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06/18/2010 - 3:28pm
Lineups: Varitek catching Doubront's debut
By: DJ Bean

Though the undoubted highlight of Friday night's series opener between the Red Sox and Dodgers will be Manny Ramirez' return to Fenway, left-handed pitching prospect Felix Doubront will be making his major league debut. The 22-year old southpaw had a 2-1 record and 1.08 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 16.2 innings at Pawtucket this season.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. J.D. Drew, RF

6. Adrian Beltre, 3B

7. Jason Varitek, C

8. Mike Cameron, CF

9. Daniel Nava, LF

SP -- Felix Doubront

 

For more on the game, including batter/pitcher matchups, check out the Red Sox team page and the ...

06/18/2010 - 12:57pm
Donovan: Referee 'stole' goal from U.S.

Following the United States' 2-2 comeback tie with Slovenia at the World Cup, American players were steaming about a call in the final minutes that negated their go-ahead goal. Two minutes after Michael Bradley tied the score in the 82nd minute, Landon Donovan took a free kick and sent it toward the goal. Teammate Mauric Edu broke through his defender and kicked the ball into the goal, but referee Koman Coulibaly had already blown his whistle for an unidentified reason.

 

"I still don't know why the goal was disallowed," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said after the match in a televised interview.

 

Said Donovan: "I'm a little gutted, to be honest. I don't know how they stole that last goal from us. I'm not sure what the call was. [The referee] wouldn't tell us what the call was."

 

Replays indicated there was no offsides, and three Slovenian defenders got away with holding...

06/18/2010 - 12:10pm
C's-Lakers Game 7 draws huge TV rating

Game 7 of the Celtics-Lakers NBA finals Thursday night on ABC drew an 18.2 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated NBA game since a 1998 finals contest between the Bulls and Jazz.

 

It was ABC's highest NBA overnight rating ever, surpassing Lakers-Pistons Game 5 in 2005, which recorded a 15.5.

 

Game 7 was the highest-rated show of the night for all of television, as was the case for the previous six games. The game peaked with a 23.7 rating in the closing final minutes, from 11:45 p.m. to midnight.

 

In Los Angeles, Game 7 delivered a 39.7 metered market rating to become ABC's highest-rated NBA game ever in the market. Boston's 33.9 rating made it ABC's second-highest-rated game locally, trailing only the Celtics' championship-clinching Game 6 victory in 2008.


06/18/2010 - 11:56am
U.S. rallies for tie with Slovenia

Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley scored second-half goals to lift the United States to a 2-2 tie with Slovenia in World Cup play Friday in South Africa. The Americans, who trailed 2-0 at halftime, appeared to score a go-ahead goal in the final minutes on a play off a free kick, but the referee whistled the play dead, apparently for offsides (no explanation was given). Replays showed no American was offsides and, in fact, a foul could have been called on Slovenia for holding.

 

Bradley netted the equalizer in the 82nd minute to salvage the United States' hopes of advancing. With two ties, the Americans still have a decent chance of reaching the knockout round.

 

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06/18/2010 - 7:40am
Mashup: Manny allegedly sought drug pass

According to a report in The New York Times, representatives for Manny Ramirez talked to Major League Baseball officials last year about the possibility of getting an exemption so that the slugger could take drugs that would boost his testosterone levels. The idea was broached around the time Ramirez was suspended for 50 games for violating the league’s drug policy and then resurrected two months after he returned, but he never received the exemption. Read more about that and other stories, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


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