Hall of Fame WR, Super Bowl coach hired by ESPN

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Hall of Fame WR, Super Bowl coach hired by ESPN

From Comcast SportsNet Wednesday, August 20, 2011

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Bill Parcells and Jerry Rice are joining ESPN as NFL analysts. This is Parcells' third stint with the network. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach was a studio analyst in 2002 and '07 between NFL jobs. He will make his debut Monday before the Jets-Texans preseason game and will appear on "Sunday NFL Countdown" and other shows. Rice, the Hall of Fame wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, will serve as an analyst on shows such as "NFL Live" and "SportsCenter."

Ortiz to play rest of regular season for Sox with guaranteed rest before playoffs

Ortiz to play rest of regular season for Sox with guaranteed rest before playoffs

NEW YORK -- Now that the division title has been wrapped up, the Red Sox turn their attention to getting ready for the post-season -- but not at the expense of trying to win as many games as possible.

Part of the planning for the Sox involves how much to play David Ortiz, who is retiring when the Red Sox are through in the post-season.

On Thursday night, his final road game and last appearance at Yankee Stadium, the Sox planned to have Ortiz get at least two at-bats in recognition of the fans in New York who wanted to see him one more time.

As for the last series at Fenway, it will be business as usual with Ortiz playing all three.

"We don't foresee any pullback in terms of his number of at-bats," said Farrell of the weekend series with Toronto. "It's a weekend of celebration well-deserved and we'll have time to recover."

Farrell noted that under the current playoff format, teams which win their division get three full days off after the final regular season games. That helps in preparation.

"The importance of winning and maintaining our daily approach is priority No. 1," said Farrell. "How that might affect how deep a starter goes in the upcoming games might be looked at a little more closely. Still, we feel it's imperative to secure as much home field as we can."

On Thursday night, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon were all given the night off. Others will get the same opportunity over the weekend.