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last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:57:58 GMT2014-12-19T13:57:58Z

Boston Celtics trade Rajon Rondo to Dallas Mavericks

  • Celtics get players plus draft picks in return
  • Mavericks looking to boost depth for playoffs

The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.

The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, two draft picks and a $12.9m trade exception.

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last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:47:41 GMT

Bobby Bell, Football Hall of Famer, Has a New Title at 74: College Graduate
Bell, who overcame segregation and helped the University of Minnesota and the Kansas City Chiefs win championships, completed his degree to honor his father.






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last updated: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:12:57 EST

Fighter pilot's golden dream
Champion skier or female fighter pilot? Whether to hurtle down the slopes at breakneck speed or defy G-force in the cockpit of a jet plane.

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Fox Sports Top Stories RSS feed merging with Breaking News
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last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:00:00 GMT

FIFA to release Cup corruption report
FIFA will publish a legally ‘appropriate version’ of a report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption, president Sepp Blatter says.

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last updated: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:27:47 PST

It's official: Celtics ship Rondo to Mavericks
The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, the teams announced Thursday night.

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Eddie V to KC
If you were holding out hope for Edinson Volquez to come back, it’s time to move on. Volquez agreed to a 2-year, $20 million deal with the Royals on Wednesday, doubling the length and annual money he earned in his one year with the Pirates. It’s a shame that his tenure with the Bucs ended […]

If you were holding out hope for Edinson Volquez to come back, it’s time to move on. Volquez agreed to a 2-year, $20 million deal with the Royals on Wednesday, doubling the length and annual money he earned in his one year with the Pirates. It’s a shame that his tenure with the Bucs ended with the awful Wild Card game, but Volquez was an extremely important piece of the 2014 Pirates – making every start, posting solid “on the surface” numbers, and coming up big down the stretch. He also seemed like a great guy to be around. In that sense it’s sad to see him go, but this departure shouldn’t really get anyone worked up.

This is hardly a shock – A.J. Burnett basically takes Volquez’s place, and I’m good with that. Eddie was a great story and was yet another example of the Pirates’ ability to work with struggling pitchers, but as I discussed in depth before the Wild Card game, a lot of his 2014 numbers scream that regression is coming. Being around Ray Searage, a pitcher friendly ballpark, and a good defense certainly helped, and those things could have continued to help, but I firmly believe a significant commitment to Volquez would have been a mistake. This isn’t a totally absurd contract for the Royals given the cost of pitching these days (and they have a good defense and a pitcher friendly park as well) but I’m much more comfortable with the Pirates paying Burnett less and only signing on for one year. Obviously it’s less risk, but looking past W-L and ERA, Burnett is also probably a better bet to be the more effective pitcher in 2015.

You can certainly argue that the Pirates need more starting pitching, but with a decent looking rotation essentially set now (plus a good number of depth options) and candidates flying off the board (I think almost every name discussed as a potential fit has signed elsewhere already), I don’t see them adding much more in that department. Retaining Liriano was key, and Burnett should be a steady midde-of-the-rotation presence. The only blatant remaining need is a right handed bench bat that can play some first base.

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