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03/23/2011 - 6:03am
Contrite Cooke: 'I need to change'

Penguins forward Matt Cooke, suspended the final 10 games of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs for his latest hit to the head of a defenseless player, acknowledged that he "made a mistake" with his elbow to Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in Sunday's game but insisted he doesn't want to hurt anyone.

 

"I realize and understand, more so now than ever, that I need to change," Cooke told the Pittsburgh media Monday night. "That's what I wanted my message to be."

 

Added Cooke: "I made a mistake. I'm the one that's accountable for that. I take full responsibility for it. I'm sorry to my teammates, my management, my coaching staff and my organization. It's something that, moving forward, I'll make different."

 

Cooke insisted that he showed restraint during Sunday's game, passing on chances to hit two other Rangers.

 

"In the...

03/23/2011 - 5:29am
Providence names Cooley basketball coach

Providence College named Ed Cooley basketball coach, replacing the fired Keno Davis. Cooley had served as head coach at Fairfield for five seasons, leading the Stags to a school-record 25 wins and an NIT berth this year.

 

A Providence native, Cooley starred at Stonehill in the early 1990s and served as an assistant at UMass-Dartmouth, Stonehill, Rhode Island and Boston College before going 92-69 in five years at Fairfield.

 

"Ed Cooley did a great job rebuilding Fairfield into a consistently strong program," PC athletic director Bob Driscoll said in a statement. "Each season, his team showed improvement, and the win totals increased. Throughout this process, he used hard work and dedication, and that is part of what makes him a good fit for Providence College. I saw knowledge, passion and commitment that is necessary to lead our men's basketball program."

 

Cooley, 41, was named MAAC...

03/22/2011 - 8:22pm
30 and 30: Lucic, Thomas shine in win
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins took a step toward ending the funk they have found themselves in of late, defeating the Devils, 4-1, at TD Garden Tuesday night. 

 

Shawn Thornton, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi provided the goals for the B's,with Chara's serving as Boston's first 5-on-4 goal since Feb. 18. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power play, with four Devils penalties coming in the second period. 

 

Lucic's third-period goal was his 30th of the season, and he gives the B's their first 30-goal scorer since Phil Kessel in the 2008-09 season. Both Lucic and Chara had two-point performances. 

 

The Devils opened the scoring in the first period, with Ilya Kovalchuk beating Tim Thomas on the power play for his 27th goal of the season. Thomas improved to 30-10-8 with the victory. 

 

Brad Marchand made his return to the B's lineup after serving a two-game suspension for an elbow...

03/22/2011 - 7:25pm
Reports: Frank a candidate at Tennessee

Multiple reports have named Celtics lead assistant coach Lawrence Frank as a candidate for the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee. The Vols job became open on Monday after the school fired Bruce Pearl amid various recruiting violations. Frank was an assistant coach at Tennessee under Kevin O'Neill before moving to the NBA. Frank is in his first season on Doc Rivers' staff and while he would undoubtedly be considered for the Celtics job should Rivers decide to step away after this season, there is no succession plan in place.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


03/22/2011 - 4:24pm
Gonzalez' agent: Deal expected in April

FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Boggs, the agent for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, said that he and fellow Gonzalez representative Tony Cabral met with Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and assistant GM Ben Cherington on Tuesday to resume their December conversation about an extension for the former Padres star.

 

Boggs said that the Sox want Gonzalez to demonstrate the health of his shoulder once regular-season games get underway, and that there remain relatively minor issues — including contract language and both performance and award incentives — to work out. That said, he said that he is entirely confident that a deal will get done along the lines of the parameters that were discussed by the Sox and Gonzalez prior to the completion of the 4-for-1 trade that brought the first baseman to Boston from San Diego.

 

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