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08/02/2012 - 3:35pm
Lineup: Lavarnway gets start at catcher

Ryan Lavaranway will be behind the plate, catching Jon Lester as the Sox open a series with the Twins at Fenway. The Yale product was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before Wednesday's game. Ryan Kalish is also back in the lineup playing right field and Cody Ross will DH.

Here's the rest of the lineup:

Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross DH
Lavarnway C
Middlebrooks 3B
Kalish RF
Ciriaco SS

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at

08/02/2012 - 2:17pm
Belichick: 'Don't think [fight] is a big deal'

FOXBORO -- Saying he's seen much worse in his coaching career in the NFL, Bill Belichick said Thursday he isn't that concerned that the scuffle at Wednesday night's practice between Nate Solder and Brandon Spikes crossed any line of competitiveness among teammates.

"Football is competitive, and we're in a competitive camp, so I think some of those things are just part of football," Belichick said of the fight that sent Spikes to the locker room for a brief while with training staff before returning to the field. "Football is football. We deal with a lot of things in football," he answered. "I don't think it's a big deal."

Belichick dismissed the suggestion that a fight in camp could create a bond among players, adding he couldn't think of any instance where that was the case. He did add some humorous perspective when he was compared to Jeff Van Gundy and the legendary moment when the Knicks coach was on the ground...

08/02/2012 - 1:56pm
Douglas wins gymnastics gold, Raisman 4th

Gabby Douglas became the first U.S. gymnast to win an individual and team Olympic gold medal as she captured the all-around title with her performance Thursday in London. Needham's Aly Raisman rallied in her final event to tie for third place but lost the tiebreaker and missed out on the bronze.

Douglas, the third straight American to win the Olympic all-around title, took the lead in the first event and stayed there, finishing with a score of 62.232, less than three-tenths better than Russian Viktoria Komova.

Douglas scored a 15.966 on vault, while Raisman scored a solid 15.9, putting the Americans 1-2 after the first of four events. On the uneven bars, Raisman scored a 14.333 while Douglas received a 15.733. On the third event, the balance beam, Douglas got a 15.500 while Raisman wobbled and nearly fell and was scored a 14.200, dropping her to fifth overall.

Douglas hit a 15.033 on the floor exercise to secure the gold. Raisman followed...

08/02/2012 - 1:13pm
Pats announce schedule with Saints

FOXBORO -- The Patriots confirmed their practice schedule for the weekend and next week, including their sessions with the Saints at Gillette Stadium. 

The team will practice Friday, 1:30-4, before getting Saturday off. The team returns to the practice field on Sunday for another 1:30-4 session. The team did not announce its schedule for Monday but will practice twice with the Saints, from 1:30-4 on Tuesday afternoon and during a walk-through on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. The Patriots will host the Saints in their preseason opener at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at and the blog It Is What It Is

08/02/2012 - 12:30pm
Kurkjian: Manager should choose coaches

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian appeared on Mut & Merloni on Thursday to talk about the issues surrounding Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and pitchers Josh Beckett and Jon Lester.

Almost the entire Red Sox season has been wrought with rumors of clubhouse issues, and fingers have been pointed at Valentine. The manager has been accused of having a poor relationship with his coaches, who were selected by the team.

"I think [the organization] should have let him have his own coaches," Kurkjian said. "I'm saying any new manager should have a say on who his coaches are going to be. I firmly believe that. In 32 years of covering baseball, the coaches have to be your best friends in a lot of ways because when things go poorly you need somebody to turn to and discuss. I'm not sure that's the case in Boston. I'm not sure Bobby was as well equipped as he could have been."

Added Kurkjian: "I think way too much is...

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