BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox found out too late that Bobby Valentine wasn't the manager to straighten out a clubhouse of coddled veterans.
They didn't take long to decide that he isn't the right guy to nurture a rebuilding team into a contender, either.
The Red Sox fired Valentine on Thursday, less than one year after he was hired to bring order to the clubhouse that disintegrated during the 2011 pennant race. Instead, Valentine clashed with players, coaches and the media while riding the team to a last-place finish and its worst record in almost 50 years.
"When we hired Bobby, the roster was fairly mature and we felt -- mistakenly, in retrospect -- that we had a chance to win and the team was ready to win," general manager Ben Cherington said in an interview at Fenway Park. "
May sell sock: Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell or give up the famed blood-stained sock he wore on the team's way to the 2004 World Series championship to cover millions of dollars in loans he guaranteed to his failed video game company.
Schilling, whose Providence-based 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy in June, listed the sock as collateral to Bank Rhode Island in a September filing with the Massachusetts secretary of state's office.
Medical records: Some Minnesota lawmakers hope to force the release of Lou Gehrig's medical records, saying they might provide insight into whether the Yankees star died of the disease that came to take his name or whether repetitive head trauma played some kind of role.
Their effort comes despite opposition from Mayo Clinic, which holds the records, and skepticism from experts that the records alone would prove anything.
Not cancerous: North Carolina says Roy Williams' second kidney tumor isn't cancerous.
The school announced the test results a day after the Hall of Fame men's basketball coach had a biopsy of the tumor discovered on his left kidney. The school says the tumor is an oncocytoma, which is a benign growth often indistinguishable from kidney cancer.
Twins to Kentucky: Highly touted twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison of Texas say they're headed to Kentucky. The Fort Bend Travis prep stars, now seniors, announced their college choice at their school on Thursday. They chose to play for coach John Calipari and the Wildcats over Maryland and SMU.
Both 6-foot-5, the Harrisons led their school to a 36-4 record and the 5A state championship game in 2011-12.
Games cancelled: What seemed inevitable for the NHL has become reality. The league canceled the first two weeks of the regular season (Oct. 11-24), the second time games have been lost because of a lockout in seven years.
It isn't clear if those games will be made up, allowing for a complete 82-game regular season, if a deal can be struck soon with the locked-out players.
North Dakota: After several years of controversy over the Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo that adorned the team's jerseys, one of perennial powerhouses in college hockey is now known as just North Dakota.
QB suspended: TCU quarterback Casey Pachall was suspended indefinitely hours after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated -- his second brush with trouble this year and one that clouds the 15th-ranked Horned Frogs' push for a Big 12 title. A two-year starter for the Horned Frogs (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), Pachall has 948 passing yards and 10 touchdowns with one interception, and he's fourth in the Big 12 and fifth nationally in passing efficiency.
Sandberg promoted: The Philadelphia Phillies promoted Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg to their coaching staff as third-base coach and infield instructor. Sandberg had spent the past two seasons managing Philadelphia's Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Gay boxer: Describing himself as "a proud gay man," Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz on Thursday became what is believed to be the first pro boxer to come out as openly homosexual while still competing.