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02/15/2011 - 5:11pm
Buchholz eyes Lester-type extension

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox haven't talked with Clay Buchholz or his representatives yet, but the pitcher said that he would be open to exploring a Jon Lester-type of extension with the team. Lester signed a five-year deal worth $30 million before the 2009 season (with a team option in 2014 worth $13 million).

 

"I think that would definitely be a base model for it — numbers-wise, security reasons, I think every player with less than three years of service time, that’s what they strive for," said Buchholz. "I’m not saying I’m as good as Lester or I deserve what he got, but just from the other guys who signed their deal in the past year or so with the same service, I think that’s definitely a good starting point if there ever was one."

 

The Sox have a team policy that a long-term deal with players who have accumulated fewer than six years of service time and remain under...

02/15/2011 - 5:05pm
Report: Kaberle will only accept trade to B's
By: DJ Bean

According to Sportsnet.ca, Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle would be willing to accept a trade to the Bruins. In fact, Sportsnet is reporting that the defenseman, who has a no trade clause in his contract, has granted the Maple Leafs permission to discuss a deal with only Boston. 

According to a tweet from The Fourth Period's David Pagnotta, the talks between the two teams do not involve the Bruins sending the Maple Leafs' first-round pick, acquired in the Phil Kessel trade, back to Toronto.

 

Kaberle will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told WEEI.com last month that the Bruins were interested in adding a defenseman who could log substantial minutes. Kaberle, who has three goals and 33...

02/15/2011 - 3:02pm
Russell awarded Medal of Freedom

In a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, Celtics legend Bill Russell received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor and is, according to a White House press release, "presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." Obama said on Tuesday that the recipients are "the best of who we are and who we aspire to be."

 

Russell is viewed by many as the greatest winner in sports history, capturing a pair of NCAA titles with San Francisco, an Olympic gold medal in 1956 and 11 NBA championships in his 13 seasons with the Celtics. He was the first African-Amercian head coach in any of the four major professional sports and is a passionate advocate of civil rights.

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02/15/2011 - 2:20pm
West hurts wrist, may not play Wednesday

Delonte West almost made it through his final practice session before his anticipated return to the lineup. But late in Tuesday's session he aggravated his broken right wrist and might not be able to play Wednesday against New Jersey. "I was worried about it [Monday] and it happened," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "So, we’ll see. I’m sure we’ll do another X-ray to make sure nothing happened."

 

West has said that he probably won't be 100 percent until after the season and that he continues to have pain in his wrist. Last week he pegged his health at 85 percent. Rivers had hoped to get West into a game before the All-Star break and was planning to play him 10-15 minutes.

 

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02/15/2011 - 1:00pm
Slumping Kessel not worried about fans
By: DJ Bean

Phil Kessel is bringing the second-worst scoring slump of his NHL career with him as he and the Maple Leafs take on the Bruins Tuesday night at TD Garden. A popular target among fans given the trade that sent him Toronto prior to the 2009-10 season, Kessel said he isn't worried about entering a hostile environment riding streak of 14 straight games without a goal. 

 

"No," Kessel said when asked about it. "Like I said before, it doesn't bother me very much. It's been a year and a half now, so I don't think it's that big a deal.   

 

"I just get over it," he added about how he is treated by Bruins fans. "Obviously, I loved my time here in Boston. I've got nothing but good things to say about the city, the team and the players over there. I loved playing here."

 

Kessel, 23, last scored on Jan. 11. He has been placed on a new line with Joffrey Lupul and Tyler...

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