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02/22/2012 - 11:30pm
Marchand, Bruins beat Blues
By: DJ Bean

The struggling Bruins got a much-needed win as they beat the Blues, 4-2, Wednesday night in St. Louis. 

Brad Marchand had two goals for the B's, scoring 2:29 into the first period and adding his 21st goal of the season in the third period. Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly also scored for the Bruins. Marchand, Lucic and Kelly all had multi-point nights. 

Tim Thomas picked up the victory for the Bruins, making 29 saves and surrendering goals to Chris Stewart and Ryan Reaves. The win broke a two-game losing streak for the Bruins. 

The B's will  next play on Friday, when they face the Sabres at First Niagara Center. The last time the two teams played, the Sabres handed the B's a 6-0 loss on Feb. 8. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


02/22/2012 - 10:45pm
C's comeback falls short against OKC

The Celtics nearly came all the way back from a 23-point halftime deficit, but fell just short Wednesday night against the Thunder in Oklahoma City, dropping a 119-104 decision. It was the seventh loss in the last eight games for Boston, which got 23 points and 13 rebounds from Kevin Garnett in the defeat.

The Celtics, playing without point guard Rajon Rondo (serving the second game of a two-game suspension for throwing a ball at a referee) bolted to a quick 10-point lead, but an astonishing 30-2 run by the Thunder allowed them to seize a 42-25 second-quarter lead and a 72-49 advantage into the half. Boston cut into the lead throughout the third and into the fourth quarter, getting the deficit down to as much as six when Paul Pierce hit a free throw with 3:31 left to make it 108-102.

But that would be as close the the Celtics would get, as the Thunder pulled away down the stretch to secure their sixth win in the last seven games....

02/22/2012 - 8:13pm
Patriots release Wright, Ohrnberger
By: DJ Bean

The Patriots announced Wednesday that they have released offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger and defensive tackle Mike Wright.

The Pats signed Wright out of Cincinnati after he went undrafted in 2005. He was with the Patriots for seven seasons, but played in only one game last season before being placed on injured reserve with his latest concussion. 

Ohrnberger was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. Though he became popular for his twitter account leading up to the Super Bowl, he played in only five games over his three seasons in New England. 

For more on the Patriots, visit weei.com/patriots


02/22/2012 - 6:50pm
Francona: Manny remark 'blowing off steam'
By: DJ Bean

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, now an analyst for ESPN, joined The Big Show Wednesday to discuss the upcoming baseball season and his days as the team's skipper. Francona discussed Manny Ramirez, Carl Crawford and the Sox' rotation, among other things. 

A column written in November by Peter Gammons quoted Francona as saying "Manny Ramirez is the worst human being I've ever met" in the 2008 season. Francona wasn't sure he said those exact words, but did say he was angry with Ramirez after he had pushed traveling secretary Jack McCormick. 

"I actually talked to Peter this morning," Francona said. "I don't remember ever saying that about somebody. I think what probably happened is -- I know it was the Jack McCormick incident -- I was probably blowing off some steam, and I was having a conversation with Peter, not an interview. I don't want to sit here and say I was misquoted, because it wasn't an interview. I...

02/22/2012 - 2:33pm
Valentine: Iglesias, Ordonez different

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine spent part of his morning rounds watching shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias taking grounders. when he managed the Mets, Valentine had Rey Ordonez (the offensively deficient, three-time Gold Glover) to whom Iglesias is often compared. Defensively, Valentine's initial glimpse suggested that such praise for Iglesias' defense had merit.

"My first impression ... is that he can catch it. I bet you he can throw it after he catches it, too," Valentine said of Iglesias. "I did see similarities with Rey Ordonez in ball-glove action. Initially, it looked like he had more range than Rey."

While there are no questions about the excellence of Iglesias' glove, however, like Ordonez, there are questions about the 22-year-old's offense. Ordonez had the lowest career OPS (.600) of any player with at least 3,000 plate appearances in the last 20 years. A year ago, as a 21-year-old in...

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