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09/15/2012 - 11:02pm
NHL owners officially lock out players
By: DJ Bean

The NHL owners officially locked its players out for the second time in eight years when 11:59 p.m. on Saturday night came without a new collective bargaining agreement. 

The league and players' association have had unsuccessful negotiations as they have tried to work towards a new CBA. No formal negotiations were held on Saturday, the final day of the CBA that was agreed upon in 2005. The last known offer made was a proposal from the league's side this week, but the sides have been far apart on many issues, most notably the amount of hockey-related revenue that will go to the players. 

The last NHL lockout was the infamous stalemate that cancelled the 2004-05 season. 

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


09/15/2012 - 3:20pm
Ciriaco wins it for Sox in ninth
By: DJ Bean

Pedro Ciriaco's ninth-inning double led the Red Sox past the Blue Jays, 3-2, in Toronto Saturday. The victory was Boston's second consecutive win. 

Jarrod Saltalamacchia led off the top of the ninth with a double and advanced to third later in the inning on a Mike Aviles fly out. Ciriaco doubled to drive in the go-ahead run.

Clay Buchholz tossed seven innings for Boston, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, with five walks and five strikeouts. The Blue Jays got RBIs from Yunel Escobar and Adam Lind. 

Matching Buchholz was Carlos Villanueva, as the Toronto righty allowed two earned runs on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk over seven innings. 

The Blue Jays got on the board first thanks to Escobar's RBI single in the bottom of the first inning, but a second-inning solo shot from Cody Ross and an RBI single from Saltalamacchia in the fourth inning gave the Sox the lead until Lind's sacrifice fly tied the...

09/15/2012 - 11:24am
Sources: Red Claws hire Taylor as coach

Mike Taylor, who has worked in Europe and the D-League, will become the next head coach of the Maine Red Claws, according to league sources. 

The Celtics have a new working agreement with their D-League affiliate. Beginning this season, the C's will have control of basketball operations and also be the sole affiliate for the franchise. They shared a working agreement with the Bobcats the past few seasons. While the D-League doesn't function as a true minor league, the Celtics are hoping to take advantage of more flexible rules this season that will allow some of their younger players to get playing experience. Taylor will be an important part of that process. 

He worked as an assistant coach for Rio Grande last season and is an assistant coach for the Czech Republic national team. Taylor has also coached throughout Europe. 

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09/15/2012 - 8:18am
Bruins give Lucic three years, $18 million
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Saturday morning that they have agreed to a three-year contract extension with left wing Milan Lucic. The deal carries a $6 million cap hit annually, which will make him the team's highest-paid forward.

The deal comes days after the team locked up fellow forwards Brad Marchand (four years at a $4.5 million average annual value) and Tyler Seguin ($5.75 million AAV). Once the lockout begins at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, teams will not be able to sign players.

Lucic is entering the final season of a three-year deal worth $4.083 million annually and was set to become a restricted free agent after the season. The 24-year-old was third on the team in goals last season with 26. He had his first 30-goal season in the 2010-11 season.

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


09/14/2012 - 9:55pm
Gomez' triple propels Red Sox past Jays

Mauro Gomez' ninth-inning triple plated both Jacoby Ellsbury and Cody Ross, breaking a 5-5 tie and propelling the Red Sox to an 8-5 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto Friday night.

Gomez, who was one of three Red Sox to come away with a multiple-hit game, added an insurance run when he came in from third on Ryan Lavarnway's sacrifice fly.

It was Lavarnway's three-run home run in the fourth inning that initially tied the game for the Red Sox. The visitors would take a 5-3 lead in the fifth when Daniel Nava notched a two-run single.

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka bounced back from one of the worst outings in his career, allowing four runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking three.

Reliever Chris Carpenter picked up the win for the Red Sox, coming in with one on and one out with the game tied at 5-5. The righty would sandwich outs by Yunel Escobar and J.P. Arencibia around an intentional...

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