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02/29/2012 - 1:39pm
Bobby V: 'For the record, I love Derek Jeter'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When told that Derek Jeter and the Yankees were practicing the flip play that was referenced after the Red Sox' workout Tuesday, Sox manager Bobby Valentine admitted a mistake in suggesting that New York didn't work on the play. Valentine had made mention of the play executed by Jeter in the 2001 American League Division Series, when the shortstop came across the diamond to take an errant relay throw from the outfield and flip it to catcher Jorge Posada in time to get the baserunner, Jeremy Giambi.

"I asked [Red Sox bullpen coach, and former Yankees coach] Gary Tuck. He said they do practice it," Valentine said. Total mistake on my part that they don't practice it, that's for sure. And he said when they practiced it, Jeter always got there late in practice. In that game he got there on time. So it's interesting. As I said yesterday, the shortstop there is being aware but it's hard to practice that because why are we going to...

02/29/2012 - 1:35pm
Boychuk (concussion) returns to skating
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk skated prior to Wednesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena, marking the first time he has taken the ice since suffering a concussion Saturday night against the Senators. 

Coach Claude Julien said after the practice that he had yet to hear any feedback on how well Boychuk handled his return to the ice, but that the team will soon know how he is feeling.

"He skated this morning, and those are more [situations in which] we find out the next day if everything's good, then we move forward here," Julien said. "Again, it's a day-by-day situation, and we saw what happened with [Nathan Horton, who skated and suffered a setback earlier in the month], so we've just got to keep our fingers crossed." 

With Boyhcuk still out, the Bruins had seven defenseman at practice, as Greg Zanon joined the team for the first time since being acquired at Monday's trade deadline. 

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02/29/2012 - 11:10am
Jeter responds to Bobby V: 'Who cares?'

Bobby Valentine on Tuesday made reference to a play by Derek Jeter in the 2001 American League Division Series, when Jeter ran over to the first-base side of home plate to retrieve an errant throw from the outfield and flip the ball to catcher Jorge Posada just in time to tag out suprised baserunner Jeremy Giambi. While that is viewed as one of the defining moments of Jeter's accomplished career, Valentine said Jeter was out of position on the play and said he did not believe the Yankees practiced that play as they claimed.

Jeter was asked Wednesday about Valentine's comments and tried to defend himself without fanning the flames.

"I don’t think anything," Jeter said, according to reports from the assembled media. "I really don’t. I have no thoughts whatsoever. Who cares? Why are we talking about this? They must be bored over there, huh? I don’t understand."

Asked to speculate about Valentine’...

02/29/2012 - 9:41am
Cherington on D&C: Sox a 'motivated group'

Ben Cherington, at his first spring training as Red Sox general manager, stopped by for a visit with Dennis & Callahan at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., to talk about how team's preparations for the 2012 season.

Theo Epstein has received both praise and criticism for his performance as GM before Cherington was promoted. Lately, it's been more criticism as the Sox have a number of dollars invested in players who will start this season on the disabled list.

"I was here for all those, so I can't run from that too far," Cherington said. "But you're right, as we start the season we're most likely going to have guys on the DL making a fair amount of money, and that does create challenges for us -- certainly this offseason in putting the team together. But that said, there's a lot of good things, too. There's a lot of talent on this team. There's a lot of things that Theo and I and everyone here were involved with that have put us...

02/29/2012 - 8:09am
Mashup: Defensive Wade apologizes to Kobe

Heat guard Dwyane Wade acknowledged that he apologized for breaking Kobe Bryant's nose with a hard foul in Sunday's All-Star Game, but he did it in the fashion that has become typical of the Heat -- burying it in comments that imply everyone is biased against the Heat's superstars.

"He knows it's no ill intent on me to do that," Wade said at Tuesday's practice. "Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome."

Wade also has been criticized for ignoring Bryant after hitting him, walking over to complain about a previous call to the referee.

"I don't know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize]. I don't have to do that," Wade said. "Like I said, everyone has an opinion, everyone uses their opinion. Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it."

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