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04/28/2011 - 12:44pm
Chiarelli: No suspension for Ference
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters Thursday that defenseman Andrew Ference will not be suspended for his collision with Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern in the third period of Boston's 4-3 overtime win over Montreal Wednesday. 

Halpern went down hard after hitting the shoulder of Ference in the Bruins' zone, and it was reported following the game that Ference would have a phone hearing with the league at 11 a.m. on Thursday. 

Ference had two hearings with the league during the series. He was fined $2,500 for giving Canadiens fans the middle finger after scoring in Game 4. 

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


04/28/2011 - 10:49am
Report: Pats talk to Browns about No. 6 pick

According to a report from Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, the Patriots have had trade discussions with the Browns about the No. 6 overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft.

Citing a league source, Bedard reports that the Patriots -- owners of the No. 17 and No. 28 picks in the first round and the first pick of the second round, No. 33 overall -- may want to move up in an attempt to land Robert Quinn, the defensive end/outside linebacker out of North Carolina. 

For more Patriots draft news visit weei.com/patriots.

 


04/28/2011 - 8:11am
Billick on D&C: 'I love Mark Ingram'

NFL Network and Fox Sports analyst Brian Billick joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the NFL Draft.

"I'm calling this the New England Patriot Invitational, not the 2011 NFL Draft," joked Billick. "You got six picks in the first 92, 93 players you're doing pretty good."

One of those picks is No. 33 overall, the first selection of the second round. With only the first round taking place on Thursday, Billick was asked if teams will be more likely to perhaps panic and try to move up to grab a quarterback with the No. 33 pick, putting the Patriots in an ideal trade scenario.

"It's a great position to be in," Billick said. "I'm going to reserve judgment on that until I see how many have already pushed into the late first. Of course there is a great deal of speculation that everybody is going to want to push into the late first to get one of these quarterbacks. I think that would...

04/28/2011 - 7:57am
Mashup: Obama asks CB about Revis Island

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis accepted an invitation to join President Barack Obama at a dinner affair in New York Wednesday night. "We spoke for about 10 minutes, and the first thing he said to me was, 'How's the Island?' " Revis said. "I was laughing. I couldn't believe it. This is the President of the United States, and he knows about Revis Island."

Also in the news, Braves coach Roger McDowell apologized after a Giants fan complained that McDowell made homophobic comments, crude sexual gestures and a threat before a Braves-Giants game in San Francisco over the weekend.

Read more about those stories and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


04/28/2011 - 1:30am
Report: Patriots eyeing Jordan at ninth pick

According a Tweet from ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Patriots are talking with the Dallas Cowboys about acquiring the ninth pick in the draft in order to select defensive lineman Cameron Jordan. Click here for a report from WEEI.com football writer Christopher Price on Jordan during his workouts at the NFL Combine in February. For a closer look at Jordan in WEEI.com's 'Potential Patriots' series, click here.

Earlier Thursday, there was a report...

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