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11/28/2011 - 11:02pm
Pacioretty suspended for three games
By: DJ Bean

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was suspended for three games for his hit to the head of Penguins defenseman Kris Letang Saturday night. 

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan delivered the punishment Monday, explaining that Pacioretty "recklessly targeted" Letang's head as the defenseman brought the puck into the Canadiens' zone and shot. 

"What no player should expect is that his head will be picked and made the principal point of contact on such a hit," Shanahan said, noting that Letang was in a vulnerable position, but that Pacioretty had to target the body rather than the head.

This is the first suspension of Pacioretty's career.

 

11/28/2011 - 9:12pm
Source: Sox down to Lamont, Valentine

According to a team source, the Red Sox have narrowed their managerial field to Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont and ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine. Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo is no longer in consideration. The Sox hope to have a decision made this week.

Lamont, the 1993 AL Manager of the Year with the White Sox, has a 553-562 record as a manager in parts of eight seasons with the White Sox (1992-95) and Pirates (1997-2000). The 64-year-old spent a year as the third base coach of the Red Sox in 2001, and has been on the staff of Tigers manager Jim Leyland for the last six years.

Valentine, 61, has managed for parts of 15 big league seasons, spending eight years with the Rangers (1985-92) and seven with the Mets (1996-2002). He has a 1,117-1,072 record, and reached the World Series with the Mets in 2000.

Lamont and Valentine were the only two of the six candidates whom the Sox asked to take part in their full...

11/28/2011 - 6:37pm
Belichick: 'It's a players game'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered some insight into his philosophy during his weekly visit with The Big Show.

"It's a players game," Belichick said. "The players are out there playing. Once you call the play as a coach you really don't have any control of the game anymore. The plays are in the hands of the players and the decisions they make pre-snap and post-snap. That's what players do, they make decisions. My feeling as coach, my feeling has always been, if they can do it then I'm all for doing it. If they can't do it, then I don't want to ask them to do something even though it looks good to me as a coach. If we can't do it on the field then it's not worth doing."

The question was asked regarding the touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Wes Welker in Sunday's win over the Eagles in which Welker made an adjustment. 

"A lot of that happens during the week," Belichick said. "It's something that you...

11/28/2011 - 2:06pm
Valentine waiting for word while in Japan

According to The New York Times, Red Sox managerial candidate Bobby Valentine was waiting to hear if he had been offered the Sox job while in Japan Monday. The 61-year-old was visiting a hospital in the the city of Sendai, a coastal city ravaged by a tsunami in March.

The Times reported that Valentine told the collection of fans attending the $50-per-person charity event that he was anxiously awaiting word regarding the job but had no information regarding when a decision would be made. When a moderator asked those in attendance if they preferred Valentine to get the Red Sox job, the crowd broke out into loud applause, according to the report.

Valentine and Gene Lamont are believed to be the two finalists for the Red Sox manager job, with the team expected to make a decision this week.

To read the entire report, click here. For...

11/28/2011 - 2:01pm
Julien: Maintenance day for Ference
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Andrew Ference, who was the only player missing from Monday's practice, was simply given a maintenance day. 

"He'll be back on the ice tomorrow," Julien said of the defenseman and alternate captain. 

Ference missed two consecutive games earlier this month with a lower-body injury, sitting out the Bruins' victories over Buffalo and New Jersey on Nov. 12 and 15, respectively. 

The Bruins, who have picked up 23 of a possible 24 points over their last 12 games, will practice again Tuesday before heading to Toronto for the first game of a home-and-home with the Maple Leafs.

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


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