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Albany, NY – Well Happy Valentine's Day, Red Sox fans...

According to several sources and media outlets, the Boston Red Sox have picked Bobby Valentine to be their next manager. No official announcement has been made. Valentine was in Japan this week, where he managed from 2004-2009. He also previously managed the Mets and Rangers.

To Top 25 college hoops, Ohio State blew out Duke 85-63, Baylor crushed Prairie View 90-54, Virginia upended Michigan 70-58, and Syracuse demolished Eastern Michigan 84-48.

In other college basketball news, Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim says that what happened on his watch will be revealed once police complete their inquiry into child molestation accusations against his former longtime assistant, Bernie Fine. Boeheim adds that he has never worried about his job status in 36 years.

To the NHL, in New York, the Rangers scored four unanswered goals in the second, as they rallied past the Penguins 4-3.

In Buffalo, Brian Rolston's third period tally snapped a 1-1 tie, as the Islanders edged the Sabres 2-1.

Elsewhere, St. Louis skated past Washington 2-1, Florida dumped Carolina 3-1, Phoenix got by Chicago 4-1, Ottawa outlasted Winnipeg 6-4, Vancouver held off Columbus 4-1, and Calgary blanked Nashville 1-0.

In NBA news, arenas are about to be unlocked. For the first time since the lockout began on July 1, a league spokesman says NBA players are going to be welcomed back to their team facilities, and teams have permission to begin speaking with agents at 9 a.m. tomorrow, even though deals cannot yet be offered, and no contracts can be signed before December 9.

And in NFL news, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is appealing the two-game suspension he received for stomping, and the Jaguars have fired head coach Jack Del Rio.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.