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Red Sox meet with Crawford

The Red Sox may be about to make some news. Team officials have met in recent days in Houston with outfielder Carl Crawford and his representatives. With the winter meetings starting Monday in Orlando, the Red Sox appear to be laying the groundwork for a concerted run at the 29-year-old Crawford. A four-time All-Star who won a Gold Glove last season, Crawford is perhaps the best all-around position player on the market. ... The Sox see Crawford as capable of hitting in the middle of the order and bringing them the element of speed. With the Red Sox having said they plan to use Jacoby Ellsbury in center field, Crawford would fit in left field. (The Boston Globe)Comment

Cleveland out to humiliate LeBron

There are a number of creative ideas for Cavs fans, some less appropriate than others, but one idea from El Paso takes things in a different direction. Last week, [David] Acosta, who is actually a Celtics fan from El Paso, started a Laugh at Lebron campaign on Twitter that is asking fans at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday to mock James instead of boo him. Acosta, who has nearly 1,000 followers on Twitter, figures that James, like most professional athletes, has learned how to play in hostile arenas and tune out boos. The last thing he would anticipate hearing is laughter. So if fans want to get a rise out of him, why not do the opposite of what he expects? (The New York Times)Comment

Help on the way for Big Blue

Encouraging signs suggest the Giants' banged-up offense is on the mend ahead of schedule. Both Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith, the Giants' two injured receivers, seem to be targeting a return for the Giants' Dec. 12 game at Minnesota, meaning 'd only miss one more game before getting back in the lineup. Smith, in fact, said there's even "a chance" he could play this Sunday, after he felt OK catching passes at practice today. "I wouldn't say a big chance," Smith said. "But there's a chance." (New York Daily News)Comment

Must-See Photo

Blake Griffin posterizes Tiago Splitter. (Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Must-See Video

The announcer has Voice Immodulation Disorder.

Game To Watch

Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 8 p.m. ET, TNT

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SI Vault: More Stan Musial

This Day in Sports

  • 1948 -- Stan Musial is picked National League MVP.
  • 1979 -- Foots Walker becomes the first Cleveland Cavalier to score a triple-double.
  • 1991 -- Bobby Bonilla signs a record $29 million, five-year deal with New York Mets.