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07/14/2011 - 8:45pm
Report: 'Breakthrough' in NFL labor talks

NFL owners and players are close to settling one of the lone remaining major obstacles in a new collective bargaining agreement, as the two sides are nearing agreement on a rookie wage scale, the NFL Network reported Thursday night.

While there still are major issues to be resolved, settling the rookie wage scale issue was seen as a key hurdle to clear on the path to a new CBA. The owners have made concessions regarding the fifth-year compensation for rookies, sources told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, marking the breakthrough in negotiations that failed to materialize over the last week of meetings in Manhattan. Other sources said that players made concessions on rules preventing renegotiations by draftees until after their third year and undrafted players until after two years.


07/14/2011 - 6:33pm
Tito: Beckett confident he will pitch Sunday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' workout Thursday at Tropicana Field, manager Terry Francona said that after talking to Josh Beckett, it was clear the pitcher was optimistic he would be making his scheduled start Sunday against the Rays.

Beckett reported continued stiffness in his left knee while warming up for his scheduled second-inning appearance in the All-Star Game. He said during the game Tuesday that the decision not to pitch was strictly precautionary.

"Josh is pretty confident he'll pitch Sunday," Francona said. "I was lucky enough to get a hold of him right after that happened. If for some reason he can't we'll back him up a couple of days, and I feel that is going to be the worst case scenario, which is good. [Kyle] Weiland will throw a bullpen today and we can slot him in, but I don't think that is going to happen. I think he's pretty confident he's going to pitch.

"He's such a creature...

07/14/2011 - 6:13pm
Chiarelli: B's in no rush to extend others
By: DJ Bean

Speaking to the media via conference call, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid called the decision to take a three-year extension with the B's Thursday a "no-brainer," adding, "I really couldn't picture myself being with any other team or being anything but a Bruin."

The 24-year-old would have been a restricted free agent after the upcoming season, but this deal will keep him in Boston until 2015.

B's general manager Peter Chiarelli called McQuaid "a bit of a poster child" for the organization's development program, as he spent over two seasons in Providence (AHL) before becoming a regular on the B's blue line during their Stanley Cup championship season. After beginning the season as a healthy scratch, McQuaid saw action due to injuries on the Bruins' blue line, and his work allowed the B's to trade Mark Stuart.

"He found his way into this lineup and now is a really solid contributor with his size his toughness...

07/14/2011 - 6:08pm
Source: Ortiz will appeal suspension

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz plans to appeal the four-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball, according to a source.

The suspension stems from incident in a game on July 9 between the Sox and Orioles when Ortiz was brushed back and subsequently yelled at by O's reliever Kevin Gregg. Ortiz ultimately charged after Gregg, leading to a fight between the two with both benches clearing. Both players were suspsended four games by MLB earlier on Thursday.

O's reliever Mike Gonzalez also was suspended three games after he threw behind Ortiz two days after the initial incident, with manager Buck Showalter receiving a one-game suspension.

The Sox are getting ready to begin a series with the Rays on Friday and Ortiz will be eligible to play pending a hearing on his appeal.

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07/14/2011 - 4:52pm
B's ink McQuaid to 3-year extension
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Thursday that they have re-signed defenseman Adam McQuaid to a three-year extension. McQuaid, 24, was entering the final year of his current deal at a $600,000 salary ($575,000 cap hit) and was set to become a restricted free agent at season's end. 

Despite starting the season as the team's seventh defenseman, injuries to various Bruins' defensemen (starting with Johnny Boychuk) allowed McQuaid to work his way into the lineup last season, and his emergence as a safe defenseman with an edge (he finished second on the team with 12 fighting majors) made former first-round pick Mark Stuart expendable, and the B's shipped Stuart to Atlanta on Feb. 18 in a deal that netted the B's forward Rich Peverley. 

The former second-round pick of the Blue Jackets had four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in his 67 games in the regular season. His plus-30 rating tied for fifth in the NHL. 

The B's also announced that they...

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