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11/11/2010 - 12:43pm
Light on NFL fines: 'Fairness is a concern'

FOXBORO -- NFL Players Association boss DeMaurice Smith traveled to Foxboro Thursday to meet with Patriots player rep Matt Light and the team, listening to their concerns as the NFLPA continues to take steps to decertify the union in preparation for the possibility of a lockout by owners next season. 

 

But there is another pressing concern players want to address with their union leader - player safety and the need to include player input on a panel that hands out sometimes harsh fines for violent hits each week. To this point, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has had that voice and has incurred the criticism of players around the league for handing out fines for hits without first gathering input from former and current players. 

 

"I think...

11/11/2010 - 10:37am
Noah: Garnett 'ugly, mean'

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah appeared on ESPN Radio in Chicago on Wednesday and was asked about Kevin Garnett. Noah called Garnett a "dirty player" after the Celtics forward was suspended for throwing an elbow at Quentin Richardson during last season's playoffs.

 

Judging by his comments Wednesday, Noah's opinion of Garnett has not seemed to change.

 

"He's a very mean guy," Noah said. "Where's the love? None at all. Ugly, too ... and he was very mean to me my rookie year. And he's only mean to the young guys and the [European players], for some reason. I don't know why, but that's who he doesn't like. He's not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c'mon, be a little sensitive. Be sweet."

 

The Bulls and Celtics will meet again on December 3 in Boston.

 

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11/11/2010 - 10:04am
Red Sox had explored DeJesus trade

The Red Sox had pursued outfielder David DeJesus in a possible trade before the Royals shipped the 30-year-old to Oakland on Wednesday in exchange for a pair of pitchers, according to a major league source. The Sox had pursued DeJesus this summer, when their outfield was ravaged by injuries, but had balked at Kansas City's request that left-hander Felix Doubront be included in a deal. According to the source, a similar dynamic played out with the Sox' discussions about DeJesus this offseason, resulting in the Royals deciding that the Oakland package was the best one available.

 

While the Sox did not strike a deal for DeJesus (who was hitting a career-high .318 with a .384 OBP before his season ended abruptly due to a torn ligament in his right thumb), their interest in him had a number of implications for their offseason strategy, including their approach to free agents Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford. For more on that,...

11/11/2010 - 7:55am
Mashup: Ex-White Sox executive indicted

Former White Sox executive David Wilder was indicted Wednesday on charges that he was skimming money off the top of contracts with prospects from the Dominican Republic. According to a report, Wilder was using the money to fund a gay bar he owned in Phoenix that was struggling financially. Wilder was the first individual charged following the FBI investigation, although representatives from other clubs — including the Red Sox and Yankees — reportedly also are under investigation. Read more about that story, plus check out other stories, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


11/11/2010 - 6:48am
Hunter: Crawford chase between Sox, Angels

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Angels are prepared to make outfielder Carl Crawford their primary free agent target, and will be prepared to pay him in excess of $100 million. The report goes on to quote LA outfielder Torii Hunter as saying, “I think Boston and the Angels, that will be the bidding war.”

 

Hunter, who asked the Angels to put his locker next to Crawford’s during the 2010 All-Star Game, went on to say, “We’ve got the weather, the sun shining, and 40,000 fans every night, win or lose. When you get off turf, this is where you want to be.”

 

The Angels also figure to be in the market for a third baseman (possibly Adrian Beltre) and bullpen help. But Hunter reiterated that the Angels' priority should still be with signing Crawford. "We need Carl Crawford," the outfielder said. "Put it like that." ...

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