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01/06/2013 - 10:38am
Chara returning to Boston Tuesday
By: DJ Bean

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is returning to Boston on Tuesday after spending the lockout playing for Prague Lev of the KHL, according to agent Matt Keator. The story was first reported by Comcast Sportsnet. 

Keator wrote via email that the defenseman is "ready to go!" as the league returns from a lockout that was resolved on Sunday, its 113th day.

In 25 games for Prague Lev, Chara had four goals and six assists for 10 points and a plus-5 rating. Last season, Chara had 12 goals and 40 assists for a career-high 52 points and a plus-33 rating.

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01/06/2013 - 9:09am
Ference: 'Deeply sorry' for NHL lockout
By: DJ Bean

Everyone involved was likely happy to see the lockout end, but Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference expressed a variety of emotions Twitter Sunday morning, one of which was remorse. 

Tweeted Ference

"From my grandparents to our B’s fans, I am deeply sorry that we had to miss so much hockey. All we can do now is play our hearts out for you."

Ference also tweeted that he hopes the players "can replace the intense negativity brought on our sport with a reminder of how great it can be when the action is on the ice."

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


01/06/2013 - 6:40am
NHL lockout ends as new CBA struck
By: DJ Bean

The NHL lockout finally ended early on Sunday after the NHL and its players agreed to a tentative collective bargaining agreement. 

"We have reached an agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement," commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters early Sunday morning. "I want to thank Don Fehr. We still have more work to do, but it's good to be at this point."

The deal was struck after both sides some final moves off their previous stances. The owners moved on the maximum length of contracts and the 2013-14 salary cap, while the players moved from their stance on the length of the CBA to meet the owners. 

According to TSN, the details of the new CBA include a 10 year length with an opt-out clause that begins after eight years, contracts no longer than seven years (or eight for a team signing its own player) and a $64.3 million salary cap for the 2013-14 season.

TSN reports that the...

01/05/2013 - 9:31pm
Celtics' second-half rally topples Hawks

The Celtics ended their three-game road losing streak with a 89-81 win over the Hawks in Atlanta. It marked the Celtics' first two-game winning streak since Dec. 8 and 12.

The Celtics, who have won five of their last seven games against the Hawks, snapped Atlanta's three-game home winning streak. It was the just the Hawks' sixth home loss in 17 games at Philips Arena.

The Celtics trailed by 15 at halftime -- and 19 at one point -- but exploded to outscore the hosts, 33-9, in the third quarter.

Leading the way for the Celts were Paul Pierce, who finished with 26 points and nine rebounds, and Rajon Rondo. The Celtics' point guard managed a triple-double, scoring 14 points, while also collecting 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Also contributing for the Celtics were Kevin Garnett (14 points), Jared Sullinger (8 points, 9 rebounds) and Brandon Bass, who bounced back from a poor performance against Indiana to score 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting...

01/05/2013 - 7:38pm
Texans beat Bengals, earn Pats rematch

Arian Foster ran for 140 yards on 32 carries, and a touchdown to lead the Texans over the Bengals, 19-13, Saturday in an AFC wild-card gam at Reliant Stadium, earning a rematch with the Patriots next Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the AFC divisonal round at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots crushed the Texans, 42-14, on Monday night football on Dec. 10 at Gillette Stadium. 

In a rematch of last year's AFC wild-card matchup, the Texans and J.J. Watt were able to pressure Andy Dalton in the first half, holding the Bengals to -6 passing yards. The Bengals still managed a 7-6 lead when Leon Hall returned a Matt Schaub interception 21 yards in the second quarter. The Texans dominated the first half in time of possession but managed just three field goals, taking a 9-7 halftime lead. 

The Texans were able to finally finish a scoring drive with a touchdown in the third quarter when Arian Foster ran it in from two yards out to make it 16-7. The Bengals and...

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