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10/14/2010 - 9:54am
Ference, Seidenberg return to Bruins practice
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- A day after both players left the ice early, defensemen Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg returned to Bruins practice on Thursday at Ristuccia Arena.

 

Ference had recently received a cortisone shot in his thumb and was advised by doctors not to shoot pucks. As a result, he skated prior to practice on Wednesday but left the ice before the skate began. Seidenberg, meanwhile, left Wednesday's practice after half an hour with what coach Claude Julien said was either a touch of the flu or food poisoning. 

 

The Bruins, 1-1 on the season, will play their third game on Saturday when they travel to New Jersey to square off with the Devils. 

 

For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins.


10/14/2010 - 6:57am
Mashup: 'Best teams for the buck'

Forbes magazine has a list of baseball's "Best Teams for the Buck." The Padres, who recorded 90 wins with a payroll of just $37.8 million (29th in MLB), top the list, with the Rangers and Rays close behind. The Red Sox did not make the cut.

 

Also in baseball news, former Rangers managing partner George W. Bush is enjoying the team's success this fall. The New York Times has some interesting anecdotes about Bush's time leading the Rangers, collected from other owners and former commissioner Fay Vincent.

 

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


10/14/2010 - 6:36am
Billick: Moss' absence will challenge Pats

On his regularly scheduled appearance on The Dennis & Callahan Show, FoxSports analyst Brian Billick predicted that the absence of Randy Moss will make things appreciably more challenging for Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Wes Welker.

 

"I guarantee Tom Brady and Wes Welker's life just got a lot more difficult because they don't have that vertical stretch," Billick said. He later went on to suggest that, in regard to Moss no longer being an option, "You take one of those pieces away, it changes the dynamic. You take away the vertical threat, it changes the dynamic."

 

Billick, who coached Moss when the wideout was a rookie in Minnesota (saying he never had any problems with the former No. 1 pick), didn't hazard a guess as to what the Patriots were going to do now that the they were without their Pro-Bowler. "I'm going to be very interested in the approach they take without...

10/13/2010 - 11:00pm
Mort: Mankins will report to Pats by Nov. 16

Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins will report by Nov. 16, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Mankins, a restricted free agent who has been sitting out since the start of spring practices because he's upset about his contract situation, will report on recommendation from the National Football League Players Association, according to several sources. Mortensen says Mankins will report to the Patriots to earn an accrued season and secure unrestricted free agency in 2011.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


10/13/2010 - 9:34pm
Pierce's jumper lifts C's over Knicks

Paul Pierce gave himself a birthday gift. The 33-year-old Celtics veteran's jump shot just inside the arc broke a tie with eight seconds left, leading the Celtics to a 104-101 preseason victory over the New York Knicks.

 

Playing without Kevin Garnett, who was ejected early in the second quarter, the Celtics trailed much of the second half -- until Nate Robinson made a pair of three throws to tie the game, 101-101, with 1:09 left. Pierce's classic pull-up jumper with time winding down gave the C's the lead for good.

 

Pierce finished with 20 points, and Ray Allen scored a team-high 24 points for the Celtics (4-1). Rookie Luke Harangody recorded a double-double, totaling 16 points and 12 rebounds. In Garnett's absence, new Knicks addition Amar'e Stoudemire scored a game-high 30 points.

 

For more information on the Celtics, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


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