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08/20/2010 - 4:08pm
Perk: I'm cool with acquisition of Shaq

In his first public comments since the Celtics acquired Shaquille O’Neal, Kendrick Perkins said Friday that Boston’s pickup of O’Neal was a “great” acquisition, and added that he was “glad” the team made the move.

Speaking to the Boston Globe, Perkins, who suffered a knee injury in the NBA finals against the Lakers, said he isn’t intimidated by the thought of having to win his job back from O’Neal after missing the first few months of the season.

“I thought [Shaq] was a great pickup for what we got him for,” said Perkins, who is hoping for a late January return. “Shaq is a Hall of Famer. He can always help us. I think it was a great pickup. I am glad that he is on the team. We just got one goal, and that’s just trying to win the ring.

“I don’t see it threatening me at all,” he added. “I’ve got to work hard. I know I...

08/20/2010 - 3:50pm
Pedroia placed on DL due to foot

The Red Sox have placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 15-day disabled list due to continued soreness in his left foot, calling up Yamaico Navarro. Pedroia played in just two games since coming off the DL after recovering from a broken navicular bone in his foot, suffered on June 25 on a foul ball in San Francisco. Pedroia had played in two rehab games with Triple A Pawtucket over the weekend, showing no ill-effects after playing in the field on Saturday and serving as the PawSox' designated hitter Sunday. He noted, however, that after Wednesday night's game he experienced significant pain, not being able to get to sleep until 4 a.m.

 

"Today it's hurting when I walk," Pedroia noted. "So I guess the best thing to do is not do anything and let it heal ... After the second day it was pretty much impossible to keep playing. I have to let it heal. It's not fun."

Pedroia was urged to be upfront with the Red Sox...

08/20/2010 - 2:25pm
Sox give more than $10 million in bonuses

According to Baseball America, the Red Sox allocated $10,664,400 to signing bonuses for draft picks this year, fourth-highest among major league baseball organizations. Leading the way were the Washington Nationals, who invested $11,927,200, followed by the Pirates ($11,900,400) and (Blue Jays $11,594,400). The Red Sox dwarfed the investment of the Yankees, who dished out $6,652,500. The lowest number came from the Brewers, who paid out $2,432,200.

 

The final number for the Red Sox was their highest total ever, surpassing the 2008 draft in which they paid $10,515,00 in bonus money. Over the last three seasons the Sox have invested $28,274,800 in bonuses to draftees, second only to the Pirates.

 

For the complete list of bonus money allocated by each organization click here. For more Red Sox coverage go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/20/2010 - 1:57pm
Asante: Belichick had something against me

Former Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel lashed out at Bill Belichick on Friday, accused the New England coach of having “a thing for me,” and adding that Belichick planned to sit him out for a 2006 game against the Bears despite the fact that Samuel was healthy and ready to play.

In an interview with the The News Journal of Delaware, Samuel — who ended up playing in that game and coming away with three interceptions — said Belichick “had something against me” over the course of his five-year career in New England.

“I ain’t never said it, but Belichick, I just felt like he had a thing for me,” Samuel said. “He had something against me. I have no idea why. He was going to start Troy Brown, a receiver, at nickel [corner] and I’m over here sitting healthy and he don’t want to even play me.”

Samuel, who had 22 career interceptions with New...

08/20/2010 - 10:27am
Pierce wants to finish career in Europe

Celtics captain Paul Pierce said in an interview with CSNNE that he would like to finish his playing career in Europe. Talking about the contract he signed this offseason — which will keep him in Boston for three more seasons with an option for a fourth — Pierce said he couldn't picture himself in another NBA uniform, but he would like to see what a European jersey looks like.

 

"As far as retiring from the NBA, I think I will be done after this contract because eventually I want to go overseas and play and live for a couple of years," he said. "That's why this is a big contract for me, knowing I'm going to retire a Boston Celtic. ... I want to go to either Italy or Greece for a year. I think I want to be able to bring my family over to just kind of share a different experience overseas for a couple of years before I settle into retirement."

 

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