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02/13/2012 - 10:19am
Randy Moss says he's returning to football

Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss announced via a video on Ustream that he plans to return to football after skipping the 2011 season.

"I just want to go to a team and play some football," Moss said on Monday, his 35th birthday, adding: "I said I had a surprise for y'all."

Moss said he retired due to off-field issues, but his family has told him, "It's fine, do whatever you want to do."

Added Moss: "Faith, family and football, that's my M.O., bro. Your boy be back for the upcoming season."

Moss also insisted that money won't be a key issue in where he signs, noting that he gave up $9 million or more to go to the Patriots.

"I just want to get on the best team," he said. "I'm not sitting here really worried about no deal. I think last year, before I retired, yeah, of course you want your money. But at the same time, you just want to play football. Money has never been the...

02/13/2012 - 3:32am
Francona: 'Embarrassed' Sox inspired by '11

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in an appearance on WBZ-TV's Sports Final on Sunday night, said that he suspects some of his former players will approach the coming baseball season with a chip on their collective shoulder. That, he suggested, could lead to strong seasons ahead.

"They’re always going to have a chance. They’re the Red Sox," said Francona. "You have some talented players. Some were injured. Some were probably embarrassed and feel like they have a lot to prove, they maybe feel like they have a chip on their shoulder. Whatever the reason, you’re going to see some guys coming back and probably have pretty good years."

Asked how he might address the disclosures of a disintegrating clubhouse that was symbolized by the in-game consumption of beer and fried chicken, Francona suggested that he had given the matter little thought and so he was unprepared to answer the question.

"It...

02/13/2012 - 3:00am
Noah: Celtics 'just wanted it more'

BOSTON -- After the Celtics ended his team's five-game winning streak with a 95-91 victory, Bulls center Joakim Noah sat dejected at his locker, lamenting the loss.

"Our energy just wasn't very good," said Noah, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. "We fought at the end, but overall we've got to play better. Our togetherness wasn't great. They shot a high percentage throughout the game. They ran the floor better than us. I think overall they just wanted it more."

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo recorded 32 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season. "He got off to a fast start," Noah said. "He played very confident throughout the night and just picked us apart. He's a good player."

Meanwhile, Chicago's point guard -- reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose -- missed the game with back spasms. The Bulls still lead the Eastern Conference with a 23-7 record, but the...

02/13/2012 - 2:49am
Mashup: TO blames media for perception

Terrell Owens made a weekend appearance on Dallas radio station KESN as he prepares to join the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, and the controversial wide receiver insisted that it's the media's fault that he is viewed as a troublemaker.

"I think a lot of why I probably didn't play [in the NFL] this year, everybody keeps talking about the 'character' issues," he said. "The last two or three years relatively I was quiet, knowing that everybody was saying that I had a character issue, I'm disruptive, there's a lot of hype that comes with me, they're saying I'm a distraction here and there. That's all hearsay. If you ask a bunch of my teammates, a lot of it is basically blown out of proportion, the media making me into a fall guy.

"Overall, will I ever admit that I was a bad teammate? Never. I wasn't a bad teammate. Was I disruptive. No, I wasn't disruptive. I feel like I have a lot of football left and I'm looking...

02/13/2012 - 2:05am
Ortiz, Sox negotiating to try to avoid hearing

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- While the Red Sox and David Ortiz are scheduled to have a salary arbitration hearing this afternoon, the two sides have been talking this morning to see if they can reach a settlement that would allow a hearing to be avoided. Sox GM Ben Cherington has been talking with Fernando Cuza, who represents Ortiz, in the Vinoy Hotel, where a hearing is scheduled to take place later today.

The scheduled hearing before an arbitration panel would determine whether Ortiz would make $16.5 million in 2012 (the number requested by the slugger after he accepted the team's offer of salary arbitration, thus removing himself from free agency) or $12.65 million (the number offered by the Sox). The decision of the three-person arbitration panel would focus on whether Ortiz is worth more or less than the midpoint of $14.575 million. If the panel determines he is worth anything above that figure, then Ortiz would be awarded his full $16.5 million request...

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