Rob Bradford has an exclusive interview with Red Sox owner John Henry.
Gordon Edes says that the Red Sox are also shopping Edgar Renteria. David Heuschkel also explores the Renteria rumors. Sean McAdam looks at the Red Sox in the position of being able to deal starting pitching, with both David Wells and Matt Clement being dangled. Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox are getting closer to making an official offer to Johnny Damon, but Jon Heyman in New York Newsday has Damon professing his love for the Yankees.
Lenny Megliola looks at Manny Ramirez as a man hard to figure out. McAdam also looks at things quieting down on the Manny front and more focus being put on Damon by the Red Sox. Joe Haggerty has more on Manny being put on the back burner for now. Silverman’s notebook says that AJ Burnett’s deal with the Blue Jays makes Josh Beckett look like a bargain for the Red Sox. Snow’s Winter Meetings notebook has more on Burnett’s deal with the Blue Jays. Snow’s Red Sox notebook looks at John Olerud calling it a career.
Kevin Henkin is suffering from Red Sox Overdose, and I have to say that I am right there with him.
Get more Hot Stove talk, as well as an update on the NFL labor situation at the New York Sports Page.
Michael Felger’s Patriots Insider examines the Patriots incredible record in cold and snow. He also ends the piece looking at Tom Brady and the Patriots success in dome games as well. Nick Cafardo says that the Jaguars could be a very tough first round opponent for the Patriots. Michael Parente writes that the Patriots are not good enough to be overlooking the Bill this weekend in Buffalo. Glen Farley looks at the Patriots looking to get on a roll against the Bills. Eric McHugh looks at Tom Brady’s record as a .500 quarterback in high school. Cafardo’s notebook has more on the lack of noise at Gillette stadium. McHugh’s notebook looks at the Patriots being able to move the ball against the Jets.
Peter May and Mark Murphy report on the Celtics 91-73 loss to the Rockets last night. Jonathan Feigen looks at the night from a Houston perspective. Mike Fine says that Paul Pierce’s early season stats make him an MVP candidate. Moisekapenda Bower looks at Celtics rookie Gerald Green, a Houston native as he adjusts to life in the NBA. May’s notebook and Murphy’s notebook look at Tony Allen having another day in court and then rejoining the team in Houston.
Stephen Harris and Nancy Marrapese Burrell each look at Sergei Samsonov awaiting the results of the tests done to determine the cause of the tingling in his upper body that he experienced over the weekend. Harris’ notebook says that Nick Boynton is likely to sit out tonight’s game in Colorado.
Bob Ryan says that Boston College basketball was perhaps not deserving just yet of such a high ranking (#6 in the country). Michael Vega and Mike Shalin have the details of BC’s 77-70 loss to Michigan State last night. Vega’s notebook and Shalin’s notebook each look at BC looking forward to getting a couple players back from suspension.
FSN has Celtics/Hornets at 8:00. NESN has Bruins/Avalanche at 9:00. ESPN has Heat/Spurs at 9:00.