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Sox reporter Heidi Watney leaving NESN

NESN broadcast reporter Heidi Watney, who has been covering the Red Sox since 2008, is leaving the network to return to her California roots, taking a job with Time Warner to be a sideline reporter on Lakers telecasts, according to several sources.

The popular host of "The Red Sox Report" and on-field reporter had followed fan favorites Hazel Mae and Tina Cervasio with NESN.

Watney worked for a television station in Fresno, Calif., before coming to Boston. She had attended the University of San Diego and is a former first runner-up in the Miss California pageant.

No word on who might replace Watney at NESN.