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06/21/2011 - 11:58pm
Pacioretty glad Horton's taken similar path
By: DJ Bean

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty signed a two-year contract extension with the team this week, and upon signing told The Score that he could not watch the Bruins celebrate winning the Stanley Cup last week given that the Habs nearly eliminated the B's in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Pacioretty did not play in the series, of course, as he missed the rest of the season after a March 8 hit into the stanchion at the Bell Centre from Zdeno Chara left him severely concussed and with a fractured vertebrae. 

"I'm going to be dead honest with you, I actually turned the game off when I knew it was over. I didn't want to see any of that," Pacioretty said of the celebration. "Just knowing that that team won the Cup was definitely hard, because I know that we were so close to beating them. 

"Maybe if we had a full roster, we would have beaten them. It's unfortunate, but it's given me a lot of motivation this summer, and I...

06/21/2011 - 10:53pm
Father knows best: Padres edge Sox

Anthony Rizzo drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded groundout in the seventh inning and Padres relievers Mike Adams and Heath Bell did the job late as the Red Sox fell to San Diego, 5-4, Tuesday night at Fenway Park. It was just the third loss in 17 games for the Red Sox, who fell to 5-3 in interleague play this season. Kevin Youkilis went 4-for-5 in the loss to raise his average to .276. 

Alfredo Aceves — filling in for the ill Josh Beckett — labored through five innings, throwing 99 pitches and allowing four runs. After getting through the first on just 13 pitches, he needed 42 to get through the second, an inning that featured a complete loss of command and control. After missing with a 3-2 slider to Cameron Maybin and issuing a two-out walk with none on, he walked the next four batters, forcing in two runs. 

The Padres tacked on two more runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead before the Red Sox responded with single...

06/21/2011 - 10:35pm
NU coach joining Maple Leafs as assistant

Greg Cronin has stepped down as the men’s hockey coach at Northeastern to become an assistant coach with the Maple Leafs.

“I want to thank Greg for the incredible work he has done on behalf of this university and our student-athletes,” Northeastern athletic director Peter Roby said in a statement issued by the school. “Greg has been a tireless worker, both on and off the ice. He has taken our hockey program to new heights. He’s advanced our relationships with alumni and friends of the program. And he’s helped reshape our arena into one of the finest hockey venues in the nation.”

In six seasons at Northeastern, Cronin had a record of 84-104-29.

06/21/2011 - 5:54pm
NFL owners, players to meet in Boston area

NFL owners and players reportedly will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in a suburb of Boston in the latest attempt to bring an end to the lockout.

The two sides, led by commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith, are hoping to continue the reported momentum that has been generated over the last two weeks, momentum that has sparked cautious optimism that a deal between the two sides could be reached sooner rather than later.

In a brief session with reporters on Tuesday, Goodell acknowledged the "urgency" of the situation if the two sides do indeed want the preseason to begin on time, saying: "Time is moving quickly, and we are fast approaching the training camp period." Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke briefly with reporters on his way out of the meeting, saying: "It's good that things are moving in the right direction. We've got a lot of hard work to do."

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06/21/2011 - 5:04pm
Beckett moved back to Saturday

After a bout with "intestinal turmoil," Josh Beckett's next start will come Saturday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced before Tuesday's game against the Padres at Fenway. Alfredo Aceves was assigned with taking Beckett's place in the rotation Tuesday. 

"He actually looks just OK," Francona said of Beckett. "l'm glad we [pushed him back]. I think it was neccessary what we did. He didn't look that good. What we're hoping for, tentatively, is he'll pitch Saturday. Because of some of the versatility of guys like Aceves, adding [Andrew] Miller and [Tim Wakefield], we can get around it, especially with an off day.

"What we'll do is probably pitch him Saturday. That will allow him to have a side day and have a relatively normal week as opposed to just the first day he feels good, get him out there and pitch. Let him get his legs back under him and stuff like that."...

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