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12/15/2011 - 12:59am
Reports: Sox didn't bid on Darvish

According to multiple reports, the Red Sox did not make a bid on star pitcher Yu Darvish, the 25-year-old ace of the Nippon Ham Fighters. The opportunity to place a bid for a posting fee ended on Wednesday afternoon, and according to the reports, the Sox -- consistent with their claims that they would not devote significant long-term resources to a starting pitcher this year -- were not among the team that placed a bid for the right to negotiate with Darvish.

"I’m not sure the timing of this offseason puts us in a position to be the most aggressive team. But he’s a good pitcher, and we have a lot of respect for him. We’ll certainly discuss it and figure out if a post makes sense," Sox GM Ben Cherington said last week. "We’ve got a lot of commitment to the starting rotation, as you guys know, and we feel pretty good about the front end of our rotation. If a team is going to be posting and trying to sign...

12/15/2011 - 12:42am
Source: Red Sox to name new head trainer

According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox will name Rick Jameyson as their head trainer, replacing Mike Reinold, who will be reassigned with the organization. Reinold will focus on rehab work, while the 41-year-old Jameyson will handle the day-to-day training duties, a role he had been filling with the Cleveland Indians. 

Jameyson had been in the Indians' organization since graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1992, having been with the big league club for the past 10 seasons as both the assistant and head trainer.

Reinold, who joined the Red Sox organization in 2006, had been serving as the team's head trainer since 2010, having taken over for Paul Lessard. Prior to his promotion he had served as the Sox' assistant trainer and rehab coordinator.

It is the latest move in a series of shake-ups in the Red Sox' medical and conditioning staffs since the conclusion of the 2011 season, with the team firing strength...

12/15/2011 - 12:14am
Finally: Hornets trade Chris Paul to Clippers

The lengthy saga of Chris Paul came to a Hollywood ending on Wednesday, with the NBA approving a deal that saw the Hornets sending Paul and two second-round picks to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for shooting guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and center Chris Kaman, along with the Minnesota Timberwolves' first-round pick in the 2012 draft.

The deal ended days of false starts for deals involving Paul, most notably, a trade that would have sent him to the Lakers for Lamar Odom, Luis Scola and Kevin Martin that was vetoed by NBA commissioner David Stern.

Paul, 26, is a four-time All-Star who averaged 18.7 points and 9.8 assists a game in 2010-11. Gordon, 22, averaged 22.3 points per game a year ago, while Kaman averaged 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds a night, though he was limited to 32 games due to injury.

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12/14/2011 - 10:06pm
McQuaid tossed as B's beat Senators
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins picked up their third straight win Wednesday, defeating the Senators, 5-2, on a two-goal night from Daniel Paille.

Rich Peverley got the B's on the board in the first period, but Daniel Alfredsson tied the game 4:23 into the second period. Patrice Bergeron and Paille scored breakaway goals in a 56-second span in the third period, and Jason Spezza made it a 4-2 game when he beat Tim Thomas stick-side for his 10th goal of the season. Paille added his second of the game with just over a minute remaining, beating Craig Anderson with a bomb over the netminder's glove.

The B's had better hope Zdeno Chara is ready for Saturday, because it looks like Adam McQuaid has a suspension coming. McQuaid extended his left leg to knee Senators' forward Nick Foligno in the second period, and Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen went after McQuaid following the dirty play. McQuaid was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct. 

The B's now have...

12/14/2011 - 5:46pm
Green, Rondo, Pierce miss C's practice again

WALTHAM -- Three of the Celtics' top six rotation players missed yet another practice due to health concerns, as Jeff Green is still awaiting the results of a medical reexamination, Rajon Rondo missed most of a third straight day with a sprained ankle and Pierce's aggravated heel kept him out for the second time in three days.

Perhaps the biggest concern is the continued absence of Green, who is still waiting to be cleared after his initial physical raised a red flag. The C's forward shot baskets before and after Tuesday's Media Day session, saying he thought it was "just fatigue" and didn't expect any major holdup to finalizing his one-year, $9 million deal.

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