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Red Sox keep Victor Martinez
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The Boston Red Sox have exercised their $7.7 million option on Victor Martinez and declined options on Jason Varitek and Alex Gonzalez .

They also agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with 43-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield , replacing a perpetual $4 million annual club option.

Martinez was acquired from Cleveland on July 31 and he replaced Varitek as the starting catcher.

» Baseball's general managers began gathering in Chicago on Monday for their annual meeting. They've come to swap stories and perhaps players, and to start discussions with agents.

Increasing the use video replay among umpires could be a topic when the formal meetings start today, especially after a series of missed calls in the postseason. Video reviews, which began in 2008, are limited to determining whether potential home runs are fair or foul or whether the ball cleared a fence.

Violence mars high-school game

girls' soccer » League officials in Rhode Island are investigating a fight between members of two girls' high school soccer teams who threw punches, pulled hair and sparked a brawl in the bleachers.

The fight captured on video by WPRI-TV broke out Sunday with about a minute left in a match between Woonsocket and Tolman high schools. Woonsocket was leading 5-0 when two players collided, setting off the fray. Fans fought in the bleachers during an awards ceremony.

Rough play has already made a video sensation of New Mexico player Elizabeth Lambert . She was suspended Friday after grabbing a BYU player's ponytail and slamming her to the ground.

Prep sports museum in works

PREP sports » A new national museum honoring excellence in scholastic sports is going up in eastern Pennsylvania, spotlighting the high school exploits of pro superstars like LeBron James but also cheering former top athletes who excelled away from the playing field.

The first-of-its-kind High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum will be built in Easton. The museum could open by the summer of 2011 and will be operated by the Easton-based National High School Coaches Association, which selects national coaches and athletes of the year in 20 sports.

From wire reports

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