Curt Schilling made good on his word, returning to Boston for less than he could’ve gotten elsewhere on the free agent market. Schilling and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year $8 million dollar contract that also includes up to $6 million more in incentives.

Rob Bradford looks at the process that Schilling and the Sox went through to get this done. Nick Cafardo reports on Schilling, but also on whether a deal for Mike Lowell could be next. Jim Donaldson says that this deal is very good for both sides. Jeff Goldberg notes that the amount that Schilling gets paid will depend on what he puts in his mouth, not what comes out of it. Paul Jarvey has more on the return of Schilling. Joe Haggerty looks at Schilling taking a final year-long curtain call at Fenway.

Dan Shaughnessy says that love him or hate him, things are a lot more interesting with Schilling around, and this deal is good for both the Red Sox and Schilling. Tony Massarotti says that Schilling deserves credit for putting his money where his mouth is. Lenny Megliola says that the return of Curt seems like a good idea. Jon Couture says that this deal wasn’t about money for Schilling. Bill Burt says that this new deal could help Schilling’s Hall of Fame chances if he and the team does well. Joe McDonald looks at some of the incentives that cemented Schilling’s deal.

Michael Silverman has the Red Sox now turning their attention to Lowell. Silverman also reports on Kevin Youkilis, who came up as a third baseman, winning the Gold Glove at first base. Joe McDonald has more on the honor for Youkilis.

Cafardo’s notebook has more on Youkilis winning his first Gold Glove. Silverman’s notebook has Theo Epstein toying with the possibility of a 6-man starting rotation.

Patriots

Over on Patriots Daily, check out our first look at the AFC Playoff Picture. Check back this afternoon for a new Direct Snapp column as well.

Karen Guregian has a look at a vintage performance Rodney Harrison, who was the best defensive player on the field Sunday. Mike Reiss notes that Mike Vrabel is on pace for a career season with the Patriots, after having been moved back to his outside linebacker position with the signing of Adalius Thomas. Lenny Megliola says that the Patriots are the ruling class of the NFL

John Tomase has legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula saying that the Patriots are tainted and if they have a perfect season, there should be an asterisk put next to it. Christopher Price also looks at the comments, with reaction from the Patriots. Robert Lee has the Patriots players dismissing the comments. David Heuschkel has at least one of Shula’s former players disagreeing with his stance on the Patriots.

Guregian says that the release of Marcellus Rivers could be a plus for Kelley Washington, who might’ve been feeling a crunch with two receivers set to come off the PUP list in the coming weeks.

Guregian’s notebook has Ellis Hobbs putting the shaky pass interference call in the Colts game behind him. Reiss’ notebook has the Patriots starting the clock on Troy Brown, in hopes of being able to activate him in the coming weeks.

Celtics/Bruins

With the Nuggets in town, Marc J. Spears looks back at last year’s hot trade rumor which had Allen Iverson coming to Boston. He notes that if that trade had gone through, there would likely be no Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen here this season. Steve Bulpett has a look at the Celtics having multiple scoring options at the end of games, something that was demonstrated on Sunday in Toronto. Jeff Clark looks at the Celtics getting used to a new feeling – being a target.

Bulpett’s notebook and Peter May’s notebook each look at Doc Rivers returning to practice two days after the death of his father.

Kevin Paul Dupont has Patrice Bergeron “not doing that well” according to coach Claude Julien, after suffering the broken nose and concussion on Oct 27th. Rich Thompson has Glen Murray looking to add a little more power to the Bruins attack.

Dupont’s notebook and Thompson’s notebook report on top goalie prospect Tuukka Rask getting a chance with the big club with his callup from Providence.

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