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12/01/2010 - 7:47am
Mashup: Giants' Rolle blasts NY fans

A couple of stories out of New York highlight Wednesday's look at news from the web. First off, Giants safety Antrel Rolle is not happy with New York fans who booed the team before its comeback Sunday against the Jaguars. Rolle, who signed with the Giants in the offseason after five years with the Cardinals, didn't like the reaction from the home crowd when New York fell behind 17-6 in the first half. The Giants came back to win the game 24-20 and improve to 7-4. "You don't boo your team," Rolle said. "I don't care what happens. You don't boo your team."

 

Meanwhile, the Nets and Knicks have been at odds since the Nets started moving ahead with their plans to relocate to Brooklyn. The Knicks did not take well to a billboard ad the Nets displayed near Madison Square Garden, responding with an enormous Amar'e Stoudemire ad in Brooklyn. More recently, the Knicks produced an ad that taunted the Nets, saying: "Hey Nets, You...

11/30/2010 - 11:11pm
Beltre rejects Red Sox arbitration offer

As expected, the Red Sox confirmed that free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre is turning down the team's offer of salary arbitration. Beltre had already declined a $10 million player option with the Sox for the 2011 season after having a tremendous season in Boston (.321 with a .919 OPS, 28 homers, 102 RBI) while playing on a one-year contract.

 

Beltre reportedly received a five-year, $64 million offer from the A's earlier this offseason. There are reports that he is seeking a five-year, $90 million payout, using a deal signed by Angels outfielder Torii Hunter a few years ago as his model.

 

If Beltre, a Type A free agent, should sign with a club other than the Sox, Boston would receive two draft picks in return. The Sox have already secured two picks from the Tigers, who signed Type A free agent Victor Martinez, and they could receive another compensatory draft pick for the departure of Type B free agent Felipe Lopez,...

11/30/2010 - 9:34pm
Rondo, Celtics cruise past Cavaliers

Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 23 points while also dishing out 11 assists to lead the Celtics to a convincing 106-87 victory in Cleveland over the Cavaliers. Five other Celtics also reached double digits, as Boston shot 50.6 percent from the field while holding the Cavs to a meager 39.0 percent.

 

The Celtics actually trailed, 23-21, after the first quarter, but a dominant second quarter put the game away. The C's outscored their opponents 35-22, cruising to victory. Aside from Rondo, who played 38 minutes, no other member of the Celtics was on the floor for more than 33 minutes.

 

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11/30/2010 - 5:25pm
Belichick gives team Wednesday off

FOXBORO -- This is not your normal week in Foxboro. Local, New York and national media have already shown up to cover the two 9-2 teams getting ready to square off at Gillette Stadium on Monday night. After conducting practicing on the upper grass fields on Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick surprised the team by giving his players Wednesday off, with practice Thursday through Saturday with the normal day-before walk-through on Sunday. 

 

The Patriots also were given Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday off following their 45-24 win in Detroit on Thanksgiving, making this week — with five off-days in a six-day span — feel more like the week after a bye. 

 

"Yeah, a little bit," Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich said of the bye-week feel. "You kind of get a few days to get off your feet and relax, so it was a good weekend. This is going to be an intense week of practice because this is going to...

11/30/2010 - 2:38pm
Red Sox announce spring training schedule
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox announced their spring training schedule on Tuesday. Seventeen of the 36 games will be played at City of Palms Park.

 

Their spring play will begin with games against Boston College and Northeastern University on Saturday, Feb. 26. The Grapefruit League schedule will begin with a game against the Twins at Hammond Stadium on Feb. 27. The two teams will play the following day at City of Palms Park, with the Mayor's Cup rivals playing five games total against one another throughout the spring. 

 

The Yankees will play two games against the Sox, the first of which will be played on March 4. The Red Sox will play four games against the Rays and Orioles and will play two vs. the Blue Jays. 

 

The Sox will play the Mets on St. Patrick's Day at 1:05 p.m. Tickets for spring training games will go on sale on Saturday, Jan. 8. The team has sold out every Grapefruit League game at City of Palms...

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