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02/05/2012 - 10:16am
Source: Sox, Aceves agree to $1.2M deal

According to a baseball source, the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed $1.2 million deal for 2012 with Alfredo Aceves, thereby avoiding salary arbitration with the pitcher. The deal includes up to $100,000 in potential bonuses, either should Aceves end up in the Red Sox rotation (with $25,000 bonuses should he reach five, 10, 15 or 25 starts) or back in the bullpen (with $25,000 bonuses awarded for 55, 60, 65 and 70 appearances), with a maximum of $100,000 in potential bonuses.

Aceves, signed last February for $650,000 after being released by the Yankees following the 2010 season, emerged as an unexpected force for the Red Sox last season. The 29-year-old went 10-2 with a 2.61 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 42 walks in 55 appearances that spanned 114 innings. All but four of his appearances were as a reliever. In his career, Aceves now owns a 24-3 record that gives him the highest winning percentage (.889) of any pitcher with at least 25 decisions in...

02/04/2012 - 11:26pm
Rodgers beats Brees for MVP; Brady shut out

In a history-making year for quarterbacks, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named NFL MVP, winning 48 of 50 votes in balloting conducted by The Associated Press. The other two votes went to Saints quarterback Drew Brees, while Patriots QB Tom Brady's own historic season did not garner a single vote.

Rodgers led the Packers to an NFL-best 15-1 regular season record, producing a remarkable 122.5 quarterback rating while throwing 45 touchdowns and six interceptions en route to 4,643 yards passing. The reigning Super Bowl champions, however, fell in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs to the Giants.

Brees, meanwhile, set NFL records by throwing for 5,476 yards (smashing Dan Marino's 27-year-old record), completing 71.6 percent of his passes and 468 total passes. Though he led the Saints to a playoff win against the Falcons in the wild card round, New Orleans fell to the 49ers in the divisional round.

But for Brees, Brady would...

02/04/2012 - 10:21pm
Report: Ortiz still hoping for multi-year deal

David Ortiz told ESPNDeportes.com that he would like to avoid salary arbitration and secure a multi-year deal with the Red Sox, but that he is deferring to the team and his agents to resolve the matter. Asked if he saw hope for a multi-year deal, Ortiz told the website, "Not yet."

"I’m just working hard and working out to get ready for the spring. I really would like to get this over with so that we don’t have to go in front of the judge and I can stop having to talk about this," Ortiz said.

Ortiz and the Red Sox have a scheduled salary arbitration hearing on an undisclosed date this month. After a 2011 season in which Ortiz earned $12.5 million (on a team option) and hit .309 with a .398 OBP, .554 slugging mark, .953 OPS, 29 homers and 96 RBI, the DH exited the free agent...

02/04/2012 - 8:45pm
First-place Harvard holds off Columbia

Laurent Rivard scored 20 points Saturday night and Harvard defeated Columbia, 57-52, before a sellout crowd at Lavietes Pavilion.

With the win, Harvard (20-2) is off to its best-ever start in conference play at 6-0. The Crimson, alone in first place after Penn lost at Yale on Friday, also extended their school-record streak of consecutive home wins to 25 (fourth-best nationally).

Keith Wright had 15 points and six rebounds for Harvard, which led by three at the half (30-27) and could not shake the Lions in Period 2. Every time the Crimson started to pull away, Columbia answered to keep within striking range. The Crimson also made things more difficult with poor foul shooting (21-for-32).

When Columbia's Brian Barbour (15 points) hit a tough shot in the paint with 26 seconds left, the Lions were within three points at 53-50. Rivard hit two free throws eight seconds later to restore the two-possession lead. Oliver McNally then hit two free...

02/04/2012 - 6:53pm
Pats sign Silvestro, release Underwood

The Patriots announced Saturday that rookie defensive end Alex Silvestro has been signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. In addition, they have released wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.

Silvestro, 23, was originally signed by New England as a rookie free agent out of Rutgers on July 27, 2011 and released on Sept. 3, 2011. He joined the New England practice squad on Sept. 28 and then was signed to the 53-man roster on Dec. 23 and saw action in his first NFL game in the victory over Miami on Dec. 24, registering two assisted tackles. Silvestro, 6-3, 267 pounds, was released on Dec. 29 and signed back to the practice squad on Dec. 31.

Underwood, 24, played in five games for New England in 2011 and caught three passes for 30 yards. Underwood, 6-foot-1, 183 pounds, originally entered the NFL as a seventh round draft choice (253rd overall) by Jacksonville in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Rutgers. After beginning his rookie season on...

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