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03/28/2012 - 2:17pm
Rask hopes to be ready for playoffs
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask told ESPNBoston and other outlets Wednesday that his recovery from an abdominal strain/groin strain is going well and that he hopes to be ready for the postseason. 

“I want to be back as soon as possible,” Rask said. “The playoffs was, and is, the goal.”

Rask said that he hopes to return to the ice at some point next week, with him hopefully being ready for game action following the soon after. The B's will play their last game of the regular season next Saturday against the Sabres. 

“It’s tough to speculate,” Rask said. “You never know. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe I’ll hit the ice next week if everything goes good and go from there.” 

Rask leads the Bruins with a 2.05 goals-against average and a ....

03/28/2012 - 1:13pm
NFL owners OK more replay, new OT rules

NFL owners on Wednesday voted to accept a number of rule changes, including using video replay for all turnovers and adopting the playoff overtime rules in the regular season.

The overtime rule means that games can't end on a field goal on the first possession of the extra period. Both teams must get at least one series with the ball.

Other rule changes:

-- A team will lose a down for illegally kicking a loose ball.

-- Too many men on the field becomes a dead ball foul.

-- A player receiving a crackback block is now considered a defenseless player and the penalty is 15 yards.

A proposal to have the booth official handle video reviews rather than the referee did not pass. A ban on horse-collar tackles on quarterbacks in the pocket failed as well.

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03/28/2012 - 11:18am
Stark on M&M: Bobby V can't help himself

ESPN baseball write Jayson Stark joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday afternoon and weighed in on Bobby Valentine's first spring training with the Red Sox.

"Just talking to Bobby, I felt like his approach going in it sounded like was going to be to try to take a step back and get to know everybody and learn everything there was to know and get a feel for everybody on his roster, and then start to make his feelings known," Stark said. "But as we found out, Bobby Valentine is just not wired that way."

Following Curt Schilling's critical comments about Valentine Tuesday, Stark said there's another way to look at the situation.

"I think his read to some extent is right, but we've got to remember something: This isn't what they've been used to," Stark said. "The fundamental rule of managerial hirings and firings...

03/28/2012 - 9:28am
Verducci on D&C: Valentine right fit for Sox

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning to discuss the Red Sox and news from around Major League Baseball.

While Verducci was speaking, the Mariners finished a 3-1 victory over the Athletics in 11 innings in the MLB regular-season opener in Japan.

"It seemed to sneak up on a lot of people," Verducci said, acknowledging that the game was not presented well for the American public.

"From our perspective, I get it, it seems like it's not worth the trouble," he said. "But from their perspective [in Japan], it's really a thrill."

Turning his attention to the Red Sox, Verducci was asked his opinion of new manager Bobby Valentine. Former Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling had harsh criticism for Valentine during an appearance on Mut & Merloni...

03/28/2012 - 8:14am
Judge forces Foxboro to let Kraft rep speak

On the same day a U.S. District Court judge ruled the town of Foxboro must allow representatives of the Kraft Group to speak at a selectman's meeting, town officials on Tuesday withdrew a Town Meeting measure that would have taken land on Route 1 to acquire a pair of billboards owned by the Kraft Group.

Selectmen voted unanimously to withdraw the article, shortly after Kraft Group director of project development Ted Fire spoke at Tuesday night's meeting and criticized Town Manager Kevin Paicos for previously refusing company officials to speak.

"It is truly shameful that Mr. Paicos and at least one member of this board took the steps they did to deny our constitutional right to be heard," Fire said.

Despite speculation to the contrary, Fire said he doesn't believe there is a connection between this controversy and a proposal for a resort casino complex on Kraft-owned land near the stadium.

"This has nothing to do with...

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