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11/23/2011 - 11:33pm
Red Sox offer arbitration to Ortiz, Wheeler

The Red Sox offered salary arbitration to free agents David Ortiz and Dan Wheeler, while declining to offer it to free agent catcher Jason Varitek prior to a midnight deadline to make such an offer to free agents. In doing so, the Sox guaranteed that should either Ortiz or Wheeler sign with other teams, they will receive draft picks as compensation for their departures.

In the case of Ortiz, a Type A free agent who earned $12.5 million last year, the Sox will receive two draft picks should he sign with another team, one of which would have to come from the team that signed him. That could dampen the market for his services, as teams might be inclined to seek free agents (such as Josh Willingham, Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Beltran) who would require them only to commit money and not draft picks to them.

For Wheeler, a Type B, the Sox would receive one compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. That pick would come from a supplemental pick in the...

11/23/2011 - 10:59pm
Poo for the road: Bruins win shootout
By: DJ Bean

 

Benoit Pouliot wasn't the Bruins' first choice in the shootout Wednesday night, but he proved to be the only one who could score as he extended the Bruins' winning streak to 10 games with a 4-3 victory over the Sabres Wednesday at First Niagara Center. 

Whether Pouliot would even play Wednesday was in question after he racked up six unnecessary penalty minutes Monday against Montreal, but after Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth, who entered the night undefeated in five shootouts, stopped Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron, Claude Julien went with Pouliot on what proved to be a game-winning decision. 

The Sabres were seeking vengeance after Milan Lucic's hit on Ryan Miller on Nov. 12 left the Buffalo goaltender concussed on a play that saw no response from his teammates. Paul Gaustad did his best at responding Wednesday, dropping the gloves on Lucic's first shift but falling to the Bruins' left wing...

11/23/2011 - 5:54pm
Report: Brady has tennis elbow

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is dealing with a form of tennis elbow, according to Pro Football Weekly. PFW quotes a league source as saying the team is resting Brady as much as it can during the week as opposed to his normal practice regimen.

Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons on the outside of the elbow, and usually comes as the result of overuse. Typically, surgery is not needed for tennis elbow, a common ailment in athletes, unless it is chronically persistent.

On Wednesday, Brady was asked about his health.

“I feel great,” Brady said. “I feel great. I’m excited about this week and I’ll be out there on Sunday, as I am all week ... unless they tell me I can’t be. I’ll be out there, I feel great, and I’m going to try to...

11/23/2011 - 5:22pm
Pats list 11 as limited at practice

FOXBORO -- Linebacker Jeff Tarpinian missed practice Wednesday with an undisclosed illness. He was among three players who missed the Patriots walkthrough inside the Dana Farber Field House. The Patriots will practice on Thursday and Friday before wrapping up with a walkthrough on Saturday and traveling to Philadelphia for Sunday afternoon's game.  The Patriots listed 11 as limited at practice, including Matt Light, who left Gillette Stadium after Monday's win over the Chiefs wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

For the Eagles, Michael Vick did not take part in practice in Philadelphia but rather tested his two broken ribs on the side with some throwing. Star receiver and returner DeSean Jackson did not practice with a foot injury. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (shoulder/hamstring) returned but was limited. Here is Wednesday's complete rundown:

Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
LB Brandon...

11/23/2011 - 4:03pm
Ruff: Lack of response 'won't happen again'
By: DJ Bean

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff told reporters after Wednesday's morning skate that the Sabres are more focused on playing a "hard game" than on providing an overdue response to Milan Lucic's hit on goaltender Ryan Miller earlier this month. 

Asked if retaliation was on the Sabres' minds, Ruff replied, "I don't think [NHL disciplinarian Brendan] Shanahan would like to hear that."

Though Ruff was brief with his answers, he did indicate that if something similar were to happen, he would expect more of a response from his team. Lucic hit Miller in the first period on Nov. 12, leaving the goaltender with a concussion.  

"I'll answer the question one more time," Ruff said. "We were disappointed in our response, and that won't happen again." 

The Bruins have won nine games in a row, and now have as many points (24) as the Sabres. With both teams two points behind the Maple Leafs and focused on...

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