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Kalish eyes good health in New Year

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Kalish eyes good health in New Year

BOSTON Ryan Kalish is still working on his New Years resolutions. But one he might want to consider for 2012 is to stay healthy.

That would be a good one. I might have to add that one in, Kalish said.

With or without resolutions, Kalish is happy to be putting 2011 in his rearview mirror.

Absolutely, he said. I will be ringing in the new year Saturday night a happy man. Obviously, I got a lot of work to do in 2012, but yeah.

Most of Kalishs work early in the new year will involve rehabbing.

Kalish, who turns 24 in March, was a ninth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2006 out of Red Bank Catholic High in New Jersey. He made his big-league debut in 2010, going 2-for-4 with a hit in his first at-bat in his first game on July 31. He appeared in 53 games for the Sox that season, playing all three outfield positions, batting .252 with 4 home runs, 24 RBI, a .305 OBP, and .405 slugging percentage.

But 2011 was virtually a lost year for him. Injuries to his left shoulder and neck limited him to just 22 games for Triple-A Pawtucket with two rehab games for Low-A Lowell. He had surgery on his neck in September and on the labrum in his left shoulder in November.

Yeah, Ive definitely had a lot more fun in my life, he said. I say that, but at the same time, sometimes missing the game kind of helps you propel. Im just excited to get back and I just feel like Im going to be more ready to play now more than ever. But if I had to go back, I obviously would have changed getting hurt, for sure.

The injury happened in April and then I think I tried to play again in August. So youre talking 3 12 months. And then just feeling that pain throughout the game, and just trying to play through it, its not the most comforting thing, especially when you start not hitting well and things arent going your way. You feel like youre fighting an impossible battle against your body and your health.

He wasnt surprised by the second surgery. Its an issue thats been troubling him since high school. But he had hoped to put it off.

This offseason while I was rehabbing my neck, my shoulder just never really quite felt good, Kalish said. And I was like, you know what, its probably just time to fix that. So I dont know if I was surprised because I felt like it was going to happen eventually.

Kalish has discarded the sling that was supporting his left arm, but he is still a ways away from baseball activities.

I dont know they exact timeline. I just know were talking months not weeks, he said. Its definitely not the best timing ever, with the season coming and trying to help the team win and develop myself. But I just felt like going forward it would be best to get healthy now than to extend me trying to play. And if it didnt work, come next season then were looking at all of next season Id be gone. So we just all decided as a group effort it would be best to do this.

Kalish sees the trade Wednesday that brought outfielder Ryan Sweeney to Boston, along with closer Andrew Bailey, in exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick and minor leaguers Miles Head and Raul Alcantara as having little effect on his status for now.

I know where I stand, he said. If Im not healthy, theres nothing I can do, anyway. Obviously, thats the main concern. When I get back I just need to play. From there all the decisions arent up to me. Im not guaranteed anything. I just have to earn my spot like everybody else. And thats where Im at, and Ill be ready to do that eventually.

We have Jacoby Ellsbury in center and Carl Crawford in left. We just got Sweeney. So Im going to assume that, Im not going to be ready to play in spring training anyway. So from my standpoint Im just going to have to sit back and watch. But how I look at it right now, I think theres Darnell McDonald. Hes a very good player. Im just going to be getting healthy and hanging out with all the guys. Itll be cool to see how everything works out. From my standpoint, as soon as Im healthy and ready to play Im just going to go do that, wherever that is. Im assuming Pawtucket, and Ill just continue to try and grow as a player and if the time comes where they think I can help them in the big league, thats what Im going to do.

For Kalish it was tough bittersweet -- to see Reddick traded away. Reddick was also drafted in 2006 and the two had come up through the Sox system together. But Kalish is happy for his friend to get a shot at a full-time job in the big leagues. Kalish has been following the Sox moves this offseason, and is happy with the teams direction.

I think theyre doing very good things for us, he said. Obviously, Im not a GM. I dont know how things pan out, but I like all their moves. Theyre our management. We trust them and theyre doing the right things for us.

Kalish has been home in New Jersey for the holidays, but is headed back to Fort Myers, Fla., to resume his rehab on Monday. Hes not sure what he will be able to do by spring training. For now, hes not setting any milestones or goals for himself. Just doing what the doctors and trainers tell him. Hes hoping hell be at some stage of hitting by spring training, with throwing coming after that. Hes not sure if playing in games in a possibility, but hopes he might get to DH. But, hell abide by the directions of the medical staff.

