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11/16/2011 - 3:15pm
Marchand on M&M: 'I had to do better'

Bruins forward Brad Marchand checked in with Mut & Merloni Wednesday afternoon for his weekly discussion, following Tuesday night's 4-3 victory over the Devils, the team's sixth straight win.

Marchand took a bad penalty in the second period Tuesday night, leading to a New Jersey goal and a spot on the bench for Marchand for the final nine minutes of the period.

"I think it had to do with more than just that penalty," Marchand said of the benching. "My game wasn't where it should be last night and coach sent me a message."

When he returned, Marchand scored a goal six seconds into the third period.

"I knew I had to do better," he said. "I had to play better and do my job better. I took a penalty that cost the team the first goal. Luckily ... I was able to get it back. It was nice to be able to go out there and have a better third period."

During Wednesday's practice, goalie Tuukka Rask...

11/16/2011 - 3:01pm
McCourty, Spikes, Fletcher miss walkthrough

FOXBORO -- Devin McCourty, Dane Fletcher and Brandon Spikes were the only three players not in attendance for the start of Patriots practice on Wednesday inside the Dana Farber Field House. 

All three players are dealing with injuries, with McCourty's being the most recent, a right shoulder injury suffered in the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium. 

Fletcher is battling a thumb injury while linebacker Brandon Spikes is rehabbing his right knee after reportedly suffering a sprained MCL in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6. 

The Patriots practice was just a walk-through in sweats and shirts and no helmets. There is no formal injury report on Wednesday since the team has an extra day to prepare for Monday night's game with the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. The team is expected to return to more a full practice schedule on Thursday. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at...

11/16/2011 - 2:46pm
Revs introduce Heaps as coach

FOXBORO -- With team owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft looking on, Jay Heaps was named the sixth coach of the Revolution Wednesday in a news conference at Gillette Stadium, taking over for Steve Nicol, who was not brought back following a dismal 5-16-13 season. 

Two years after stepping away from the playing field following his 11-year Major League Soccer career, the 35-year-old former defender assumed his duties immediately after being introduced in Foxboro. 

“For more than a decade, Jay was as passionate, tough and tireless as any player who’s ever worn the Revolution jersey,” Revolution investor/operator Jonathan Kraft said. “During his Revs career, no one was more determined to win or revered for his work ethic and leadership, both on and off the field. We are excited that Jay will bring these characteristics, along with a keen intellect, to his new position as our head coach. He understands the team’s...

11/16/2011 - 2:30pm
Ference practices, Rask has nutty
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference practiced with the B's for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury last week. He said after the skate that he is "still day-to-day," but the Bruins doubt he will play Thursday against the Blue Jackets.

"I don't think we're even at that stage yet for Andrew where it's a game-time decision," Claude Julien said. "I don't even know if he's been assessed well enough to make that comment, but maybe that will change tomorrow morning." 

Perhaps the most interesting moment of Wednesday's practice came when an enraged Tuukka Rask banged his stick on the crossbar four times and threw his stick off the ice following a goal from Patrice Bergeron's line. 

"Tuukka has a temper," Julien said. "It's not the first time he's exhibited that. He gets mad and he's competitive. It's never a bad thing as long as it's for the right reasons."

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11/16/2011 - 2:21pm
Gammons on M&M: Sveum best pick for Sox

Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday at noon for his weekly appearance. Gammons discussed Jonathon Papelbon signing with the Phillies and how the Red Sox will address the closer situation, and gave some insight on Boston's managerial search.

Former Red Sox third base coach Dale Sveum has emerged as someone who many believe to be the leading candidate to become manager of the Sox. Sveum, currently the hitting coach for the Brewers, was not very popular with Red Sox fans during his time in Boston, but Gammons said fans should not use Sveum's years as a third base coach to judge how he will be as a manager.

"I find it absurd, because it has nothing to do with managing," Gammons said. "Just think of the 1983 playoffs and the hysteria in Chicago over [then-White Sox third base coach] Jim Leyland and all the mix-up in the third game of the playoffs which ended up with them losing the series...

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