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Carl Crawford looking for eight years?

12.01.10 at 10:47 am ET
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The Red Sox have been working hard to sign one of two elite free agent outfielders, Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth, and according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, if they are successful, the new contract stands a good chance of becoming the largest free agent deal this ownership group has made.

Silverman says indications are that Crawford is asking clubs to sign him to at least an eight-year deal, while Werth is seeking at least six years, and that each player will likely wind up with a deal including an average annual value worth between $16 million and $19 million. This means that a Werth or Crawford deal should top the five-year, $82.5 million deal ($16.5 million per season) the Red Sox signed starter John Lackey to last offseason. J.D. Drew currently has the largest free agent deal this ownership group has given a position player, for five years at $14 million a year.

Crawford would be 37 at the end of an eight-year deal in 2018, and Werth would be 37 at the end of a six-year deal in 2016. Other teams reportedly interested in the outfielders are the Angels, Tigers and Rangers.

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NBA suspends Bobcats G Stephen Jackson one game

12.01.10 at 10:42 am ET
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The NBA announced on Tuesday that the league will suspended Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson for one game without pay for verbally abusing referee Eli Roe and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection from Saturday’s loss to the Bucks. The suspension, to be served Wednesday when the Bobcats visit the Hornets, will cost Jackson about $103,000 based on his $8.45 million salary this season.

Jackson, who is averaging a team-best 18.1 points, received consecutive technicals by Roe midway through the first quarter against the Bucks as he complained of being held and grabbed. Teammates Gerald Wallace and Nazr Mohammed had to usher Jackson off the court. Earlier last month, Jackson received a fine of $50,000 for verbally abusing officials after a loss at the Pistons. He has been called for six technical fouls this season, not counting one that was later rescinded, which ties him with the Magic’s Dwight Howard for most in the NBA.

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Two LA groups show interest in Vikings

12.01.10 at 10:38 am ET
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Vikings vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley said in a chat on the team’s website Tuesday that two different groups interested in bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles have approached the Vikings about possible relocation. According to Bagley, the franchise was approached by the Ed Roski group and more recently by former Timberwolves CEO Tim Leiweke and AEG.

Bagley said Vikings management and team owner Zygi Wilf did tour L.A. Live, an entertainment complex located in the city’s downtown area, back in 2009 because the group was looking for ideas on building a similar entertainment district in Minnesota. The Vikings are in their final year of their lease at the Metrodome and have been pushing to get a new stadium approved, and the organization has told both interested groups that the Vikings are focused on “resolving the issue in Minnesota,” Bagley said. “Instead of spending energy speculating on other markets, let’s keep the focus on building a world-class facility for the community and the state of Minnesota.”

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Report: Titans WR Kenny Britt won’t face charges for bar fight

12.01.10 at 9:43 am ET
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Authorities say there is not enough evidence to charge Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt in a bar fight that occurred on Oct. 22. Instead, a grand jury has indicted another man, 29-year-old Bradford Miser, on assault chargers. A customer at the bar told investigators that Britt was among those who assaulted him. Britt denied hitting anyone, though coach Jeff Fisher benched the receiver for a quarter because of the reports. According to a news release Tuesday from the district attorney’s office, the grand jury determined there was not enough proof to charge anyone but Miser.

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Steelers LB James Harrison fined again for helmet hit

12.01.10 at 9:14 am ET
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Steelers linebacker James Harrison was dealt yet another fine on Tuesday for his penalized hit on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The $25,000 fine marks his fourth on the season, totaling $125,000. Harrison drew a roughing-the-passer penalty for hitting Fitzpatrick helmet-first during the Steelers’ 19-16 overtime victory Sunday. The NFL explained in an e-mail Tuesday to The Associated Press that Harrison “made helmet contact to the chest of the Buffalo quarterback, who was in a defenseless position at the time the contact was made.”

After the game, the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker said he didn’t believe the play would warrant a fine. He compared it to a Nov. 21 roughing-the-passer penalty he received against Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell that did not draw a fine. “I’m not expecting a fine,” Harrison said. “It’s the exact thing as last week. It was the same exact hit. I hit him [Fitzpatrick] the same way I did the quarterback from Oakland and I got the same flag but I didn’t get a fine. … I’m expecting the same thing on this.”

Harrison previously was fine $75,000 for a helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, $20,000 for a helmet-to-the-back hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and $5,000 for a hit on Titans quarterback Vince Young. Harrison appealled the $75,000 and $20,000 fines, but on Monday the league decided to reject those appeals.

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Japanese pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama to join Rangers

12.01.10 at 8:59 am ET
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Japanese free agent pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with the AL champion Rangers. General manager Jon Daniels said Tateyama’s deal is a split contract with a lower salary while he plays in the minor leagues. It also includes club options for 2012 and 2013.

