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02/10/2012 - 10:08am
Ference on D&C: Politics don't matter on ice

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference offered his take on the Tim Thomas controversy during his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Friday morning.

"It's one of those things," Ference said. "We've known Tim for a number of years. … We know who he is, what his beliefs are. For us, it's just kind of normal."

Although the Bruins are 5-6-1 since Thomas boycotted the team's visit to the White House last month, Ference insisted the ensuing media firestorm is not the reason for the B's struggles.

Said Ference: "I don't think it has anything to do with that at all. … I don't think there's any correlation whatsoever."

Added Ference: "We do have a tight team. One of the things that makes us pretty strong is we're very understanding of each other's differences. … You're never going to have the same opinions whatsoever. But the thing that makes teams good is their ability to look...

02/10/2012 - 8:44am
Mashup: Youkilis to marry Brady's sister?

According to the Boston Herald, Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis recently got engaged to Tom Brady's sister Julie, a California schoolteacher who has a 5-year-old daughter.

The Inside Track report indicates that Youkilis, who married Enza Sambataro in Mexico in 2008 but reportedly parted ways in 2010, was with the Bradys in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl. Although, it should be noted that the Herald gossip columnists reported in October that Youkilis was spending time with a different Brady sister, Nancy (a story that was soon removed from the paper's website).

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


02/10/2012 - 2:41am
Kobe on Celtics: 'I like all of them personally'

BOSTON -- At the ripe old age of 33, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant seems to be softening on his archrival Celtics. Once disregarding the rivalry during the 2008 and 2010 NBA finals, he's grown to respect his fellow members of the NBA veterans club.

"It's been a dream come true growing up and watching it," Bryant said of the rivalry after his Lakers beat the Celtics in overtime, 88-87. "Here I am part of it. It's great. The only difference between us and the '80s is that guys over there in the other locker room I actually know and like. That's the big difference between this time around and the '80s."

Bryant finished with 25 points on 11-of-24 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four assists.

"It's always a brawl in every fight," he said. "It's ugly. It's physical. I've enjoyed competing agianst them. I like all of them personally. On the court, that personal stuff goes out the window. It's been fun....

02/10/2012 - 1:26am
Kobe to Gronk: 'The Eagles need a tight end'

When he wasn't battling with Ray Allen or busy putting up a game-high 27 points, Kobe Bryant found time to have a lively court conversation with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during Thursday's 88-87 Lakers win over the Celtics at TD Garden. Gronkowski was courtside next to the TNT broadcast table while several more Patriots were courtside or just a few rows back taking in the game between the two NBA rivals. 

"I told him the Eagles need a tight end," joked Bryant, who grew up in Philadelphia and remains an Eagles fan. "I'm recruiting. He's a freak athlete. He shouted at me and I shouted back. It's fun to have those conversations with athletes you respect."

Bryant took a picture with Gronkowski after the game on the court, and another with Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who is a huge Lakers fan. Spikes changed his Twitter avatar picture from a picture of Bryant's jersey to his picture with him immediately after...

02/10/2012 - 1:19am
Garnett: 'Lord knows I've had enough'

 

Kevin Garnett wasn't too broken up about not making the All-Star team for only the third time in his career, and the first since the 1998-99 season when he was injured.

"Not at all. The All-Star Game is for the privileged. It’s good to see new guys," Garnett said. "All the first-timers I’m always proud for them to get the opportunity to go and experience the All-Star festivities. Lord knows I’ve had enough. So, I get to take me a little vacation and see what that’s like and actually rest...

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