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01/18/2010 - 8:28pm
Sheed, Pierce cleared to play

Doc Rivers announced before Monday's tipoff that both Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace were cleared to play against the Mavericks. Pierce banged his sore right knee into the leg of Shelden Williams during Sunday's practice. "He's OK, really," Rivers said. "It looked bad, obviously, but he's fine." Wallace missed the last three games with a sore left foot. For more, visit the Green Street blog


01/18/2010 - 7:58pm
Offerman banned for life

Jose Offerman received a lifetime ban from the Dominican winter league for throwing a punch at an umpire during a game Saturday. The onetime Red Sox second baseman was serving as manager of the Licey Tigers when he got physical with umpire Daniel Rayburn (video here). Offerman's team said it will appeal the ruling. Read the full story here.


01/18/2010 - 7:27pm
Gammons: Knees nixed Sox-Bay deal

According to Peter Gammons on NESN, the Red Sox and Jason Bay had agreed on the framework of a four-year, $60 million deal in July before an MRI raised concerns about both of the outfielder's knees. As a result of those concerns, Gammons said, Sox ownership reduced its offer from four years to two.

 

Gammons suggested that the dispute illustrated the need for an independent medical staff in the majors, since there is sometimes distrust by players about the health findings of doctors who are employed by a team.

 

"You had the same thing here with Jason Bay, when he agreed to the four-year, $60 million deal near the end of July and then the MRI showed some problems with both knees," Gammons said. "Ownership wanted it to be two years and he had to prove that he was healthy to be able to make it four years, and he wouldn’t sign. This is no reflection on [Red Sox team physician Dr. Thomas] Gill and the Red...

01/18/2010 - 4:28pm
On the short end: Sens cruise

Daniel Alfredsson recorded a hat trick and Mike Fisher added three assists as the Ottawa Senators handled the Bruins, 5-1, in the MLK Day matinee at TD Garden. While Patrice Bergeron [thumb] and Dennis Wideman returned from injuries, the Bruins were forced to play without forwards Byron Bitz, Steve Begin and Marco Sturm. Those three are in addition to Marc Savard and Andrew Ference, both already on the injured list. The Bruins broke through five minutes into the third on Daniel Paille's sixth goal of the season. The Senators beat the Bruins for the first time in five meetings this season and tied the Bruins for second in the Northeast Division with 54 points. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog


01/18/2010 - 1:42pm
Bergeron, Wideman back; Begin out

The short-handed Bruins will be without forwards Steve Begin, Byron Bitz and Marco Sturm for their matinee clash with the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Both are out with undisclosed injuries. The team, already without Marc Savard and Andrew Ference, could get a boost with the return of center Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Dennis Wideman. Bergeron has been out for six games with a broken thumb while Wideman returns after an undisclosed injury. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog


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