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01/10/2012 - 2:40pm
Vollmer, Mankins back, McDaniels at practice

FOXBORO -- New coaching assistant Josh McDaniels attended his first practice on Tuesday and Sebastian Vollmer and Logan Mankins returned from injury as the Patriots held their first padded practice in over a month on the lower grass fields outside Gillette Stadium. 

Vollmer missed the final five games of the season with an injured right foot while Mankins suffered a left knee injury in the Christmas Eve win over the Dolphins at Gillette. Both were back in pads on Tuesday as the team began on-the-field prep work for Tim Tebow and the Broncos in the AFC Divisional Playoff this Saturday night at Gillette. 

The team practiced in pads for the first time since Dec. 7 while Bill O'Brien and McDaniels were both on the field with head coach Bill Belichick. It was the first practice since O'Brien accepted the job as Penn State head coach in 2012 and the first since McDaniels was hired away from St. Louis last week, joining the Patriots staff...

01/10/2012 - 1:12pm
Marchand responds to suspension, Vigneault
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Brad Marchand spoke to the media following Tuesday's morning skate, making his first public comments since being suspended five games by the league for his low-bridge hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo. 

"I'm obviously a little disappointed," Marchand said of Brendan Shanahan's ruling. "I wasn't expecting as many games as I got, but that was the decision and now I just have to move on."

Marchand had asked Shanahan for clarification on the legality of such hits prior to the season so as to be sure that he would not commit the infraction. 

"I'm a smaller guy, I play low to the ice. That's the way I've protected myself in the past and I just felt it was better to be safe than sorry," Marchand said of his preseason inquiry. "I brought it up to him and when I walked away from the conversation he told me to protect myself was OK in that situation. When that situation arises I felt I was...

01/10/2012 - 9:09am
Mashup: LSU's Miles under fire at presser

Following LSU's 21-0 loss to Alabama in Monday night's national championship game, LSU coach Les Miles faced some questions about why he didn't yank ineffective quarterback Jordan Jefferson and put in Jarrett Lee. One such question that led off the postgame press conference was more of an attack, and it came from former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, who, to make things even more interesting, has a son, T-Bob Hebert, who is an offensive lineman for LSU.

Check out Tuesday's Morning Mashup to see video of Hebert, a New Orleans sports radio host known for his emotional outbursts, criticizing Miles' game plan.


01/10/2012 - 3:02am
Marchand: Vigneault showed lack of class
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Brad Marchand wrote in his ESPN Boston diary that Canucks coach Alain Vigneault showed a lack of class when he said that someone is "going to hurt" the 23-year-old forward because of the way he plays. 

Marchand was suspended for five games Monday for his hit on Sami Salo in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks. Vigneault called the forward out Sunday, saying that Marchand "plays to hurt players."

"Their coach came out and said I play to hurt players," Marchand wrote in the diary. "He obviously wanted to take a shot at me and stir the pot for the hearing. It just shows the class he has or lack thereof."

Marchand also called out the Canucks for ganging up on Shawn Thornton four minutes into the first period Saturday.

"We have a lot of tough guys on the ice there," Marchand wrote. "[The Canucks] were pretty tough when it was six-on-one, but once they were all pulled...

01/10/2012 - 12:44am
Source: Red Sox hire Niemann as staff asst.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have hired longtime Mets coach Randy Niemann as a staff assistant, filling the role vacated by Rob Leary.

Niemann, who spent last season as New York's rehab pitching coordinator, will be reunited with Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who had the former major league pitcher on his Mets coaching staff from 1997-99. Prior to his role in '11, the 56-year-old served as the Mets' bullpen coach, a position he had manned for the organization two other occasions.

Niemann figures to assist new Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure. The hire fills out the team's coaching staff, with hitting coach Dave Magadan, bullpen coach Gary Tuck and bench coach Tim Bogar remaining in the organization, and third base coach Jerry Royster and first base coach Alex Ochoa joining Niemann as newcomers.

Niemann coached at every minor league level throughout his 24 years in the Mets organization. According to MLB.com, he gained...

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