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01/05/2011 - 2:34pm
Four missing from start of Pats practice

FOXBORO — Tight end Aaron Hernandez, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, defensive lineman/outside linebacker Eric Moore and defensive lineman Mike Wright were not at start of Patriots practice Wednesday afternoon. In addition, Danny Woodhead, Dan Connolly and Dan Koppen were all wearing red noncontact jerseys. And there was a player working with the linebackers who was wearing No. 53 — we anticipate an official announcement on the move shortly. For more Patriots information, check out weei.com/patriots.


01/05/2011 - 1:49pm
Milbury on D&H: B's unfair to Rask

Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports checked in for his weekly visit with the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the Bruins and the NHL.

 

Milbury said the calls for Claude Julien to be fired during the Bruins' recent slump were uncalled for. "I didn't think it was fair," Milbury said. "I mean, here's a guy a year just removed a year from the Coach of the Year award and a team that was second overall in the National Hockey League, and I know the story of the collapse as well as anybody, but one game from the conference championship. Then he comes into this season and because of bumps in the road, all of a sudden it's all his fault."

 

Added Milbury: "I don't think at any time did Peter Chiarelli have in mind that this was Claude Julien's fault."

 

Describing Julien's coaching attributes, Milbury said: "I think he's an honest, diligent coach who's fair to his...

01/05/2011 - 1:48pm
Seguin could play more as second line center
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said following the team's practice at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday that he feels comfortable using both rookie Tyler Seguin and veteran Patrice Bergeron interchangeably at center on the second line. Given both players' experience at wing, Julien trusts either one at either position on their line with Mark Recchi. 

 

Monday night in Toronto, Julien gave Seguin, who has typically played the wing with Bergeron and Recchi, more time as a pivot, with Bergeron playing left wing. 

 

"Most of it was [at center]," Julien said of Seguin's 14:21 of ice time in the team's 2-1 victory over the Leafs. "[Bergeron] was taking some face-offs, but for the most part, [Seguin] was at center. In cases like that, I'm kind of using them both. If it's late in the game, and you really want to make sure you're good in your own end, you go with the experienced guy, but at the same time...

01/05/2011 - 10:41am
Whitlock on D&C: Chiefs GM Pioli 'a bully'

FoxSports.com columnist Jason Whitlock joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday to talk about news from around the sports world.

 

Looking at the AFC playoffs, Whitlock ranks the Steelers ahead of the Patriots. "The biggest threat to the Patriots, to me, is the Pittsburgh Steelers," he said. "I still think Pittsburgh's the best team in football. … That does not mean that the Patriots won't win the Super Bowl, because I think they've got the best quarterback in football and I think they've got the best coach in football. But the best team, top to bottom, I think is the Pittsburgh Steelers, on both sides of the ball. I love their quarterback, not as much as I like Tom Brady, but I do like Ben Roethlisberger, I think he plays big in the playoffs. I love Troy Polamalu. There's a lot to like about Pittsburgh."

 

Whitlock wrote a column this week in which he was especially critical of Chiefs coach...

01/05/2011 - 8:49am
Mashup: Lakers' Artest confronts coach

Ron Artest has tried to be on his behavior since joining the Lakers last season. On Tuesday, Lakers coach Phil Jackson confirmed that Artest reverted to his old ways recently, confronting the coach at a recent practice because he felt Jackson was embarrassing him in public.

 

Artest was not pleased that news of the incident was leaked. "I've worked too hard to have something like this come out," Artest said Tuesday, prior to the Lakers' win over the Pistons. "My image is very important to me — whatever image I have left — and this hurts, this really hurts."

 

Added Artest, who apologized to the team for the confrontation: "I've tried so hard not to be part of any controversy, not to be part of any conflict, for this to come out now, that's weird, and it's really hard."

 

Shortly after Tuesday's game, Artest followed through on his promise to auction off his 2010...

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