Despite the setbacks of 2011, Kalish has maintained a good outlook.

Yeah, it hasnt been the easiest year, he said. Im sure if we talked a few months ago, I might not have said the same stuff. But when things get real bad you have to think positive because thats all you can do. Im still 23. Im young. I have time to get healthy and do what I need to do to get back. Thats all the things that I come up with in my head. But it gets frustrating at points where you see all these things happening and you know you cant do anything about it. It can be frustrating. But at the same time, as young as I am I know this game, and Ive heard from many people, how fast it will go by. So, theres no time to waste with a crappy attitude.

Boston College beats UConn 39-16 in wind and rain at Fenway Park

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Boston College beats UConn 39-16 in wind and rain at Fenway Park

BOSTON - AJ Dillon rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns, breaking free on a 48-yard run and a 53-yard score on Saturday night to lead Boston College to a 39-16 victory over UConn on the wet and worn-out turf at Fenway Park.

Playing most of the game in a heavy rain, with groundskeepers patching the field most every timeout, the Eagles (6-5) qualified for a bowl game for the fourth time in five seasons. UConn (3-8) showed little offense until two late touchdowns cut into a 36-point deficit.

One week after BC quarterback Anthony Brown sustained a season-ending knee injury, Darius Wade completed 7 of 15 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. He was helped by Dillon's running, another 107 yards rushing from Jon Hilliman and two long interception returns, including a 65-yard pick-six by Taj-Amir Torres.

Hilliman scored on 38- and 3-yard runs for BC, and Lukas Denis picked off David Pindell at the goal line and ran it back 56 yards to set up Dillon's second score.

BC led 39-3 in the fourth before Kevin Mensah ran 70 yards for a touchdown. Pindell followed by hitting Hergy Mayala for 43 yards with 4:15 left to make it 39-16.

Pindell finished with a career-high 241 yards on 14-for-33 passing, with three interceptions.

Although the century-old ballpark is less than four miles from BC's Chestnut Hill campus, UConn was officially the home team. But the opportunity to use the Red Sox clubhouse didn't help the Huskies avoid falling to 0-12-2 all-time against BC.

A 21-point favorite, BC trailed 3-0 after one quarter before Wade rolled to his left toward the Red Sox dugout and evaded tacklers long enough to find Chris Garrison in the end zone, right in front of where home plate would usually be.

Dillon dragged four defenders into the end zone - with another standing by and watching - on his 53-yard score in the second quarter, then added a 20-yard TD run in the third to make it 33-3. It was his second career 200-yard game and the first 200-yard rusher against UConn since Ray Rice did it for Rutgers in 2005.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boston College: The Eagles are bowl-eligible for the fourth time in coach Steve Addazio's five seasons in Chestnut Hill. He's the first BC coach to go to five bowl games in his first five seasons.

UConn: The Huskies picked up a nice check - $1.25 million - and some players got the thrill of playing in Fenway Park.

OUT FOR THE SEASON

Boston College announced before the game that defensive back Kamrin Moore will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury he sustained last week against North Carolina State. Moore, a captain, had started 23 consecutive games before missing Saturday night's game against UConn.

Moore finished with 140 tackles, six for a loss, and two interceptions.

KICKING WOES

Boston College missed three extra points and had a field goal blocked.

UP NEXT

Boston College: Wraps up the regular season against Syracuse on Saturday.

UConn: Finishes its season against Cincinnati next Saturday.

UMass wins a game on the road, hands BYU its 9th loss, 16-10

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UMass wins a game on the road, hands BYU its 9th loss, 16-10

PROVO, Utah - Andrew Ford fired a 40-yard touchdown pass to Andy Isabella and Logan Laurent kicked three field goals to stake UMass to a 16-0 lead at BYU and the Minutemen held on to post a 16-10 victory Saturday - earning a fourth win for the first time as an FBS school.

UMass (4-7) started playing FBS football in 2012 and never won more than three games nor won a road game against a team outside of the Mid-American Conference.

The victory ended both streaks.

The loss gives BYU nine losses for the third time in school history, matching 1949 and 1955. The Cougars have one game remaining next week in Honolulu against Hawaii with the prospect of their first 10-loss season looming.

Rhett Almond got BYU on the board with a 40-yard field goal with 1:35 left in the third quarter and Joe Critchlow hit Matt Bushman with a 6-yard TD pass in the final minute.

Critchlow was 21 of 45 passing for 257 yards, but the Cougars managed just 42 net rushing yards.