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01/09/2013 - 11:46am
Chara: KHL didn't try to keep me
By: DJ Bean
 

Speaking publicly for the first time since returning from the KHL on Tuesday and amidst speculation that KHL teams were making big financial pushes to keep NHL players from returning to their teams, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said Wednesday that he was not approached about staying in Europe.

“No,” Chara said after skating with teammates at Agganis Arena. “It was pretty clear in my contract that once the NHL is beginning or the deal [for a new CBA] is done, that I’m leaving. It depends on how the guys feel or how they want to decide what to do.”

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01/09/2013 - 9:50am
Ted Johnson on D&C: Texans too predictable

Former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson, now a host on Houston Sports Radio 610, joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday morning to preview Sunday's AFC playoff game between the Texans and Patriots.

The Texans were routed by the Pats, 42-14, on Dec. 10, and are big underdogs for the rematch.

"The only chance they really have, quite honestly, is to do what they do at the utmost perfect level. … A lot of things have to go to plan for the Texans, particularly early in the game," Johnson said. "Essentially, their philosophy is the same week in and week out. That is, establish the running game, complement it with the play-action pass, chew up the clock -- they love those 10-, 15-play drives -- play keep-away from the other team's offense, and that's how they do it. That only works if your defense is getting three-and-outs. We know what happened last time -- the Patriots exploded on them. That's the only chance, quite...

01/09/2013 - 7:45am
ESPN fires Parker, apologizes for Musburger

Two days after Rob Parker went on a Detroit television show and attempted to convince people his comments about Robert Griffin III were taken out of context and that he was not questioning RGIII's "blackness," ESPN announced that it was parting ways with the "First Take" panelist.

"Rob Parker's contract expired at year's end," a statement from the network read. "Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew his deal."

Parker, who had been on the show for six years, was serving a 30-day suspension. A "First Take" producer also reportedly was suspended, apparently due to the fact the show re-aired repeatedly with the offensive comments unedited.

In other ESPN news, the network apologized on Tuesday for announcer Brent Musburger gushing about the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron during Monday night's national...

01/09/2013 - 2:41am
Schilling does not expect HOF election
 

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time this year, on Wednesday indicated he does not expect to be elected, and he offered his thoughts on which players should be chosen. Results of the balloting will be announced Wednesday afternoon.

Tweeted Schilling: Being honest, anything over 35% would be stunning. This ballot should be [Dale] Murphy, [Tim] Raines, [Jeff] Bagwell, [Craig] Biggo imo.

Notably absent from Schilling’s list are Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, the two record-setters who were linked to performance-enhancing drug use.

Schilling posted a 216-146 record with a 3.46 ERA and 3,116 strikeouts in 20 big league seasons with the Orioles, Astros, Phillies, Diamondbacks and Red Sox. He was known for coming up big in the postseason, going 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 19 games, including a 4-1...

01/08/2013 - 7:53pm
Hanrahan: Sox bullpen among game's best
 

New Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan, a career-long National Leaguer who had never been active on a team at a time that it made the trip to Boston in interleague play, visited Fenway Park on Tuesday for the first time in his career. The right-hander exuded obvious excitement about the venue where what he described as his “new office” is located.

“I thought this place was amazing,” Hanrahan told reporters following his tour. “A lot bigger than I thought it was. Obviously, a ton of history here. I got to go up on the top of the Monster and see what it’s like from that angle. I know my wife is going to be begging me to sit out there one day. But it looked great. I got to go in the clubhouse for the first time and see where my new office is. I’m excited. It looks great.”

A two-time All-Star with the Pirates, Hanrahan — whom the...

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