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02/10/2012 - 1:17pm
Julien: Horton 'back to square one'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Friday's practice that Nathan Horton did not react well to skating earlier this week, and is "back to square one" in his recovery from his latest concussion. 

"He's been pulled back," Julien said. "He's got some symptoms, so we pulled him back. That's why I said as far as for me to come out every and [say there's a] step forward, a step backward. He's back to square one and we're giving him some time here. Those symptoms, once he got back on the ice, came back."

Horton rode the stationary bike late last week and took to the ice on Sunday, but when symptoms returned, the team pulled the first-line winger back. 

Horton suffered his second concussion since June on a hit from Philadelphia's Tom Sestito on Jan. 22. His concussion has kept him out of the last six games. 

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

02/10/2012 - 1:01pm
Lucchino: Sox will 'fly by' luxury tax mark

Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino told Evan Drellich of MLB.com (via twitter) that his team's 2012 budget "will be the highest budget in Red Sox history," and said that the team was committed to spending well beyond the 2012 luxury tax threshold of $178 million.

"I suspect you're going to see that we're going to fly by the luxury tax," Lucchino said.

Lucchino also said that "there has not been a situation" where the financial commitments of the Fenway Sports Group to the Liverpool Football Club has ever impacted the available resources to the Red Sox.

The Sox' spending has come under some scrutiny this offseason given that the team has seen Jonathan Papelbon depart via free agency, replacing him with lower cost alternatives in Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon (among others) while also steering clear of high-cost starting pitching options....

02/10/2012 - 10:08am
Ference on D&C: Politics don't matter on ice

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference offered his take on the Tim Thomas controversy during his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Friday morning.

"It's one of those things," Ference said. "We've known Tim for a number of years. … We know who he is, what his beliefs are. For us, it's just kind of normal."

Although the Bruins are 5-6-1 since Thomas boycotted the team's visit to the White House last month, Ference insisted the ensuing media firestorm is not the reason for the B's struggles.

Said Ference: "I don't think it has anything to do with that at all. … I don't think there's any correlation whatsoever."

Added Ference: "We do have a tight team. One of the things that makes us pretty strong is we're very understanding of each other's differences. … You're never going to have the same opinions whatsoever. But the thing that makes teams good is their ability to look...

02/10/2012 - 8:44am
Mashup: Youkilis to marry Brady's sister?

According to the Boston Herald, Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis recently got engaged to Tom Brady's sister Julie, a California schoolteacher who has a 5-year-old daughter.

The Inside Track report indicates that Youkilis, who married Enza Sambataro in Mexico in 2008 but reportedly parted ways in 2010, was with the Bradys in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl. Although, it should be noted that the Herald gossip columnists reported in October that Youkilis was spending time with a different Brady sister, Nancy (a story that was soon removed from the paper's website).

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


02/10/2012 - 2:41am
Kobe on Celtics: 'I like all of them personally'

BOSTON -- At the ripe old age of 33, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant seems to be softening on his archrival Celtics. Once disregarding the rivalry during the 2008 and 2010 NBA finals, he's grown to respect his fellow members of the NBA veterans club.

"It's been a dream come true growing up and watching it," Bryant said of the rivalry after his Lakers beat the Celtics in overtime, 88-87. "Here I am part of it. It's great. The only difference between us and the '80s is that guys over there in the other locker room I actually know and like. That's the big difference between this time around and the '80s."

Bryant finished with 25 points on 11-of-24 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four assists.

"It's always a brawl in every fight," he said. "It's ugly. It's physical. I've enjoyed competing agianst them. I like all of them personally. On the court, that personal stuff goes out the window. It's been fun....

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