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02/06/2012 - 5:06pm
Sox outright Atchison to Pawtucket

Red Sox pitcher Scott Atchison, who was designated for assignment on Jan. 26 to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for outfielder Cody Ross, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Though no longer on the 40-man roster, the right-hander will be invited to big league camp with the Sox.

Atchison, 35, was 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA, 17 strikeouts and six walks in 17 games (30 1/3 innings) for the Red Sox in 2011, a season in which he frequently shuttled between the majors and Triple-A. That followed a 2010 campaign in which Atchison had a 4.50 ERA in 43 big league games.

News of Atchison clearing waivers was first reported (via twitter) by Maureen Mullen of CSN New England.

For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


02/06/2012 - 4:04pm
Belichick confirms McDaniels is next OC
By: DJ Bean

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday at Gillette Stadium that Josh McDaniels will succeed Bill O'Brien as the team's offensive coordinator. McDaniels, who held the position with the Patriots from 2006-2008, and after stops in Denver and St. Louis, was brought back as an offensive assistant prior to the playoffs, as the Rams did not intend to keep him. 

"Josh," Belichick said when asked about the position.

O'Brien was hired last month as head coach at Penn State. He had been with the Patriots since 2007.

Now 35, McDaniels first came to the Patriots in 2001 as a personnel assistant. He left following the 2008 season to become the head coach of the Broncos, but was fired midway through his second season on the job. He became the Rams' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season.

For more on the Patriots, visit weei.com/patriots.


02/06/2012 - 3:52pm
Harvard climbs back into AP Top 25

The Harvard basketball team, riding an eight-game winning streak and off to the best start in school history, checked in at No. 25 in the AP media poll that was released Monday afternoon. The Crimson made a brief appearance in the poll two months ago for the first time ever, before a loss to UConn knocked them out.

Harvard also moved up two spots to 21 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

Harvard (20-2, 6-0 Ivy), has a key road trip this weekend, with games at Penn (Friday) and Princeton (Saturday). Penn has one league loss (12-10 overall), while Princeton, which shared last year's title with the Crimson, is 2-3 (11-10 overall).


02/06/2012 - 3:52pm
Belichick makes McDaniels as OC official
By: DJ Bean

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday at Gillette Stadium that Josh McDaniels will succeed Bill O'Brien as the team's offensive coordinator. McDaniels, who held the position with the Patriots from 2006-2008, and after stops in Denver and St. Louis, was brought back as an offensive assistant prior to the playoffs, as the Rams did not intend to keep him. 

"Josh," Belichick said when asked about the position.

O'Brien was hired last month as head coach at Penn State. He had been with the Patriots since 2007.

Now 35, McDaniels first came to the Patriots in 2001 as a personnel assistant. He returns to the position he held with the Patriots from 2006-08, a stretch that included a record-shattering offensive season by the Patriots in 2007 and an impressive 2008 season in which the Patriots featured a strong offense despite a season-ending injury suffered by Tom Brady in the season's first game.

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02/06/2012 - 3:07pm
Pierce named East Player of Week

After leading the Celtics to four straight wins, Paul Pierce was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA. Pierce averaged 22 points, 6.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Celtics as they beat Cleveland, Toronto, New York and Memphis. The Celtics have now won nine of their last 11 games after starting the season with a 4-8 record.

San Antonio's Tony Parker was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.

For more on Pierce, visit the Green Street blog. For more Celtics news, go to the team page at weei.com/celtics.


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