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03/22/2011 - 9:22pm
30 and 30: Lucic, Thomas shine in win
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins took a step toward ending the funk they have found themselves in of late, defeating the Devils, 4-1, at TD Garden Tuesday night. 

 

Shawn Thornton, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi provided the goals for the B's,with Chara's serving as Boston's first 5-on-4 goal since Feb. 18. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power play, with four Devils penalties coming in the second period. 

 

Lucic's third-period goal was his 30th of the season, and he gives the B's their first 30-goal scorer since Phil Kessel in the 2008-09 season. Both Lucic and Chara had two-point performances. 

 

The Devils opened the scoring in the first period, with Ilya Kovalchuk beating Tim Thomas on the power play for his 27th goal of the season. Thomas improved to 30-10-8 with the victory. 

 

Brad Marchand made his return to the B's lineup after serving a two-game suspension for an elbow...

03/22/2011 - 8:25pm
Reports: Frank a candidate at Tennessee

Multiple reports have named Celtics lead assistant coach Lawrence Frank as a candidate for the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee. The Vols job became open on Monday after the school fired Bruce Pearl amid various recruiting violations. Frank was an assistant coach at Tennessee under Kevin O'Neill before moving to the NBA. Frank is in his first season on Doc Rivers' staff and while he would undoubtedly be considered for the Celtics job should Rivers decide to step away after this season, there is no succession plan in place.

 

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


03/22/2011 - 5:24pm
Gonzalez' agent: Deal expected in April

FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Boggs, the agent for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, said that he and fellow Gonzalez representative Tony Cabral met with Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and assistant GM Ben Cherington on Tuesday to resume their December conversation about an extension for the former Padres star.

 

Boggs said that the Sox want Gonzalez to demonstrate the health of his shoulder once regular-season games get underway, and that there remain relatively minor issues — including contract language and both performance and award incentives — to work out. That said, he said that he is entirely confident that a deal will get done along the lines of the parameters that were discussed by the Sox and Gonzalez prior to the completion of the 4-for-1 trade that brought the first baseman to Boston from San Diego.

 

“At the end of the day, everything has been as...

03/22/2011 - 4:00pm
Tito: Sox still undecided on final bullpen spots

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox will hold an organizational meeting following Tuesday's game with the Rays, with the fate of several roster spots in the bullpen possibly in the balance. Of particular note is how to handle the middle relief and lefty specialists in the relief corps and who should make the trip with the team to Texas when the team begins the season April 1. 

 

Red Sox manager Terry Francona will meet with pitching coach Curt Young, general manager Theo Epstein and front office staffers to discuss how to handle relievers Hideki Okajima, Dennys Reyes, Tim Wakefield, Alfredo Aceves, Matt Albers and Scott Atchison.

 

"After the game, Curt and I, Theo and the guys from the front office will sit and talk, and not just talk about how we feel about things but maybe map out the next couple of days," Francona said before Tuesday night's game with the Rays at City of Palms Park. "We're getting to...

03/22/2011 - 3:25pm
NFL owners vote to tweak kickoff rules

NFL owners voted Tuesday to move kickoffs to the 35-yard line instead of the 30, but keep touchbacks coming out to the 20. In addition, owners also have decided to allow the number of players in a blocking wedge to remain at two.

Prior to Tuesday's vote, the league's competition committee proposed placing the ball at the 25 after touchbacks on kickoffs and banning the wedge altogether.

Several coaches expressed concern about making too many changes to kickoffs, saying bringing touchbacks out five more yards would affect field position too much. Coaches also worried about an increase in touchbacks.

Owners voted to make all scoring plays reviewable by the replay official and referee.

(Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.)


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