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03/16/2010 - 10:25pm
Patriots work out pair from BYU

WEEI.com has confirmed via league sources that the Patriots held workouts Tuesday with a pair of BYU players, fullback Manase Tonga and tight end Dennis Pitta. A 6-foot, 238-pounder, Tonga gained 166 yards on 40 rush attempts (3.7 yards per carry), as well as 271 yards receiving on 30 receptions as a senior. Pitta, a consensus All-American tight end, is 6-foot-5 and 247 pounds, and was a finalist for the prestigious John Mackey Award, given to the nation's premier tight end. As a senior, he caught 62 passes for a team-leading 829 yards on the season, including eight touchdown passes. The news was originally reported by the National Football Post. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


03/16/2010 - 9:26pm
B's blow by Hurricanes

Michael Ryder and Patrice Bergeron each scored their 16th goals of the season and Mark Recchi moved into a tie for 22nd on the NHL's all-time goal scoring list with his 560th career goal as the Bruins ended their season-long seven-game road trip with a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh on Tuesday night. Bergeron had to be helped from the ice with just under three minutes left after taking a Mark Stuart slap shot to the inside of the right knee. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog


03/16/2010 - 9:05pm
UConn edges NU in NIT

UConn survived a major scare from visiting Northeastern but held on to win 59-57 in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament Tuesday night. Matt Janning led Northeastern with 17 points, while UConn's Jerome Dyson had a game-high 18 points. Late in the contest, fifth-seeded NU pushed out to a six-point lead (54-48) when Chaisson Allen hit 1-of-2 free throws, but fourth-seeded UConn went on an 11-3 run to take command. A late 3-point attempt from Northeastern's Baptiste Bataille was off the mark at the buzzer, ending the upset bid. For more, click here.


03/16/2010 - 8:41pm
Westmoreland surgery 'successful'

The Red Sox issued the following release about the surgical procedure performed on 19-year-old Ryan Westmoreland to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain:

 

According to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Red Sox minor league outfielder Ryan Westmoreland today underwent successful surgery to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain. Dr. Robert Spetzler performed the surgery. The announcement was made by general manager Theo Epstein. Following the five-hour procedure, Westmoreland remains in the intensive care unit but has come through the surgery well. Due to the complexity of this surgery, Ryan will face a difficult period initially before beginning his recovery.

 

For more on Westmoreland, click here.


03/16/2010 - 7:00pm
Westmoreland has surgery

Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland underwent brain surgery on Tuesday morning at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. A team source told ESPN.com that initial indications were that the surgery "went well," though a full prognosis is not expected for a few days.

 

The 19-year-old Westmoreland left minor league camp on March 4. He was diagnosed on March 5 with a cavernous malformation in his brain (click here for a full explanation of the condition)

 

Members of the Red Sox organization spent Tuesday anxiously awaiting the results of the surgery. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, who considers Westmoreland a close friend, noted that even the months of chemotherapy that he underwent after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease paled in comparison to the uncertainty that Westmoreland faced entering his surgery.

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