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04/24/2012 - 1:01pm
Bergeron misses practice, will play Game 7
By: DJ Bean

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. 

For more on the Bruins and the Stanley Cup playoffs, visit weei.com/bruins.  


04/24/2012 - 11:30am
Welker: Short-term deal 'no way to play'

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,...

04/24/2012 - 7:42am
Mashup: Saints deny wiretapping coaches

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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04/23/2012 - 11:45pm
Ross, Sox power up in comeback win

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...

04/23/2012 - 8:52pm
Bobby V: Bard to pen 'not a great temptation'

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...

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