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01/09/2012 - 6:28pm
Marchand suspended five games
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Brad Marchand was suspended five games by the NHL Monday for Saturday's low-bridge hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo. Because the hearing was conducted via phone, five games was the maximum penalty Marchand could receive. 

Marchand saw the Canucks defenseman coming in to hit him along the boards late in the second period of the 4-3 loss, lowered his body and hit Salo in the hip area. The hit was called clipping on the ice, and Marchand was given a five-minute major and game misconduct. 

"As the video shows, Marchand skates towards Salo along the boards," NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said. "Rather than deliver a shoulder-to-shoulder check, Marchand drops dangerously low into Salo's knee area, propelling Salo up and over, causing an injury. 

 

"While we understand that in certain instances, a player may duck or bail instinctively in order to prevent himself from an imminent...

01/09/2012 - 5:27pm
Belichick: Tebow a 'tough guy to defend'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that the Broncos team that he will face in the AFC divisional playoff game on Saturday night is particularly challenging to defend given the versatility of quarterback Tim Tebow. Belichick suggested that Tebow's ability to both run and throw the football from the same offensive formations allows Denver to disguise its plays in a fashion that makes it hard to get the right personnel groupings and play calls onto the field.

"Whatever it takes to win, he’s done a good job of doing that," said Belichick. "I think whenever Tebow is in the shotgun, then you have the possibility of him running their regular shotgun passing game and you also have the possibility of them running the ball, whether he’s the runner or it’s a dive and he keeps it.
You really need another defender in the running game but it’s hard to get that defender when five...

01/09/2012 - 3:59pm
Harvard out of AP poll, 25th in coaches poll

Harvard, ranked 22nd last week, fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday following its 1-1 week. The Crimson, who were upset by Fordham on Tuesday before rebounding with a victory over Dartmouth on Saturday in their Ivy League opener, are behind six other teams on the outside looking in.

In the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, Harvard is 25th, dropping four spots from last week.

The Crimson have two games this week: nonleague contests at Monmouth (Tuesday) and home vs. George Washington (Saturday). The GW game at Lavietes Pavilion already is sold out.


01/09/2012 - 3:51pm
Jeff Green aneurysm surgery 'went great'

WALTHAM -- Jeff Green had successful surgery Monday at the Cleveland Clinic to repair an aeortic aneurysm, discovered by the Celtics medical staff during a routine entrance physical in December. Head coach Doc Rivers got the news following practice on Monday from team president Danny Ainge. 

"Surgery went well," Rivers announced to the media following practice. "They're saying it went great. Obviously, our thoughts, our prayers and every part of our being is with Jeff right now."

Green was acquired in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder at the trade deadline last season that sent center Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder. Green figured to be a key player for the Celtics this season, as the first man off the bench but those plans were put on hold when he was held out of camp after the aneurysm was detected. 

"The second [bit of] news we want to hear is that he'll be able to play again," Rivers said....

01/09/2012 - 3:13pm
Larkin voted into Hall of Fame

Barry Larkin, one of the greatest shortstops in major league history, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The 12-time All-Star received 86.4 percent of votes from participating members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, easily clearing the 75 percent requirement in his third year on the ballot.

Larkin, who spent all 19 of his big league seasons with the Reds, hit .295 with a .371 OBP, .444 slugging mark, .815 OPS, 198 homers and 379 steals in his career. Among players who spent at least half of their careers at shortstop, Larkin has the seventh-highest OPS of all time (behind only Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, Hall of Famers Arky Vaughan, Joe Cronin and Honus Wagner, and Derek Jeter). He jumped from 62 percent of the vote in 2011.

Larkin will be inducted into Cooperstown along with Ron Santo, who was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Golden Era Committee in December. No one else received 75 percent of the votes....

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