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05/16/2011 - 11:27am
Bergeron returns to Bruins practice

In a sign that he may be ready to return for Game 2 Tuesday night against the Lightning, Patrice Bergeron returned to full practice Monday morning with the rest of the Bruins. Bergeron has missed the last week — including Boston’s 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay Saturday night — with a mild concussion, suffered when he was hit by Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux on May 6.

Bergeron was one of four forwards wearing a white sweater, joining first-liners David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic.

Before practice, Bergeron took to the ice and skated in front of general manager Peter Chiarelli before participating in drills focusing on the power play and penalty kill.

He was then cleared by the coaching staff to join in full practice. Bergeron participated in a light skate before Saturday morning’s pregame skate at the Garden and skated again Sunday before being cleared for Monday...

05/16/2011 - 10:08am
Rivers on D&C: Time to show loyalty

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, three days after agreeing to a five-year contract extension to remain with the team.

Rivers said that rumors he was contemplating whether to take a sabbatical from coaching so that he could spend more time with his family weren't accurate — at least not this year.

"Last year, they were probably more right," he said. "Last year I was absolutely leaning that way. This year I really never was. After last year's summer and going through the decision that we went through, I was pretty sure I was coming back and I was pretty sure I wanted to come back here.

"This is a special place. And I've said that before. You can't get a lot of these jobs where you coach teams like the Celtics, or the Red Sox, or the Yankees, and I have one of them. I work with a great GM in Danny Ainge and I have good ownership. So, why change?"

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05/16/2011 - 8:53am
Valentine: Red Sox have 'come together'

ESPN baseball analyst and former MLB manager Bobby Valentine talked to the Dennis & Callahan show and discussed the two different directions the Red Sox and Yankees are headed following the sweep of the latter by the former at Yankee Stadium over the weekend.

"You have one team coming together after a very difficult start, and Terry Francona's done a wonderful job keeping them together," Valentine said. "A lot of question marks early on, a lot of things could have fallen apart. Instead, they've come together. The Yankees, five [losses] in a row now, nine of their last 12, they're not sinking, but they're definitely slipping down the side of the road and Joe Girardi's got to get that stuff together."

Of course, one of the biggest topics of conversation was the predicament of struggling Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, who asked to be taken out of Saturday's contest after originally being placed ninth in the lineup. Valentine,...

05/16/2011 - 7:34am
Mashup: ESPN tell-all book under wraps

While ESPN personalities continue to find trouble — NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby was arrested over the weekend after a dispute with his estranged wife — a publisher is keeping details of a tell-all book about the network a secret. The book, about the behind-the-scenes happening at ESPN since its inception, is due to be released May 24, and one of the authors gives some clues as to what's inside.

Read more about that story and others — including details of the bizarre death of a 24-year-old marathon star — at Monday's Morning Mashup.


05/16/2011 - 1:08am
Francona on reaching .500: 'We're coming'

NEW YORK -- With the completion of their three-game sweep in the Bronx, the Red Sox have reached the .500 mark for the first time in the 2011 season. The team had previously fallen short in four opportunities to even its record, and so in some respects, the fact that the club is now 20-20 -- having dug out of a hole that ran as deep as eight games below .500 in the initial weeks of the season -- felt like a milestone in the clubhouse.

At the same time, the Sox did not want to get too carried away with the significance of the feat.

"It’s not where we’re shooting for. But we’re coming. We’re getting better," Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Hopefully this is kind of moving forward, not, ‘Hey, we got to .500,’ take a deep breath, pat ourselves on the back. This is not really what our goal is. But we’re making strides. We played a good series."

To the Sox, it was a series that was...

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