Tateyama has spent his entire career (1999-2010) with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan’s Pacific League. Primarily a reliever, he has a 3.43 ERA in 438 appearances. Last season the sidearm thrower had a career low 1.80 ERA through 58 games. He was 1-2 with four saves and held opposing hitters to a .213 average. He struck out 59 and walked 11.

Tateyama, who turns 35 on Dec. 26, is looking to pitch in the United States for the first time. Daniels said there were other teams interested in Tateyama, which is why he is getting a guaranteed contract. “We have a good feel for what he is, a quality relief pitcher who can throw the ball over the plate,” Daniels said. He will have a chance to win a spot in the bullpen and help us during the season. … Let’s not make it any more or less than that.”

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Report: Giants and Miguel Tejada agree to one-year deal

12.01.10 at 8:39 am ET
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The World Series champion Giants reportedly agreed to terms on Tuesday with free agent Miguel Tejada. The one-year, $6.5 million contract is pending a physical examination. The Giants aren’t expected to make a formal announcement until later this week, depending on how soon Tejada can get to town for his physical.

The  Giants were left with a void at shortstop after declining to exercise their $9.5 million option on Edgar Renteria earlier this month, instead paying him a $500,000 buyout. They also lost Juan Uribe. Tejada played 156 games last season between the Orioles and Padres, batting .269 with 15 home runs, 26 doubles and 71 RBIs. The Padres declined to offer Tejada salary arbitration last week.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Giants’ Antrel Rolle lashes out at New York fans

12.01.10 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNEE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Giants safety Antrel Rolle is not happy with New York fans who booed the team before its comeback Sunday against the Jaguars. Rolle, who signed with the Giants in the offseason after five years with the Cardinals, didn’t like the reaction from the home crowd when New York fell behind 17-6 in the first half. The Giants came back to win the game 24-20 and improve to 7-4.

“You don’t boo your team,” Rolle said. “I don’t care what happens. You don’t boo your team.”

Added Rolle: “You know, we’re 7-4. We’re not 2-10, you know? There’s going to be ups and downs during the season. [Not] under any circumstances should you boo your team. That’s just the reality of it.”

‘™¦ Former Patriot Matt Cassel is having a stellar season in Kansas City after struggling last season. Clark Judge at CBSSports.com looks at Cassel’s resurgence and the Chiefs’ decision to acquire him.

‘™¦ The Nets and Knicks have been at odds since the Nets started moving ahead with their plans to relocate to Brooklyn. The Knicks did not take well to a billboard ad the Nets displayed near Madison Square Garden, responding with an enormous Amar’e Stoudemire ad in Brooklyn. More recently, the Knicks produced an ad that taunted the Nets, saying: “Hey Nets, You can walk like us, you can talk like us, but you ain’t never gonna be like us.” First-year Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov offered his rebuttal before the teams met Tuesday night. “I don’t think we want to be like the Knicks,” he said of the team that hasn’t won an NBA title since 1973 or a division title since 1994. “I think we’d more like to resemble the Lakers.”

‘™¦ Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki signed a 10-year contract extension worth almost $160 million. At Yahoo! Sports, Jeff Passan explains why it’s a big mistake for the Rockies to spend so much of their budget on one player, even one as valuable as Tulowitzki.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 1, 1961, which Red Sox pitcher ‘€” he started the season in the minors but still managed to make the American League All-Star team ‘€” was named AL Rookie of the Year?

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Yankees await counter offer from Derek Jeter

11.30.10 at 9:21 pm ET
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According to The Associated Press, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, met on Tuesday, with the Yankees waiting on a formal counter-offer to their initial three-year, $45 million proposal. The report stated that Close has mentioned a four- or five-year deal that averages approximately $23 million per year, but that he has only used those numbers loosely, and that Jeter and his representative have yet to give New York a formal proposal.

FoxSports.com added that Yankees representatives met in Tampa with Jeter and Close, suggesting that such a meeting likely included co-owner Hal Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman.

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Report: Dodgers contact Jason Varitek

11.30.10 at 5:10 pm ET
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According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers have contacted a gaggle of free agent catchers, including Jason Varitek. Among the the catchers the team has expressed interest in are Rod Barajas, A.J. Pierzynski, and Miguel Olivo.

The Dodgers are trying to figure out a course of action regarding Russell Martin, who is recovering from a labral tear in his right hip that limited him to 97 games last season. The team is not expected to tender Martin a contract before Dec. 2.

Varitek, 38, is coming off a four-year, $40 million contract signed in free agency following the 2004 season. In 1478 games, all with the Red Sox, Varitek has hit .258/.343/.436 with 182 homers and 721 RBI.

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