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05/13/2011 - 10:01am
Ference on D&C: Bruins need patience

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the upcoming series with the Lightning.

Ference said the Bruins are itching to get back to game action after having an eight-day layoff but that they haven’t gotten too restless in practice this week. “This week’s been handled well. We’ve had a couple of good practices,” Ference said. “It actually doesn’t feel overloaded. I think it’s been just the right amount.”

Ference said there were still some good battles in practice, though. “We had some stitches yesterday,” he said. “You get battles because you have to stay sharp. ... If one guy’s going at 95 percent game speed and the other’s at 80 percent, it doesn’t always work out. That guy at 80 percent gets brought up to speed fast.”

Ference also talked about matching up against the Lightning...

05/13/2011 - 8:56am
Cherry: Thomas has 'something to prove'

Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Bruins picked things up offensively in the series sweep of the Flyers, but Cherry said goals will be at a premium against Lightning backstopper Dwayne Roloson. He predicts both team's goalies will take center stage in this series.

"I tell you one thing, they won't get those goals off of Roloson," Cherry said. "I phoned [Capitals coach] Bruce Boudreau in January and left him a message. I usually don't do that, but I said, 'You've got to get a hold of that Roloson. This guy will win you the Stanley Cup. He's hungry, he's 41 years old, this is his last shot.' And he didn't do it. A week later, [Lightning general manager] Stevie Yzerman picked him up. I think he got two shutouts in a row, shut out Washington. He is dynamite.

"And I'll tell you one thing: Philadelphia, I have...

05/13/2011 - 7:43am
Mashup: Sportscaster fired over tweet

Toronto broadcaster Damian Goddard was fired by Rogers Sportsnet Wednesday after tweeting his opinion on same-sex marriage. The studio host wrote that he backed hockey agent Todd Reynolds, who had criticized Rangers forward Sean Avery for publicly supporting the cause. "I completely and whole-heartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage," Goddard wrote.

After issuing its own tweet indicating that Goddard's comments did not represent the views of Rogers Sportsnet, the company announced: "Mr. Goddard was a freelance contractor and in recent weeks it had become clear that he is not the right fit for our organization."

Read more about that story and others — including a report on the death of a Chicago sportscaster who was covering the Bulls-Hawks series — plus check out videos, trivia and more, at...

05/12/2011 - 7:50pm
Report: Doc, C's working on new contract

The Celtics and Doc Rivers are working on a multiyear deal that would keep Rivers in Boston for the foreseeable future, according to The Associated Press.

The AP quotes a source saying the deal would be for “more than two or three years.” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge did not return calls to the AP, but did acknowledge in an on-air appearance with WEEI’s The Big Show on Thursday that the sides were working on a long-term deal. After Miami eliminated Boston on Wednesday night, Rivers sounded like a man who was intent on returning to the Boston bench.

“I haven’t made that decision, but I can tell you I probably will,” he said. “I’m a Celtic and I love our guys. I want to win again here, and I’m competitive as hell. I have a competitive group, so we’ll see. I can tell you that is where I am at today. Tomorrow I may change my mind, but that’s where I am at today...

05/12/2011 - 5:04pm
Ainge: C's could sign Doc to long-term deal

In his weekly interview with WEEI's The Big Show, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge bluntly discussed the future of coach Doc Rivers, what his roster might look like in 2011-12 and whether or not the Kendrick Perkins trade caused the team's downfall.

After Rivers said in his postgame interview Wednesday that he was leaning toward returning to the C's bench next season, Ainge admitted on Thursday, "I feel the same way. I think Doc is coming back. We talk regularly, and I got that impression a few weeks ago. I think we'll get something done, and we could get something done very shortly on a longterm contract."

Ainge intimated that Jeff Green will in all likelihood be in a Celtics uniform next year. He would be willing to re-sign Glen Davis for the right price. And he has no idea whether Jermaine O'Neal or Shaquille O'Neal will return for next season. Also, Ainge didn't rule out a blockbuster deal involving any of the...

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