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04/28/2010 - 2:28pm
Savard: 'I am not going to be a savior'

WILMINGTON -- Bruins center Marc Savard participated in his first full team practice on Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena after being cleared by doctors to rejoin the team, and afterward he said that he felt good on the ice. He was on a line with Vladimir Sobtoka and Michael Ryder, and he said that he is excited to be between the two of them and that he has especially liked what he has seen from Sobotka.

 

"I imagine that I will be eased in, for sure. I probably won't be getting the 19 or 20 minutes that I usually get right off the top, but we'll see how things go," Savard said. "I am excited and I am going to play with [Sobotka] and [Ryder], it looks like. I love the way those guys have been playing in the playoffs, especially [Sobotka], the way he has been going, so I am excited to play between those guys and create some results to help the team."

 

Savard indicated that he has been trying to be...

04/28/2010 - 1:02pm
Francona discusses Ortiz on Dale & Holley

Mike Lowell pinch-hit for David Ortiz again Tuesday night and the move worked, as Lowell drew a game-deciding walk in the Red Sox' 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. Manager Terry Francona talked about that decision with Dale & Holley during his weekly interview Wednesday afternoon.

 

"We are trying to do everything in our power to kind of scratch and claw and find a way to win a game," he said. "Every night, the way we are situated right now, there is going to be room to be second-guessed."

 

Added Francona: "I think you guys make more of it than we do. That's not what I'm thinking about during the game. I don't think David heard me when I was yelling at him right away. The idea is never to embarrass anybody, of course. But we are trying to run the game, and you don't know the situation before the at-bat comes up. You wait, but that's certainly not something we would ever try to do...

04/28/2010 - 1:01pm
V-Mart at DH for Sox in Jays finale

Victor Martinez will start at designated hitter Wednesday night as the Red Sox go for a sweep of the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, manager Terry Francona announced during his weekly interview on the Dale & Holley show. "We have Victor DH-ing, [Jason Varitek] catching and pretty much everybody else -- Billy Hall in left, [Darnell] McDonald in center -- pretty much the same guys," Francona said.

 

As for the status of the team's injured outfielders -- Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury -- Francona said: "Cam's doing good. He's getting real aggressive. Yesterday was a really good day for him. ... He's going to probably start jogging here the next couple of days.

 

"Jacoby, we're just trying to increase the intensity every day, and that's what he's been able to do. They've been kind of baby steps, but he is able to increase the intensity."

 

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04/28/2010 - 12:38pm
IOC strips China of gymnastics medal

The International Olympic Committee stripped China of a women's gymnastics bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics on Wednesday for fielding an underage competitor. The United States, which had finished fourth, now receives the bronze.

 

"I'm really just proud to know that justice prevailed," U.S. gymnast Dominique Dawes said. "I will say that I never imagined in all my years of gymnastics that, a decade after one of my Olympic Games, I'd actually get a medal possibly shipped to me in the mail. I'm thrilled."

 

Investigations by the sport's governing body determined that Dong Fangxiao was only 14 at the 2000 Games. Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible. Dong's results from Sydney were nullified in February by the International Gymnastics Federation. Because her scores contributed to China winning the team bronze, the FIG recommended the IOC take the medal back. The IOC executive...

04/28/2010 - 11:36am
Savard skates on third line at practice

WILMINGTON -- The question as to which line Marc Savard would play on upon his return from a Grade 2 concussion has been at least partially answered from the practice lines coach Claude Julien put out at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning. Savard was wearing a white sweater along with Vladimir Sobotka and Michael Ryder. From these initial lines it looks like Sobotka has been taken from the center position to the wing with Savard, although, as always, lines are subject to change.

 

Patrice Bergeron was wearing yellow along with Mark Recchi and Marco Sturm while David Krejci was in gray with Milan Lucic and Miroslav Satan. The brick-colored sweaters were occupied by Blake Wheeler, Steve Begin, Daniel Paille, Trent Whitfield, Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton. The red sweater represents a line demotion for Wheeler, who registered two assists in Game 2 of the quarterfinals against the Sabres and was minus-1 in the six games. The...

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