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03/19/2010 - 11:54am
Bruins set TV ratings record

Thursday night's Bruins-Penguins game on NESN registered a 6.2 household rating, making it the most watched regular-season Bruins game ever. The highest-rated Bruins playoff game was last season's Game 7 loss to the Hurricanes, which drew a 14.2. For more Bruins news, check the Big Bad Blog.


03/19/2010 - 11:06am
Thornton on D&H: 'It was addressed'

Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton was a guest of the Dale & Holley show Friday morning to talk about Thursday night's game against the Penguins and his fight with Matt Cooke. "I tried to address it as best I could," Thornton said. "I wish the fight would have went on a little longer, and I wish I had knocked him out. It didn't happen, unfortunately. But it was addressed. I think that was the biggest thing. He didn't have to fight me, and he did. I think that sort of put some water on the fire."

 

Asked what he said to Cooke before they fought, Thornton said he suggested Cook remove his helmet, but the Penguins forward elected not to. "I was just asking what he wanted to do, I didn't really care," Thornton said. Thornton proceeded to remove Cooke's helmet for him before landing a big right hand to the face.

 

Thornton said it was important that Cooke accepted Thornton's challenge last night,...

03/19/2010 - 8:36am
Gil Velazquez out six weeks

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox infielder Gil Velazquez chipped a bone in his left thumb diving for a ball on Tuesday in an exhibition game against the Astros and is expected to miss six weeks. Velazquez appeared Friday morning in the Red Sox clubhouse at City of Palms Park with a cast on his left thumb and said he will be evaluated every two weeks. The Red Sox play the Pirates in Bradenton on Friday. For more, visit the Full Count blog. 


03/19/2010 - 8:35am
Uncertain future for Scalabrine

Forward Brian Scalabrine said he would relish the opportunity to return to the Celtics next season, but he's prepared to look for a new home after his contract expires. He also said he'd play overseas if he couldn't hook on with another NBA team. Scalabrine, who turned 32 Thursday, has played hurt for the Celtics earlier this season and recently has seen his minutes dwindle to precious few, but he's accepting of his role.

 

“I’m not really like an egomaniac or anything like that,” he said. “I look at it like, I shoulder all responsibility on me. If I’m not playing, it’s because of me. If I am playing, on that side, I always say it’s because I’ve got good people around me."

 

Read more from Scalabrine in Jessica Camerato's story. Get more...

03/19/2010 - 8:15am
Verducci: Sox vulnerable vs. righties

Sports Illustrated baseball writer Tom Verducci was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Red Sox' prospects for 2010. "I like what they did here, but what people have to remember is that this is Plan B. They went to this because they had to go to this," Verducci said of Boston's focus on pitching and defense. "I think they didn't have a choice. I don't think they sat down and said, 'Let's switch gears here, guys, and now we think that defense wins games.' I think they had to do it. In that sense, it was a very smart thing to do, They are going to be a very good defensive team, there's not doubt about that, it will help them a lot.

 

"The downside is they're very vulnerable against right-handed pitching, and I don't think they're going to be much better as a team that hits on the road. They're probably a middle-of-the-pack offensive team, which could be good enough if their pitching...

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