package that would have sent Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury and Kelly Shoppach to the Rangers. It is unclear what player compensation the two teams discussed going from Texas to the Red Sox in such a deal.

The proposal was described by one source as nothing more than a theoretical back and forth of ideas that never progressed to the point where the Red Sox approached Beckett to discuss his 10-5 rights (which give the pitcher, as someone with 10 years in the majors and five with one club, the opportunity to veto a deal). Another source classified the talks as having reached a more advanced stage before hitting a wall. 

"We did feel empowered to do something bold, we just didn't find something bold that made sense for us," Cherington said. "We explored a lot of things that were bold,...

08/01/2012 - 7:51am
Verducci on D&C: Sox due to make a run

Sports Illustrated baseball writer Tom Verducci joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to talk about how the Red Sox season shapes up post-trade deadline.

The Red Sox were quiet leading up to Tuesday's deadline, making no major moves.

"They like their 25. I think that's the message, that 'We don't need to make moves because the moves are the return of these injured players -- [Jacoby] Ellsbury, [Carl] Crawford, [David] Ortiz coming back, and [Andrew] Bailey," Verducci said. "Those are the kinds of acquisitions, if you will, that the club thinks is enough. So, it doesn't seem like there was a reason to rewrite the script with this team. They're going to let the players know, the answers are there already."

Verducci said he expects one wild card to come out of the West and the other will be the Rays. But he predicts the Red Sox will make some noise.

"I do think that there is a run in this team,"...

08/01/2012 - 7:16am
Mashup: Doc to coach Team USA?

Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski has an excellent piece on the possibility of Celtics coach Doc Rivers becoming coach of Team USA for the Olympics in 2016. This is a must read. As WEEI.com’s Paul Flannery has echoed to me on many occasions, players love playing for Doc. You would have to figure this would bode well for the Celtics, too. Rivers hamming it up with the elite players could be beneficial while recruiting during free agency, which Doc has been known to do very well anyway.

Read more about that story and others at Wednesday's Morning Mashup at the Out of Bounds blog.


07/31/2012 - 11:23pm
Injured Beckett: 'You always notice' boos

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, who was pulled from Tuesday's starter after 2 2/3 innings when he experienced back spasms in part due to a slippery mound, said that while the injury forced him out of his team's 4-1 win over the Tigers, it was not as severe as the back injury he suffered in similiar circumstances in New York in 2010.

In 2010, Beckett ended up missing more than two months after his landing foot slipped on the Yankee Stadium mound. This time, the right-hander said, was not comparable. The starter had retired each of the first eight batters he faced before an infield single with two outs in the third. While pitching out of the stretch for the first time of the game, his back "locked up" on Tuesday to the point where he could no longer command the ball, resulting in a hit batter and then two straight walks, including one to force in a run.

At that juncture, Beckett signaled for the Red Sox training staff to come to the mound....

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