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11/17/2011 - 12:49pm
Boychuk sick, Ference, Paille may return
By: DJ Bean

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is considered questionable for Thursday night's game against the Blue Jackets after he missed the team's morning skate with flu-like symptoms. 

With Boychuk potentially out, Andrew Ference may make a quicker return to the lineup than initially expected. If Ference is unable to go, the Bruins would need to make a call-up in order to ice six defensemen. 

"Right now [Ference] is fine, and unless that changes over the course of the next few hours, we don't anticipate calling anybody up," Claude Julien said. "He felt good this morning, and that was something that we had to look at with Johnny's situation. Had he not been, we would have probably been more cautious and called somebody up."

Forward Daniel Paille is also considered a game-time decision for Thursday night's game. He has been practicing with the team wearing a full cage due to the slapshot he took to the face last Monday...

11/17/2011 - 12:34pm
Source: Red Sox trying to add Minaya

MILWAUKEE -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have talked with former Expos and Mets GM Omar Minaya about accepting a position in the organization, likely as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington. Minaya is believed to be weighing numbers from a number of organizations about the type of front office role he would be interested in pursuing after spending the 2011 season on the sidelines.

Minaya was named GM of the Mets in 2004, and helped build a club that advanced within a game of the World Series in 2006 but that suffered season-ending collapses and narrowly missed the postseason in both 2007 and 2008. That said, he is viewed as an outstanding talent evaluator, resulting in seemingly widespread interest by a number of clubs -- including the Red Sox -- in adding him to a front office.

News of the Sox' interest in hiring Minaya...

11/17/2011 - 11:40am
Heidi Watney to leave NESN

Heidi Watney, the Red Sox field reporter for NESN since 2008, is leaving the network. Several reports have indicated the 30-year-old Watney is going to California to work as a sideline reporter for the Lakers on Time Warner Cable. 

“Heidi Watney will not be returning to NESN next year," said NESN President & CEO Sean McGrail said in statement first published by Ken Fang. "She is pursuing other opportunities that would bring her closer to her family on the west coast. We respect Heidi’s decision and would like to thank her for everything that she has brought to NESN over the past 4 years and wish her the very best."

A native of California and a University of San Diego graduate, Watney worked at the FOX affiliate at Fresno before landing the job with NESN in June 2008.

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox


11/17/2011 - 9:14am
Brady, Welker lead Pro Bowl voting

Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Logan Mankins are positional leaders in early AFC Pro Bowl voting results.

Brady tops all AFC players with 537,780 votes, second only to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (589,801) among all NFL players. Welker is second to Detriot's Calvin Johnson among NFL receivers, and Welker's 430,945 votes stand fifth among NFL players. Gronkowski leads all NFL tight ends with 334,909 votes.

Fan balloting for the Pro Bowl runs through December 19. 

For more Patriots news visit weei.com/patriots.

 


11/17/2011 - 9:03am
Mashup: Clemens' son faces winter ball ban

Koby Clemens, one of Roger Clemens' sons, is expected to be banned from international play this winter after abandoning his Puerto Rican team, according to a report from a Puerto Rico newspaper. The Astros minor leaguer apparently left the Mayaguez Indians last Wednesday without providing a reason. The team filed paperwork that bans Clemens from playing for any other winter league team in the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, which includes Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Explained team owner Daniel Aquino: "I'd like the fans and everyone else to know that we're not looking to sanction Clemens. Even less do we wish to do him harm. We're only following procedure."

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


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