BOSTON -- The list of candidates still in the running to become the next manager of the Red Sox was reduced by one over the weekend when general manager Ben Cherington called Cleveland coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and told him he was no longer being considered for the post.
"I had a talk with Sandy this weekend and told him how much I think of him and that he's going to be a really good major-league manager one day," said Cherington, "but that he wasn't going to be a choice for us in 2012."
Alomar, who coached with the New York Mets and is currently part of the Cleveland Indians coaching staff, had no managerial experience at any level and Cherington acknowledged that played a part in the Sox moving on.
Cherington also revealed that Gene Lamont and Torey Lovullo "remain in the running."
In fact, Lamont will come to Boston soon to meet with Red Sox ownership, perhaps as soon as this week.
Cherington also acknowledged that while there were no other candidates for the job beyond Bobby Valentine, Lamont and Lovullo, he's had "conversations" with others.
"I would never rule out anything," said Cherington, "but there are no other candidates currently in the running (beyond the three mentioned)."
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Geno Smith and led the New York Jets on three scoring drives, and a rejuvenated defense came up with two rare interceptions in a 24-16 comeback victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Fitzpatrick came in for Smith in the second quarter and led the Jets on a go-ahead drive capped by a 13-yard touchdown catch by Matt Forte. Fitzpatrick finished 9 of 14 for 120 yards and a touchdown as the Jets (2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak.
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Former Celtics and current Raptors forward will is expected to miss “extended time” to begin the season due to foot surgery, according to a report from The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Sunday that Sullinger, who signed with Toronto after being let go by Boston this offseason, was set to undergo surgery on Monday.
Chosen 21st overall by the Celtics in the 2012 draft, Sullener spent four seasons in Boston, where he was repeatedly stalled by injuries. In his career with Boston, Sullinger averaged 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
The C’s made him a qualifying offer at the end of the season when he was a restricted free agent, but renounced the offer and let him become unrestricted. Sullinger then landed in Toronto on a one-year, $6 million deal.