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01/12/2012 - 4:19pm
Rivers: 'Don't jump off the bridge yet'

WALTHAM -- The Celtics went through their third practice this week, and while the losses to Dallas and Indiana are still fresh in their mind, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he had a better feeling after watching the tape from the Mavericks game.

"We’re getting closer. I was more encouraged than discouraged," Rivers said. "The rebounding problem we have to fix. But a lot of the other things, defensively we were really good until we gambled. We lost 12 big points on gambles and nine were down the stretch."

Asked if he still thought the Celtics were an elite team, Rivers said, "We have to find that out but I think we are. Obviously we’re 4-5 right now. Our record says we’re not. We say we are. I’m just going to warn you, it’s nine games. Don’t jump off the bridge yet. We haven’t beaten anyone really yet and we have to do that if we’re going to be an elite team."

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01/12/2012 - 3:10pm
Report: Padilla to meet with Red Sox

According to the Nicaraguan newspaper El Nuevo Diario, right-handed pitcher Vicente Padilla is slated to meet with the Red Sox Thursday. The 34-year-old has been playing in the Nicaraguan winter league, where he had been reportedly been topping out 95-96 mph with his fastball.

Padilla pitched in nine games for the Dodgers in 2011 (all in relief), briefly taking over the team's closers role, before succumbing to neck problems in June. The previous season he started 16 games for the Dodgers, compiling a 6-5 mark with a 4.07 ERA.

Padilla has told Nicaraguan news outlets throughout the offseason that his hope is to vie for a spot in a team's rotation. Those pitchers currently in the mix for the Red Sox' fifth starter spot are Alfredo Aceves, Aaron Cook, Carlos Silva, Felix Doubront and Andrew Miller.

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01/12/2012 - 2:05pm
Seguin, Chara named to All-Star Game
By: DJ Bean

 The NHL announced Thursday that Bruins Tyler Seguin and Zdeno Chara will join teammate Tim Thomas in Ottawa for the All-Star Game on Jan. 29.

Seguin leads the Bruins with 17 goals and 38 points this season and has a league-best plus-33 rating. Chara has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points.

One notable absence of the players selected is Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who has still yet to play in an All-Star Game. Bergeron has 11 goals and 25 assists this season for 36 points.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


01/12/2012 - 1:55pm
Subban, Pacioretty: Bruins aren't dirty
By: DJ Bean

While there has been talk out of Vancouver about the Bruins having dirty players, members of the Canadiens said Thursday that their rivals play the game right. 

"No. They play a certain way and I think that's why they're successful," Max Pacioretty said when asked if he finds the B's to be dirty. "To some extent, I wish we played a little more like them. Maybe not as much as they do, but they're definitely an intimidating team to play against. They have so many guys who can step up -- I'm not talking about fighting -- I'm talking about physical. You watch the games recently in the NHL, and there's not many pretty plays happening. They're all tough, grinding goals, and a big body presence. I think that's why they're successful this year."

P.K. Subban said he has not seen former world junior teammate Brad Marchand's hit on Sami Salo, but that he does not consider Marchand or the Bruins to be dirty. 

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01/12/2012 - 1:33pm
Pats practice: Back to perfect attendance

FOXBORO -- In their final full practice before their AFC Divisional Playoff on Saturday night, the Patriots had everyone back in attendance inside the Dana Farber Field House on Thursday afternoon. The team worked out inside a chilly field house in sweats and shells for a second straight day after practicing in full pads on Tuesday.

Defensive lineman Kyle Love missed practice on Wednesday for what was listed as a non-injury related matter. He returned Thursday. Love has been the only Patriots player to miss any practice time this week as they prepare for Tim Tebow and the Broncos Saturday night at Gillette. 

The Patriots will conduct their usual walkthrough on Friday before taking the field on Saturday, looking for their first postseason win since the 2007 AFC Championship over the Chargers in Jan. 2008 at Gillette Stadium. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots....

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