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07/21/2010 - 1:40am
Sox blow four-run lead in walkoff loss

The Red Sox appeared in excellent position to make up some ground in the playoff race. Armed with a 4-0 lead after two innings, on a night when both the Yankees and Rays had lost, the Sox were poised to improve their standing relative to both the division and wild card leaders.

 

Instead, the Sox gave away their lead and endured a devastating 5-4 walkoff defeat in 10 innings at the hands of the Athetics. The winning run was plated when Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered the game-winning single against Boston reliever Michael Bowden, who inherited a two-on, two-out jam that had been set in motion by Sox reliever Ramon Ramirez (0-3).

 

Daric Barton delivered a one-out single and then was balked to second base by Ramirez. The Sox elected to walk Kurt Suzuki intentionally. Dustin Richardson then struck out pinch-hitter Adam Rosales, but the move for Bowden with two outs backfired when Kouzmanoff laced a 2-2 fastball to right for the...

07/20/2010 - 10:00pm
Report: NHL rejects Kovalchuk contract

According to a report on tsn.ca, the NHL has rejected Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on the grounds that it circumvents the league's salary cap.

 

The three-time All-Star was due to make $12 million over the first two seasons of the deal, $57.5 million over the next five seasons, $10.5 million in the 2017-18 season, $8.5 million for the 2018-19 season, $6.5 million in 2019-20, $3.5 million in 2020-21 and $3.5 million over the final six seasons of the deal. Kovalchuk would be 44 years old at the end of the contract.

 

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07/20/2010 - 8:17pm
USC to return Reggie Bush's Heisman

The Heisman Trophy won by USC running back Reggie Bush in 2005 will be returned to the Heisman Trophy Trust, USC president C.L. Max Nikias disclosed in a memo Tuesday.

 

Murals honoring Bush and former USC basketball standout O.J. Mayo will also be removed.

 

An NCAA report released June 10 found that Bush had accepted improper benefits while playing for USC. The school was slapped with a two-year bowl ban and stripped of 30 scholarships over a three-year span.

 

Nikias also announced that athletic director Mike Garrett will be replaced by former USC quarterback Pat Haden. Haden, who played for the Rams from 1976-81, led USC to three Rose Bowl appearances. He is currently an analyst for Notre Dame football on NBC.


07/20/2010 - 6:41pm
Lineups: Cameron back, Nava out
By: DJ Bean

After being out of the starting linuep in Monday night's 2-1 victory to open this week's series with the Athletics, Mike Cameron will return to the starting lineup and bat seventh as the Red Sox trot Tim Wakefield (3-8, 5.65 earned run average) out against the Athletics and Dallas Braden (4-7, 3.83 ERA). 

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Darnell McDonald, LF

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. J.D. Drew, RF

7. Mike Cameron, CF

8. Bill Hall, 2B

9. Kevin Cash, C

SP -- Tim Wakefield

 

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07/20/2010 - 6:28pm
Lowrie to be activated this week by Sox

Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie, who has missed the entire season to date while recovering from mononucleosis, will join the major league club in Oakland after a rehab assignment with Single-A Lowell and Triple-A Pawtucket, according to reports out of Oakland. Lowrie is expected to be activated later this week.

 

In 10 games between the two levels on his rehab assignment, Lowrie hit .367 with a .447 OBP, .600 slugging mark, one homer and nine runs batted in. Five of his 11 hits went for extra bases. He played second, short, third and DH during his rehab assignment.

 

Lowrie suggested during his rehab assignment that he is "an asset to [the Red Sox]." Now, he is on the cusp of having the opportunity to demonstrate that point at the major league level.

 

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