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01/22/2012 - 3:31pm
Allen leaves game with sprained ankle

Celtics guard Ray Allen jammed his left ankle early in the second quarter when he ran around a screen set by the Wizards' Jan Vesely and did not return to the game. There was no contact on the play, but Allen appeared to roll his ankle.

The veteran guard had double ankle surgery in 2006-07, the season before he joined the Celtics, but has not had any major ankle issues in his four-plus years with the team.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


01/22/2012 - 2:52pm
Ference suspended for three games
By: DJ Bean

The NHL announced Sunday that Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended three games for his hit on Ryan McDonagh Saturday. 

Ference and McDonagh were both chasing a puck Ference had chipped behind Henrik Lundqvist's net in overtime when Ference shoved the Rangers blueliner into the endboards.

The B's defenseman, who had tied a career high with his fourth goal of the season earlier in the game, was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. The Bruins remained on the penalty kill until Marian Gaborik scored with 3.6 remaining to give the Rangers a 3-2  victory. 

With Ference out, Steven Kampfer will be in the Bruins' lineup Sunday in Philadelphia. 

Ference's suspension is the Bruins' third of the season, which ties the Flames for most suspensions for a team this season. Milan Lucic (one game in December) and Brad Marchand (five games earlier this month) are the other two Bruins to b...

01/22/2012 - 2:37pm
Chad Ochocinco among Pats inactives

FOXBORO -- Despite making the trip back from his father's funeral in Miami in time for today's AFC championship, Chad Ochocinco is inactive for the first time all season. 

Ochocinco's father passed away earlier in the week and he traveled to Miami on Friday following the team's final practice, missing Saturday's walkthrough.

Also inactive are running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, linebacker Gary Guyton, offensive linemen Donald Thomas and Sebastian Vollmer and rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett.

The Ridley move comes as a bit of a surprise, as he had been active in each of the team's previous 17 games in his rookie season out of LSU. Ridley, who had no fumbles in his first 15 games, has fumbled in each of the team's last two games, including in the 45-10 win over Denver, accounting for his only lost fumble all season.

For complete coverage, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/...

01/22/2012 - 1:24pm
Rondo's out, Bradley starts again

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will miss his second straight game with a sprained right wrist and Avery Bradley will start in his place against the Wizards on Sunday afternoon.

Rondo injured his wrist when he took a fall late in  the third quarter of their game against Toronto on Wednesday. Without Rondo, the Celtics scored just 71 points in a loss to Phoenix on Friday, although Bradley had a solid game in his first NBA start with 10 points and only one turnover.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


01/22/2012 - 12:59pm
O'Brien: Paterno was an 'icon, great man'

FOXBORO -- With his offense preparing to take the field against the Ravens defense in the AFC championship, outgoing Patriots offensive coordinator and Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien remembered his predecessor Joe Paterno Sunday morning, hours after Paterno lost his battle with lung cancer.

"It is with great sadness that I am compelled to deliver this message of condolence and tribute to a great man, husband, father and someone who is more than just a coach, Joe Paterno," O'Brien said in a statement. "First, on behalf of Penn State Football, we offer our sincerest condolences to the Paterno family for their loss. We also offer our condolences to the Penn State community and, in particular, to those who wore the Penn State colors, our Nittany Lion football players and alumni.

"Today, they lost a great man, coach, mentor and, in many cases, a father figure, and we extend our deepest sympathies. The Penn State Football...

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