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BOSTON -- The Red Sox exercised their $7.7 million option on Victor Martinez and declined options on Jason Varitek and Alex Gonzalez on Monday.

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

The club option for Varitek was worth $5 million, but he can stay with the team if he exercises his $3 million player option. The Red Sox also could try to keep Gonzalez at shortstop for less than the $6 million option. He receives a $500,000 buyout.

NFL

MIAMI -- Former football star Lawrence Taylor has been released on bond following his arrest in a Miami-area traffic accident.

According to Miami-Dade County jail records, Taylor was charged Sunday with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was released on $500 bond later that night. It was not immediately clear if Taylor has an attorney.

A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman says Taylor was involved in a hit-and-run crash Sunday in Hialeah. Taylor told investigators he thought he had hit a guard rail. There were no injuries and troopers didn't conduct a sobriety test.

Taylor is a former New York Giants linebacker. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1999. He also competed in ABC's Dancing With the Stars this year.

NHL

TORONTO -- Steve Yzerman has one regret when looking back on his Hall of Fame career: He wishes he didn't return to ice four years ago after the NHL lockout.

"I really debated should I come back, is this the right thing or not?" the former Red Wings captain said Monday after his induction into the Hall. "Looking back on the thing, I wouldn't have done it. If I had the opportunity [to do it again], I wouldn't have come back and played."

That means he could have been part of another strong induction group instead -- the class of 2007. The 2009 class was inducted Monday.

In addition to having remarkable careers and their names on the Stanley Cup, this year's inductees all endured the league's latest labor dispute. Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille went through it as players while Lou Lamoriello was on the other side as an executive with the New Jersey Devils.

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