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09/07/2011 - 1:25pm
Bettman: KHL plane crash 'catastrophic loss'
By: DJ Bean

NHL commissoner Gary Bettman released a statement Wednesday after the plane carrying KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed, killing 43 people including former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon (the head coach of the team), as well as former NHL players Ruslan Salei, Pavol Demitra, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins and Josef Vasicek.

"Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world -- including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our league," Bettman said. "Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished.”

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, no plans have been made regarding how the team will repopulate its roster.

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09/07/2011 - 12:36pm
Pats practice: Only Vollmer misses

FOXBORO -- Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was the only player not spotted at the beginning of Patriots practice on Wednesday afternoon on the main Gillette Stadium field. The team worked out in full pads in preparation for their season opener Monday night in Miami against the Dolphins. 

Linebackers Dane Fletcher and Jermaine Cunningham were among the seven players to return while newcomers Dan Gronkowski and linebacker E.J. Edds were also on hand for their first practice after being added to the 53-man roster earlier in the day. Also returning were Taylor Price, Stevan Ridley, Kyle Arrington, Shane Vereen, Jeff Tarpinian and Mark Anderson.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and blog It Is What It Is


09/07/2011 - 11:51am
Gammons on M&M: Sox need four starters

Hall of Fame baseball writer and analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the latest Red Sox news.

The biggest news out of Toronto this week is the ankle injury to Red Sox starter Josh Beckett.

"I don't think we know until he goes out there," Gammons said of the injury's severity. "It's his push-off ankle. They say, 'OK, it's all right.' It's kind of like saying, 'Well, geez, [Clay] Buchholz feels great,' when he hasn't thrown yet. You don't know.

"I think what worries me here -- hopefully I'm just being worrisome -- but Beckett has become such a precise pitcher. He's very thoughtful. He's not throwing 98 the way he did when he was a kid. And yet, he is so precise. He takes the time to make really good pitches. The changeup has come so far. You just worry that if he gets thrown off a little bit, what is he going to be? He's a very, very tough guy. But we're...

09/07/2011 - 11:14am
Brady: 'Hopefully we do enough to win'

FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady admitted Wednesday that the team's offensive unit has overcome some inconsistencies if they are to reach their ultimate goal of winning a fourth Super Bowl. Brady and the Patriots returned to the main Gillette Stadium practice field Wednesday in preparation for the season opener Monday night in Miami.

"We're a long way from figuring out where we're going to be," Brady said. "I'm sure every week we're going to improve if we keep working hard at it. But we've only been togther five or six weeks. I'm sure there's going to be good, I'm sure there's going to be things we need to correct. Hopefully, we do enough to win."

The Pats blew out the Jaguars and Buccaneers by a combined 78-26 in the first two preseason games before losing in Detroit and home to the Giants to finish the exhibition season 2-2. 

"There's only one team every year that has a good season and we haven't been...

09/07/2011 - 9:43am
Update: Ex-Bruin McCrimmon dies in crash

Editor's note: Updated at 1:05 p.m. to reflect confirmation of McCrimmon's death.

Former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon is among those who died after a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team crashed after takeoff at an airport in Tunoshna, according to reports out of Russia. McCrimmon, 52, who played in Boston from 1979-82 and was an assistant coach for the Red Wings the past three seasons, was the head coach of the Russian team.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock confirmed McCrimmon's death to Detroit media. "I know that Brad was on the flight, but that's all I know," Babcock said. "So, obviously, it's a tough day around here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

Reports indicate the jet crashed into a radar tower just seconds after takeoff and caught fire after hitting the ground, killing 43 of the 45 people on board. The plane carried 37 team members and eight flight staffers. Former...

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