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Drew trying to restart his career with Red Sox

Drew trying to restart his career with Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) Stephen Drew is moving to Boston to restart what once looked like a promising career.

The former first-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks was derailed by a serious ankle injury in 2011. He was traded last season to Oakland after returning from the injury and agreed to $9.5-million, one-year contract to pay with the Red Sox in 2013.

His older brother, J.D., played five seasons with the Red Sox and earned a World Series title with Boston in 2007.

That year, as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Stephen Drew was playing his first full season in the majors and just missed facing his brother in the World Series when the Colorado Rockies swept his team for the National League title before losing to the Red Sox.

``Playing in a big series- Boston and the Yankees - will be different,'' Drew said in a conference call with the media on Thursday. ``He's talked to me about things like that. It's a little bigger market than Arizona. The `07 the World Series, we were pretty close to playing Boston and that would have been pretty neat. It worked out the best for him and for the Red Sox.''

But the shortstop knows people will immediately make comparisons to him and his brother.

``You guys know J.D. - he's laid back and I'm laid back, but probably a little more emotional,'' he said. ``At the end of the day, I'm a different person than J.D. and J.D's a different person than me. J.D. played right field and I play shortstop. I've always had a little more pressure playing in the middle of the field. I don't really throw my bat, but you guys know that. At the end of the day, J.D. and I are a little different.''

Coming back after a fractured right ankle on a collision at home plate that had him sideline from mid-July until late June of last season, Drew hit .193 in 39 games with two homers and 12 RBIs with the Diamondbacks until he was dealt to Oakland, where he played the final 40 games batting .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs.

``Going through it gets kind of crazy,'' he said. ``I put a lot of hard work and dedication into the rehab process not knowing if I was going to ever play baseball again or not.''

Before the injury, Drew played 135 games or more in four straight years with Arizona. His best was when he hit .291 with 21 homers and 67 RBIs in 2008.

Drew's reputation took somewhat of a hit when Diamondbacks' owner Ken Kendrick questioned the amount of time the shortstop took to get back from the injury. He also understands that he's coming to a market where his brother was similarly criticized for taking a while to recover from his injuries.

``I understand Boston. The team's been around a long time and the fans are kind of passionate. They have a right to be,'' he said. ``As players you go through hard times. You go out and play and just leave it out there on the field - that's all you can do. At the end of the day, you go home and think about things and try to fix it. You adapt - just like you do after every tough at-bat.''

Drew is likely to become Boston's 11th starting shortstop in a revolving-door position. Mike Aviles started 123 games there last season then was sent to Toronto as compensation for the Red Sox prying their new manager, John Farrell, away from the Blue Jays. Aviles later was traded to the Cleveland Indians.

Slick-fielding Jose Iglesias, 22, had been considered Boston's shortstop of the future, but he struggled at the plate, batting .118 in 24 games last year. He may also have been moved down in the organizational depth chart by Xander Bogaerts, 20, who has played just 23 games at Double-A.

Boston started the shortstop maneuverings in 2004 when it traded Nomar Garciaparra in the middle of the season.

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Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Several of the biggest names and programs in college basketball were referenced in the Yahoo! report, including former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports was the primary handler dishing out incentives, which included cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other players referenced in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice "Bam" Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Player's and their families from Duke, Michigan State, USC, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama were also included.

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

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Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon postponed Friday morning's media availability, but he did release the following statement through the school.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone did end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA also released a statement following the news. 

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.