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04/11/2011 - 7:56am
Local hoop star Murphy arrested in Florida

University of Florida basketball player Erik Murphy, a Rhode Island native and former standout at St. Mark's School in Southboro, was arrested early Sunday morning in St. Augustine, Fla., on felony burglary charges.

According to the police report, Murphy and Florida teammate Cody Larson went into Scarlett O'Hara's Bar and Restaurant around 2 a.m., claiming they had lost a wallet. After they attempted to get close to an employee who was counting money, the players were told to leave by bouncers. The players then allegedly broke into a bar employee's car across the street.

Murphy, 20, and Larson were released on $5,000 bond. Team manager Joshua Adel was charged with principal to burglary for allegedly serving as a lookout.

Murphy, a 6-foot-10 sophomore forward, averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game for the Gators. He hit 40 percent of his 3-pointers.

Murphy's father is former Boston College standout Jay Murphy....

04/11/2011 - 7:44am
Mashup: Masters blocks female reporters

The Masters golf tournament, which has previously been criticized for its treatment of women, insisted an incident in which two female reporters were barred from the players' locker room Sunday was a mistake. The women were with with a group of reporters following Rory McIlroy when they told by a female security guard that women were not allowed into the locker room, where McIlroy was being interviewed.

Masters personnel later acknowledged the error. "It should not have happened," said Steve Ethun, a spokesman for Augusta National (which has no female members). "We will work as hard as we can to make sure it does not happen again."

Also in the news over the weekend, a youth football coach in the San Diego area was arrested on suspicion of felony battery after allegedly assaulting a parent of another team. Coach Saivaauli Savaiinea claims to have overheard Mark Cannon trying to recruit one of his top players after a game between...

04/11/2011 - 3:27am
Varitek: Beckett was best he's ever been

Jason Varitek has seen Josh Beckett dominate. He caught the pitcher during his phenomenal postseason run in 2007, and he was behind the plate when Beckett enjoyed an overpowering four-month stretch in 2009.

But on Sunday night, when Beckett allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings to a stacked Yankees lineup, Varitek suggested that the pitcher might have outdone himself in Boston's 4-0 victory.

“Best I’ve seen him. As far as [being] complete, absolutely,” Varitek said. “[It was] eight strong, perfect innings.”

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04/11/2011 - 12:45am
Pedroia: 'Four games out now with 153 to go'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia took stock of his team after a 4-0 victory on Sunday night allowed the Sox to take two of three from the Yankees over the weekend, improving to 2-7 on the year. While the start certainly has not been what Boston was looking for, Pedroia suggested that the team's predicament isn't quite as dire as has been portrayed.

"In like the sixth inning I was looking up at the board out there. We’re four games out now with 153 to go," Pedroia said. "Everybody knows what type of team we have. The expectations, everyone told us how good we were and we went to Texas and they punched us right in the mouth. We’ve go to respond to it. The best we can do is go out there and play.

"The way I think about it," Pedroia continued, "we’re four games out of first place with 153 to go. That’s a long-ass way away. I’m not very smart, but it looks doable. What do you think?...

04/10/2011 - 11:32pm
Gonzalez won't need X-rays after getting hit

Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who was hit on the left hand by a CC Sabathia fastball in the fifth inning of Sunday night's game, said after the game that he's "good" and won't need X-rays. He said that after getting hit on the thumb and two knuckles he experienced tingling and numbness but no pain, something that came as a relief.

"I don’t think it’s broken or anything. I was able to swing the bat. I’ll be fine," Gonzalez said. "Every time you get hit, especially on the bone, you’re always worried. But there isn’t any pain, just a little bit of tingling and numbness. I think I’ll be all right."

Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and the hit by pitch.

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