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10/18/2011 - 9:44pm
Julien tossed in ugly Bruins loss
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins put up an early candidate for their worst loss of the season Tuesday as they lost an ugly one to the Hurricanes, 4-1, and saw their season record drop to 2-4-0. 

As the game wore on, the Bruins became increasingly frustrated, leading to, among other things, a game misconduct for coach Claude Julien in the final minutes. 

The Hurricanes received goals from Anthony Stewart, Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu, with Rich Peverley scoring the Bruins' lone goal. Stewart has scored both of his goals this season again the Bruins. 

Tuukka Rask has lost both games he's started, with Cam Ward receiving the win for the Hurricanes. 

On a night that featured instances of Nathan Horton taking whacks at Carolina players and the likes of Shawn Thornton being turned down in his requests to dance (Thornton practically begged Tim Gleason), the teams finally came to blows more than halfway through the second period....

10/18/2011 - 5:43pm
Varitek: Beer drinking 'not an issue'

Jason Varitek, in an interview with The Boston Globe, refused to blame the Red Sox' historic September collapse on any of the off-field issues that have been reported since the end of the season.

"It's embarrassing professionally that we collapsed the way we did," Varitek said. "But it wasn't because we stopped trying or stopped caring about each other. This team was just fine until the end. We tried everything we could to stop it."

Varitek also dismissed any notion that beer drinking in the clubhouse by Sox pitchers during games played any role in the September struggles.

"That's a minuscule issue," Varitek said. "Guys are in the clubhouse all the time. I'm in there watching pitches because I can't see what I need to see from the bench. To me, that is not an issue at all."

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10/18/2011 - 4:54pm
Patriots work out eight players

FOXBORO -- The Patriots Tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the following players were worked out by the team: wide receivers Britt Davis and Jarred Fayson; kicker Dave Rayner; long snapper Chris Massey; punters Robert Malone and Spencer Lanning; offensive linemen Phil Trautwein and Robert Brewster. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


10/18/2011 - 2:47pm
Report: Hoyer a candidate for Cubs GM

According to a report from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Cubs are interested in hiring Jed Hoyer for the vacant general manager position, presumably with Theo Epstein in the role of club president.

Hoyer -- currently the executive vice president and general manager of the Padres -- worked with Epstein in the Red Sox front office from 2002-09. If Hoyer does leave the Padres, Heyman reported that Josh Byrnes could take over as Padres general manager. Heyman also reported that Byrnes could join Epstein in Chicago should Hoyer decide to stay with the Padres. Byrnes is currently the assistant general manager for the Padres, a title he held with the Red Sox from 2002-05.

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox.


10/18/2011 - 12:58pm
Pats start bye week practices without Brady

FOXBORO -- Quarterback Tom Brady, offensive lineman Matt Light, linebacker Dane Fletcher, cornerback Ras-I Dowling and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth were all not present for the start of Patriots' practice on Tuesday, which took place inside Gillette Stadium.

Three of the players who started the season on the physically unable to perform list -- running back Kevin Faulk and defensive linemen Brandon Deaderick and Ron Brace -- were all on the field at the start of practice. Because they have started practicing, the Patriots now have up to three weeks to decide to put them on the active roster or injured reserve. Until then, they don't count against the 53-man roster.

As for Brady, it's not believed the quarterback is suffering from any sort of long-term physical ailment -- the Michigan product was in the locker room before the start of practice, joking with reporters about the fact that he lost a bet on the Michigan-Michigan State...

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