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03/20/2012 - 11:35am
Peverley will travel with B's, Horton won't
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday's optional practice that forward Rich Peverley will join the team on its upcoming three-game west coast road trip.

Peverley has not played since Feb. 15 due to a knee sprain, but started skating again last Wednesday. He has yet to take physical contact, but is considered day-to-day by the team. 

Julien also said that there is no news regarding the status of concussed forward Nathan Horton, and that the winger will not be traveling with the team. 

"No, same old same old," Julien said of Horton. "Nothing different. He's still working out but not on the ice yet."

Horton has not played since Jan. 22. He has 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points in 46 games this season. 

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03/20/2012 - 10:24am
Buchholz: Contract helped deal with injury

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Players sign long-term contracts before they reach free agency precisely because of what happened to Clay Buchholz last year, when a stress fracture in his lower back left him unable to pitch in the final three and a half months of the season. That being the case, Buchholz suggested that he was relieved, in retrospect, that he signed his four-year, $29.945 million deal with the Sox last April. The deal takes effect this season, and runs through 2015 with team options for 2016 and 2017.

"That was something I would have beat myself over if I hadn’t signed a contract, had this last year and got hurt and wasn’t able to pitch," said Buchholz. "That would have been hard for me, because I would have definitely pushed myself to get back a lot sooner and maybe hurt myself worse. That helped out a little bit."

Still, Buchholz noted, the relief of having financial security did not offset the...

03/20/2012 - 6:53am
Mashup: Warriors fans mar Mullin ceremony

The Warriors retired Chris Mullin's number Monday night, but the halftime ceremony was marred by the fans' booing of second-year owner Joe Lacob (a New Bedford native and former Celtics minority owner). The ceremony came just days after the team traded leading scorer Monta Ellis, and the fans were relentless in voicing their displeasure, despite pleas from Mullin and Warriors legend Rick Barry to show more respect.

"Look, fans are upset, I guess, that we traded one of their favorites, and that’s all I can attribute that to," Lacob said afterward. "What I feel bad about is it kind of ruined a night that was very special, that the organization really tried to do the right thing for with Chris. And I feel good that we did that. I feel bad for Chris, more than anything else."

Said coach Mark Jackson of Lacob: "Knowing him, knowing his commitment, and knowing his passion, the day is going to come when he's truly...

03/19/2012 - 11:20pm
Report: Mankins had surgery on torn ACL

Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins had surgery to repair a torn ACL after the Super Bowl, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.

According to Reiss, Mankins injured the knee early in Super Bowl XLVI, and it was later determined Mankins had been playing through a torn ACL. Mankins hopes to return for the start of training camp in late July.

Taken in the first round out of Fresno State in 2005, the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder has developed a reputation as one of the toughest players in the locker room -- the first game he missed because of injury as a professional was the regular-season finale this past year against the Bills after suffering a knee injury the week before against the Dolphins.

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03/19/2012 - 9:11pm
Late show: C's, Allen explode late for win

After missing 30 of their first 45 shots, the Celtics exploded for 29 points in the fourth quarter, including a sharpshooting display from Ray Allen, on their way to a 79-76 win over the Hawks Monday nght at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Celtics had to survive an 11-0 run by the Hawks late that made it a four-point game, 75-71, but Mickael Pietrus hit 1-of-2 free throws to make it a five-point lead. Joe Johnson nailed a 3-pointer with 11.8 seconds remain to cut Boston's lead to one, 77-76. After two Paul Pierce free throws, Jeff Teague airmailed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with under five seconds remaining and Rajon Rondo inbounded to Pierce, who dribbled out the clock.

Allen drilled 4-of-5 from 3-point range and led Boston with 19 points while Rondo had 10 points and 13 assists. 

The Celtics were unable to find any offensive rhythm early but were saved by the fact that the Hawks were likewise unable to get going in the first quarter....

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