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04/08/2010 - 8:35pm
Sabre rattling: B's win, on brink of playoffs

Embattled defenseman Dennis Wideman scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Tuukka Rask stopped 31-of-32 shots on the night as the Bruins took a big step toward the playoffs with a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night at TD Garden. Wideman heard boos throughout the first two periods after his turnover in the first period led to Derek Roy's goal with nine minutes left in the period. The Bruins tied the game on Miroslav Satan's tally 2:15 into the second before Wideman put the B's ahead on a shot from the right point that beat Patrick Lalime. Mark Recchi scored insurance with 3:25 left to put the Bruins up, 3-1. 

 

The win gives Boston 87 points and moves them ahead of Philadelphia and into seventh place in the East. The Bruins will clinch a playoff berth if Philadelphia beats the New York Rangers on Friday night in regulation. 

 

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04/08/2010 - 8:05pm
Bonser allows 3 ER in 4-1/3 for PawSox

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Boof Bonser, in his first rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 4-1/3 innings against the Rochester Red Wings, giving up three earned runs on six hits on the night. He allowed a pair of homers to the Twins' affiliate, both on curveballs. The big righty also had four strikeouts and two walks, finishing his outing with 76 pitches, 43 for strikes. Bonser's fastball hit 89-93 mph on the McCoy Stadium scoreboard.

 

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04/08/2010 - 7:02pm
Couples leads Masters, Tiger two back

Fred Couples shot an opening-round 66 to take the lead after one round at the Masters on Thursday. Couples held a 1-shot lead on the field, a group that includes Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, Lee Westwood, K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang. In his return to competitive golf, Tiger Woods finished the first round two shots off the pace at 4 under. Woods, who was greeted warmly by the crowds, had a pair of eagles on the day, the first time he had two eagles in one day at the Masters and his best score ever on the tournament’s first day.
 


04/08/2010 - 6:32pm
Source: Pats work out OSU's Dez Bryant

WEEI.com has confirmed via a league source a report that Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant had a workout with the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Bryant is a 6-foot-2, 225 pound receiver who had 87 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior in 2008, but sat out most of 2009 after the NCAA ruled him ineligible because he reportedly lied to investigators about his affiliation with Deion Sanders. (Bryant was recently profiled as part of WEEI.com's "Potential Patriots" series — check that out here.) For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


04/08/2010 - 1:36pm
Source: Don't expect faster Sox-Yanks games

Jonathan Papelbon was right regarding the time of game for the Red Sox-Yankees games: People are going to have to just live with it.

 

Umpire Joe West, fresh off of working a Red Sox-Yankees series that averaged well over three hours (3:47 for the first two games) told Bergen County Record newspaper that, “It’s pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play.” That comes after word from Major League Baseball executives his spring encouraging the Sox and Yankees to pick up the pace.

 

But according to a source with the MLB Players Association, changes to speed up the game any further aren’t expected any time soon.

 

A few Red Sox players broached the subject of Major League Baseball’s intent on speeding up games with union boss Michael Weiner when he appeared in front of the team in Fort Myers, Fla. Papelbon, for one, has already felt the affects of the focus by MLB,...

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