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Red Sox bring in Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

Red Sox spend $183 million on Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to dig out of AL East cellar
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

BOSTON - Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they're teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million spending spree the Red Sox are hoping will lift them out of the AL East cellar.

"It's exciting for me to be with Hanley and David Ortiz," Sandoval said Tuesday at Fenway Park after finishing up a five-year, $95 million contract that adds him to a lineup he called "The Three Amigos."

Red Sox delete tweet; 2nd gaffe by Boston pro team

Ill-timed Red Sox tweet is 2nd gaffe in as many weeks by a Boston pro sports team
The Associated Press

BOSTON - Boston Red Sox fans are crying foul over an innocuous tweet that the team acknowledges was ill-timed.

The Red Sox tweeted: "So how was everyone's Monday?" The tweet went out a minute after a Missouri prosecutor announced a grand jury decided not to indict a white Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Hundreds of people pounced, accusing the Sox of being out of touch with a seminal national event.

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz on Hall of Fame ballot

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot, joining Biggio
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 per cent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

McMaster Marauders win Mitchell Bowl 24-12

McMaster beats Mount Allison 24-12 to win Mitchell Bowl, advance to Vanier Cup
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - Mark Mackie and Wayne Moore stepped up when the McMaster Marauders needed them most.

Mackie was named most valuable player of the Mitchell Bowl after a three-sack performance as McMaster downed the Mount Allison Mounties 24-12 on Saturday in the semifinal for the Canadian university football championship.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

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