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06/19/2010 - 3:35pm
Reports: Manute Bol dead at 47

Former NBA player Manute Bol, a rail-thin, 7-foot-7 center who played for four NBA teams in the 1980s and '90s, died at a Virginia hospital Saturday at the age of 47, according to multiple reports. The Washington Post reported that Bol's cousin George Bol said Manute had internal bleeding and other complications from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare skin disease that he contracted from a medication he received in Africa.

 

Bol had devoted his post-basketball life to improving the conditions for people in his native Sudan. In was there that he was discovered as a cattle-herding member of the Dinka tribe. He was lured to the United States to learn basketball (and English), and he ended up at Division 2 University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. A second-round draft pick of the Washington Bullets in 1985, Bol played for the Bullets, Warriors, 76ers and Heat before retiring in 1994. He amassed 2,086 blocks in his 10-year career (3.3 per...

06/19/2010 - 2:01pm
Drew gets MRI, two days off

J.D. Drew reported to Fenway Park early Saturday after having an MRI on his strained right hamstring, injured in Friday's win over the Dodgers. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the team is waiting on the results but the right fielder will definitely get the next two days off. 

 

"J.D. showed early, got looked at. He's sore and he actually has pretty good range of motion," Francona said. "It doesn't look like there's a divot [in hamstring], which is good."

 

"Like I told Tito, I think it's manageable," Drew said. "When the pictures come back, we'll have a better idea if I just need a couple of days, get a massage and let it calm down or if it needs a longer period of time."

 

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06/19/2010 - 1:53pm
Matsuzaka to return Thursday vs. Rockies

Daisuke Matsuzaka will come off the disabled list on Thursday and start against the Colorado Rockies after throwing a successful simulated game on Saturday at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced. 

 

"We wanted to wait for Daisuke to throw and get looked at after he was done," Francona said. "Dice threw 49 pitches and felt really good, checked out fine afterwards. He'll pitch Thursday in Colorado."

 

Reliever Robert Manuel, with a sparkling 4-1 record, 0.98 ERA and eight saves at Triple-A, was selected from Pawtucket and was called up to join the Red Sox in time for Saturday's game against the Dodgers. 

 

For more, visit the Full Count blog. 


06/19/2010 - 12:49pm
Lineup: Hall replaces Drew in right

The Red Sox will have Bill Hall in right field to start the game against the Dodgers' Vicente Padilla. Hall replaces J.D. Drew, who left Friday night's game with a hamstring injury. The rest of the Sox lineup in the 4 p.m. tilt with the Dodgers is as follows: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Martinez C, Beltre 3B, Hall RF, Nava LF, Wakefield P. For all the matchups, see the Full Count blog by clicking here.


06/19/2010 - 12:41pm
Patriots single-game tickets on sale Monday

Patriots single-game tickets will go on sale Monday at noon. Tickets can only be purchased via ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Only Visa cards or debit cards will be accepted, and tickets will NOT be sold at the Patriots box office at Gillette Stadium.


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