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03/31/2010 - 9:04pm
Beckett talks gain momentum

According to sources familiar with the negotations, the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are getting closer to an agreement regarding a contract extension for the pitcher. There is, however, a possibility that the discussions could last beyond Sunday night's opener. SI.com first reported a deal was imminent.

 

One source confirmed that the annual value of the deal would be $17 million per season, a figure first reported by the Boston Herald.

 

On Tuesday, Beckett told WEEI.com that he had not heard from agent Michael Moye about a potential extension. While he said that he wasn't allowing contract talks to enter his thinking, Beckett did reiterate his interest in remaining with the Red Sox.

 

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03/31/2010 - 9:02pm
Thunderstruck: OKC KOs C's

Behind 37 points from Kevin Durant and a pair of key 3-pointers in the final three minutes from Jeff Green, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Celtics, 109-104, Wednesday night at TD Garden. Russell Westbrook added 21. The Thunder won the game at the free throw line, converting 28-of-33 while the Celtics attempted just 17, making 13. Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett each had 18 to lead the Celtics, who continue their homestand on Friday against Houston. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog.


03/31/2010 - 5:57pm
Pierce, Perkins to start

Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed before Wednesday's game with Oklahoma City that Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins would both be in the starting lineup. Pierce suffered a 'stinger' to his right shoulder on Sunday night and again on Tuesday in practice but was cleared by the team's training and medical staff while Perkins has missed the last two games with left knee tendinitis. For more, including pregame video from Rivers, visit the Green Street blog. 


03/31/2010 - 2:12pm
Saints highlight Pats preseason sked

The NFL announced its 2010 preseason schedule Wednesday afternoon, and the Patriots will open their slate against the defending Super Bowl champion Saints at home on Aug. 12. New England will also face Atlanta the following week in a nationally-televised contest against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome, with that kickoff coming at 8 p.m. The Patriots round out their preseason schedule by hosting the Rams on Aug. 26, and traveling to meet the Giants in the preseason finale the following weekend — the ninth time in 10 years New England and New York will meet in the preseason. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


03/31/2010 - 12:20pm
Bonser, Lowrie placed on DL

Red Sox pitcher Boof Bonser and infielder Jed Lowrie were both placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26. Bonser, who missed all of 2009 after undergoing shoulder surgery, landed on the D.L. with a right groin strain that he incurred on March 22 in an outing against the Rays. Lowrie landed on the shelf due to his ongoing recovery from mononucleosis.

 

Lowrie was already expected to start the year in the minors. Bonser's trip to the D.L., on the other hand, removes him (at least temporarily) from the competition for the Red Sox' last two bullpen spots. That competition currently features right-handers Scott Atchison and Joe Nelson and left-handers Alan Embree and Scott Schoeneweis.


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