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06/30/2011 - 3:41pm
No deal: NBA will lockout players

According to reports from New York where the league was meeting with the player's union, the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and the owners will lock the players out at 12:01 a.m. on July 1.

According to CBS' Ken Berger, the union does not plan to decertify and will continue to negotiate with the owners.

A lockout has been expected as early as two years who when the two sides began talking about a new CBA. The owners proposed what they called a "flex cap" last week, which would have set the salary cap at $62 million and kept some version of the exceptions that were part of the old agreement, but the player's union estimated the players would lose up to $7 billion over the life of the 10-year agreement. The players have proposed keeping the...

06/30/2011 - 1:32pm
Theo on Cameron: I'll take the hit

PHILADELPHIA -- Speaking prior to his team's series finale against the Phillies Thursday afternoon, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein took the blame for the signing of Mike Cameron not working out. Cameron, who had been inked to a two-year, $15.5 million deal prior to the 2010 season, was designated for assignment prior to Thursday's game.

Cameron struggled throughout the '11 season, hitting .149 with a .477 OPS in 33 games while playing in a part-time capacity. The outfielder was coming back from sports hernia surgery, which limited the 38-year-old to just 48 games in '10. 

"We've been scratching our heads. I'll take the hit on this one," said Epstein regarding the acquisition of Cameron and subsequent lack of production from the 38-year-old. "We try to be disciplined with trying to look for players in their primes when we bring them in. Sometimes, you just can't do that. Mike was still a productive player when we got him,...

06/30/2011 - 12:53pm
C's extend qualifying offer to Jeff Green

As expected, the Celtics extended a one-year, $5.9 million qualifying offer to Jeff Green making the fourth-year forward a restricted free agent. They had until midnight on Thursday to extend the offer when the old NBA year ends and the new one begins. It's expected that the owners will lockout the players as early as Friday if there is no resolution to the current labor dispute.

When the league is ready for business, the Celtics will have the right to match any offer Green receives on the open market. They could also sign him to a long-term extension. If neither option happens, Green could sign the one-year qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

The Celtics also exercised the third-year option on Avery Bradley's contract. The first two years of a rookie contract are guaranteed and the team holds the option for the third and fourth.

For more on what this move means for Green and the team,...

06/30/2011 - 12:51pm
Red Sox designate Cameron for assignment

PHILADELPHIA -- The Red Sox have designated Mike Cameron for assignment while promoting infielder/outfielder Yamaico Navarro from Triple-A Pawtucket. Navarro was expected to be joining the team at some point during its series finale against the Phillies.

Cameron, who signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal with the Sox prior to the 2010 season, was hitting .149 in 33 games, having hit three home runs. The 38-year-old compiled just a .477 OPS while playing in a part-time role. He was coming off of sports hernia surgery in the offseason after hitting .259 with a .729 OPS in '10 before succumbing to his injury.

Navarro has been playing a variety of positions with Pawtucket, including third base, shortstop, second base and the corner outfield positions, where he just started being integrated into recently. The 23-year-old was hitting .258 in 34 games with the PawSox, totaling an .831 OPS along with five homers.

The Red Sox have 10 days to try and...

06/30/2011 - 12:40pm
Chiarelli letting Kaberle, Ryder test waters
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke with the media Thursday in anticipation of the NHL's free agency period opening Friday. The Bruins have two players set to hit unrestricted free agency in winger Michael Ryder and defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The GM said that ties have not been severed with either player, but that the B's likely won't be active in the early stages of free agency.

"Certainly theres no finality to our relationship," Chiarelli said of Kaberle. "What we've agreed to with Tomas and his agent is that he would look into the market and we would continue to talk with him. … Let me be perfectly clear, there's no end to the relationship because we haven't signed him to this point."

Chiarelli noted that if the Bruins are unable to retain Kaberle, he will look both in-house and elsewhere for his replacement on the Bruins' blue line. 

He also indicated that the B's are taking the same approach with...

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