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November 4, 2013

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Qualifying Offers

The Red Sox made qualifying offers to three key soon-to-be free agents in Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury.

A qualifying offer is a one-year contract that players can choose to accept or decline. If a player declines a qualifying offer he will become a free agent. The Red Sox will receive a first round draft pick as compensation if any of the three players leaves for another team.

Ellsbury is expected to test the free agent waters while Napoli has publicly stated that he would like to return to the Red Sox in 2014.

Incognito Cut

The Miami Dolphins have cut Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito in the midst of reports that he harassed and bullied teammate Jonathan Martin.

Martin left the team in a fit of rage last week after an incident in the team’s lunch room.

According to multiple media reports Incognito sent threatening text and voice messages to Martin, a second year offensive tackle, and also slung racial slurs at his teammate. Reports also state that Incognito repeatedly harassed Martin over the last two seasons.

Miami initially suspended Incognito on Sunday night and cut him on Monday. The NFL is reportedly investigating the incident.

Set to return

The Bruins got some good news on Monday when forward Loui Eriksson skated with the team once again, his fourth straight day skating with the team. Eriksson, who has been out since John Scott elbowed him in the head on October 23, could be in the lineup as early as tonight against the Dallas Stars, the team that the Bruins acquired Eriksson from via offseason trade.

Interim coach

The Denver Broncos have named defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio interim head coach. Fox was forced to leave the team this weekend after undergoing heart surgery.

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