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09/07/2011 - 10:43am
Update: Ex-Bruin McCrimmon dies in crash

Editor's note: Updated at 1:05 p.m. to reflect confirmation of McCrimmon's death.

Former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon is among those who died after a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team crashed after takeoff at an airport in Tunoshna, according to reports out of Russia. McCrimmon, 52, who played in Boston from 1979-82 and was an assistant coach for the Red Wings the past three seasons, was the head coach of the Russian team.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock confirmed McCrimmon's death to Detroit media. "I know that Brad was on the flight, but that's all I know," Babcock said. "So, obviously, it's a tough day around here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

Reports indicate the jet crashed into a radar tower just seconds after takeoff and caught fire after hitting the ground, killing 43 of the 45 people on board. The plane carried 37 team members and eight flight staffers. Former...

09/07/2011 - 10:10am
Pats release Warren, sign D. Gronkowski

FOXBORO -- The Patriots on Wednesday officially announced the signing of Dan Gronkowski off waivers from the Broncos and the addition of linebacker E.J. Edds from the Dolphins. The addition of Gronkowski -- the brother of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski -- was initially reported on Tuesday in a tweet by the Gronkowskis' younger brother Glenn, a player at Kansas State. 

To make room for the two new additions, the team officially released cornerback Darius Butler and defensive lineman Gerard Warren. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.


09/07/2011 - 7:57am
Mashup: T.O. wants DeSean to hold out

Terrell Owens has some advice for Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson: Sit out Week 1. Jackson, making $600,000 in the final year of his rookie deal, was late in reporting to Eagles camp because he wants a new deal, but he has been with the team since early August. Said Owens: "I guarantee you, if he goes out and gets hurt, God forbid, he's not going to get the contract that he probably would have gotten if he held out."

That said, Owens acknowledged that he might have been too aggressive in seeking more money when he played in Philadelphia. “I probably would have handled it in a more professional way,” Owens said.  “I still stand by the fact that I never tried to do anything out of the norm to tarnish my relationship with the Eagles.  My agent tried to do the necessary things to try and do things behind closed doors to ensure I got a good contract at that time.”

Both players are represented by Drew Rosenhaus...

09/06/2011 - 10:18pm
Red Sox offense, Lester dominate Jays

TORONTO -- The Red Sox rebounded from their 1-0, 11-inning loss Monday with a resounding 14-0 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Rogers Centre. In the victory, the Sox tied a season-high for hits (20), with David Ortiz and Marco Scutaro leading the way with four apiece. It was the most hits since the Sox' May 25 win in Cleveland.

Earning the win was Jon Lester, who threw seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 11 and walking one. Rookie Kyle Weiland came on to pitch the final two innings.

The Sox scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth, and two more in the fifth to claim a 13-0 lead heading into the sixth. The only two home runs in the explosion came from Jarrod Saltalamacchia (a two-run blast in the third) and Josh Reddick (a solo homer in the eighth). 

Scutaro totaled four RBIs, while Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz came away with three runs apiece...

09/06/2011 - 8:48pm
Buchholz may throw off mound next week

TORONTO -- Clay Buchholz took another step forward in his return from the stress fracture in his back and is hoping to throw off a mound at some point during the Red Sox' next homestead.

On Tuesday he made 75 throws -- 25 warming up, 25 from 60 feet and 25 more from 90 feet -- with no problems, and he plans on stretching out the maximum distance of his throws to 105 feet Wednesday. The pitcher reported that "everything felt good," in his first throwing session since going back-to-back days over the weekend.

"If everything goes right -- and I think I'm doing two days on, one day off -- if there's enough days, that's what we're going to do hopefully for sure while we're home," Buchholz said regarding throwing off a mound for the first time since July 25. "I'll be able to put some spikes on and get off a mound and see how it feels.

"Obviously off a mound won’t be the same effort I’m throwing now,"...

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