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01/20/2011 - 12:57pm
Rask off first, Ference to play Thursday
By: DJ Bean

 Bruins coach Claude Julien described defenseman Andrew Ference as "good and cleared to go," meaning the blueliner will make his return to the lineup when the B's host the Sabres on Thursday night. Ference has missed the team's last three games with an upper-body injury. Adam McQuaid, who missed last Monday's game against the Penguins, is out, with Julien adding that he still is less than 100 percent. 

 

"It's not a tough decision [to sit McQuaid] because in his case, he's been playing banged up for the last couple of weeks," Julien said. "I think the medical staff said it would probably be beneficial for him to take a bit of a break. I think he could certainly play through it if he had to." 

 

Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice in the morning skate, an indication that he will start in goal. In Rask's last start against the Sabres, he allowed three goals in the first...

01/20/2011 - 12:56pm
No Kampfer nose surgery for now

Bruins rookie defenseman Steve Kampfer, sporting stitches on his right nostril, said he will try to play with his broken nose for now. But Kampfer said surgery is a possibility if his breathing is affected. Kampfer left last Saturday's game with a bloodied and broken nose when Zdeno Chara's stick became entangled with Pascal Dupuis and flew up and raked Kampfer across the face. 

 

 

"They're going to try and open up the airway, surgery or what it be," Kampfer said. "Right now, we're just trying to see if it pops open in the next couple of days with flushing it more but I'm optimistic that...

01/20/2011 - 10:53am
Rivers on D&C: Shaq 'recruited me'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show for his weekly Thursday visit and talked about the win over the Pistons, trash talk coming from Orlando, and the impact of Shaquille O'Neal. "He woke up young yesterday," Rivers said. "It was nice. We needed it. We don't win that game without Shaq's energy."

 

Rivers was asked if he played an active role in recruiting O'Neal, but really it was the other way around. "He kind of recruited me," Rivers said. "Shaq was on our radar, but we were actually talking to other guys. I got a call from Shaq out of the clear-blue sky. He wanted to meet." Rivers flew to Orlando and, "Ten minutes later he's literally at my house, sitting in my office at my house and we talked about coming to Boston. I was asking him more questions. Would he be able to do this? Is he capable of not being the guy, being a role player, limited minutes, not starting? He was...

01/20/2011 - 10:09am
Buchholz: Sox haven't broached new deal

LOWELL -- Speaking prior to being honored at the Lowell Spinners Alumni Dinner at Tsongas Arena on Wednesday night, Clay Buchholz said that the Red Sox have yet to approach him about a contract extension.

 

"I haven't spoken money with anybody," said the 26-year-old Buchholz. "It's been basically go out and play until somebody approaches me about it. That's sort of how I'm looking at it."

 

Buchholz is closing in on the same service time teammate Jon Lester found himself with when agreeing to his five-year, $30 million contract extension prior to the 2009 season, his last campaign before becoming arbitration eligible.

 

"They've got a lot more on their plate then to worry about me," Buchholz said. "They don't have to do anything with me. That's the way I'm looking at it, and if something happens and they want to talk about it I'm sure I'll here about it."

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01/20/2011 - 10:03am
Carroll: Brady should be ready for camp

In the wake of his surgery, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will “take a couple of months” before he’s 100 percent again, but there shouldn’t be any worries about him being ready for training camp, according to noted sports injury expert Will Carroll.

In an e-mail exchange with WEEI.com, Carroll sounded a relatively optimistic note about Brady’s upcoming surgery on his right foot, saying it’s similar to the process that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent for his foot injury.

“This one’s double-duty — if it is a Navicular fx (and pretty much all sources say it is) — then you’re looking at the same thing Pedroia had done,” writes Carroll. “They’ll make sure it’s lined up, put in a pin or screw if needed, and it should take a couple months to be 100 percent. Just as I don’t expect Pedroia to have any issue once he comes back after...

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