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02/22/2010 - 12:34pm
Manny: Last season in LA

Manny Ramirez made his first appearance at Dodgers spring training Monday morning and said he expects this will be his final season with Los Angeles. "I won't be here next year, so I just want to enjoy myself," Ramirez told the assembled media. "I don't know [if I'll play next year]. I just know I'm not going to be here. When the season is over, I will see where I'm at." The former Red Sox slugger said he has not been told by the team that he isn't in its plans, adding: "I'm just speculating, but I'm not 23 anymore." He also said he would have enjoyed spending more of his career with the Dodgers. "That has been great," he said of his 1-1/2 seasons in LA since being traded from Boston. "I wish I could have been there a long time ago." Read more at the Full Count blog.


02/22/2010 - 12:02pm
Skinner favors tourney expansion

Boston College coach Al Skinner, appearing on the ACC basketball coaches teleconference Monday morning, said he favors an expansion of the NCAA tournament. There has been a movement to increase the field from 65 to 96 teams, and Skinner supports it. "Unfortunately, so much is dependent on [coaches] keeping their jobs as far as who makes the tournament, and I think that's an unfair barometer when you consider the percentage of shools that can actually make the tournament," Skinner said. "In comparison to football, the percentages don't work very favorably for [basketball] coaches, and right now that's what they get judged on. So from my standpoint, an increased field will give a few more opportunities for guys to make the tournament and increase the percentage of schools to get in."

 

The Eagles (13-13, 4-8 ACC) are coming off a victory over North Carolina Saturday at Conte Forum and host Virginia Tech Wednesday night as...

02/22/2010 - 11:45am
Celtics may rest ailing Pierce

Celtics coach Doc Rivers told the Boston Herald he is considering giving Paul Pierce some time off so that he may have an opportunity to heal from his injuries, most specifically a sprained right thumb he injured against the Lakers on Thursday. Pierce hit just 2-of-10 shots from the field and 1-for-4 from the line in Sunday's loss to the Nuggets. “It’s sore right now,” Pierce said in the Herald story. “It’s affecting my shot a lot. I’m not really even looking to be aggressive with it. I’m trying to do other things to help this ball club, but hopefully in the next few days it’ll get better. There’s some pain when I catch the ball, and it’s really affecting my shot. That’s the reason I’m not as aggressive.” The Celtics host the Knicks Tuesday and the Cavaliers Thursday. Read more at the...

02/22/2010 - 11:13am
Video: Ortiz arrives in camp

David Ortiz was one of the Red Sox' position players to arrive in camp Monday, going out and taking early morning batting practice. To watch Ortiz take some swings, click here. Also making their first appearances were Adrian Beltre (whose session with the media can be found by clicking here), J.D. Drew and Mike Cameron. For Red Sox updates throughout the day, visit the Full Count blog.


02/22/2010 - 11:09am
Martinez: I'm not a first baseman

Victor Martinez, who is expected to be the Red Sox' primary catcher this year after splitting 2009 between catching and first base, told WEEI.com's Lou Merloni that he does not agree with suggestions that he is at a point in his career where a transition to first base or DH is likely.

 

“Everything that I’ve done in my career has been done as a catcher,” Martinez told Merloni. “Just because I played a few games at first base doesn’t make me a first baseman.”

 

Martinez acknowledged that his work behind the plate suffered in 2009 while he split time between positions. His footwork and arm action both became issues, resulting in him catching just 11 percent of attempted base stealers after he came to the Sox.

 

Martinez also discussed his preference to remain with the Red Sox following this year. Even so, the free agent-to-be told Merloni that he did not want to discuss a...

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