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Feb212012

Red Sox and Cubs Figure Out Compensation for Theo Epstein

Jonathan Daniel/Get​ty Images(NEW YORK) -- In October, when the Chicago Cubs hired Theo Epstein away from the Boston Red Sox to become their new president of baseball operations, the two sides had yet to figure out the compensation that Boston would receive. On Tuesday, the two sides agreed that the Cubs will send relief pitcher Chris Carpenter to the Red Sox. The two teams will also exchange a player to be named later.

The 26-year-old Carpenter made 42 relief appearances in Double-A and Triple-A last season. In 10 relief appearances at the major league level last season, Carpenter had a 2.79 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched. He's not to be confused with the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher of the same name.

"I am relived that this process is over and particularly pleased that the teams were able to reach agreement on their own without intervention from MLB," Epstein said in a statement. "I truly hope and believe that this resolution will benefit both clubs, as well as Chris, who is an extremely talented reliever joining a great organization at a time when there's some opportunity in a major league bullpen."

During Epstein's tenure as general manager, the Red Sox won two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Robert Griffin III Reschedules His Pro Day So Scouts Can See Luck, Too

Sarah Glenn/Gett​y Images(NEW YORK) -- Heading into the 2012 NFL Draft, quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are considered the top quarterback prospects, and perhaps the top two prospects regardless of position. Both are competing with each other to be the number one overall draft pick. Luck and Griffin were supposed to hold their respective pro days on the same day, but Griffin is moving his up a day to March 21 so scouts can go see he and Luck in action.

"We both want to best the best, we both want to be No. 1. Whether I get drafted first or not, it's not going to change the way I play," Griffin said. "All I can say, it's about motivation. You never want to feel like everybody thinks you're a sure thing in life because it can rob you of your motivation to go out and get better."

Andrew Luck's status as the top college prospect has been established all the way back to last season Meanwhile, Robert Griffin III burst onto the scene with Baylor and wound up winning this past year's Heisman Trophy Award.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Braves' Tommy Hanson Suffers Mild Concussion in Car Accident

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson has gotten off to a rough start to spring training.

On his way to the ballpark on the first day for pitchers and catchers to report yesterday, Hanson got into a car accident after his car blew a tire while turning a corner. He wound up bumping his head and according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Hanson now has a mild concussion as a result. The good news is that it is a grade 1 concussion, which is the least serious concussion level.

Bowman also added that Hanson did come to the ballpark today, but was eventually sent home. As long as Hanson can resume his workouts over the weekend or by next week, he is not expected to miss any major time and will stick to his regular spring training schedule.

This isn't how Hanson wanted to start his season. He made just five starts following the All-Star game after experiencing pain in his shoulder which wound up being a small tear in his rotator cuff. The 25-year old went 11-7 overall last season with a 3.60 ERA.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Posey Instructed Not to Block Plate

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)(NEW YORK)  -- When you lose what could be argued as your best position player to injury, it only makes sense to take the necessary steps to try and prevent it from happening again. That is exactly what San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy tried doing when he told his young catcher Buster Posey not to block home plate when someone is trying to score.

"I'll take this out of Buster's hands," Bochy said Sunday as the Giants opened spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz. "As a manager, that's my job. I certainly don't want people to think he's backing off on his own. It's something we'll work on with him this spring." 

The Giants' All-Star catcher was lost for the season last year when he tore three ligaments in his left ankle and broke a bone in his lower leg when he collided with Marlins' Scott Cousins.

Posey is entering his third big league season. During his brief major league career, Posey has compiled a .294 batting average with 22 homers and has helped lead the Giants to a World Series title.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Deron Williams Spoils Melo's Return

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Carmelo Anthony finally joined the Linsanity, but the results weren't quite what the Knicks hoped for.

It was the New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams who went off, hitting eight three pointers and scoring 38 points as the Nets beat the New York Knicks 100-92 Monday.

The win was redemption for Williams. Linsanity started its growth when Jeremy Lin scored 25 points in a 99-92 victory over the Nets February 4th.

That loss stuck with Williams.

