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05/14/2010 - 2:28pm
Report: Cameron expects offseason surgery

According to the Providence Journal, Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron expects that he will require offseason surgery to fix the sports hernia that is responsible for the abdominal strain that has had him on the disabled list since April 20. While the 37-year-old has now played three games in his rehab assignment, and appears likely to return to the Sox early next week, he acknowledged that he is still playing through what the report described as "significant pain."

 

"I'm pushing it. I'm pushing it," Cameron said. "I'd think [offseason surgery will be necessary]. Yeah, I'd think so. ... Every single person I've talked to who's had this had surgery. Every single one."

 

In three rehab games, Cameron is 2-for-8 with a double, three walks and a pair of runs. In 11 major league games this year, he was hitting .233/....

05/14/2010 - 1:51pm
Cavaliers deny report coach is fired

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, speaking at a press conference Friday afternoon, one day after his team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, denied a Sports Illustrated report that coach Mike Brown has been fired. Brown’s management of the team was criticized throughout the series, and it is widely anticpated that he will be let go soon.

 

Yahoo! Sports reported there are talks of University of Kentucky coach John Calipari being named the Cavs next coach, but Calipari tweeted that he would not be leaving the school this year. Si.com also reported Danny Ferry will remain general manager of the Cavs “for the forseeable future.”

 

One coaching...

05/14/2010 - 12:35pm
Flyers' Laviolette: 'Everything stays the same'

The Flyers had a light, optional morning skate before Friday night's Game 7 against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette insisted that nothing changes for his team heading into the biggest game of the season and that the Flyers are used to the pressure that this point playing "our fifth Game 7," referring to the string of elimination games the Flyers have faced in coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to force the ultimate game at TD Garden.

 

"We are in a familiar spot. It really is our fifth time that we have been faced with elimination and we are ready for this. The message hasn't changed since Day 1 since I have been here to right now," Laviolette said. "Everything stays the same, the meetings stay the same, the message is the same. What is expected is the same. It is important that we go out and do what we have been doing, because since Christmas time it has brought...

05/14/2010 - 11:48am
Calipari insists he's not leaving for LeBron

Following the Celtics' elimination of the Cavaliers Thursday night, speculation as to what will happen regarding LeBron James' foray into free agency has become the day's hot topic. The Cavs star reportedly has become close to University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, and a number of people have suggested that James will demand Calipari be his coach next season, wherever he ends up. Calipari sought to end that talk by tweeting Friday morning: "I want to address this with the Big Blue Nation one last time, I will be coaching at Kentucky next year. Now let's finish what we started!"

 

Read more at our LEEInks blog about what writers around the country are saying about the situation -- which includes some critical columns about James' apparent lack of desire in the last two games and the his strategy regarding free agency. And read...

05/14/2010 - 10:59am
Julien on Game 7: 'Safe is death'

The Bruins chose to skip their morning skate on Friday before Game 7 of their semifinals series against the Flyers. Coach Claude Julien held a morning press conference to discuss the matchup and explained that it was better for his team to rest and stay focused after having a good practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington on Thursday and doing the bulk of their preparation at the practice facility.

 

"We want everybody to be difference makers, or go in with that intent anyway," Julien said. "The biggest thing I know is that you go out there and play to win. Sometimes they say the term 'safe is death.' If you want to play it safe it is not going to help your chances of winning."

 

For more Bruins news, visit the Big Bad Blog.


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