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10/15/2011 - 7:55am
Former Red Sox auctioning World Series ring

According to the Boston Herald, former Red Sox reliever Scott Williamson is planning to auction off his 2004 World Series ring to help finance an overbuilt home and an indoor baseball facility in his town along the Indiana/Ohio line.

The auction will run through Oct. 25 and is to be conducted online by Cincinnati-based Everything But the House auctioneers (ebth.com), with the opening bid starting at $1.

Williamson is part of a family of four, including his wife, Lisa, 8-year-old son, Reece, and 6-year-old daughter, Cambrie. The house the family has lived in in Guilford, Ind., since '04 has become too much of a financial albatross. 

"In baseball, I thought, ‘What is one of the most important things that happened in my career that I could give up to accomplish something...

10/14/2011 - 4:22pm
Patriots rule Barrett out, Mayo questionable

FOXBORO -- Safety Josh Barrett was the only player ruled out for Sunday's game with the Cowboys while linebacker Jerod Mayo, who returned to practice Friday, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium. Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, who missed Thursday for personal reasons, was removed from the list. The Patriots officially listed 12 players as questionable in the official injury report released Friday afternoon:

Did Not Practice
S Josh Barrett (thumb/hamstring)  OUT
DL Mike Wright (concussion, placed on injured reserve) OUT

Limited Partcipation
CB Leigh Bodden (thumb) Questionable
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe) Questionable
LB Jerod Mayo (left knee) Questionable
S Sergio Brown (chest) Questionable
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip) Questionable
WR Julian Edelman (ankle) Questionable
DL Albert Haynesworth (back) Questionable ...

10/14/2011 - 3:38pm
Henry: Theo expected to go, Lucchino to stay

Red Sox owner John Henry, in an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub, said that while CEO Larry Lucchino -- whose 10-year contract is up this year -- is expected to sign a multi-year extension this offseason. However, even though GM Theo Epstein remains in the employ of the Sox and Henry restated that he would want to retain him, he also acknowledged that the Sox are facing a "sad day" with the departures of both manager Terry Francona and Epstein.

"There’s a prohibition against announcements being made during the postseason in baseball. It would be unfair of me to the Cubs, who I don’t care that much about, but certainly to the Red Sox, Theo and the people involved to comment on what’s going on until there’s something to announce," Henry said about where negotiations stand with the Cubs regarding Epstein, who has agreed to a five-year deal with Chicago. "As far as I know, he’s still involved....

10/14/2011 - 3:20pm
Henry: Sox owners didn't smear Francona

Red Sox owner John Henry, in an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, said that his ownership group was not accountable for the allegations in a recent Boston Globe article that former Sox manager Terry Francona had numerous personal issues.

Those revelations have subsequently been characterized as a smear campaign. Henry said that the issue was a significant one, but insisted that he was not the one responsible for such allegations, and to the best of his knowledge, the rest of his ownership group had similarly not been involved in such claims at Francona's expense. 

"Ultimately, if there were team sources involved they do work for us. Did it come from John (Henry), Tom (Werner) or Larry (Lucchino)? No," said Henry. "I don't condemn the story. I condemn personal things coming out. I condemn people who tell personal things about medication, about marital issues. ... It's terrible. I'm ultimately responsible for everything that goes...

10/14/2011 - 2:54pm
Henry: 'Personally opposed' signing Crawford

Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, said that the signing of outfielder Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract was a decision driven purely by baseball rather than concern about declining TV ratings. Indeed, Henry suggested that the Sox were convinced that the drop in NESN ratings was the result of changes to the people meter that measures TV audiences. That being the case, Henry said that the decision to sign Crawford was driven by a desire to improve the competitiveness of his team.

Indeed, Henry made clear that he opposed the signing, but that he deferred to the desire of baseball operations to add a player who could impact the team's on-field competitiveness.

"[Crawford was] definitely a baseball signing. In fact, anyone involved in the process, anyone in upper management with the Red Sox will tell you that I personally opposed that," said Henry. "We had plenty of...

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