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12/15/2011 - 9:25am
Cherington talks 'Tek's future with Sox

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in a conference call to discuss his recent roster moves, suggested that in the aftermath of signing backup catcher Kelly Shoppach, he is still hopeful that the team can continue its relationship with career-long Red Sox Jason Varitek. While the way in which that relationship might continue is somewhat unclear in the absence of a defined role for Varitek, Cherington said that he would continue dialogue with both the longtime team captain and his agent, Scott Boras.

"As far as Tek is concerned, we have incredible respect for Tek. I have incredible respect on a personal level. We, as an organization including ownership, have incredible respect for him and the contributions he's made," said Cherington. "Our hope is that Tek will always be a part of the Red Sox in some way. As far as what that means immediately, what we want to do is keep talking to Tek and not discuss that in a public forum, but...

12/15/2011 - 8:01am
Mashup: Lions' Suh returns, remains defiant

Suspended Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh continues his parade of arrogant and obnoxious behavior. After rejoining his team Wednesday for the first time after his two-week suspension for stomping on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving, Suh was defiant in an interview with the media on hand, insisting he won't change his game and that the focus is on the team, not him.

Asked if he's concerned about all the negative press he's been getting, he said: "It's not going to make me cry at night."

Meanwhile, during his weekly interview with Detroit radio station 97.1 The Ticket, Suh took exception to the hosts asking about his behavior on and off the field -- including his car accident in Oregon last week -- and abruptly ended the interview.

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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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