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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...

11/16/2011 - 1:48pm
Sox given extension of window for Mackanin

MILWAUKEE -- Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said on Tuesday that his club had granted the Red Sox an extension of their window of permission to talk to bench coach Pete Mackanin about their managerial vacancy. Amaro did not specify when that window was granted, and he acknowledged that he did not know where things stood between the Sox and Mackanin in the managerial search process.

Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum is interviewing with the Red Sox owners in Milwaukee today, becoming the first candidate to have a second-round interview. Sox GM Ben Cherington said on Tuesday that he expects at least one additional candidate from the pool of first-round candidates Mackanin, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont to be brought in for a second round of...

11/16/2011 - 1:33pm
Francona says he won't manage in 2012

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, passed over by the Cardinals this week, said he does not plan to manage in 2012. Speaking with CSNNE's Sean McAdam Wednesday, Francona said: "I'm not going to try to manage next year, for my benefit.

Francona and the Red Sox parted ways last month following the team's September collapse. There had been speculation that he would land with the Cubs or Cardinals, but St. Louis hired Mike Matheny to replace Tony La Russa.

"When I interviewed in St. Louis, I was genuinely excited about it," Francona said. "St. Louis was such an exciting opportunity. But we were all beaten up at the end of the year, and after [interviewing] I took a step back and began to look at things realistically."

The Cubs, meanwhile, have yet to name a manager to serve under new team president Theo Epstein, but it's become clear that Francona won't be the choice.

"I've talked to Theo numerous times,...

11/16/2011 - 11:43am
Carter named AFC Defensive Player of Week

FOXBORO -- Following his franchise-record 4.5 sacks in a 37-16 win over the Jets, Patriots defensive end Andre Carter was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday. 

In August, Carter signed a one-year deal with a base salary of $1.75 million. He also received a $500,000 signing bonus and the chance to earn another $500,000 in incentives, making the contract worth up to $2.75 million.

So far, the deal has been worth it for the Patriots. He leads the team in sacks with nine, tying him for fourth-best in the NFL. Carter has three games this season with at least two sacks. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


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