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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...

01/22/2012 - 11:48am
Former Penn State coach Paterno dies

The Associated Press reported that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno died Sunday morning after complications from lung cancer. Paterno was 85.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today," his family said in a statement. "His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."

Paterno had been in the hospital for over a week with what had been deemed by his family to be minor complications related to his cancer. However, his condition grew increasingly grave during his stay.

Paterno is the winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 college football history, having won 409 games, but was fired by Penn State amidst a growing scandal about child sexual abuse involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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01/21/2012 - 8:43pm
Red Sox agree to one-year deal with Bard

The Red Sox announced that they have reached agreement with Daniel Bard on a one-year deal for the 2012 season. According to a source, the deal will pay the 26-year-old $1.6125 million. The right-hander, who has just under three years of major league service time, was arbitration eligible for the first time.

Bard, 26, set a Red Sox record and tied for the American League lead with 34 holds last season. He had a 3.33 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 24 walks in 70 appearances spanning 73 innings. However, he also finished the year with a 2-9 record that included an 0-4 mark and three blown saves in September, along with a 10.64 ERA. That final note somewhat marred what Bard had called his best season to that point, a year that included a club-record 25-game scoreless streak from May 27-July 31. This year, the Sox will bring Bard into spring training as a starter, with the intention of having him compete for a spot in the rotation.

Bard had filed for a $1....

01/21/2012 - 6:58pm
Sources: Sox deal Scutaro for pitcher

According to major league sources, the Red Sox have agreed to send shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Rockies in exchange for right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortenson, a pitcher who represents a big league depth option.

The Sox exercised a $6 million option on Scutaro's contract for the 2012 deal. While he had been expected to be the team's everyday shortstop, in moving him, the team would free up payroll to make a run at another player, with players such as free agent Roy Oswalt and White Sox starter Gavin Floyd having been among potential Sox targets.

Scutaro, who signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Sox after the 2009 season that included a $6 million team option, hit .284 with a .343 OBP, .401 slugging mark, .744 OPS and 18 homers in 263 games for the Red Sox over the last two seasons. Though limited to 113 games in 2011, he hit a career-high .299 with a .358 OBP, .423 slugging mark and .781 OPS, along with seven homers and 54 RBI.

His...

01/21/2012 - 5:51pm
Bruins recall Kampfer from Providence
By: DJ Bean

 With uncertainty potentially surrounding Andrew Ference's availability for Sunday's game agaisnt the Flyers, the Bruins recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer from Providence following Saturday's game. 

Ference was tossed from the Bruins' 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers for his hit on Ryan McDonagh in overtime. The Bruins' blueliner was given both a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct for the play, and Marian Gaborik scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 3.6 seconds left in overtime.

Kampfer, who was sent to Providence Friday, was in attendance for Saturday's game. 

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