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12/17/2011 - 5:23pm
Pats downgrade 5 to out, re-sign Ventrone

The Patriots announced Saturday afternoon that five players have been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Broncos in Denver: safety Patrick Chung, running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Brandon Spikes, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer and wide receiver Deion Branch.

Chung (foot), Spikes (knee), Vollmer (back and foot) and Vereen (hamstring) have struggled with injuries over the last few weeks -- they were all listed as "questionable" on the injury report on Friday -- while Branch was not on the injury list on Friday, but was apparently dinged up at the end of the Redskins game last week with a groin injury and was not in the lineup down the stretch.

The team also announced that defensive back Ross Ventrone has been signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Ventrone, 25, has spent time on both the practice squad and 53-man roster this season, playing in six games. Ventrone, 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, was...

12/17/2011 - 4:47pm
Thomas blanks Flyers, B's cruise
By: DJ Bean

 The Bruins ended the red-hot Flyers' seven-game win streak in convincing fashion Saturday, chasing goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and leaving Wells Fargo Center with a 6-0 victory.

Tim Thomas' 30th career shutout and a Gordie Howe hat trick from Zdeno Chara led the B's, who have now won four games in a row. 

Benoit Pouliot scored just 27 seconds into the game, driving to the net and cashing in off a pass from Rich Peverley. Daniel Paille then put a rebound off a Dennis Seidenberg shot past Bryzgalov at 2:50, with Chara and Milan Lucic scoring power-play goals later in the period, the latter of which came on a 5-on-3. Nathan Horton added his ninth of the season on the power play at 7:06 of the second period, giving the B's three power play goals on the day. Tyler Seguin scored in the third period to make it 6-0.

Thomas stopped 31 shots, giving the Bruins their second shutout victory in their last three games. Tuukka Rask blanked the...

12/17/2011 - 12:31pm
Green to undergo heart surgery, miss season

The Celtics announced that forward Jeff Green will undergo surgery on Monday, January 9, 2012, after an aortic aneurysm was detected in his physical. He will miss the 2011-12 season, although doctors indicated that surgery will repair the condition and allow Green to continue playing.

“While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case,” team president Danny Ainge said in a statement released by the team. “The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.”

The Herald reported earlier on Saturday that Green's one-year contract will be voided.

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


 


12/17/2011 - 12:16pm
Report: Mayo inks extension with Pats

The Patriots have signed linebacker Jerod Mayo to a five-year contract extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 25-year-old Mayo, who was the 10th overall pick in the 2008 draft, has been a defensive mainstay since he first arrived in Foxboro, and had his best season last year when he registered a career-best 175 tackles. The performance was good enough to land him an All-Pro berth and a spot in the Pro Bowl. He was recently named the 62nd best player in the game in an NFL Network countdown of the Top 100 players in the game, a list voted on by the players. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


12/16/2011 - 10:40pm
Green announcement expected Saturday

The Celtics are still being mum about the ailment that has affected forward Jeff Green. He met with more doctors on Friday, along with team president Danny Ainge, and while an announcement was excepted after the team played a scrimmage at TD Garden, they will now wait until Saturday.

"I will know for sure tomorrow," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I keep saying that but I will. Danny called and said he’ll announce it tomorrow, so we’ll wait. Other than that we’ll just leave it at that."

What we do know is there was something wrong with Green's physical after he signed a one-year contract to remain with the team. Green said on Tuesday that he thought it was related to a stress test and specifically said it was not related to a heart condition.

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Sasha Pavlovic were also held out of Friday's scrimmage. Pierce has missed time with a right heel injury and will not play Sunday...

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