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12/10/2011 - 10:40pm
Bruins top Columbus; Chara hurt
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins avoided a three-game losing streak, beating the team with the worst record in the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-3, Saturday night in Columbus.

Leading the Bruins -- who fell into a 2-0 hole in the first period -- was Joe Corvo, who notched a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the third period. Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton and Chris Kelly also lit the lamp for the visitors. Three of the scores came on the power-play for the B's.

The bad news for the Bruins came in the second period when Chara was forced to leave the game after suffering what appeared to be a leg injury after a check by Columbus' Antoine Vermette.

The Bruins' starting goalie, Tim Thomas, was pulled after saving 22 of 25 shots through two periods. He was replaced by Tuukka Rask for the third period, with the backup netminder stopping all 11 of the shots he faced. It marked the first time since March 19 that Thomas had been pulled from a game.


12/10/2011 - 9:20pm
Pats downgrade 4 to out, including Chung

The Patriots announced Saturday night that safety Patrick Chung, offensive lineman Dan Connolly, linebacker Brandon Spikes and running back Shane Vereen have all been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Chung (foot) has been sidelined since the end of a Nov. 6 loss to the Giants. In that same game, Spikes (knee) also suffered an injury that has kept him on the shelf since early last month. Meanwhile, Connolly has been slowed by a groin injury over the last month or so (he'll miss his third straight game), and Vereen has struggled with hamstring problems over the course of his rookie season.

They join offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who has suffered back and foot injuries over the course of the season, and was officially downgraded to out on Friday.

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12/10/2011 - 6:52pm
Casey fuels Harvard rout of BU

Kyle Casey scored 20 points and Laurent Rivard added 18 Saturday at Agganis Arena as 25th-ranked Harvard rolled past Boston University, 76-52.

Harvard broke open a close game in the first half with a 16-0 run to take a 37-21 lead into the break. The Crimson scored the first two baskets of the second half and never led by less than 17 points the rest of the way.

Casey also grabbed nine rebounds for Harvard (9-1), which was coming off its first loss of season at UConn Thursday. Rivard did his damage from downtown, hitting 6-of-7 3-pointers.

Darryl Partin led BU (4-6) with 12 points, while Patrick Hazel contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

12/10/2011 - 6:16pm
Celtics re-sign forward Jeff Green

The Celtics announced that they have re-signed restricted free agent Jeff Green. Terms were not announced but it is believed that Green accepted the team's one-year qualifying offer. The fifth-year forward was in Waltham on Saturday but didn't practice and said he would talk to the media on Sunday.

Green was acquired from Oklahoma City at the trade deadline along with Nenad Krstic for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. He avareged 10 points and 3 rebounds in a reduced role. He's averaged 14 points and 5.5 rebound during his career.

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12/10/2011 - 5:55pm
Rivers: Garnett may be used at center

WALTHAM -- While the Celtics wait for resolution on a sign-and-trade deal with free agent David West, they have a notable shortage of traditional centers on the roster. That's true even if Jermaine O'Neal ultimately remains in Boston.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers isn't worried about that scenario because the team already has added Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox who can play both the big forward and center positions. He also said that Kevin Garnett could play more center this year. "Kevin will play some five this year, which honestly I don’t think is a problem at all," Rivers said. "You can play him and Bass together. Either one can guard the five or the four so it makes us pretty versatile."

This is part of a league-wide trend. Beyond Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, there are not many traditional back-to-the-basket centers left. "There’s two or three of them that are dominant anymore," Rivers said. "...

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