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01/04/2011 - 1:34pm
Thomas not among first All-Stars named
By: DJ Bean

On Tuesday, the NHL announced the six players chosen in the fan vote for the upcoming All-Star Game. Only the Penguins and Blackhawks were represented, as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury will represent Pittsburgh, while Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will go from Chicago.

 

In last week's voting update, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was fourth among netminders in votes. He still has the opportunity to be one of the 36 additional All-Stars announced on Jan. 11. Thomas leads the league with a .945 save percentage and a 1.80 goals-against average. He is tied for the NHL lead with five shutouts.

 

Fleury, meanwhile is fifth in the league with a 2.31 GAA and 12th in the league with a .918 save percentage. He has 17 wins to Thomas' 18. Detroit's Jimmy Howard leads the NHL with 20 wins.

 

The 2011 All-Star Game will be played on Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C. For more on the Bruins...

01/04/2011 - 11:39am
Report: Bill Buckner to manage Brockton Rox

According to Gordon Edes of ESPN.com (via twitter), former Red Sox first baseman Bill Bucker will be named manager of the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League.

 

Buckner spent five of his 22 major league seasons (in which he amassed 2,715 hits and a career .289/.321/.408/.729 line) with the Red Sox, playing in Boston from 1984-87 and then finishing his career with the Sox in 1990. He became the subject of significant infamy in New England thanks to the game-ending error he committed on a ball between his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, but after being invited to throw out the first pitch prior to the Fenway Park home opener in 2008 (following the Sox' second World Series in four seasons), he suggested that he'd made his peace with the region.

 

"I really had to forgive, not the fans of Boston, per se, but in my heart, I had to forgive the...

01/04/2011 - 10:32am
Wilfork on cover of this week's SI

This week's "Sports Illustrated" has Patriots' defensive lineman Vince Wilfork on the cover. According to the folks at SI, it is the 23rd time the Patriots have taken top billing on the cover of the weekly issue, tying the Minnesota Vikings for sixth most alltime among NFL teams. Wilfork is the first NFL defensive tackle to grace the cover on his own since Albert Haynesworth on the Nov. 11, 2008, issue. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


01/04/2011 - 8:42am
Pats named NFL's most cost-effective team

According to Forbes Magazine, the Patriots are the NFL's most cost-effective team, boasting the third-lowest payroll in the league ($92.7 million), which led to having them pay just $6.6 million in payroll per win. According to Forbes, that was 58 percent more efficient than the league median cost per win. The report goes on to state that Falcons were the second-most cost-effective team, dishing out $7.4 million per win.

 

The least cost-effective team in the NFL, by far, was the Panthers, who had to pay $56.1 million for each of their two wins. The Bills, who won four games with a payroll of $113.3 million, were second to last on the list. The most cost-effective team not to make the playoffs was Tampa Bay, which won 10 games, each of which cost $10.4 million.

 

The average cost per win throughout the league was $17.1 million.

 

To see the...

01/04/2011 - 7:58am
Mashup: Erroneous sports columns of 2010

The website RealClearSports has a collection of the 10 most erroneous sports columns of 2010. There are three Boston-related items in the bunch. One is a New York Post column by Gary Myers predicting the Jets will overtake the Patriots, written in the lead-up to the Pats' Monday night rout. Another is Boston Globe Dan Shaughnessy twice predicting the Patriots' demise. The third is Cleveland News Herald writer Jim Ingraham noting that the Cavaliers don't have to worry about the Celtics in the playoffs.

 

Also at Tuesday's Morning Mashup, read what's being said about the Lakers' disharmony and LeBron James' lack of enthusiasm for his coach being honored, along with other stories, videos, trivia and more.


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