Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday that Andrew Ference, who has skated the past two days after missing the last five games with a lower-body injury, is getting closer to a return to the Bruins' lineup and could play as soon as Tuesday.
"Depending on how he does here in the next few days," Julien said, "I wouldn't exclude him from the game in Columbus."
Both Ference and Steven Kampfer will not travel with the B's when the team goes to Long Island on Friday. Kampfer, out with a concussion, said he is "back to square one" after suffering a headache Wednesday night. He had ridden the stationary bike for 15 minutes earlier in the day Wednesday, doing so for the first time.
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday with Dale Arnold and Gerry Callahan to talk about what he needs to figure out over the last 20 games and when some of his injured players are coming back. He also touched on the subject of Troy Murphy, who has missed all 10 shots he's attempted in his four games with the Celtics and saw less than five minutes of court time against the Clippers. "He's just not ready yet," Rivers said. "It's just going to take him some time. I'm not that concerned with it, but he isn't. A couple of times in the first half you could just see him [not] knowing the schemes, he was in the wrong place. They took advantage of that. When we were making a run in the second half you didn't want to take the risk of putting him back on the floor."
Rivers said that not all of his players would have a playoff role. "Some guys will fit in, some guys will not," he said...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Rays outfielder Johnny Damon said that the reason why he vetoed the waiver claim last August that would have sent him from the Tigers back to the Red Sox was because he expected that the Tigers would re-sign him following the 2010 season. Because Detroit did not bring him back, the 37-year-old expressed some second thoughts about his decision to pass on the chance to return to Boston.
"I enjoyed playing in Detroit, and actually was hoping to get back there. That was a big reason for vetoing the trade. If I would have known at the time that they weren’t going to bring me back, I would have showcased myself for the upcoming free agent year," said Damon, who signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal with the Rays this winter. "[The Tigers] didn’t give me any indication. The ownership loved me. The fans loved me. So I thought it was close to being a slam dunk [that he would return]. But find...
Speaking with “Mut & Merloni” Thursday afternoon on WEEI, Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal said he was “getting better” in the wake of an Achilles injury that has left him on the shelf for the last month.
“The older you get, it takes time to heal,” O’Neal said. “I’m getting better. Getting stronger. There’s still a little pain.”
The 39-year-old O’Neal said the Celtics are looking at the “18-25 thing,” which he described as 18 titles for "beautiful people of Boston,” as well as a second title for coach Doc Rivers and the rest of the “Big 4,” and a fifth title for him. As a result, he said the Celtics are being cautious about not rushing him back too quickly
“The team is playing well. [Nenad] Kristic is doing a fabulous job. And they want me 1,000 percent, especially for the postseason,” he said....
According to the Montreal Gazette, Montreal police are investigating Zdeno Chara's hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty Tuesday night.
Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions has advised the ministry of Public Security to look into the matter, with the Gazette noting that Thursday "the investigation will begin immediately."
Pacioretty is still in the hospital as a result of the hit, which sent him into the turnbuckle along the boards. He suffered a severe concussion on the play and fractured his fourth cervical vertebrae.
Hockey players have received criminal charges for things that have happened on the ice before. Jonathan Roy, son of former Canadiens/Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy, was charged with assault after an on-ice fight in 2008.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Jason defended himself against Minihane.
The top stories of the day.
Former NFL running back Eddie George is upset that Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady's suspension and is speaking out, calling Tom Brady a cheater.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.
Adam Schefter joins the show to talk about the breaking news that Tom Brady's suspension has been overturned, and gives his inside opinion on the result.
Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann
Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Larry is still upset about Belichick's postgame answers, but Craig just wants Larry to admit that maybe Bill is not "the genius". In fact, maybe a lot of his success was due to having some pretty good players. The guys go on to discuss Belichick's legacy.More from this show