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11/10/2011 - 2:42pm
Pats practice: Chung, Spikes miss again

FOXBORO -- Patrick Chung, Brandon Spikes and Ryan Wendell were not at the start of Patriots practice for the second straight day as the team held practice inside a rainy Gillette Stadium Thursday afternoon. 

Chung missed his second straight practice with a foot injury while Spikes landed on this week's injury report with a right knee issue. He reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Giants. Wendell suffered a concussion during the loss while Dane Fletcher was again missing from practice. 

The team practiced in full pads inside the stadium in preparation for the Jets this Sunday night at MetLife Stadium. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


11/10/2011 - 12:51pm
Rask off first, Peverley game-time decision
By: DJ Bean

Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice at the Bruins' morning skate Thursday, an indication that he will start against the Oilers. Rask picked up his first win of the season (1-3-0) Monday, stopping 24 of 26 shots in a 6-2 win over the Islanders. 

To the surprise of no one, forward Daniel Paille is officially out for Thursday night. Paille had surgery Wednesday after getting hit in the face with a slapshot from Steve Staios in the third period Monday. Benoit Pouliot will play on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton in Paille's place.

Rich Peverley, meanwhile, is a game-time decision. Peverley participated in the morning skate at TD Garden, but so did emergency call-up Zach Hamill. If Peverley, who missed Monday's game with an undisclosed injury, is unable to play Thursday, Hamill will skate on the on the third line in his place.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/...

11/10/2011 - 11:49am
Madden: Possible Sandusky 'pimped out kids'

Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden -- who wrote a column in the Beaver County Times seven months ago detailing the child abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky and Penn State's lack of response -- joined the Dennis and Callahan show on Thursday and added another disturbing potential layer to this scandel. 

"I can give you a rumor and I can give you something I think might happen," Madden said. "There's a rumor that there will be a more shocking development from the Second Mile Foundation -- and hold on, this is gross, I will use the only language I can -- that Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich donors. That is being investigated by two prominent columnists even as I speak."

To hear the complete interview,...

11/10/2011 - 8:44am
Mashup: Players vote Tebow most overrated

The Sporting News conducted a poll of 111 players from 31 teams and asked which player is the most overrated. Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow ranked first with 21 votes, edging out Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who had 21.

Said one NFC defensive player: "Tim Tebow. I think it’s more media-driven. I think based on what people say about him, he should be doing some unbelievable things."

Jets QB Mark Sanchez was a distant third, with nine votes. The Patriots are represented by Chad Ochocinco (tied for fifth with five votes) and Tom Brady (tied for sixth with three votes).

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


11/10/2011 - 2:29am
NBA talks continue, but little progress

The NBA and the players union met for another 12 hours in New York on Wednesday night and while the two sides again failed to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, they will resume talks on Thursday.

Additionally, NBA commissioner David Stern said that the league would not revert back to its hardline offer while negotiations were taking place. He had set a deadline of Wednesday at 5 p.m. for the union to agree to the owners' last proposal.

"We've agreed that we've stopped the clock while we continue to negotiate," Stern said. "We've agreed to convene here tomorrow at noon. I would not read into this optimism or pessimism we just continue to negotiate." 

There appeared to be little progress made on the main issues: the BRI split and the system issues.

"We spent a lot of time covering all of the issues we still have remaining, but we can't say there was...

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