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12/06/2011 - 8:30pm
Decision on Pats-Broncos flex set for Wed.

According to the NFL, the league will announce its decision as to whether or not the Dec. 18 game between the Patriots and Broncos will be flexed out its afternoon spot to a Sunday night game sometime on Wednesday.

The decision to flex a game out usually must be made 12 days beforehand (which meant Tuesday), but an announcement from the league came down late Tuesday evening:

“Due to NFL Committee Meetings in New York today, the Week 15 flexible schedule announcement will be released tomorrow (Wednesday, December 7). All of the clubs under consideration to have Week 15 games flexed have informed our office that they are interested in the strongest schedule for our fans and network partners.”

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


12/06/2011 - 7:36pm
Source: Ortiz hasn't decided about arbitration

DALLAS -- According to a source close to the situation, as of Tuesday evening David Ortiz hadn't yet determined whether or not he would accept arbitration. The free agent designated hitter has until midnight Wednesday to make a decision. The plan was for Ortiz' agent, Fern Cuza, to talk again with the Red Sox before any determination can be made.

ESPN Deportes had reported Tuesday night that Ortiz would be accepting the Red Sox offer of arbitration.

The source confirms a report made earlier Tuesday by ESPNBoston.com that Ortiz is seeking a two-year contract worth $25 million, while the Red Sox had been offering two years at $9 million per season.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox


12/06/2011 - 7:25pm
C's will open at home Dec. 30 vs. Detroit

The Celtics 2011-12 schedule was released on Tuesday night, and after three straight games on the road -- including the regular-season opener on Christmas Day against the Knicks in New York -- it was revealed that Boston will open at home on Dec. 30 against Detroit.

The home slate is highlighted by dates against Dallas (Jan. 11), as well as Miami (April 1 and 24) and Chicago (Jan. 13 and Feb. 12). Boston will also have 18 back-to-back dates during the abbreviated season, including road games against Miami and New Orleans on Dec. 27 and 28, Detroit and the World Champion Dallas Mavericks on the road on Feb. 19 and 20, and the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers on consecutive days in Los Angeles (March 11 and 12). In addition, they have games on three consecutive nights on March 13 through 15, with road games in Toronto, New Jersey and Charlotte.

The Celtics will make their annual West Coast swing in mid-March as part of their longest...

12/06/2011 - 5:55pm
Farrell: I didn't see issues when with Sox

DALLAS -- Speaking to the media at the Anatole Hotel at the baseball winter meetings, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he didn't experience any of the kind of problems that were reportedly taking place with the Red Sox while with the team as their pitching coach.

"I never saw some of the things that people would read about," Farrell said. "I really can't comment to what took place inside the clubhouse there. I know in the time I spent there I didn't see the things that were being reported on. They are opponent so it's our job right now to attempt in overtaking them in the standings and that's our approach day in and day out. I really can't comment on what took place."

Farrell also touched on the interest expressed by the Red Sox during their managerial search, repressing his stance that his total focus has always been managing the Blue Jays.

After initially stating that any Blue Jay employee could talk to other...

12/06/2011 - 5:18pm
Source: Sox offer Ortiz two years, $18M

According to an industry source, the Red Sox have offered designated hitter David Ortiz a two-year deal worth $18 million. News of the offer was first reported in a tweet from ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald.

Ortiz' representatives will meeet with the Sox tonight to continue negotiations betweenthe player and club. Ortiz has yet to make a decision on whether to accept salary arbitration; he must accept or decline the offer (which would guarantee him a pay increase, likely in the $15 million to $16 million range, on a one-year deal for 2012 while also keeping open the opportunity to discuss a multi-year deal) by midnight on Wednesday night. 

Ortiz made $12.5 million last season, and according to the source, he is looking to make the same amount annually in his next deal. The DH is seeking a two-year, $25 million. In nine seasons with the Red Sox, Ortiz has...

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