Jon Lester

Last week, CBS Sports reported that a contract extension for Red Sox ace Jon Lester would not come during the season, making the lefthander a free agent for the first time in his career after the season.

According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Lester would consider negotiating with the team during the season, as long as there is an indication it would be a brief process instead of a process drawn out over several weeks.

This would be great news for the Red Sox, who should do what they can to secure Lester, who has nailed down a 9-7 record on this mediocre Red Sox squad. The hurler has a 2.92 ERA in 114 innings, with 115 strikeouts and 29 walks this season. Continue reading Jon Lester Willing to Negotiate Contract Extension Mid-Season, Reports Say »

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Well, it’s only day two of the NHL free agency, and already things are getting a little intense. Day one of the free agency showed us several moves that occurred impacting the Boston Bruins, which leads one to believe that there is more to come.

1. Money talks- One of many signings to occur this week was Jarome Iginla leaving the Boston Bruins and heading west, where he signed a 3-year, $16 million dollar deal with the Colorado Avalanche. Continue reading Jarome Iginla Departs Bruins in Flurry of Moves Across NHL »

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1. Game Stuff:

* Amazing, amazing sporting event – almost broke my clicker, hand and TV – tantalizing, agonizing, what sports are all about – the ultimate in competition
* An indication of the respect FIFA has for USA – they were put in the Group of Death and had to travel more than any other team 5,900 miles to less than a 1,000 for Belgium
* Are we sure Landon Donovan couldn’t have helped at all?
* The team did the country proud they fought hard

2. Stats:

* Belgium 38 shots to 14
* Belgium 27 shots on net to 9
* Belgium 19 corners to 4 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Tim Howard Heroic Efforts Not Enough in Classic »

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Shawn Thornton (Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports)

Today marks the beginning of NHL Free Agency and it has been a whirlwind of activity so far. The Bruins have been quiet so far, but we have seen two friendly faces part ways: Shawn Thornton signed a 2-year deal with the Florida Panthers and Chad Johnson has signed a contract with the New York Islanders. Neither of these are surprises and both should do well with their respective new teams.

Other Notes:

  • Jason Spezza has been traded to the Stars. They also signed Ales Hemsky. Those are some great deals that make huge additions to their top 6.
  • Paul Stastny signed with the Blues. Good chance you see him centering Olympic teammates TJ Oshie and David Backes.
  • Ryan Miller signed with Vancouver.
  • Jonas Hiller to Calgary.
  • Benoit Pouliot signed with Edmonton for 5 years. Laughable contract.
  • Brooks Orpik signed with Washington for 5 years. See above.
  • Tomas Vanek signed with the MN Wild. Great signing for them.
  • Dan Boyle to the Rangers. He left money on the table because he really wanted to be a Blueshirt.
  • Mike Cammalleri to the Devils.

 

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Avery Bradley (Getty Images)

On Monday, the Celtics officially announced that they had extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent shooting guard Avery Bradley, the terms of which were not disclosed. The offer is the necessary first step to retain negotiating rights with an RFA, meaning that now Boston can re-sign Bradley by matching the highest bid by another team.

Bradley, the 19th pick in the 2010 Draft out of Texas, has improved by leaps and bounds over the course of his four years in the NBA, going from defensive specialist to bona fide offensive threat, and the offer proves that general manager Danny Ainge rightly considers re-signing him a priority this offseason. Continue reading Celtics Kick Off Free Agency with Bradley Qualifying Offer, Hayward Interest »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Shaughnessey’s article has inspired Pedroia
* Can you believe its 4th of July week
* How about a TV reality show where the best World Cup soccer floppers compete in a diving competition against Subban
* After World Cup what am I going to do – watch poker or WNBA?

2. World Cup:

* The tension in Brazil is so high – a loss could be a loss of hundreds of lives
* Why do back up goalies wear their gloves during the game on the bench
* Every flopper should be forced watch the Greg Campbell broken leg video 100 times
* Any penalty kick rolled on the ground shouldn’t count
* A full game and two extra periods and a shootout is faster than a Red Sox – Yankees game Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: World Cup Drama Versus Red Sox Marathons »

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Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts, was called up to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday to join the lineup for Sunday’s final game in a 3-game series against the New York Yankees in the Bronx.

Betts, 21, has been rocketing through the farm system in much the same way that Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts have. Betts started the 2014 season in Portland. He played in 54 games for the AA Portland Sea Dogs and hit .355/.435/.551. He was promoted to AAA Pawtucket and hit .332/.425/.444 over 23 games.

Continue reading Mookie Betts Promoted to the Big Leagues with Red Sox »

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