WILMINGTON -- After Patrice Bergeron missed the Bruins' practice at Ristuccia Arena, B's coach Claude Julien was adamant that the banged-up center will be in the lineup in Wednesday's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Capitals.
"None at all," Julien said when asked if there was any doubt that Bergeron would play.
Added Julien: "He's playing next game. … I don't know how much clearer I can get. He's in."
Bergeron suffered an injury in the third period of Saturday's Game 5 loss. He played in Game 6, but was unable to take faceoffs, as the only draw he took came late in the third period.
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Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, in an interview on ESPN's Mike & Mike Show, discussed his desire for a long-term deal and why he has yet to sign a one-year, $9.5 million franchise tenure.
"Right now, i'm just kind of in a wait and see position," Welker said in the interview. "I feel like my body of work over the last five years, it hadn't been any sort of one-hit wonder or anything else. I think it's deserving of a long-term contract. Hopefully we come to that point and make something happen. I think we'll get on the same page. It's just a matter of getting those discussions going and make something happen."
Asked whether he would hold out if a long-term deal was not worked out, Welker did not have a definitive answer.
"It just kind of depends. Obviously, I want to be in New England. Obviously, it's the perfect fit for me,...
The Saints' nightmarish offseason got a little worse Monday as the team denied an ESPN report that claimed general manager Mickey Loomis' booth in the Superdome was wired so he could listen to opposing coaches' radio communications during games.
The "Outside the Lines" report said the system was in place from 2002 until it was disabled following damage to the stadium from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There was no determination if it was ever used.
Loomis explained in a team statement that he watches the games on a small TV in his booth while listening to the radio broadcast through an earpiece.
"To think I am sitting in there listening and actually … doing something with the offensive and defensive play calls of the opposing teams makes this story and the unnamed sources that provided the false information that much more less credible," he said. "It just didn't happen."
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Cody Ross launched a pair of homers, including a go-ahead solo blast to right field in the top of the ninth inning, to propel the Red Sox to a 6-5 win over the Twins in Minnesota. Ross also launched a game-tying two-run blast in the top of the seventh, at a time when the Sox were trailing, 5-3.
The homers were the fourth and fifth of the year for Ross, who leads the Sox in longballs. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia also went deep for the Sox.
Ross' blast made a winner of Daniel Bard, who made his first relief appearance of 2011 in what had appeared an impossible jam. After reliever Franklin Morales allowed a leadoff hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 5-5 tie, Morales retired lefty Joe Mauer on a grounder to first and then handed the baton to Bard, who recorded the second out of the inning when Josh Willingham scorched a liner to third base and then, after an intentional walk, got Ryan Doumit on a flyball to shortstop to end the inning...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and pitcher Daniel Bard both told reporters in Minneapolis, prior to Monday's game between the Red Sox and Twins, that the pitcher's availability in the bullpen is considered temporary. With Bard being skipped in the rotation after Sunday's rainout against the Yankees, the right-hander will be able to pitch in relief, but Valentine portrayed that as a measure intended to keep the pitcher sharp between starts, rather than a longer-term move to address a Red Sox bullpen that ranks last in the majors in ERA.
"It's not a move. It's to keep him active," Valentine told reporters, noting that having Bard pitch would have meant having Jon Lester and Josh Beckett pitch on six days of rest. "[Bard will be] skipped, and to keep him fresh, he'll be in the bullpen. [Moving him to the bullpen for the rest of the year] doesn't look like it's a great temptation. Daniel's pretty well set on being a starter. He's pitched...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Mickey Rourke in a small, yet growing, group of public figures to rip Lenny Dykstra for his nefarious deeds.
Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice ruling
The 2016 edition of the annual survey into what sports fans think about their teams (and more importantly, about the media) is out, and Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into some of the opinions of the local fans.
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.
Andrew Benintendi made possibly the catch of the year for the Sox, and the guys talk about the hype surrounding that play. Also, they get into Pats talk, and focus in on what a loss of Tom Brady for 4 games means to an already shaky offensive line.
We discuss the one game suspension for domestic violence for Giants kicker Josh Brown, and the can of worms it has opened up for the league with it's inconsistent suspensions, many for the same acts.
Sox talk with Dale, Thornton and Tom E Curran as game 2 in Tampa comes up tonight.
We discuss Brady's return to camp from his four day absence and what exactly people want Brady to do as far as mentoring Jimmy Garoppolo. Is he expected to always be by his side?
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Patriots QB Jimmy G makes his weekly appearance with D&C on 'Patriots Monday' live from Gillette Stadium with Kirk Minihane and Mike Mutnansky on site.More from this show
CSN Pats reporter Tom E. Curran makes it over to the WEEI Gillette Stadium studios to discuss injuries to Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer and Shaq Mason.More from this show