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03/22/2011 - 8:20am
Cherry on D&C: Cooke 'a little rat'

CBC hockey commentator Don Cherry joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to discuss the Matt Cooke suspension, what could happen the next time Zdeno Chara travels to Montreal and the recent slide of the Bruins. 

 

After a seven-game winning streak that seemed to announce the Bruins as serious Stanley Cup contenders, the club has struggled, posting a 1-3-3 mark in its last seven games. Cherry was asked if the Bruins were built for a deep postseason run.

 

"There's something wrong there," said Cherry, who coached the Bruins from 1974-79. "Right now, there's something wrong with that team. When they came into Toronto, and they were absolutely awful. But if you're going to take a swoon, this is the time to do it. I would like to see [Shawn] Thornton play. He hasn't played that much since [Chris] Kelly came to Boston. … I would play Thornton a regular shift because he's the Bruins for...

03/22/2011 - 6:58am
Mashup: Study looks at NCAA refs' calls

Do NCAA basketball referees balance foul calls between teams intentionally? A study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences looked at games on neutral courts and determined that fouls are assessed at a relatively even rate. That's been supported by this year's tournament. "The important finding is that as the foul differential increases the probability of the next foul being called on the team with fewer fouls significantly increases," said Ball State professor David Pierce, the study's co-author.

 

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


03/21/2011 - 9:12pm
C's post comeback win against Knicks

The Celtics closed the game on a 23-4 run to polish off the Knicks in New York Monday night, 96-86. Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead four Boston players in double figures, as the Celtics won their 15th game in the last 17 contest against the Knicks. New York led by as many as 15 early on, but Boston dominated in the second half to post the come-from-behind victory. Paul Pierce had 21 points — including a handful of big shots in the fourth quarter — for Boston, which also got a strong effort from Ray Allen (15 points, eight rebounds) and Rajon Rondo (13 points, 12 assists). Carmelo Anthony had 22 points to lead the Knicks. For more Celtics news, check out weei.com/celtics.
 


03/21/2011 - 8:20pm
Kraft hopes Brady was 'conflicted' about suit

Speaking at the league meetings in New Orleans, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said he hoped New England quarterback Tom Brady was “conflicted” before he made the decision to be a part of the NFL Players Association antitrust lawsuit against the league.

“On a personal level, myself — and I think every member of my family — feels extremely close to Tom. I’d like to think Tom was conflicted before he made that decision, but you’d have to talk to Tom about it,” Kraft told reporters on Monday. “He obviously feels like, I guess, that he made a business decision that was the right thing for him. I’d like to think he was conflicted in making it, but I don’t know that.  I haven’t talked to him about it, so he didn’t consult me when he was making it.”

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03/21/2011 - 8:04pm
Survey: Boston tops among fan loyalty

All four Boston teams can boast some of the most loyal fans in sports, according to a new survey.

According to Bloomberg, New York-based Brand Keys Inc., recently put together the 19th annual Sports Loyalty Index, which surveys 250 fans in each team’s market and assesses the data based on factors driven by on-field success, fan bonding with players and the franchise’s history and tradition. (A club’s effort and sense of teamwork also can have an effect.)

Boston was the only city to rank in the Top 5 in each sport, with the Patriots first in fan loyalty among NFL teams, while the Red Sox (who were No. 1 among MLB teams the previous two seasons) third in MLB, the Celtics fourth among all NBA teams and the Bruins fifth among the NHL fan bases.


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