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12/23/2011 - 5:05pm
Vollmer doubtful, 15 Pats questionable

FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, Brandon Spikes and Sebastian Vollmer were the only Patriots missing at practice as the team wrapped up preparations for the Dolphins Saturday at Gillette Stadium with their weekly day-before-game walkthrough. The team listed Vollmer as doubtful, while Spikes and 14 others - including Patrick Chung - were questionable. 

After being medically cleared from his forearm injury, Vincent Fuller is questionable. He was released from the Lions' injured reserve earlier this week and signed to a one-year contract on Wednesday. Here is Friday's complete report:

Did Not Practice
LB Brandon Spikes (knee) Questionable
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot) Doubtful

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (foot) Questionable
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness) Questionable 
S Vincent Fuller (forearm) Questionable
WR Deion Branch (...

12/23/2011 - 4:07pm
Doc: 'Right now, I don't see (Pierce) playing'

WALTHAM -- The Celtics are preparing for the real possiblility that they won't have Paul Pierce available when they open the shortened 66-game season on Sunday in New York against the Knicks. Pierce, nursing a nagging heel injury, shot around after practice and watched from the sidelines but did not take part in the team's formal practice session on Friday. 

"He didn't do anything," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after Friday's session. "He seemed to working more as far as working out so we'll see [Saturday]. I still think it's doubtful but we'll see.

"I think [Saturday], we'll know better. Paul may wake up and say, 'Coach, I wanna go.' I can tell you this, it's very unlikely he'll start if he plays. I don't think that'll happen. If he does play, he'll play 15 to 20 minutes but right now, I don't see him playing."

If Pierce is unable to go, Rivers said Sasha Pavlovic will likely start in his place, as was the...

12/23/2011 - 3:29pm
Red Sox announce 2012 coaching staff

The Boston Red Sox have announced their entire 2012 Major League coaching staff. Working alongside new manager Bobby Valentine is Tim Bogar who moves from his third base coaching role to bench coach, Bob McClure joins the staff as pitching coach, Alex Ochoa has been appointed first base coach and Jerry Royster has been named third base coach.

Both hitting coach Dave Magadan and bullpen coach Gary Tuck will remain in their respective roles they had in 2011.

McClure previously had joined the Red Sox organization as a special assignment scout/instructor and prior to that role spent six seasons as the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Ochoa was promoted from the Salem Red Sox (Boston's High-A affiliate) and Royster worked most recently as the manager of the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization from 2008-10.

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


12/23/2011 - 2:57pm
Mike Milbury case dismissed

Former Bruins player and coach and current television analyst Mike Milbury will not face any charges stemming from a December 9th incident at a youth hockey game in Brookline, according to multiple reports.

A Boston Herald report states that a spokeswoman for Milbury said a clerk magistrate at Brookline District Court ruled there wasn't enough evidence to move ahead with the case. After the decision, Milbury said the incident was  “an unfortunate misunderstanding.”

Milbury, a Massachusetts native, played for the Bruins from 1975-76 through 1986-87. He coached the Bruins for two seasons, guiding them to the Stanley Cup finals in 1990, his first season at the helm. He later spent four seasons as coach of the Islanders and was the team's general manager for 11 years.

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12/23/2011 - 12:55pm
Peverley out vs. Panthers Friday
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins are keeping forward Rich Peverley out of the lineup Friday night against the Panthers due to an undisclosed injury, coach Claude Julien said after the team's morning skate.

Peverley has a nagging injury that is helped by rest, and has not practiced this week. He last took the ice in Monday's 3-2 win over Montreal. The Bruins' next game after Friday is Wednesday, so Peverley can have up to eight days off as he recovers. 

"We made the decision to go forward with the fact that he's going to get basically a whole week before the next game and only miss one game," Julien said. "That was the whole plan. Our schedule gets heavy after that, so this was a good time to take that approach." 

In 30 games this season, Peverley has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points. Zach Hamill skated in his place on the third line in Friday's morning skate. 

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