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03/25/2012 - 1:41pm
Report: Ochocinco restructures contract

Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has redone his deal for the 2012 season, lowering his base salary from $3 million to $1 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ochocinco, who had 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown in his first season with New England, is part of a crowded wide receiver picture with the Patriots, as New England has added Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte Stallworth this offseason to a group that includes returnee Deion Branch and (provided he signs his franchise tender) Wes Welker.

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03/25/2012 - 7:13am
Salty: Adderall played key role in career

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia suggested that the prescription drug Adderall has made a "significant difference" in allowing him to develop as a baseball player. Though Adderall is a banned stimulant under Major League Baseball's drug policy, Saltalamacchia has applied for and received a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to take the drug since 2008. 

Saltalamacchia, who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in grade school, had stopped taking Ritalin for the issue while in high school. However, he received a prescription for Adderall in 2008, and suggests it has made a significant difference in his career.

“It’s been a significant difference in being able to focus, calling pitches behind the plate, scouting reports, doing my routine,” said Saltalamacchia. “It’s been a world of difference. … There’s guys who are way worse off than I am. [The...

03/24/2012 - 11:46pm
Thomas comes up big, B's beat Kings
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins maintained their two-point lead on the Senators Saturday night thanks to a 4-2 victory over the Kings in Los Angeles. 

Patrice Bergeron scored a shorthanded goal 5:18 into the second period to give the B's a 1-0 lead, but Colin Fraser's second goal of the season tied it later in the period. The Bruins would increase their lead to 3-1 thanks to goals from Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly, but a Slava Voynov goal with 5:14 left in regulation made it a one-goal game. The B's would hang on to win after killing off a Jordan Caron penalty with 4:03 remaining in regulation. Brad Marchand scored an empty-netter in the final second of the game. 

The Bruins' victory broke a six-game winning streak for the Kings, who are fighting for one of the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. 

Tim Thomas played in his 15th consecutive game for the Bruins and made 40 saves on 42 shots in the victory. The win was the Bruins and...

03/24/2012 - 9:26pm
OSU nips Cuse; Pitino, UL onto Big Easy

Ohio State took advantage of foul-plagued Syracuse to register a 77-70 win in the East Regional championship Saturday night at TD Garden. Ohio State advances to play the winner of Sunday's Midwest Regional between No. 1 seed North Carolina and No. 2 Kansas in the Midwest Regional championship next Saturday in the national semifinals in New Orleans.

Ohio State and Syracuse were tied at 33 early in the second half when the Buckeyes went on a 13-2 run to take command. But Syracuse would draw to within one at 56-55. But Ohio State scored the next two baskets and managed to hold on for their second Final Four berth in six years. The Buckeyes won the rebounding battle, 39-26, as they took advantage of the absence of Fab Melo, who was ineligible for Syracuse during their tournament run. 

The two teams were both plagued by foul trouble in the first half as 18 fouls were called. But Syracuse was especially hard hit, whistled for 12 of the 18. Ohio...

03/24/2012 - 3:19pm
Aceves rocked by Phils; Doubront solid

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alfredo Aceves had his first bad outing of the spring, pitching just three innings while allowing nine runs on 10 hits while walking one (his first free pass of the Grapefruit League season) and striking out three Phillies hitters. He gave up three homers, leaving a number of pitches up in the zone on a day when the ball had tremendous carry. Aceves threw 58 pitches, 36 for strikes.

The outing represented a marked contrast to Aceves' previous spring work. In three Grapefruit League games, he'd allowed just one run in nine innings on five hits and no walks while striking out eight.

"One bad game and moving on from that," Aceves said after the outing. “Since when? I don’t remember. Since when did I have the last bad outing? ... I feel good and I see the ball jump off my hand. You know? it was one of those days that nothing went good."

Asked if he thought that the struggle might impact whether the...

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