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04/28/2010 - 10:04am
Flyers' Laperriere has 'a spot' on brain

Philadelphia Flyers winger Ian Laperriere, who was injured when hit by a puck during the series-clinching win over the New Jersey Devils, likely will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Laperriere was hit by a shot from New Jersey's Paul Martin and it left him with a concussion, temporary loss of vision and a cut above his right eye that required 70 stitches to close. After telling Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren Saturday that he "just wasn't feeling right," Laperriere had a CAT scan Tuesday that confirmed a spot on his brain. "I think this is significant," Holmgren told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "They saw a little spot there initially, and I think they were hoping, like we all were, that it would dissipate a little bit. But after seeing the doctor yesterday and validating it again today, it kind of...

04/28/2010 - 9:53am
Remy: Wouldn't be surprised if Oritz 'erupts'

Jerry Remy, NESN's Red Sox analyst, called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning and talked about the situation involving David Ortiz. Terry Francona decided to pinch-hit Mike Lowell for Ortiz in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game vs. the Blue Jays. Lowell drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead that proved to be the final score. Remy said he was "a little surprised" that Francona made the move, and speculated on the level of frustration for Ortiz at this point.

 

"I wouldn't be surprised if he erupts one of these days," Remy said. "This can't be fun. I was a little surprised because this early in the season, maybe this is the moment. You're always looking for that moment. Then when I saw Lowell come out, I said 'Uh-oh, this isn't going to play very well.' And as you saw Ortiz walked all the way to the other end of the dugout and up to the clubhouse. He had to be upset about that...

04/28/2010 - 7:59am
Mashup: Vazquez passes on Schilling rebuttal

Yankees pitcher Javier Vazquez was asked what he thought of Curt Schilling's comments that he is a better fit in the weaker National League and would have been better off not returning for a second stint in pinstripes. He chose to take the high road, although the New York media does its best to make it more of a controversy. Plus, Kobe Bryant takes some hits for his petulant behavior during the Lakers-Thunder series. Get details on those stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


04/28/2010 - 12:13am
Davis on King James: 'Attack their fortress'

Glen Davis was speaking for the Celtics when he characterized the matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers starting this Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

 

"It's going to be tougher, we know that," Davis said. "We've got to go there and grind it out. We go to them first. We just have to make sure we go there with the mentality of attack first. It's just like in every kingdom, sometimes you've got to go to the fight, you've got to bring it to them, attack their fortress and bust down their wall with a wooden tree and go attack it. That's how it is." 

 

Davis and the Celtics will have Wednesday off before returning to practice Thursday afternoon. Game 1 is Saturday while Game 2 will be Monday in Cleveland before the series shifts back to Boston for Games 3 and 4. 

 

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04/27/2010 - 11:24pm
Drew had another bout with veritgo

TORONTO -- J.D. Drew said after the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Blue Jays that he was stricken with another case of vertigo Sunday night and early Monday. It is a condition that the outfielder has suffered through at various times in his career, with the last bout coming at the end of May, 2008, forcing him to miss a game. Drew said the symptoms had subsided enough by game time Monday that he was able to play, and by Tuesday's first pitch the problem had dissipated.

 

"The first at-bat (Monday) I felt like I was kind of floating, but as my heart rate got going things started speeding up and I was able to faze out of it," he explained. "It felt better as the game went along, and it felt fine tonight.

 

"It's one thing you don't want to deal with over an extended period of time. I felt much better tonight. What happened in 2008 it was something I woke up with it, and had it all day. What happened the other...

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