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07/01/2011 - 8:37am
Report: Grousbeck willing to lose season

Hours after the NBA entered a lockout at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, news emerged that some owners were willing to lose the entire 2011-12 season to get their way in the collective bargaining negotiations, and Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck is one of those owners, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

"He's one of the owners believed to be willing to lose the next season, along with Phoenix's Robert Sarver," wrote Adrian Wojnarowski.

Should the 2011-12 season be lost, Celtics stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen would become free agents, and the team's owners would save the $31.2 million worth of salary the all-star duo is due this coming season.

For more on the Celtics, visit weei.com/celtics.


07/01/2011 - 6:11am
Ortiz to take part in, pick AL HR Derby team

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who won the 2010 Home Run Derby at last year's All-Star Weekend festivities in Anaheim, will take part in this year's competition and also serve as the captain of the American League team on Monday, July 11. In that capacity, not only will Ortiz hit in the derby, but he will also select the other three AL participants in the competition. Those three players don't necessarily need to be participants in the All-Star Game.

From the Major League Baseball press release:

Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox have been named the first-ever captains of the National League and American League squads for the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby. Ortiz is the defending champion, having won the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby in Anaheim, while Fielder won the previous year in St. Louis. The 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 11 at Chase Field in Phoenix...

07/01/2011 - 6:03am
Cameron on being cut: 'It wasn't Father Time'

Former Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron, hours after being designated for assignment, told the Boston Globe that it was a part-time role, rather than age, that led to his lack of production. Entering the year, the Sox and Cameron anticipated that the veteran right-hander would get roughly 350-400 plate appearances in his part-time role. Instead, through roughly half of the Red Sox schedule, Cameron stepped to the plate just 105 times, hitting .149 with a .212 OBP, .266 slugging mark and .477 OPS.

Cameron suggested to the Globe that he does not intend to walk away from the game. Instead, he suggested that he will look for an opportunity to play.

“I need to sort some things out,” he said. “But if all goes as planned, I’ll be back playing. I haven’t played much this year. Rest assured I’ll be back. People...

07/01/2011 - 6:00am
Mashup: Kobe seeks foreign help for knee

In an attempt to strengthen his arthritic right knee, Lakers star Kobe Bryant reportedly went to Germany and had a procedure similar to platelet-rich plasma therapy. However, the procedure may be more of a gamble than a proven fix, as there is not enough scientific evidence that the soon-to-be-33-year-old will get better.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


06/30/2011 - 11:01pm
Gonzalez to play right field Saturday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed after his team's 5-2 win over the Astros that Adrian Gonzalez will get the start in right field Saturday, with David Ortiz playing first base. The Sox will be going against Houston lefty starter J.A. Happ, who has allowed left-handed hitters a .328 batting average, with righties batting .261.

It will mark the second time this season Gonzalez will man right field, having gotten the start in right Wednesday night in Philadelphia. Gonzalez didn't get any chances in right during his start against the Phillies, which was the first time he has played the outfield in a big league games since 2003. The first baseman claimed the go-ahead double Friday night.

After striking out in a pinch-hitting appearance Friday night, Ortiz is now 0-for-8 on the road trip, having not claimed a hit since June 20.

For more Red Sox coverage, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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