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07/28/2010 - 3:44pm
Patriots sign McCourty, cut Crable

The Patriots announced Wednesday afternoon that they had signed first-round pick Devin McCourty and released outside linebacker Shawn Crable. Crable, a third-round pick of New England in 2008, was dogged by injures in his two seasons with the Patriots, landing on season-ending injured reserve in both 2008 and 2009. Thought to be a player who could give the pass rush a jolt, the Michigan product never played in a single regular-season game for New England. For more on this story, check out our Patriots' team page at weei.com/Patriots.


07/28/2010 - 2:54pm
Pitino: 'Unfortunate things happen'
By: DJ Bean

Former Celtics head coach Rick Pitino gave his long-awaited testimony in the case against Karen Cunagin Sypher, the woman with whom he committed adultery on July 31, 2003 (for the complete story, click HERE).

 

Upon the two meeting in an Italian restaurant, Pitino bought Sypher a drink. The two engaged in conversation, and after the restaurant closed, Sypher unzipped his pants, at which point they "very briefly" had sex, according to Pitino. 

 

Tim Coury, the owner of the restaurant, left while the two were still talking. He told the two and an aide of Pitino to leave through a self-locking door. Pitino's driver, Vinnie Tatum, said he observed Sypher as being "flirty."

 

Sypher is being charged with extortion, as she demanded money, cars, and a house in return for keeping quiet about the act of indiscretion...

07/28/2010 - 2:40pm
Angels scratch starter Pineiro

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scheduled Angels starter Joel Pineiro was scratched moments before the start of Wednesday's game between the Red Sox and Halos, the finale of a three-game set. The right-hander suffered a left oblique strain while warming up. In his place, the Angels will send Scot Shields to the hill against the Sox. Shields has made just 15 career starts, none since 2003.

 

Shields is 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA for the Angels this year. His longest outing of the season was a 2 1/3 inning effort in relief. For his career numbers against the Red Sox, click here.


07/28/2010 - 2:32pm
Rondo makes Team USA squad for NY
By: DJ Bean

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was among 15 players to make the first cut for Team USA's squad on Wednesday. Here is the roster:

 

 

Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

 

Asked whether he felt Rondo was an unconventional choice for international play, coach Mike Krzyzewski defended his selection. 

 

 

"He's unconventionally become an NBA champion and a triple double guy in this league. I...

07/28/2010 - 1:43pm
Martinez: 'I've had plenty of off-days'

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez had originally been scheduled to sit out of the series finale between the Sox and Angels, not only because he had missed the previous four weeks while recovering from a broken left thumb but also because it was a day game after a night game. But the catcher approached manager Terry Francona following Tuesday's victory and insisted that he was ready to play in his third straight game.

 

"When we were shaking hands, he grabbed me and said, 'I'm playing tomorrow,'" said Francona.

 

Martinez, who is 1-for-8 with a walk and two strikeouts since returning, said that he is eager to make up for lost time after his time on the disabled list.

 

"I feel good. I think I’ve had plenty of off-days," said Martinez. "It’s not fun to watch the game from the bench. Like I say, I just want to be part of it and I’m just...

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