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04/20/2011 - 1:54pm
Splinter group could bring new suit vs. NFL

A group of NFL players appear ready to break with the union and bring their own suit against the NFL. According to SportsBusiness Journal, a cross-section of about 60 players is set to seek a place at the labor mediation talks between the NFL and the players. Neither the NFLPA — which filed the first antitrust lawsuit against the NFL — nor the league has commented on the report. This is the first sign that not all the NFL players are on the same page in regards to the lockout, which began last month, the first work stoppage for the NFL since 1987. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/20/2011 - 1:17pm
Kelly returns to Boston, will play Game 4
By: DJ Bean

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Bruins center Chris Kelly did not practice with Bruins Wednesday at Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center, as he returned to Boston to be evaluated by team doctors. Kelly slid head-first into Carey Price's net as a result of a shove from Scott Gomez with the B's on a 3-on-1 in the first period of Monday's Game 3.

"He just went back to Boston to see our doctors, just to make sure everything is OK," Claude Julien said. "We anticipate him back in Montreal with us tonight."

Kelly stayed in the game and finished the night with 14:35 of ice time. Julien said the third-line center will play Game 4 in Montreal.

"Everything is alright, according to what we know," Julien said. "There might be a fracture, but it's nothing that will prevent him from playing."

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


04/20/2011 - 12:52pm
Lineup: Drew leads off, Varitek gets start

For the second time this season, J.D. Drew will be in the Red Sox' leadoff spot as the Sox finish off their two-game series in Oakland by taking on A's lefty starter Gio Gonzalez. Also of note is Jason Varitek catching Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, who has only thrown to the team captain just once since the team acquired Victor Martinez at the 2009 trade deadline.

The Red Sox lineup is as follows:

J.D. Drew RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis DH

Jed Lowrie 3B

Marco Scutaro SS

Carl Crawford LF

Jason Varitek C

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Clay Buchholz P

For more Red Sox coverage, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


04/20/2011 - 8:05am
Mashup: Yankees sued over logo

A 63-year-old woman from Yonkers, N.Y., sued the Yankees, claiming her late uncle designed the team's top-hat logo in 1936. Tanit Buday claims then-Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert asked Kenneth Timur to make the design, long credited to sports artist Henry Alonzo "Lon" Keller. Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion said there's no proof of Buday's claim. "This is a wonderful country, where anybody can sue for anything, even when the allegations are over 70 years old," McGillion said.

Read more about that story and others -- including why Bobby Knight is apologizing to the University of Kentucky -- plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


04/20/2011 - 1:07am
Melo: 'We are playing our [butts] off'

After posting one of the great individual performances in Knicks playoff history and one of the best ever against the Celtics, Carmelo Anthony said he wasn't upset with the 96-93 loss that put his team in a 2-0 hole heading back to New York for Game 3 Friday.

He said he was more proud of his team for nearly pulling off the upset without two of their biggest stars. Anthony had 42 points and 17 rebounds to pick up the slack for Chauncey Billups - out with an injured left knee - and Amar'e Stoudemire - limited to the first half with bad back spasms.

"There were some things when you look back you say ‘We could have done this, we could have done that,'" Anthony said. "We could be up 2-0 if we did something right. For the most part, we are playing our [butts] off. We're playing great. For some guys, this is their first time in the playoffs and for them to be stepping up to the plate like that, taking on the challenge against a...

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