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02/18/2012 - 12:57pm
Patriots lose TE coach Ferentz to Iowa

Brian Ferentz, who served as the Patriots tight ends coach in 2011 and spent the last four seasons in the New England organization, has decided to take a new position as the offensive line coach at the University of Iowa, working for his father Kirk.

Brian Ferentz started with the Patriots as a coaching assistant in 2008, moved to offensive coaching assistant the following year and became an offensive assistant in 2010. He was officially promoted to tight ends coach at the start of the 2011 season, and has helped youngsters Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez become two of the best young tight ends in the game.

Ferentz joins the Iowa staff, which is run by his father Kirk, a former Belichick assistant. Brian’s roots run deep at Iowa: he was a three-year Hawkeye letterman, playing both offensive guard and center. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2005, and was academic All-Big Ten in 2003.

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02/17/2012 - 11:33pm
Wheeler, Jets beat Bruins in Winnipeg
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins began life without Rich Peverley in an ironic way, as the man they traded to acquire him helped hand them a 4-2 loss Friday night in Winnipeg.

Former Bruin Blake Wheeler had three points for the Jets, scoring in the second period and assisting a pair of Bryan Little goals in the third period.

After a scoreless first period, the Jets took the lead early in the second period on Alex Burmistrov's 12th goal of the season. Jordan Caron scored his third goal of the season minutes later to tie the game, but the Jets would head into the second intermission with the lead thanks to a goal from Wheeler shortly after a Bruins power play.

David Krejci tied the game once again 49 seconds into the third period, but Little scored two goals in 2:04 to give the Jets a two-goal lead.

Tuukka Rask took the loss for the Bruins and is now winless in his last five starts (0-4-1). Friday night also marked the Finnish goaltender's second loss in...

02/17/2012 - 10:24pm
Wright leads Harvard in rout of Brown

Steve Moundou-Missi scored 14 points while Keith Wright recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds as Harvard routed Brown, 69-42, Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

Harvard used a 22-2 run in the first half to pull away early. The Crimson led by 21 at the half, 37-16, and cruised home from there to improve to 22-3 overall and 8-1 in the Ivy League. Harvard dominated inside, outrebounding Brown 40-23 and blocking 10 shots.

Sean McGonagill and Matt Sullivan each scored 11 points for the Bears (7-19, 1-8), who dropped their sixth straight game.

Harvard next hosts Yale on Saturday night. The Bulldogs, who won Friday night at Dartmouth, 70-61, are in second place in the league at 7-2 (17-6 overall).


02/17/2012 - 6:55pm
Wakefield turned down offers from 4 teams

FORT MYERS -- According to Barry Mesiter, the agent for Tim Wakefield, the knuckleballer turned down four contract offers for this coming season -- including one guaranteed major league offer -- in order to either return for or retire as a Red Sox. For the knuckleballer, it was clear that he was not going to consider the possibility of going to any other teams.

"I said, 'Do you want me to play the agent game, the what-if game, and find out what they want to offer? I know that one wants to offer you a major league contract,'" said Meister. "He said, 'No. I'm going to retire as a Red Sox one way or the other."

 


02/17/2012 - 6:43pm
Wake: 'The hardest thing I've ever had to do'

Tim Wakefield announced his retirement on Friday in an emotion-filled press conference in Fort Myers where the Red Sox are set to begin spring training.

"This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Wakefield said. "So, it's with a heavy heart that I stand here today and I'm saddened to say that I have decided to retire from this wonderful game of baseball. For the past 17 years, all I've ever wanted to do is what was best for the team and the organization. Whether it was starting, closing or whatever I was asked to do, I always had my spikes on and was ready to go."

Wakefield said that the decision was not an easy one, but he felt it was time to step away and also spend more time with his family. He added that Boston will remain his home and he'll be active with the community and various charitable organizations.

"I've been wrestling with this decision for a long time, this whole offseason," Wakefield...

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