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01/08/2012 - 11:59pm
Source: Aaron Cook, Red Sox agree to deal

According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with free agent starting pitcher Aaron Cook on a minor league deal, pending a physical. The 32-year-old right-hander is expected to compete for one of the final spots in the Sox' rotation in 2012. If he is summoned to the big leagues under the contract, he would receive a prorated $1.5 million salary.

Cook, who is coming off a three-year, $29.5 million deal with the Rockies, appeared in 18 games in '11, making 17 starts. He finished the year going 3-10 with a 6.03 ERA. The Ohio native's best season came in 2008 when he went 16-9 with a 3.96 in 32 starts, earning an berth on the National League All-Star team.

For Red Sox fans, Cook is perhaps best known as being the starter for Colorado in Game 4 of the 2007 World Series. In that game he surrendered three runs over six innings,...

01/08/2012 - 9:42pm
Pats officially hire McDaniels as assistant

Moments after Denver defeated Pittsburgh on Sunday, setting up a Patriots-Broncos meeting in Saturday’s divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium, New England officially announced that Josh McDaniels has joined the team as an offensive assistant for the remainder of the 2011 season.

The former Denver head coach, McDaniels worked with the New England from 2001 through 2008, including three seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2006 through the 2008 season. McDaniels was in charge of the offense in 2007 when New England set all-time NFL records for points scored (589) and touchdowns (75) en route to an undefeated regular season.

McDaniels began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Nick Saban at Michigan State in 1999. After two seasons with the Spartans, he joined Bill Belichick’s staff in New England as a defensive coaching assistant who also assisted in the personnel department in 2001. He...

01/08/2012 - 9:11pm
Tebow, Broncos to meet Patriots in Foxboro

Tim Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime to give the Broncos a 29-23 victory over the Steelers Sunday night. The Denver wins sets up an AFC divisional playoff showdown with the Patriots Saturday night (7:30) at Gillette Stadium. 

The meeting between the Patriots and the Broncos is a rematch of the teams' Dec. 18 game in Denver, which the Patriots won 41-23.

Pittsburgh had come back from a 13-point halftime deficit when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found Jerrico Cotchery for a 31-yard TD with 3:56 remaining in regulation.

After the Steelers' score, Denver's subsequent drive stalled at its 35-yard line, giving Pittsburgh the ball back at its 24 with just more than a minute remaining. The visitors' attempt at ending the game in regulation was snuffed out when the Broncos' Robert Ayers sacked Roethlisberger at the Steelers' 36 as time ran out.

The Steelers jumped out to a 6-...

01/08/2012 - 5:00pm
Big Blue: Giants roll past Ryan, Falcons

Is it beginning to look a lot like the 2007-08 season for the Giants? After narrowly losing to the then-undefeated Packers in Week 13, the Giants finished the regular season winning three of their final four games, and they opened the playoffs with a resounding 24-2 victory over the Falcons on Sunday. It was the Giants' first playoff victory since beating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Eli Manning threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, including a 72-yard hookup with wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (six catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns). The Giants also had a balanced running attack behind Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, who ran for 155 yards on 28 carries.

It was a rough day for the Falcons and former Boston College star Matt Ryan, who has lost all three playoff games in his four-year career. Ryan threw for 199 yards, but the Falcons' only points came via a second-quarter safety. The Giants scored 24 unanswered points.

The...

01/08/2012 - 3:01pm
Report: Marchand has phone hearing Monday
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Brad Marchand will have a phone hearing Monday with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, The Boston Globe reported Sunday.

Marchand was given a five-minute clipping major and a game misconduct for his hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo in the second period of Saturday's 4-3 loss to Vancouver. Salo will not play Sunday against the Panthers after waking up with a headache. 

Marchand, a repeat offender, was suspended for two games last season for elbowing R.J. Umberger. He was also given a $2,500 fine this season for slew-footing Matt Niskanen. 

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