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12/01/2011 - 5:27pm
Francona: Cardinals asked about drug use
By: DJ Bean

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley Thursday on The Big Show to discuss the Red Sox and his future. 

Francona interviewed to become the Cardinals' manager after the World Series before St. Louis hired Mike Matheny. Francona said he was "genuinely excited" to potentially manage the Cardinals, but that his rumored drug use was brought up in the interview. A Boston Globe story that ran following Francona's exit suggested the manager's performance "may have been affected by his use of pain medication."

"The fact that I had to defend myself really hurt me," Francona said of the rumor and the fact that he had to address it with the Cardinals.

Francona added that he was surprised to see the rumor even pop up in the Boston Globe story after speaking with Bob Hohler, the author of the story, the night before it ran.

"When I hung up with Bob, I was under the...

12/01/2011 - 5:17pm
Vollmer ruled out, Ocho probable Sunday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have ruled out starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer for Sunday against the Colts after injuring his right foot last week against the Eagles. Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) also missed practice on Friday and is listed as doubtful. Chad Ochocinco (hamstring) fully particiapted in practice for the first time since Thanksgiving and is listed as probable. Brian Waters (knee) was removed from the injury report. Friday's complete injury report is as follows:

Did Not Participate:
LB Brandon Spikes (knee) OUT
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) Doubtful

Limited Participation:
S Patrick Chung (foot)  Questionable
C Dan Connolly (groin) Questionable
WR Julian Edelman (back) Questionable
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb) Questionable
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder) Questionable
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder) Questionable
OT Matt Light (ankle)...

12/01/2011 - 3:06pm
Caron, Kampfer assigned to Providence
By: DJ Bean

In an effort to get their healthy scratches some game action, the Bruins assigned forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence on Thursday. The two are expected to play Friday night against the Connecticut Whale, as the Bruins next play on Saturday. 

In 11 NHL games this season, Caron has one goal and two assists. Benoit Pouliot has found a home on the Bruins' third line, making Caron a healthy scratch the last seven games. 

Kampfer, who missed the first six games of the season with a knee injury, has played five games for the Bruins this season. He has one assist and a plus-4 rating. 

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


12/01/2011 - 3:00pm
Krejci: Best years ahead of me
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and center David Krejci held a press conference Thursday at TD Garden to announce Krejci' three-year, $15.75 million contract extension.

Krejci, 25, said that he feels that his "best years are still in front" of him, and that he chose to stay in Boston long-term because he feels the team has another chance to win the Stanley Cup, and that he doesn't want to miss it. 

Chiarelli praised Krejci for his steady improvement as a two-way player. Krejci, like many of his teammates, had gotten off to a slow start to the season, but he had big production early in November and had a three-point game against the Maple Leafs Wednesday. Chiarelli said that what Krejci brings is what helps teams win. 

"David's biggest asset is his head," Chiarelli said. "He sees the ice so well. He makes plays, he uses the players around him. He's very competitive. He's got a very well-rounded game....

12/01/2011 - 2:08pm
Spikes, Vollmer absent from Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) were the only two players missing from the start of Patriots' practice Thursday afternoon, held on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium. The session, held in sweats and shells, was one of the final practices of the week as New England prepares for a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. For mpre Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


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