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06/15/2011 - 2:47pm
Ferraro on M&M: B's need to out-hit Canucks

Former NHL player and current Vancouver sports radio host Ray Ferraro joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday to preview Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and give some perspective from the Canucks fan base.

Ferraro said that despite another Boston blowout in Game 6, Vancouver fans aren't too worried about their chances Wednesday.

"I was really surprised, they're actually very confident. I don't know if they even watched Game 6," he said. "I guess they put their faith in the fact that it's almost been like two completely different books for this series. ... For the life of me, I can't figure out why it's been such. Vancouver's been so bad in Boston and Boston hasn't been able to punch through here in Vancouver, so I guess that's what it's all about, Game 7, you play all year to get home-ice advantage and the fans here, they're pretty happy that it's in Vancouver."

Ferraro also had an interesting take on Roberto Luongo's...

06/15/2011 - 2:38pm
Lineup: Lowrie back in against Hellickson

The Red Sox look to start a new win streak after seeing their nine-game run get snapped thanks to a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Rays in St. Petersburg Tuesday night. Jeremy Hellickson will get the start for Tampa Bay, while Josh Beckett takes the hill for the Sox.

Hellickson's only start against Boston came earlier this season on April 11. The right-hander got his first win of the year at Fenway Park, tossing 5.1 innings of two-run ball in a 16-5 win. Hellickson gave up just one run in 7 1/3 innings against Seattle on June 4, but had his worst outing of the season in his last start. On June 10 vs. the Orioles, he surrendered five runs in 5 2/3 innings, including two homers. Hellickson enters the game with a 7-4 mark and a 3.03 ERA.

Here is the lineup the Sox will send out against the Rays:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Carl Crawford LF

Jed...

06/15/2011 - 1:51pm
Daniel Sedin: I didn't guarantee victory
By: DJ Bean

VANCOUVER -- Canucks alternate captain Daniel Sedin spoke Wednesday at Rogers Arena, a day after word emerged that he guaranteed victory in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, something he did not do.

The Canucks forward wasn't pleased with the idea that he guaranteed victory, and said Wednesday that expressing confidence at home is different from providing a guarantee.

"I didn't do that," he said. "I said if we bring our best game, I like our chances. You can never guarantee anything in life, but I can guarantee you that we're going to bring the best tonight. That's been good enough in 99 percent of the games this year, and I hope it's going to be enough tonight."

Said coach Alain Vigneault: "Well, what did you expect him to say? We're in this to win. Daniel is one of our leaders on our group and believes in the group. He expressed it. I think it's a normal thing to do at this time." 

Asked where he...

06/15/2011 - 1:49pm
Turco on M&M: Canucks face backlash

Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Stanley Cup finals Game 7.

Turco has been a guest analyst for NHL Network since his team was eliminated by the Canucks in the opening round. Chicago, the defending Stanley Cup champion, fell behind 3-0 in the series before rallying to force a Game 7 that Vancouver won 2-1.

Turco made it clear that he doesn't like the Canucks' brash style.

"That's where it really got me, was when we were in Chicago and they're up in the game, and they're running their mouths, and they are real cocky," he said. "Never mind that my team beat them the two previous years, knocked them out. You think they'd learn their lesson and just go about their business, but that wasn't the case. It was quite interesting to watch us come back and know that we had them. We know that they're playing differently.

"It was eerily similar in this [Bruins] series....

06/15/2011 - 12:18pm
Alleged kidnap victim claims ties to Shaq

A strange trial is taking place in Los Angeles, and it has a connection to recently retired Celtic Shaquille O'Neal.

Robert Ross, who claims he did business with O'Neal and dated his ex-wife, allegedly was kidnapped and beaten by a group of gang members three years ago as part of the gang's attempt to retrieve a sex tape of O'Neal with other women, according to preliminary testimony. Prosecutors, however, have indicated they have no evidence such a tape existed and said O'Neal is not involved in the case.

According to a Los Angeles Times report on the case, Ross testified that he is a former member of the Main Street Mafia Crips gang who became a music promoter. After becoming friends with O'Neal and trying to bring musical acts to O'Neal's record label, Ross claims, he got into a financial dispute...

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