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12/09/2011 - 9:08am
Jets' Ryan: We want Patriots in playoffs

Jets coach Rex Ryan has taken some heat for his underachieving team this season, but Ryan remains as confident as ever. Talking to the New York Daily News' Mike Lupica, Ryan was asked about the Patriots, who lead the 7-5 Jets by two games in the AFC East.

Said Ryan: "I feel we're gonna play them again, and I’m excited about that. Even when we got our doors blown off, 45-3, last season, I wanted to play ’em again. I meant it then, I mean it now. We WANT to play them. No question we want to play them.”

The Patriots, Steelers and Ravens are considered the class of the AFC, but Ryan stated: "We can beat all those teams. ... If we get in [the playoffs], look out."

Ryan also talked about his overall approach to the job since he arrived from Baltimore, and how he needed to change the attitude...

12/09/2011 - 7:55am
Mashup: Giants' Jacobs proud to be 'a bully'

The Giants and Cowboys have been engaging in a war of words leading up to Sunday night's game. On Wednesday, Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins called trash-talking Giants running back Brandon Jacobs "a bully." The 6-foot-4, 264-pound Jacobs said he didn't mind the accusation, bragging, "I am a bully."

Added Jacobs Thursday: "I think people who call out bullies are afraid of bullies. If you call me a bully, that's how I see it. They're just sitting back there waiting for us to come there, and we're going to come in there ready to play football."

A few other NFL players have been mouthing off as well. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen had some interesting things to say about two NFC rival cities. The 2-10 Vikings play the Lions on Sunday, and Allen said he isn't looking forward to visiting the Motor City. "I don't like going to Detroit," he said. "It's gloomy, it sucks, everything's brown. There's snow on...

12/08/2011 - 11:49pm
Julien: Paille 'got dinged pretty good'
By: DJ Bean

Following the team's 2-0 loss to the Panthers Thursday, Bruins coach Claude Julien did not have a definitive update on the status of forward Daniel Paille, who left the game after being hit into the boards by Krys Barch. 

Paille was slow to get up and was woozy in his movements, suggesting he could be concussed. Julien would not confirm a concussion following the game. 

"Not a concrete update, just that, as you know, he got dinged pretty good there, and our doctors felt that it was safer to not let him return and examine him a little bit further," Julien said. "He wasn’t well enough to come back."

The coach added that Paille was examined by doctors following the game. Paille missed three games last month after he was hit in the face with a slapshot by Islanders' defenseman Steve Staois, and had played with a full cage until Tuesday's game, at which point he went back to wearing a visor. 

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12/08/2011 - 9:30pm
Henton paces Providence past BC

LaDontae Henton scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting Thursday night and Providence turned away visiting Boston College, 64-57.

Vincent Council added 17 points for the Friars, who are off to an 8-2 start in their first year under former BC assistant Ed Cooley.

Ryan Anderson scored 16 points and Patrick Heckmann netted 12 for BC (2-7). Heckmann hit just 1-of-9 field goals but canned 9-of-10 free throws. As a team, BC shot just 33 percent from the field.

Providence led by four at halftime, 30-26. BC was within a point, 49-48, with 8:17 remaining after a Jordan Daniels layup. Then the Eagles went on one of the second-half droughts that have plagued them all season. This time, they played the next 4:45 with just one score -- a 3-pointer by Heckman (his only basket). However, the Eagles were still within three when Daniels hit another jumper with 3:32 remaining to make it 56-53. That's as close as they would get, as Providence added to...

12/08/2011 - 9:28pm
Late date: Panthers strike down B's

Tomas Kopecky scored with 2:32 left in the third period to break a scoreless tie as the Panthers beat the Bruins, 2-0, Thursday night at TD Garden. Jose Theodore stopped all 40 shots to hand the Bruins their second straight loss, the first time Boston has lost consecutive games since dropping a home-and-home series with the Canadiens Oct. 27-29. 

The Bruins had their chances in the opening period, outshooting the Panthers, 9-1, to open the game. In addition, they hit three posts in the first 10 minutes as Jose Theodore kept Boston off the board. 

The Bruins also had their chances on the power play but could not convert, missing on all four chances. Kopecky charged the net with under three minutes remaining and Tim Thomas couldn't control the loose puck as Kopecky put the puck in the open net. The Panthers, who lead the Southeast Division, added an empty-net goal with 41 seconds remaining to ice the game. 

The game marked the...

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