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12/21/2010 - 3:28pm
Perkins returns for non-contact practice

For the first time since undergoing knee surgery in the offseason, Kendrick Perkins was able to participate in part of a Celtics practice. Perkins went through the non-contact phase of practice and the team's warmup stretching routine. "I felt all right," Perkins said. "My timing was a little bit off. I thought I did pretty well for my first time out." 

 

Perkins said that he had an MRI last week, which showed nothing negative and is scheduled to have another one in early January. The plan is for him to continue going through the non-contact part of practice for a few weeks and then see where he is physically. "I feel good," Perkins said. "I haven’t had any setbacks. Really I’m just trying to keep moving forward. I’m actually surprised about how good I did out there today." 

 

There is still no definitive timetable for his return, but he is keeping the All-...

12/21/2010 - 3:22pm
Bobby Jenks passes physical with Sox

The Red Sox announced on Tuesday that right-handed relief pitcher Bobby Jenks has passed his physical, making his signing with the Red Sox official. The Boston Herald was the first to report the story.

 

The Sox came to terms on a two-year, $12 million deal with the two-time All Star closer last week. Jenks had 27 saves last season for the White Sox, while striking out 61 batters in 52 2/3 innings. He posted a 4.44 earned run average and a 1.36 WHIP.

 

The team also announced that they have designated infielder Brent Dlugach for assignment. The Sox had acquired the former sixth-round pick from the Tigers on Nov. 4. The 27-year-old spent last season at Triple-A Toledo, where he hit .258 with six homers and 41 RBI. 

 

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

 

 

 


12/21/2010 - 3:19pm
J. O'Neal '50-50' to return Wednesday

Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal went through his second practice with the team since he injured his knee in early November and said there was a chance he would be able to play Wednesday when the Celtics host the 76ers at TD Garden. "I’d say it’s a 50-50 chance," O'Neal said. "At some point I’m going to play this week, whether it’s tomorrow or Christmas Day [against Orlando.]. I think I’m doable. I can help the team but for how long I don’t know." 

 

The issue for O'Neal is conditioning more than the knee injury, which he said has improved. "My body’s going to be a little sore because I’ve been out for a month and a half," he said. "There’s a difference between soreness and pain and right now I’m just a little sore. This is who I am right now. This is what God has given me. You deal with it and you move forward." 

 

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12/21/2010 - 2:22pm
Harrison on D&H: Brady 'is the MVP'

Former Patriots safety and NBC analyst Rodney Harrison joined the Dale & Holley Show on Tuesday. Harrison was teammates with Tom Brady for six seasons, including the 2007 season that saw the quarterback set an NFL record with 50 touchdown passes. He was asked if Brady is currently playing at a higher level than he did in 2007.

 

"I think he is," Harrison said. "You know, that team has gone through a lot of adversity, overcoming such a transition with so many young players, the rookie tight ends, getting everyone involved. Plus Kevin Faulk gets hurt and Danny Woodhead comes in. You look at the offensive line and Tom is really doing a great job. And the one thing that no one is talking about is his ability outside the pocket. This is the second year off that knee injury and it seems like he's a lot more comfortable, a lot more confident. He's playing terrific, I think he's playing lights out right now. He is the MVP."...

12/21/2010 - 1:43pm
Julien: B's must live up to city's expectations
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- In addressing the Bruins' recent woes, coach Claude Julien brought up the fans' disappointment in the team, noting that given the recent championships of the area's other sports teams, it's up to the Bruins to add to Boston's reputation.

 

"There's expectations here from outside, the fans and the people," Julien said. "There's a lot of winning going around in this city, and if you want to be part of it, you have to show up and play hard every night. 

 

"I think what the players realize is that people here expect their teams to win. They're used to it, and you try to give them what they want. At the end of the day, that's what you want to be. Not just for the fans, but you want to be that yourself."

 

The Bruins have lost four of their last five. They will take on the Thrashers Thursday at TD Garden.

 

For more on the Bruins, visit their team...

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