On the bright side of Bobby Valentine

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On the bright side of Bobby Valentine

I've spent the past few days talking myself into the Bobby Valentine era.

Or at least trying to. I've been reading, writing, googling, everything! in search of reasons to get excited for what feels like an imminent connection between the Sox and the inventor of the wrap. (Then again, I wrote a similar post about Dale Sveum a few weeks ago, and we know how that turned out.)

Anyway, so far, my favorite source of inspiration comes from a Sunday Night Baseball game last August. A Sox-Yankees game to be specific: Josh Beckett vs. C.C. Sabathia.

Valentine was in the broadcast booth for ESPN, and by the sixth inning became incensed with Beckett's refusal to take any less than a ridiculous amount of time between pitches: "This is a 2-hour-and-40-minute game so far," Valentine preached. "That's a half-hour added to this game of him standing around and us sitting around watching him do nothing!"

As ESPN's David Schoenfeld noted in his running diary from the game, Bobby V also went off on Beckett in the seventh inning. Writes Schoenfeld:

Yeah, weve passed the three-hour mark. Yankees-Red Sox baseball, the slowest show on Earth. Speak of the devil, Bobby Valentine just goes on an excellent rant about Josh Beckett taking so much time between pitches -- up to 30, 35 seconds -- when the rulebook says the pitcher has 12 seconds to deliver the ball once the batter is ready. Bobby V says baseball needs to do a better job enforcing the rulebook.

And that, my friends, is one reason to get excited for the potential arrival of Bobby Valentine in Boston. He's a man who feels our pain.

Less time between pitches. Shorter games. More lively and exciting baseball.

Or six months of Josh Beckett butting heads with his manager . . .

Then again, unless the Sox hire Jason Varitek, that's bound to happen anyway.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Paul George takes to Twitter to explain moving truck

Paul George takes to Twitter to explain moving truck

The internet went crazy on Friday when a fan posted an image of what appeared to be moving trucks outside of Paul George’s house.

While the Pacers star could eventually be on the move this summer via trade, he took to Twitter to explain why the trucks don't necessarily mean he's moving right now. 

The Celtics held trade talks for George on during the NBA Draft, but could not complete a deal.

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According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Cavaliers, Pacers and Nuggets have reportedly discussed a three-way deal that would send Paul George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Denver.

The deal is similar to the one Brian Scalabrine proposed during draft night that involved the Celtics, Cavaliers and Pacers.

WNBA: Christmas-Kelly, Wings win fourth straight, 96-82 over Sun

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WNBA: Christmas-Kelly, Wings win fourth straight, 96-82 over Sun

ARLINGTON, Texas - Karima Christmas-Kelly scored 24 points and the Dallas Wings beat the Connecticut Sun 96-82 Sunday for their fourth win in a row.

Theresa Plaisance added 16 points while Skylar Diggins-Smith had 15 points and nine assists for Dallas (8-8).

Christmas-Kelly hit two free throws and then a 3-pointer to make it 15-10 and the Wings led the rest of the way. They took a 10-point led into the break and, after Alyssa Thomas grabbed a rebound and took it coast-to-coast to pull the Sun within two, Dallas used a 10-0 run over the next 2:06 to make it 70-58 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter.

Connecticut (6-6) trimmed its deficit to 70-65 on a 3-pointer by Shekinna Stricklen with 9:11 to play, but got no closer and went more than 3 1/2 minutes without a made field goal as the Wings led by double figures after Plaisance hit a 3 to make it 80-70 with 6:26 remaining.

Thomas had 19 points and Jonquel Jones added 14 and 12 rebounds for the Sun, who had their five-game win streak snapped.