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Red Sox' Dave Dombrowski Kick-Starts Winter Meetings With Trade For Ace Chris Sale

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 07 / 16

Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski with a "wild day of deal making" yesterday highlighted by the acquisition of P Chris Sale from the White Sox may have set the team "on course for another championship," according to Peter Abraham of the BOSTON GLOBE. Dombrowski "energized...

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49ers Honor Military With Veterans Exhibit

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