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02/08/2011 - 2:27pm
Pierce joins Allen in 3-point contest

Paul Pierce said that he wanted a shot at teammate Ray Allen in the 3-point contest, and the defending champion will get his wish. Pierce and Allen are both in the field for this year's event, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 19 during All-Star weekend. The other contestants include: Daniel Gibson, Dorrell Wright, James Jones and Kevin Durant. Allen won the event in 2001 and he needs just two 3-pointers to pass Reggie Miller for the most in NBA history. Pierce and Allen are the only former champs in the field.

 

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02/08/2011 - 1:18pm
Perkins: I turned down $22 million offer

Kendrick Perkins told CSNNE.com on Monday that he recently rejected a four-year offer from the Celtics. The center -- a free agent at the end of the season -- denied earlier reports that the contract offer was for $30 million.

 

"That wasn't it. They offered me four years, but it was closer to like $22 million," Perkins told Comcast. "You talking four years, $30 million! Shoot, that's different. That's a big difference."

 

Perkins returned from off-season MCL surgery on January 25, scoring six points and grabbing seven rebounds against the Cavaliers. He has averaged 6.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in eight games this season.

 

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02/08/2011 - 1:14pm
Bergeron leaves practice, receives stitches
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron left Tuesday's practice after a puck off the stick of teammate Johnny Boychuk bounced off a partition in the glass and hit him in the chin. Bergeron was taken to the hospital, where he received stitches and had x-rays taken. Coach Claude Julien said that the x-rays were taken  "just as a precaution" and that he expects Bergeron to be in the lineup Wednesday night against the Canadiens. 

 

Bergeron leads the Bruins with 44 points (19 G, 25 A) on the season, and has eight points over his last six games. He was named the league's No. 1 star of the month for January, a month in which he led all NHL scorers with 17 points. 

 

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02/08/2011 - 12:14pm
Report: Sox to sign softball star

According to a report from Stuff.co.nz, 17-year-old New Zealand softball catcher Te Wera Bishop has signed with the Red Sox.

 

"We have been impressed by his abilities behind the plate, he has excellent hands and a strong throwing arm, and with instruction from our Boston Red Sox coaches, we are confident he can make the appropriate changes from softball to baseball," Red Sox scout Jon Deeble told the website.

 

The report suggests that Bishop — who tried out for several major league teams last month — will attend the Australian MLB Academy in June. He is expected to sign a contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday.

 

"I don't know what to expect. I'm just over the moon," Bishop said.

 

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


02/08/2011 - 7:52am
Mashup: SB anthem flub leads to betting flap

Christina Aguilera's Super Bowl national anthem performance continues to cause controversy — this time with bettors. There was a betting line (offshore only) of 1 minutes, 54 seconds on how long it would take the singer to complete the tune. One betting website timed it at 1:53.7, but there were two issues. First, she may have included an extra "oh" at the end, extending it past 1:54. Second, she messed up a line in the song, causing some to question whether it should count. At least one website indicated it would pay off both sides of the bet because of the questions. Meanwhile, Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie defended Aguilera and talked about her own shaky performance at halftime, saying the nerves were tough to control.

 

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