WILMINGTON -- The Bruins practiced on Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena and worked mainly on power-play and goal-screening drills as they prepare to take on the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday matinee at TD Garden. Marco Sturm did not skate with the team, taking what coach Claude Julien called a "maintenance day." Defenseman Andrew Ference practiced and hopes to return from a groin injury before the break for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, but he remains doubtful.
"Just keep taking steps. Stops and starts. Just another baby step," Ference said.
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At his annual Super Bowl-week news conference Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Donte' Stallworth will be reinstated from his suspension for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk.
Stallworth, who played for the Patriots in 2007 and went on to sign a free agent deal with the Cleveland Browns, spent 24 days in jail for a DUI manslaughter conviction for an accident occurred that last March in South Florida. He was suspended without pay last August.
Goodell said Stallworth's suspension will be lifted after the Super Bowl on Sunday. Goodell said he met with Stallworth about a month ago, and the receiver is "in a better place than he was." Goodell said Stallworth recognizes what he did and has prepared himself to return to the NFL.
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ESPN's Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Super Bowl. Schefter said injured Colts defensive lineman Dwight Freeney might line up Sunday, but he's not going to be close to full strength. "Dwight Freeney as we know Dwight Freeney is not playing," Schefter said. "If Dwight Freeney is effective in any significant way on Sunday, I will be stunned."
Schefter predicted an Indianapolis victory but said the Colts should not be considered as one of the greatest teams of all-time due to the way they handled the end of the regular season. Said Schefter: "They had the chance to be in that discussion, if not lead that discussion, and they opted not be a part of it. That was their decision, not anybody else's. When they pulled their players when they could have gotten to 15-0 in a game [vs. the Jets] they were winning 15-10 when they had the ball, they waved...
Fans at West Virginia basketball games continue to misbehave, and now the school president is stepping in to address the matter. The latest incident featured fans throwing things on the court, and one object hit Pittsburgh assistant coach (and Bay State native) Tom Herrion in the face. Check out the video and get the full story. We've also got some great videos of a creative LeBron James practice dunk, a Monta Ellis behind-the-backboard shot, a hockey player taking to the ice with his skate guards on, and a basketball court located inside a Chicago bank. Find it all at Friday's Morning Mashup.
There will be six players from New England area colleges attending the NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held Feb. 24-March 2. The list include the following: Andre Dixon, running back, University of Connecticut; Vladimir Ducasse, offensive tackle, University of Massachusetts; Marcus Easley, wide receiver, University of Connecticut; Mike McLaughlin, linebacker, Boston College; Matthew Tennant, center, Boston College; Lindsey Witten, defensive end, University of Connecticut. For more information on each participant, see the Is What It Is blog.
Rick joined the show to discuss the impending release of Revis from the Buccaneers. He said that Revis is far superior to Aqib Talib both on the field and off.
The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
LB gives his thoughts on the Bruins
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed a newly released Johnny Carson sex tape.
The guys opened the show by discussing the possibility of Darrelle Revis coming to New England. Gerry is all in for it.
Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith, shares his thoughts on Barry Bonds getting into the Hall of Fame. Also, Red Sox and making Opening Day a national holiday.
Chris Price of WEEI.com joins the show to discuss NFL free agency and potential moves for the Patriots.
Dale Arnold, Michael Holley and Andy Hart talk about the deluge of moves as NFL free agency opens up, and why the Patriots have yet to make their splash.
We tackle four topics all prompted by the start of the free agency in the NFL.
Salk and Holley's Boston Blitz - 3/11/14
Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.
Dale, Michael and Andy Hart answer your questions and talk about some bear named Bubba.
Salk and Mikey OUT... Dale and Ryder IN.
Holley, Tom E Curran and Mikey Adams answer it all!
In 2013, Xander Bogaerts reached the big leagues in August and had a transformative impact on the Red Sox' pursuit of a World Series. Bogaerts discusses how that development, in turn, proved transformative for his life on and off the field. Looking ahead, Garin Cecchini might be the prospect most likely to have a Bogaerts-like impact on the Red Sox' fortunes in 2014. The third base prospect joins the podcast to discuss his player development and outlook for the coming season.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys discussed Dennis Rodman's bizarre comments to ESPN over the weekend.More from this show
Dale Arnold and MIchael Holley discuss the start of free agency, the plethora of names out there, and what the Patriots will ultimately decide to do.More from this show