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The Boston Red Sox named Dave Dombrowski President of Baseball Operations, effective immediately, on Tuesday evening. In reaction to the hire of Dombrowski, Ben Cherrington decided to step down as General Manager once Dombrowski’s transitional period is complete.

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As the August heat breaks in New England, giving way to cooler fall temperatures in September, it can mean only one thing, College Football is back! The Boston College Eagles are preparing for the upcoming 2015 season on the practice field prior to their home opener against The University of Maine on September 5th. The Eagles will have a younger squad this year with many players graduating and moving on last season.

Entering his third year with Boston College, veteran coach Steve Addazio is gearing up for his tall task of coaching a youthful roster. In a quote posted on the Eagles Football webpage he had the following to say: “This will be the biggest changeover I think I’ve been around,” he said. “It hit me this summer. All of a sudden, you have to rethink everything you’re doing, how you handle everything … It’s just really different, the magnitude of it, the numbers of guys.” Despite the turnover and young group Addazio highlighted positives of the team as athleticism and attitude.  The Eagles have had back-to-back seven-win seasons and a bowl appearance in each of the last two years. Continue reading Boston College Football: Preview of the 2015 Season »

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Francona & Farrell

Last week John Farrell announced his diagnosis of stage one lymphoma and that he would step down from his role as manager of the Red Sox for the remainder of the season. While Boston prepares to battle Cleveland in a three game series at Fenway this week, John Farrell will be waging war against cancer, and by his side will be longtime friend and Cleveland manager Terry Francona.

Farrell is to start his first round of chemotherapy on Tuesday and Francona plans to be right there in his corner. Farrell and Francona met as teammates in the late ’80’s and Farrell coached under Tito from 2007-2010 before heading north to Toronto. With the two knowing each other for over 25 years its a small blessing Cleveland’s road trip to Boston coincides with Farrell’s treatment initiation. Continue reading Terry Francona Will Join John Farrell For His First Chemotherapy Session »

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1. Red Sox:

* Third base coach Brian Butterfield is lucky this is Pink Hat nation – how many times this year have I said that his judgment would have him fired from a little league team. Sending Ortiz when he wasn’t even at third in the 9th when the left fielder had the ball in his glove in short left field – is insane – Rene Lachman was booed out of his this town for moves less than that

* Red Sox this weekend averaged per game: 15 runs / 18.5 hits / Pitches 182 / Extra base hits 8.1

* Quite a farm system – with a chance to move the winning run into scoring position – Garin Cecchini wasn’t even close on two bunts and then struck out – when he returned to the dugout – Panda, Lovullo, Holt and Bogearts all patted him on the butt (Billy Martin rolled in his grave)

* Literally (I know I’m prone to hyperbole) In left field the Red Sox went from the worst outfielder in the majors (Hanley) to the best outfielder in the majors (Bradley)

* Ortiz unbuttoned his shirt to show off his gold necklace (Billy Martin again rolling over in his grave)

* I would trade Owens in the offseason – he has to be too fine when he is living at 88 MPH

* No question Felix Hernandez drilled Panda on Saturday (oh well – no fight in this team)

* Red Sox pitcher Ryan Cook ERA is now up to 40.50 – is there any doubt that Wakefield is better right now Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Wendell Kim back from dead? »

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Entering his 3rd full season in the NHL, Torey Krug is looking to play a bigger role, possibly as an everyday top 4 defenseman on the Boston Bruins in the upcoming campaign.

“For me personally, I feel like I’m ready for that challenge. It’s up to the coaching staff as well, but right now I’m eyeing that spot, and until somebody tells me otherwise, I’m going to go take it in camp,” Krug told the Boston Globe recently.

The top 4 spot he is seeking was opened when the Bruins traded d-man Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames earlier this summer. Continue reading Torey Krug Ready to take on a Bigger Role »

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John Farrell announced during his Friday night pre-game press conference that he has stage one lymphoma. The lymphoma was detected after having surgery in Detroit for a hernia on Monday. A mass was removed at the time of the surgery.

Farrell will step down as manager of the Red Sox while he undergoes a nine-week course of chemotherapy. Bench coach Torey Lovullo will take over managing operations for the remainder of the season. Continue reading John Farrell Diagnosed with Stage 1 Lymphoma »

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1. Red Sox:

* Should have traded Buchholz before injury and Uehara before his injury
* Hanley Ramirez on pace to play 138 games this season or 85% of the season – games played the last five seasons: 92 / 157 / 128 / 97
* Hanley first 82 at bats – 10 home runs / next 288 at bats – 7 home runs (speaking of home run surges see #4 below)
* Audie Murphy, Sergeant York and David Ortiz – what courage Ortiz showed walking 20 feet from the first base dugout to play first base in Miami
* Did Jackie Bradley hitting below .150 really call Eck out?
* Nice pick up by Ben this week of pitcher Ryan Cook who after two games has an ERA of 27.00

2. Patriots:

* The producer in the CBS channel 4 truck had one shot he needed to get and that was Brady coming out to a huge ovation but he failed because they were at commercial
* Talk about a friendly broadcast – Steve Burton doing pre-game and Dan Roche doing play by play Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Channel 4 Producer, Boyce, Cherington and Goodell »

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