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01/23/2012 - 9:40pm
Neely 'disappointed' with Thomas' choice
By: DJ Bean

Bruins president Cam Neely released a statement Monday in response to goaltender Tim Thomas' decision to skip the team's visit to the White House. Thomas was the lone member of the team not to attend.

“As an organization we were honored by President Obama’s invitation to the White House. It was a great day and a perfect way to cap our team’s achievement from last season. It was a day that none of us will soon forget," Neely said in a statement. "We are disappointed that Tim chose not to join us, and his views certainly do not reflect those of the Jacobs family or the Bruins organization. This will be the last public comment from the Bruins organization on this subject.”

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01/23/2012 - 9:11pm
Source: Sox agree to deal with Cody Ross

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Cody Ross. News of the agreement was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via twitter).

Ross, 31, is a career .261 hitter with a .323 OBP, .456 slugging mark and .779 OPS, along with 100 homers, in parts of eight seasons with the Tigers, Dodgers, Reds, Marlins and Giants. He owns a robust career line of .282 with a .349 OBP, .563 slugging mark and .912 OPS against lefties (with the caveat that he hit just .234/.336/.362/.698 against southpaws in 2011, and went from one strikeout per 5.8 plate appearances against lefties through 2010 to one per every 4.8 plate appearances in 2011).

The Sox said from the beginning of the offseason that they would like to add a right-handed hitting outfielder. Ross, who has played primarily center field while...

01/23/2012 - 8:07pm
Rondo, Allen, Pietrus out for Celtics

The Celtics won't have Rajon Rondo for Monday's game against Orlando and they also won't have Ray Allen or Mickael Pietrus who were injured in Sunday's game against the Wizards. This will be the second game Rondo has missed with a sprained right wrist. Allen sprained his left ankle trying to avoid a screen from Jan Vesely in the first half and did not return to the game. Pietrus injured his shoulder during the game.

"Didn’t know it in the game but he hurt it pretty good, so we’ll do an MRI and we’ll find out," Doc Rivers said of Pietrus.

Without him and Allen, Rivers will start Sasha Pavlovic next to Avery Bradley in the backcourt. Keyon Dooling (knee) and Chris Wilcox (calf strain) are also both out. Rivers said he thought Rondo and Dooling would be available to play Thursday when the Celtics plat ay Orlando.

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01/23/2012 - 7:47pm
Thomas: Federal government 'out of control'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas issued the following statement Monday on why he chose not to attend the White House with his teammates:

"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL. 

"This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"

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01/23/2012 - 6:21pm
Wilfork on Big Show: Defense 'had faith'

Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork, in his weekly interview with The Big Show, said he wasn't sure whether his performance in the AFC championship game on Sunday was the best game he has played in his career. In the 23-20 victory against the Ravens, Wilfork created consistent pressure and accumulated six tackles and one sack. The veteran lineman attributed his effort to a strong performance in the week leading up to the game.

“It starts in practice,” Wilfork said. “I have to come to work. Guys have to see me working. If they don't see a guy who's been in the league for a long time working, what are they going to think? To say that was the best game [I've played], I don't know.”

With the victory, the Patriots advanced to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 against the Giants, who beat New England, 24-20, during the regular season. The defense continued its solid performance in the playoffs after facing heavy scrutiny for...

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