"I don't really watch too many games, but I do see Twitter, people tweet me and every, you know, three lines it was 'Jeremy Lin destroyed Deron Williams,' " Williams said. "So I definitely took offense to that in the first game and definitely, like I said, I had it circled."

The Carmelo/Lin duo will try to restart the Linsanity Wednesday, when the Knicks take on the Hawks.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Chiefs Sign Cornerback Stanford Routt

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The Kansas City Chiefs announced Monday they have reached an agreement with cornerback Stanford Routt.

The deal is said to be for three years and is expected to pay the former Oakland Raider $6.5 million in guaranteed money and $11 million this season according to sources.

Routt has played his entire seven year career with the Raiders. He was released by the Raiders at the end of the season.

Routt had a career high four interceptions and 15 passes defended last season.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Greg Oden Suffers Another Setback

Portland Trail Blazers/NBA(PORTLAND, OR) -- Greg Oden just can’t get healthy. The Portland Trail Blazers said Monday their 7-foot center ended up having microfracture surgery on his left knee for the second time in his career. Oden originally went to the surgeon for a procedure to clear out his knee, the surgeon determined microfracture surgery was necessary.

Oden has now had three microfracture surgeries, two on his left knee and one on his right. He also had surgery on a fractured left kneecap.

 "It's hard to put into words the heartbreak for everyone involved, but especially for Greg. He's a young man who has experienced a great number of physical challenges in his playing career and today is yet another significant setback for him," Trail Blazers president Larry Miller said in a statement. "We have a lot of empathy for Greg and his family during this difficult time."

Oden, the number one pick in the 2007 draft, has not played a game since December 5, 2009.  He will miss the remainder of the season.

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Monday
Feb202012

Scoreboard Roundup - 2/20/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The New Jersey Nets (10-24) downed the New York Knicks (16-17), 100-92.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (25-7) stormed past the New Orleans Hornets (7-24), 101-93.

The Chicago Bulls (26-8) defeated the Atlanta Hawks (19-13), 90-79.

The Orlando Magic (21-12) vanquished the Milwaukee Bucks (13-19), 93-90.

The Dallas Mavericks (21-12) bounced the Boston Celtics (15-16), 89-73.

The Houston Rockets (19-14) tamed the Memphis Grizzlies (18-15), 97-93.

The Denver Nuggets (18-15) dunked the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-17) in overtime, 103-101.

The San Antonio Spurs (23-9) won their eleventh straight beating the Utah Jazz (15-16), 106-102.

The Phoenix Suns (14-19) burned the Washington Wizards (7-25), 104-88.

The Golden State Warriors (12-17) clipped the Los Angeles Clippers (19-11), 104-97.

The Los Angeles Lakers (19-13) defeated the Portland Trail Blazers (17-16), 103-92.

NHL: The Ottawa Senators (31-22-8) blanked the New York Islanders (25-26-8), 6-0.

The Carolina Hurricanes (23-26-11) topped the Washington Capitals (29-25-5), 5-0.

Mens Top 25 Basketball: (13) Baylor (23-5) bumped Texas (17-11), 77-72.


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Monday
Feb202012

NBA Suspends Celtics Guard Rondo For Two Games

Boston Celtics/NBA(BOSTON) -- The NBA has suspended Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo for two games without pay after he threw a ball at an official during Sunday’s 96-81 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

The incident occurred after the two-time NBA All-Star was angry a foul wasn’t called late in the third quarter. He proceeded to throw the ball at referee Sean Wright, which struck him in the chest. Rondo continued his tirade directed at Wright and was ejected from the game.

The 25-year-old Rondo will be eligible to return following the All-Star break on Tuesday, February 28th against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Monday
Feb202012

More Trouble For Suspended NASCAR Driver Mayfield

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(CATAWBA, N.C.) -- More trouble for suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield. The 42-year-old was indicted by a grand jury in North Carolina Monday on four charges, including three felony counts of possession of stolen goods.

Mayfield was arrested on November 2, 2011, after law enforcement officials found around $100,000 in stolen goods in his house. Police also found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR indefinitely in May 2009 after he failed a drug test. 

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