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12/22/2011 - 3:17am
Thomas: Taking rest of career year by year
By: DJ Bean

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, who is in the third year of a four-year, $20 million contract, said Wednesday that he is unsure of when he will retire. That is a departure from what he said last September, when he guessed that he would retire at the end of the deal.

“You know, I’m going to take it year by year,” Thomas told WEEI.com Wednesday. “Just take it year by year. Obviously I’m able to play at a very high level right now. It’s just going to be a matter of what I feel like is the best decision for me and my family when that decision time comes.”

Thomas would not say whether "year by year" means he might consider retirement this offseason.

“I mean, I haven’t thought that far ahead,” Thomas said. “We’re still in the middle of the season. I think most of these things, you have more time to truly think of them in the offseason.” 

The 37-year-...

12/22/2011 - 12:39am
Celtics may keep roster spot open

The Celtics didn't make any final decisions on their roster after their final preseason game on Wednesday and coach Doc Rivers suggested they may keep at least one spot open to add a veteran free agent. With 13 players under contract, the Celtics can add two more players to reach the maximum of fifteen.

"There’s guys still out there unsigned and we may want to sign one of them," Rivers said. "We’re looking around. There’s so many things that can happen and we want to make sure if it happens that we’re able to do it quick. We may keep 15 for a couple more days but after that we’ll probably go to 14 [players]."

One player who has clearly separated himself from the other training camp invitees is center Greg Stiemsma who scored seven points to go with five rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Stiemsma was the only one of the nonguaranteed players who saw action with the starters in Wednesday's game...

12/21/2011 - 11:37pm
Source: Sox eye McClure as pitching coach

According to a major league source, the Red Sox are moving toward hiring Bob McClure as their next pitching coach. As of Wednesday night, no deal had been finalized for the 59-year-old, who had most recently been the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals from 2006-11.

Two other candidates interviewing for the position, besides McClure, were former Astros pitching coach Brad Arnsberg, and Neil Allen, the Rays' Triple-A pitching coach. The Red Sox allowed their pitching coach for '11, Curt Young, to return to the Athletics to serve in the same position.

McClure had originally been hired by the Red Sox as a roving minor league pitching instructor and scout in November, with the expectation that he would lend a hand both in player development and with front office evaluations of pitchers. The veteran of 19 major league seasons also served as the pitching coach in the Colorado Rockies minor league system from 1999-05 prior to being hired by then-KC...

12/21/2011 - 11:02pm
2nd helping: C's cruise in preseason finale

Rajon Rondo had 17 points and six assists in 22 minutes while Brandon Bass added 12 points off in the bench in 18 minutes as the Celtics completed their home-and-home preseason sweep of the Raptors, 81-73, Wednesday night at TD Garden. Kevin Garnett scored eight points in 18 minutes while Ray Allen had eight points and six rebounds in his 21 minutes of final tuneup work for Sunday's season opener. 

The Celtics were dominant in the first half, jumping out to a 47-31 halftime lead. The Celtics showed glimpses of their patented defense, holding the Raptors to 28 percent shooting from the field, as Toronto made just 12-of-43 shots. The Celtics, on the other hand, were 19-for-36 for 53 percent. 

The Celtics were without Paul Pierce, who missed both preseason games with a nagging heel injury. His status for Sunday's season opener in New York is not known. Taking his place in Wednesday's starting lineup was Sasha Pavlovic. Rondo, Ray Allen...

12/21/2011 - 10:06pm
Humphrey leads BC past Sacred Heart

Matt Humphrey scored 18 points and Boston College won its third straight game Wednesday night, an 83-73 victory over Sacred Heart before 2,263 at Conte Forum.

Dennis Clifford hit 6-of-7 shots and finished with 16 points for the Eagles (5-7). Fellow freshmen Ryan Anderson (13 points) and Lonnie Jackson (12) also scored in double figures.

BC shot a solid 54 percent from the field, including 48 percent from 3-point range (11-for-23).

Shane Gibson scored a game-high 25 points for Sacred Heart (6-8).

The Eagles trailed only once, at 2-0. They were up by six at the half, 41-35. The lead peaked at 13, after Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 11:54 remaining to make it 61-48. However, Sacred Heart then went on a 12-0 run to close within a point with 8:07 left after a Louis Montes layup.

The lead was still one, 63-62, with 7:08 left after another Montes layup. BC then scored seven straight, including 3-pointers from Jackson and Humphrey, and...

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