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03/31/2011 - 9:32pm
Scott: 'Kick the [expletive] out of' Thornton
By: DJ Bean

Shawn Thornton was not happy after somebody chirped at him from the Chicago bench while he was leaving the ice Tuesday night. Thornton, who was bloodied after getting his face mangled by Fernando Pisani‘s blade, said after the game that he wanted to find out who it was, and has since said that the Blackhawks like to chirp. One Blackhawk took exception to it with some colorful language.

“He can say what he wants,” Blackhawks defenseman John Scott told the Chicago Tribune. “He’s going after some of our littlest guys on our team to start a fight. He’s trying to challenge Pisani to a fight. What’s that say about him?

“He’s Mr. Tough Guy and he’s trying to challenge Pisani. If I’m in the lineup, he’s more than welcome to come chirp at me. I’ll kick the [expletive] out of him.”

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03/31/2011 - 5:04pm
Ainge: Shaq could return Sunday

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly interview on Thursday afternoon. Ainge was first asked about the status of Shaquille O'Neal. Doc Rivers indicated earlier on Thursday that O'Neal's achilles injury could be a problem in the postseason.

"I was just with Shaq, we were just working out down in Waltham," said Ainge. "Shaq is either going to play Sunday or Tuesday. … I think that Doc probably -- "bleed into the playoffs" -- I think is something different than he's not going to play until the playoffs. But it looks like he's ready to go Sunday or Tuesday."

Jermaine O'Neal -- sidelined since January 12 after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee -- is scheduled to make his return to the lineup Thursday vs. the Spurs. Ainge feels both O'Neal centers must be playing key minutes for the Celtics to make a run in the postseason.

"First of all, there'...

03/31/2011 - 2:52pm
Isiah takes (another) shot at Bird

Fourteen years after claiming Larry Bird "would be just another guy" if he were black, Isiah Thomas took another shot at the Celtics legend. This time, he ripped fellow NBA Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, too.

"I have no problem saying this at all," he told a Fox Sports reporter. "They're all 6[-feet]-9 and Jordan was 6-6 1/2. If they were all 6-1, it wouldn't even be a question. They wouldn't even [expletive] rate. If they were all my size, [expletive], they wouldn't even be talked about.

"I beat the [expletive] out of them when they were that big. If we were all the same size, [expletive]. Make them 6-1 and let's go on the court."

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03/31/2011 - 2:37pm
Leigh Bodden: 'I'm ready for some action'

Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden said on Thursday that his shoulder “feels good,” and his rehab — which he continues to go through every day — has been great. Speaking on Sirius NFL Radio, he told hosts Bob Papa and Ross Tucker that he’s “ready to play.”

“Oh, man — the rehab has been great. The arm feels good,” he said. “I was thinking to myself the other day, I was like, ‘Man, I’m ready for some action. I’m ready to play.’ I haven’t played in a year, so I’m eager to get out there and do some things. Put in work. Use this arm. Jam some people up. But soon enough. The longer I have to heal, the better it is. But it’s really feeling good. I still continue to rehab every day. But it’s feeling great.”

Bodden also touched on a number of other subjects, including what it was like to sit out all last season while the...

03/31/2011 - 2:04pm
Red Sox sending Iglesias to Pawtucket

The Red Sox have determined that shortstop Jose Iglesias will begin the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. The 21-year-old  spent 20 games at Double A Portland in 2010, hitting .285 with a .315 on-base percentage.

The stint with the Sea Dogs was interrupted when Iglesias suffered an injury to his right hand after being hit by a pitch on May 29. Following the setback, Iglesias spent 20 games rehabbing at Single-A Lowell, hitting .350 with a .438 on-base percentage.

In 15 spring training games this season, Iglesias hit .320 before being sent to the minor league camp March 17.

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