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01/17/2012 - 12:41am
Patriots exec Licht meets with Chicago

Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht interviewed with the Bears Monday for their vacant general manager job, according to multiple Chicago news outlets.

In his 16th NFL season, Licht is in the second of two stints with the Patriots. He rejoined the New England personnel department in 2009 after previously spending four seasons (1999-2002) with the Patriots. In 2008, Licht served as a personnel executive for Arizona after spending five seasons with Philadelphia as vice president of player personnel (2006-07) and assistant director of player personnel (2003-05). Licht first joined the Patriots personnel department in 1999 as a college scout, and in June 2001 he became the team’s national scout. The following year, he was promoted to assistant director of player personnel, a position he held through the 2002 season.

Licht was the first of four external candidates to meet with the Bears. Chicago also reportedly plans on interviewing...

01/17/2012 - 12:29am
O'Neal: Judge me on my defense, not offense

Jermaine O'Neal is averaging just six points a game, but he had some pointed words for his critics who look at his contributions solely on the offensive end.

"That’s not my role," O'Neal said. "My role has been given to me and my role has been said, 'To be a defender,' not offensively. The people out there that’s saying I’m struggling offensively, that’s not my concern. I think I’m in the top 10 in blocks. I’m probably leading the NBA in charges as a center. I’m starting to get my legs back as far as rebounding. If you want to judge me, judge me on that." 

O'Neal scored 12 points in Monday's loss to Oklahoma City, but more importantly grabbed 11 rebounds, his second-straight double-digit rebounding effort. Celtics coach Doc Rivers was pleased with O'Neal's play.

"Jermaine offensively, if you just look at his numbers, not very good," Rivers said. "But if you...

01/16/2012 - 11:13pm
Red Sox agree to terms with Morales

The Red Sox announced Monday night that they have agreed to terms with lefty reliever Franklin Morales, avoiding an arbitration hearing with the 25-year-old. According to a major league source, the agreement is a one-year deal worth $850,000. The agreement was first reported by the Boston Globe.

Morales went 1-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 36 appearances upon coming over to the Red Sox from Colorado May 19. For the reliever, it was his first year of arbitration eligibility.

The Red Sox, who haven't gone to an arbitration hearing since 2002, still have six arbitration-eligible players whom they have not come to terms yet -- Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard, David Ortiz, Mike Aviles, Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Bailey. Players and teams have until noon Tuesday to submit figures for arbitration cases.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


01/16/2012 - 10:26pm
Low-5: Durant sends C's to another loss

Kevin Durant, with 28, and Russell Westbrook, with 26, combined for 54 points as the Thunder handed the Celtics their fifth straight loss, 97-88, Monday night at TD Garden. It's the first five-game skid in the "Big 3" era and the longest for the Celtics since a seven-game streak late in the 2006-07 season, the same year Boston lost a franchise-worst 18 straight. Kendrick Perkins, who received several ovations from the Boston crowd in his return, got into early foul trouble and finished with seven points and five rebounds in 28 minutes. 

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 24 points while Kevin Garnett (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Jermaine O'Neal (12,11) each had double-doubles on the night. 

The Thunder closed out the third quarter on a 15-5 run to take a 72-62 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Celtics made a run when Mickael Pietrus hit a 3-pointer from the left baseline with 7:34 left to close the lead to 74-69. ...

01/16/2012 - 10:20pm
Krejci, Rask hand B's shootout win
By: DJ Bean

David Krejci's point streak ended Monday, but he scored when it mattered most, beating Scott Clemmensen with a quick snap shot in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Bruins a 3-2 win over the Panthers. 

Patrice Bergeron had two goals in regulation for the Bruins, giving him 11 points in seven games this month. He also scored the Bruins' first shootout goal after Benoit Pouliot and Tyler Seguin couldn't capitalize. Stephen Weiss scored the Panthers' only shootout goal.

Bergeron got the Bruins on the board just 80 seconds into the game, and though the Panthers applied heavy pressure on Tuukka Rask in the first period, they didn't see their efforts pay off until a Jason Garrison shot found its way past the Finnish goaltender. Bergeron answered back with a 5-on-3 goal, but when the second of the penalties expired, Shawn Matthias took advantage with a breakaway goal. 

A hooking penalty on Bergeron 36 seconds into overtime gave...

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