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09/30/2010 - 6:08pm
MLB alters free agent rules

After exntensive collective bargaining between the Players Association and Major League Baseball, the MLBPA announced that it has approved an agreement that will modify certain aspects of the free agent system for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 offseasons.  Among its provisions are the following substantive changes to the operation of the free agent market that will be effective for the 2010 and 2011 offseasons:

 

  • Automatic free agency for eligible players, without the need for election;
  • A five-day period at the end of the World Series (shortened from 15) during which only the free agent’s original team may sign him to a new contract;
  • Earlier deadlines for the original teams to offer, and for the players to accept, salary arbitration under the rules of the basic agreement;
  • An earlier date for clubs to make tender and non-tender decisions;
  • Stricter rules for all parties (the...
09/30/2010 - 3:08pm
Dolphins Inury Report for Thursday

Miami Injury Report for Thursday
Did Not Practice

G John Jerry (illness)
DE Jared Odrick (ankle)

Limited Participation
LB Channing Crowder (groin)

Full Participation
T Jake Long (knee)


09/30/2010 - 3:05pm
Taylor didn't practice with Pats

Patriots Injury Report for Thursday
Did Not Practice

OL Nick Kaczur (back)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
CB Terrence Wheatley (foot)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)


09/30/2010 - 2:15pm
Shaq: No fifth title would mean 'failure'

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal was asked after practice Wednesday about the prospect of winning a fifth NBA title with the Celtics in 2010-11.

 

"I have to get five for my sanity," said O'Neal, a three-time champion with the Lakers (2000-02) and a title winner with the Heat in 2006. "If I don't get five for my sanity I'll probably look at myself as a failure. I need five, I want to be up there with Jordan and Magic and Kareem and Kobe. I need to get five, and I definitely have to get five before the great Tim Duncan. Because that's who I'm competing against."

 

O'Neal was asked if winning a title with the Celtics -- the franchise with the most championship banners -- would mean more than the other four.

 

"I don't know about that, a win is a win," said the 15-time All-Star. "I'm just trying to be half the player of the great Bill Russell. I've got this...

09/30/2010 - 1:11pm
Epstein on D&H: 'We're disappointed'

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein joined the Dale & Holley show to offer his thoughts on the 2010 season.

 

"We're disappointed," Epstein said. "We're proud of the way the guys hung in there and played really hard to the end, but I'm disappointed that we're going to fall short of our goal every year to get to the postseason and do some damage in October."

 

Yet Epstein thinks that the Sox are not far away from returning to a championship-level club. "It adds up to an organization that's in really good position and not far away from a championship," Epstein said. "In fact we could very well win one next year and that's the goal."

 

Asked if he could identify one thing that went wrong, Epstein said, "It's always hard to identify one single factor. It definitely is multi-factorial. We felt like we had a really good team, a legitimate chance to be one of...

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