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01/06/2011 - 12:32pm
Pats practice: Connolly back to full contact

FOXBORO -- Patriots starting right guard Dan Connolly shed his protective non-contact red jersey on Thursday as the Patriots continued full-contact practice in full pads in their bye week. 

 

Connolly missed the final two games of the season after suffering a concussion during the same Green Bay game in which he returned a kick-off a record 71 yards. Danny Woodhead and Dan Koppen remained in the non-contact red jerseys at practice on the lower practice field outside Gillette Stadium. 

 

Missing from practice were Mike Wright, Jermaine Cunningham, Sebastian Vollmer and Aaron Hernandez at Patriots practice. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


01/06/2011 - 12:27pm
Wilfork: 'We have to prepare better'

FOXBORO --  Whether it's the Super Bowl XLII loss in Arizona or last year's home playoff loss to Baltimore, Patriots defensive captain Vince Wilfork on Thursday repeated the mantra of the 2010 Patriots - the past is the past. 

 

"Every year is a new year and I think that's what we've done a great job with this year, putting the past behind us," Wilfork said when asked if recent disappoints fuel the desire of this team. "Guys who were here for that, we don't think about it. But at the same time, we hate to lose and we were on the losing of the stick but we have to prepare better and I think with a new year and a new season and guys in here who don't know what playoffs are all about, we have to do a real good job of getting guys ready to play whatever football team it may be. Whoever it is, it's going to be a good team. 

 

"We let the past be the past be the past and hopefully we can get...

01/06/2011 - 12:11pm
B's starter unknown following optional skate
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins held an optional morning skate in anticipation of Thursday night's game against the Wild. The following players skated for the B's:

 

 

Forwards: Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille, David Krejci, Blake Wheeler, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell.

 

Defensemen: Steven Kampfer, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid

 

Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas

 

Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, though the unwritten rule of the first goaltender off the ice starting that night doesn't necessarily apply in morning skates. Rask made 36 saves in the B's 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday, while Thomas played in eight straight games prior to getting the night off in Toronto.

 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

 


01/06/2011 - 10:06am
Doc on D&C: Lots of room for Rondo to grow

Celtics coach Doc Rivers, in his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, suggested that even after exceptional games such as Rajon Rondo's triple-double against the Spurs on Wednesday, the point guard still has plenty of upside for his game. While Rondo was brilliant in scoring a dozen points, pulling in 10 boards and dishing out 22 assists (while adding a notable block of George Hill), Rivers said that if he can improve as a shooter, it would be nearly impossible for opposing teams to guard him.

 

Rivers noted that on Tuesday night, the Timberwolves were able to back off of Rondo completely, guarding against the pass rather than his shot. While the Celtics coach was pleased with some strides that the fifth-year player has made in his shooting game, he suggested that there is room for more growth.

 

"the shot part of his game, that’s going to open up so many more doors for him," said Rivers...

01/06/2011 - 8:33am
Agent: Cameron wants to stay with Red Sox

Mike Nicotera, the agent for outfielder Mike Cameron, said that his client was excited about the Red Sox' acquisition of Carl Crawford and that, even though Cameron is likely to be a fourth outfielder (barring an injury to Crawford, J.D. Drew or Jacoby Ellsbury), he looks forward to competing for a World Series in Boston.

 

“Mike wants to be with this club and feels like he will have a significant role with this club,” said Nicotera. “Mike thinks that this can be a very good team and that he has a chance to be a big part of it and that they have a chance to win a championship.

 

“That’s No. 1 in his mind. No. 2 is that he feels like, ‘Look, I need to show the Red Sox that I’m healthy. I feel great, but I need to go in there and show everyone that I’m healthy [following season-ending surgery to repair an abdominal tear]. When I show that, everything will take care of itself....

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