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03/16/2012 - 4:45pm
Peverley hopes to return before playoffs
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins forward Rich Peverley skated for the third straight day Friday at Ristuccia Arena. The veteran winger then spoke to the media for the first time since suffering his knee injury last month. 

Peverley has been out since Feb. 15, when a knee-on-knee hit from then-Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill left him with a sprained MCL in his right knee. 

"I feel pretty good," he said. "I've been skating for a couple of days, and it's getting better every day." 

Added Peverley: "The first couple of days were kind of just getting back into it, and then today was a little bit harder, a little longer. I felt pretty good on the ice. It's just about taking gradual steps."

Peverley has yet to practice with teammates and said that there is currently no timetable for when that will happen. At the time of his injury, the Bruins estimated that he would miss 4-6 weeks. He hopes to make a return to...

03/16/2012 - 4:20pm
Rivers: Chris Johnson 'an option'

SACRAMENTO -- Now that the trade deadline has passed, the Celtics will turn their attention to the veteran free agent market in their quest for a big man. Players must be bought out of their contracts and waived by March 23 to be eligible for the postseason roster and while they need someone, there are no guarantees. The Celtics struck gold with Sam Cassell and PJ Brown, who they coaxed out of retirement, but had less success with Mikki Moore and Troy Murphy, to name two.

"It’s gone 50-50. That’s probably why they’ve been bought out," coach Doc Rivers said. "Usually when a guy’s been bought out it’s because the other team is pretty much given up on him and we’re thinking we can resurrect whatever we see. Or sometimes a guy’s just not happy in the place where he’s at. It’s always a risk, but in our case it wouldn’t be much of a risk if the guy was over 6-6. He would still be tall....

03/16/2012 - 4:15pm
Julien: Bruins 'rattled,' but resilient
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins held and hour-long practice Friday afternoon at Ristuccia Arena, less than 24 hours prior to Saturday's 1 p.m. matinee against the Flyers. 

Having lost four consecutive games for the first time in over two years, the B's could be bumped out of first place in the Northeast Division by the Senators Friday and fall into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. 

"I don't think it takes a genius to understand that [our confidence] is a little rattled right now, but at the same time, this is the majority of the group who showed resiliency last year when we went through some tough times, and we did get ourselves out of it," coach Claude Julien said after the practice. "I have no doubt that we will [this time] also. This is our battle to fight, nobody else's. You have to have confidence in your group, and we do. I think our experience and the past certainly shows that this is a group that can do it."...

03/16/2012 - 3:11pm
Pierce: Would have been no hard feelings

SACRAMENTO -- Paul Pierce is happy that he's still a Celtic, but speaking for the first time since the trade deadline past with no movement, he said that he wouldn't have hand any bitter feelings toward the organization if they had moved him.

"I didn’t really concern myself about it," Pierce said after the team's morning shootaround. "I always understand the business of basketball. I’ve had thick skin in this business, being a veteran. If it was something that was going to benefit the franchise, then so be it. I’d be happy for the franchise, especially all the things that they’ve been able to do for me. If it was something that was going to better the Boston Celtics in the long run, I’d have been happy for them. They’ve done a lot for me in my career. There would have never been any hard feelings."

Pierce understands that his time with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Roajon Rondo is coming to...

03/16/2012 - 1:07pm
Sox option Middlebrooks, Lin to Triple-A

Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin and third baseman Will Middlebrooks were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket as part of a number of moves made by the Red Sox on Thursday.

Left-handed pitcher Drake Britton and second baseman Oscar Tejada were optioned to Double-A Portland. Four players were reassigned to minor league camp: outfielder Juan Carlos Linares and right-handed pitchers Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoone and Alex Wilson.

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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