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12/02/2012 - 12:29pm
Report: Waters, Pats had deal in place

Through the first half of the season, there was much speculation that the Patriots and Brian Waters would work out a deal for his return. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the two sides had the framework of a deal in place that would bring back the 35-year-old offensive lineman back. But that window officially closed on Friday and he will not be returning this season.

Waters, who is under contract through this season, started all 19 games in 2011, including the Super Bowl. He showed up just in time for the 2011 season opener and there was a thought that he might do the same this year. When he didn't report for training camp and the season opener, he was placed on the reserve/did not report list. Friday was the deadline for teams to take players under contract off that list, meaning Waters is no longer eligible to play.

The Patriots were reportedly offering Waters a raise to get him to return from his Texas home but to no avail. Waters...

12/02/2012 - 12:02am
Rondo-less Celtics can't hang on

Brandon Jennings' 3-point shot with 24 seconds remaining gave the Bucks the lead for good, leading Milwaukee to a 91-88 win over the Celtics Saturday night.

The Celtics had a chance to tie the game, gaining possession with nine seconds left after Milwaukee's Larry Sanders made one of two free throws. But long 3-point attempts by Paul Pierce and Jason Terry both missed the mark, handing the C's just their third loss in the teams' last 11 meetings.

Prior to Sanders' free throws, the Celtics' attempt at taking the lead with 13 seconds left fell short when Terry missed a 3-pointer.

The loss came after the Celtics had built a 27-11 lead after the first quarter. Milwaukee, however, stormed back with a 36-21 advantage in the second quarter.

The Celtics notched five players in double-figures, with Jeff Green contributing with 18 points and six rebounds off the bench. Pierce led all scorers with 19, while Kevin Garnett netted 17, and Terry...

12/01/2012 - 7:57pm
Cherington: 'You can always do stupid things'

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington declined to handicap the odds of whether his team will make a move that can be considered big enough to generate a splash. That said, during a 26-minute session with reporters this offseason, he made clear on several occasions that there is a distinction between what the Red Sox are financially capable of doing and what they might actually do.

"You can always do stupid things that could be a 'Wow' thing, but we're trying to avoid those," Cherington said. "It's not difficult to find things to spend it on. It's difficult to find the right things to spend it on. That's what we're trying to do. There are plenty of people out there as free agents or through a trade that we know can help the team and help the team a lot. We're focused on that and trying to find the combination of players that will help us make our team a lot better next year.

"You can't rule [a 'splash'] out. I certainly wouldn't rule...

12/01/2012 - 2:55pm
Chiefs LB Belcher kills girlfriend, himself

Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel. According to a police spokesman, Belcher thanked his coach and general manager for all they had done for him before turning the gun on himself.

Belcher, 25, was an undrafted player out of Maine and was in his fourth season in the NFL, all with the Chiefs. The native of West Babylon, N.Y., on Long Island had played in all 11 games this season.

In a statement, Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said, "The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today's events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and...

12/01/2012 - 8:06am
Farrell discussed trade rumors with Lester

Red Sox manager John Farrell said on Friday that he talked with starting pitcher Jon Lester about the trade rumors that raised the possibility that the left-hander could be sent to the Royals in a package that would land minor league outfielder Wil Myers in Boston.

"I talked to him," said Farrell of the rumor. "That was a rumor that was started based on interest by another team. As I talked to Jon, when you’re a talented player and a good player, it’s not uncommon for teams to ask."

Farrell said that Lester -- who also encountered trade rumors during the 2012 season -- was not adversely impacted by the rumors.

"I know this -- he’s extremely motivated right now, he’s very much entrenched in his offseason program and looking forward to getting started on 2013," Farrell said of Lester, who struggled through a 9-14 campaign with a 4.82 ERA in 205 1/3 innings in 2012. "We can’t...

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