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10/31/2012 - 6:37am
Wade: Rondo flagrant foul a 'punk play'

Dwyane Wade resisted retaliating when Rajon Rondo committed a flagrant foul in the closing seconds of Tuesday's game in Miami -- a 120-107 Heat win -- but the Heat guard called it a "punk play."

Rondo grabbed Wade around the neck on a drive to the basket. Wade then held the ball over his head and appeared as though he was going to throw the ball at Rondo, but he held back. Ray Allen then pulled Wade away.

"I've got my kids watching, so I stopped myself, but it was a punk play by him," Wade said. "He clotheslined me."

Added Heat star LeBron James: "[Wade] did show poise. I saw the anger on his face and what he wanted to do, and I'm glad he restrained from what he wanted to do. It wasn't a basketball play."

Wade, who scored a...

10/31/2012 - 5:54am
Butterfield still candidate for Blue Jays job

According to baseball sources, newly hired Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield remains a candidate for the Blue Jays managerial job despite being hired by Boston Tuesday.

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Butterfield's potential candidacy with Toronto on Tuesday night. "Yes, it's a rare opportunity, and we would certainly not block that," Farrell said when asked if, as far as he knew, Butterfield was still in the mix for the Jays job. "But at the same time we're extremely excited about Brian joining us."

The Blue Jays allowed all of their coaches to seek employment elsewhere following the 2012 season, with first base coach Torey Lovullo joining the Red Sox as bench coach after Farrell left his post as Toronto manager to guide the Sox.

"With Butter, we have an outstanding baseball man from a baseball family, his dad [Jack Butterfield] being a longtime developer, person and coach," Farrell said of...

10/31/2012 - 5:49am
Sox to interview Nieves for pitching coach

According to a major league source, the Red Sox will interview White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves for the vacant role of pitching coach. Nieves joins Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson as the first two known candidates for the position; the Sox expect to interview at least one to two additional candidates for the job. 

Nieves, 47, has served as White Sox bullpen coach since 2008. The Chicago bullpen ranked eighth in the American League under Nieves last year, the third time in five seasons that it finished with that ranking in the AL; the team also finished 10th in 2011 and fifth in 2010 in bullpen ERA.

Before landing his job as bullpen coach, Nieves was a pitching coach for nine years in Chicago's minor league system. He also spent four years working in the Yankees' farm system from 1992-95. The native of Puerto Rico pitched for three years in the majors with the Brewers from 1986-88, going 32-25 with a 4.71 ERA...

10/30/2012 - 11:41pm
Doc: Heat 'were aggressor all game'

Doc Rivers called Tuesday night's season opener in Miami a battle of wills and he thought the Heat cleared showed a stronger desire to make a statment during their 120-107 win over the Celtics in Miami. 

"I thought they were the aggressor all game," Rivers said. "I thought they got on the floor where they wanted to get on the floor. I thought they took us out of stuff they wanted to. You can see they've played together a little longer than us. I thought their continuity offensively was better. We made plays offensively but it wasn't good offense. It's funny, you shoot 52 percent and score 107 points and I didn't think we were very good offensively at all. I thought we had no continuity offensively at all and I think that hurt us on the other end.

"You can clearly see they're ahead of us in continuity, and they should be. They've played together. We knew that coming into the game. We have a lot of work to do."

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10/30/2012 - 10:56pm
Ray on snub: 'That's just KG'

Ray Allen said he didn't hold anything personal against Kevin Garnett after the Celtics big man did not acknowledge Allen when the former C's sharpshooter went over to the Boston bench late in the first quarter before checking into the game for the first time in a Heat uniform. 

"That's just KG," Allen told TNT's Craig Sager in an on-court interview immediately after the game. "He probably didn't see me coming. Those guys, I love those guys. I can't say enough good things about them. I love New England. It will always be my home and will always be a special place for me and my family." 

Allen played a pivotal role in Miami's 120-107 win on opening night. He started his night with a corner 3-pointer as the shot clock expired. He added another trey minutes later on an accidental bank shot. Allen finished with 19 points in 31 minutes off the bench. 

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