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06/14/2011 - 5:32pm
Bruschi optimistic about NFL labor situation

FOXBORO — Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi expressed optimism on Tuesday afternoon about the NFL labor situation. Speaking at his fourth annual SBLI Youth Football Clinic at Gillette Stadium, Bruschi sounded a positive note when asked if the players and owners could reach an agreement sooner rather than later.

"I'm getting optimistic, and so are some of the guys. Having talked to them and they're hearing the same things — looks like a few weeks maybe," he said.

"But I think the whole thing about it is that when it's resolved — and it looks like it may be ... I hope it is — when it's resolved, what's the formula after that? There just can't be an explosion of free agency, signing undrafted free agents, rookies, having to sign rookies, having to sign free agents. There has to be some type of structure. I think that's what has to be worked out, because you would have football chaos if...

06/14/2011 - 4:13pm
Report: Ortiz, Sox haven't talked extension

David Ortiz told ESPNdeportes.com that he hasn't talked with anyone in the Red Sox front office about a contract or the future in Boston beyond the 2011 season. The slugger, who is playing under a $12.5 million option on the four-year, $52 million deal that originally ran from 2007-10, reiterated a spring training suggestion that he was open to discussing a potential extension at any point during the season.

That said, Ortiz also told the website that his focus is on his team's play, rather than on his future, and he suggested that given how well the team has been playing, he doesn't want to become a distraction. He suggested that given the Sox' performance -- the team now has the best record in the AL -- it would be an inappopropriate time for him to worry about his future.

He reiterated his hope that he will spend the rest of his career in...

06/14/2011 - 4:00pm
Report: No suspension for Boychuk

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuck won't be suspended for his hit on Vancouver's Mason Raymond in Game 6 that left the winger with a fractured verterbrae, according to Toronto's Globe and Mail. Mike Murphy, the NHL's acting disciplinarian told the paper via email that, "[It was an] awkward collision between two players battling for space/room. [You] rarely see a player bumped when in the position Raymond was in (bent over forward)."

For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.


06/14/2011 - 3:14pm
Gonzalez passes Teixeira in All-Star vote

Once teammates with the Texas Rangers, Adrian Gonzalez and Mark Teixeira now loom as division rivals with the Red Sox and Yankees, respectively. But they also are rivals for the title of top first baseman in their division and league, a fact that is being reflected in All-Star voting.

Gonzalez, who has never started an All-Star game but has been named to the NL squad three times, has moved past Teixeira and into first place in fan voting for the American League's starting first baseman. Gonzalez leads the American League with a .341 average, and he leads the majors with 60 RBI and 22 doubles. The Red Sox slugger also has a .392 OBP, .584 slugging percentage and .977 OPS.

Teixeira, who now trails Gonzalez by just over 250,000 votes, is hitting .250 with a .368 OBP, .534 slugging percentage and .902 OPS. The two-time starting first baseman for the AL has 19 homers, compared to 13 for Gonzalez. 

David Ortiz, who is amidst his best...

06/14/2011 - 3:06pm
Raymond (vertebrae) out 3-4 months
By: DJ Bean

The Canucks announced Tuesday that forward Mason Raymond sustained a vertebrae compression fracture in his first-period collision with Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals and will be out for three to four months.

Raymond remained on his stomach after the play and was taken to the hospital. He had no points and was a minus-3 in the finals vs. Boston and finished the playoffs with two goals and six assists for eight points and a minus-1 rating. 

With Raymond out, forward Jeff Tambellini should return to the lineup after sitting the last three games in favor of Tanner Glass.

For more on the Stanley Cup finals, visit weei.com/bruins.


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