, Gloucester, MA

November 15, 2012

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Hamilton Speculation

Not long after Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said the Red Sox would have one of the highest payrolls in MLB for the 2013 season, rumors began to swirl that the team was going after the biggest free agent on the market.

According to a CBSSports report, many American League general managers believe the Sox will make a push to land outfielder Josh Hamilton, a perennial MVP candidate. Hamilton would certainly be a suitable replacement for Adrian Gonzalez in the lineup, but he will be 32 in May and will demand a $100 million deal, the type of deal that got the Sox into the trouble they are in right now.

BC football to play Ohio State

It won’t be for another eight seasons, but Boston College has agreed to play a home-and-home series with Ohio State in 2020 and 2021.

Our guess is BC will somewhat have its house back in order by then.

Here are some other recent agreements among college programs:

Arkansas and Michigan have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019.

BYU and Virginia will play a home and home series in 2013 and 2014. BYU will also play Michigan in 2015.

Ohio State added San Diego State to its home schedule next year in 2013.

Women’s pro hockey hits Hub

The Boston Blades, the only U.S. team in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, will host the Russian National Team in a two-game series beginning on Tuesday, November 27 at the Blades home rink, Veterans Memorial Rink in Somerville at 7 p.m.

The second contest will take place the following day, Wednesday, November 28 at Lawrence Academy at 6:30 p.m.

This season marks Boston’s third in which it ranks first in the CWHL after two weekend series against Montreal and Toronto.

The Blades 28-player roster is dressed with 10 Olympians, including two-time Olympians and , 13 National Team Players, nine of which played in the 2012 Four Nations Cup in Vintaa, Finland last weekend where the U.S. National Team won gold, including , and. Boston’s players have also made a name for themselves among the NCAA Division 1 Frozen Four; five players skated for the University of Wisconsin and won the NCAA title at least twice if not more in their career. Multiple players were a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, highest hockey award, once in their career, while was named the 2011 Patty Kazmaier winner.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru and Hector Longo