, Gloucester, MA

November 20, 2012

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Douglass to play in E. Mass All Star game

Rockport’s Conor Douglass was selected to represent the Cape Ann League in Friday’s E. Mass Division 3 All Star Game at Quincy’s Veterans Memorial Stadium (1:00 p.m.).

The Division 3 game is the last game of a triple header at Veterans Memorial Stadium as the Division 1 game kicks off at 9:00 a.m. and the Division 2 contest kicks off at 11:00 a.m.

Douglass just finished off a stellar soccer career at Rockport High School leading the Cape Ann League in scoring with 24 points on the year and being named CAL Small Player of the year. Douglass and the Vikings qualified for the Division 3 North Semifinals for the fourth year in a row this fall.

No Kuroda

It turns out the Red Sox had legitimate interest in signing free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda this offseason, but it turns out the right handed pitcher will not be in a Red Sox uniform in 2013.

Kuroda, who pitched for the Yankees last spring, has said that he will either re-sign with New York or pitch in Japan this coming spring.

Kuroda signing anywhere isn’t exactly a head turning deal, but he is a reliable veteran that can handle the back of the rotation, a spot where the Red Sox are lacking. Now the Red Sox will have to look in another direction to fix their pitching woes.

Reed suspended, then re-instated

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was officially suspended for a couple of hours on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning the NFL handed the All Pro safety a one game suspension for a helmet to helmet hit against the Steelers on Sunday night, but just hours later the league rescinded the suspension and instead hit Reed with a $50,000 fine. If Reed’s suspension held up he would have lost a game check of more than $400,000.

The infraction was the third against Reed for helmet to helmet hits over the last three years. He was fined in week three for a head shot on Patriots receiver Deion Branch and was fined for a hit on Drew Brees in 2010.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru