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12/20/2011 - 4:26pm
Rivers 'concerned' about Pierce

WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce won't play in Wednesday's final exhibition game against the Raptors and there is now "concern" in the words of coach Doc Rivers that the captain may not be available for the regular season opener against the Knicks on Christmas Day.

"I’m concerned, not long-term, but I’m concerned short-term," Rivers said. "We have those two games right off the bat and he’s gone one practice and that’s basically it. So, yeah I’m concerned about it."

Pierce has missed most of training camp with what has been described as a sore right heel. Rivers said that Pierce worked out on Monday while the rest of the team was off.

"He went real hard [on Monday] and it’s just real sore," Rivers said. "We just want him to rest. The problem with that is it will be a lot of rest and then he may be ready but with no [practice time], that’s scary; and if he’s...

12/20/2011 - 3:53pm
Chung returns to Pats walkthrough practice

FOXBORO -- After not making the trip with the team to Denver and being spotted courtside at the Celtics scrimmage at TD Garden on Friday night, safety Patrick Chung returned to Patriots practice Tuesday inside the Dana Farber Field House. 

Chung injured his right foot on Nov. 6 against the Giants and has missed all six games since, despite practicing with the team in the interim. 

Practice was limited to a simple walkthrough as the team prepares for its Christmas Eve battle with Dolphins Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. The only two players missing were back-up defensive end Eric Moore and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at and the blog It Is What It Is

12/20/2011 - 1:38pm
Pats put Carter on IR, sign McKinley

The Patriots announced Tuesday that defensive end Andre Carter has been placed on injured reserve with a leg injury. In addition, they have signed defensive lineman Cedric McKinley to the practice squad.

Carter, 32, signed with the Patriots on Aug. 8. Carter, 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, originally entered the NFL as a first round draft pick (seventh overall) of San Francisco in 2001 out of California. He was signed by Washington as an unrestricted free agent on March 15, 2006. Carter has started all 14 games for New England in 2011 and has 59 tackles and 10.0 sacks. He tied a franchise record with 4.0 sacks at the Jets on Nov. 13 and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.

McKinley, 24, was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent out of Minnesota on May 4, 2010 but was released prior to the start of training camp. He was re-signed by Minnesota on July 31 and has spent part of the 2011 season...

12/20/2011 - 8:59am
Mashup: Singer Raffi takes on Don Cherry

Soft-spoken children's singer Raffi Cavoukian is taking on loud-mouthed hockey analyst Don Cherry. Raffi, a Canadian who is best known for songs such as "Baby Beluga" and "Down by the Bay," started a Twitter campaign in which he encourages fans to mute Cherry following the former Bruins coach's rant against people who want to eliminate fighting from the sport.

Hours before Saturday's Canucks-Leafs game, Raffi pushed his followers to make a statement against concussions and support the elimination of fighting by turning off the sound on their televisions during Cherry's appearance after the first period.

During the break, Raffi tweeted: "so nice and not loud, like you know who."

In an interview with the Toronto Star, Raffi further explained his campaign: "For years I’ve been watching him get louder and louder. He sounds and acts like a bully. That’s not fun and it’s not a good example for...

12/20/2011 - 12:34am
Rangers win bid for Japanese pitcher Darvish

Major League Baseball announced Monday night that the Rangers had won the rights to exclusively negotiate with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. According to Yahoo! Sports, the winning bid was $51.7 million, topping the previous all-time bid of just over $51.1 million made by the Red Sox when pursuing Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006.

The Rangers have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish. If no deal can be reached than the 25-year-old right-hander would be returned to his team in Japan, the Nippon Ham Fighters, with the posting fee being returned to Texas. In the case of Matsuzaka, it took 29 days of negotiating before a six-year, $52 million deal could be reached with the Red Sox.

Darvish is coming off his best season in a five-year career with Nippon, having gone 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA, striking out 276 in 232 innings. He has never had a season which saw his ERA top 1.88, having averaged exactly eight innings per appearance over 128 games.


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