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12/30/2010 - 6:43pm
B's Campbell out vs. Thrashers
By: DJ Bean

Bruins center Gregory Campbell was not on the ice during warmups prior to Thursday night's tilt against the Thrashers, as he is reportedly under the weather. With Campbell out, Tyler Seguin will center the fourth line, with Brad Marchand jumping to Seguin's spot on the second line and Daniel Paille taking Marchand's usual place. Here is how the lines will look after the changes:

 

Lucic-Savard-Horton

Marchand-Bergeron-Recchi

Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder

Paille-Seguin-Thornton

 

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


12/30/2010 - 5:59pm
NFL fines Jets $100K for Alosi incident

The NFL has fined the Jets $100,000 for violating league rules in the tripping incident involving New York strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, according to multiple reports.

In an attempt to intimidate Miami's Nolan Carroll — who was serving as a "gunner" on punt coverage — during a Jets-Dolphins game, Alosi appeared to be part of a special teams "wall" that involved other players on the sidelines, and he stuck his knee out, tripping Carroll as he went by. Alosi later apologized for the incident, and the Jets suspended him indefinitely.

After the incident, Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff intimated that there other teams who engaged in the same practice, including the Patriots.

"[There are] a number of teams [that do it]," Westhoff told ESPN 1000 in Chicago. "If you watch carefully, there is a pretty good team up north that lines up their whole defense when...

12/30/2010 - 5:43pm
Report: Meriweather fine reduced to $40K

FOXBORO — Brandon Meriweather’s fine for his two hits on Ravens tight end Todd Heap earlier this season has been reduced from $50,000 to $40,000, according to Judy Battista of The New York Times. Meriweather was hit with the penalty in the wake of his actions in the Oct. 17 game. In the days after the game, he issued an apology for the incident.

“To start off, I want to say once again I’m sorry for the hit. I understand the league is trying to protect the health of all our players, but … I don’t even know how to put it, but to be honest I just want all of this to go away,” Meriweather said at the time.

“I want to focus, with the rest of my team, on the Chargers, really not let this come up again. I’m going to try my best to play within the rules, like my coach had always taught us. I’m going to hit and play the game like my coaches have always taught us. Even in training camp...

12/30/2010 - 4:40pm
Ainge: Garnett has 'a strained calf'

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Thursday and talked about the injury status of Kevin Garnett. Garnett was forced to leave Wednesday night's game vs. the Pistons after injuring his right leg following a dunk in the first quarter. Garnett limped off the court and did not return. 

 

There was some concern at first that this might be related to Garnett's surgically repaired knee, but Ainge told The Big Show that this injury isn't nearly as serious.

 

"Kevin had an MRI and a through examination today and it's the same as last night," said Ainge. "It's a muscle injury, a strained calf. It's actually the muscle just off the side of the leg, just below the knee. And it's not anything to do with his knee, which is great news. It's one of those injuries that may keep him out for a couple of weeks at the most, I would say."

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12/30/2010 - 4:08pm
Garnett, Rondo among All-Star leaders

Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are among the starters for the Eastern Conference in the latest round of All-Star balloting, released Thursday by the NBA. Garnett and Rondo both ranked second at their positions (behind Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, respectively).

 

Orlando center Dwight Howard has the most votes of any Eastern Conference player, with Shaquille O’Neal in second at the center position.

 

Garnett leads Amar’e Stoudemire by about 75,000 votes for the second starting forward spot with Paul Pierce a distant fourth. Rondo’s lead over Derrick Rose is a little more than 50,000 votes. Fans can vote on NBA.com and the final results will be announced Jan. 27.

 

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