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09/06/2012 - 7:37pm
Scalabrine retires, to call Celtics games

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, former Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine is retiring and will participate in broadcasting games for Comcast Sports Net New England.

The report states that Scalabrine turned down an opportunity to join Tom Thibodeau's coaching staff with the Bulls, the team he played for the past two seasons. Prior to joining Chicago, Scalabrine played five seasons with the Celtics.

"Saying no to Thibs was the hardest decision I've ever had to make," Scalabrine said, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Scalabrine is scheduled to provide color commentary for three preseason and eight regular-season games, while also participating in studio work through January. He said what helped make his decision was the lack of interest from NBA teams in regard to continuing as a player.

"There was zero interest [in me],"...

09/06/2012 - 3:59pm
Vereen (foot) only DNP at Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Shane Vereen (left foot) was the only player who did not participate at Patriots practice on Thursday, according to the team's official injury report. 

Offensive linemen Nick McDonald (shoulder) returned and was limited at practice. Tight end Daniel Fells, cornerback Sterling Moore (knee) and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) were also limited, while safety Pat Chung (shoulder) was listed as having full participation in the workout on the grass fields in shorts and shells.

For the Titans, starting left guard Steve Hutchinson (not injury related) did not practice. The Patriots open the regular season Sunday in Tennessee against the Titans.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.


09/06/2012 - 3:06pm
Verducci: Valentine won't go quietly
By: DJ Bean

Sports Illustrated baseball writer Tom Verducci joined The Big Show on Thursday, discussing his recent piece on Bobby Valentine and the Red Sox and giving his thoughts on how things may end between the team and the manager. 

The Red Sox have said they won't fire Valentine during the season, but Verducci noted that whenever the manager is fired, he won't go quietly.

"I mean, there's probably some bridges that won't just burn, but be blown up," he said. "I don't know when that might happen, but it's certainly possible. You see hints of it now with some of his answers to questions, the way that he feels he's challenged. I'm sure there is a side to the story from Bobby that probably would surprise people, or at least he wants to tell. … If ownership does decide to make a move this month, they'll have to hold their breath to see what happens next from Bobby's side. The thought of that might also give them pause in terms of...

09/06/2012 - 2:47pm
Brady, Mankins, Mayo among Pats captains

 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have announced their captains for the 2012 season, the same group from last year. On offense, it's quarterback Tom Brady and offensive lineman Logan Mankins. On defense, linebacker Jerod Mayo, defensive back Devin McCourty and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. On special teams, Matthew Slater.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

 


09/06/2012 - 1:53pm
Bruins' Subban signs entry-level deal
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Thursday that they have signed first-round pick Malcolm Subban to a three-year entry-level contract. 

The deal will not begin until Subban turns pro, something that the 18-year-old netminder figures to be a ways away from doing. Given that goaltenders take longer to develop, it could be three or four years until Subban reaches the NHL. 

Subban, the brother of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and top prospect (and Belleville Bulls teammate) Jordan Subban, had a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 39 regular-season OHL games last season. He was selected 24th overall by the Bruins in June's draft. 

For a closer look at Subban, click here. For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


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