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01/07/2011 - 9:14am
Schefter on D&C: Jets' Ryan has 'no filter'

Adam Schefter of ESPN made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday.

 

Schefter talked about coaching moves around the league. He said the Dolphins never made an offer to Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh before apparently deciding to retain Tony Sparano. Schefter said Harbaugh has lost his leverage and now appears likely to return to the Cardinal.

 

As for the other two high-profile NFL coaching candidates, Schefter said the Dolphins "kicked the tires" on Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden, but: "I fully except Bill Cowher to be back in the [television] booth, and I feel confident that will be the case with Gruden as well."

 

Jets coach Rex Ryan took a shot at Tom Brady in his press conference Thursday. Said Schefter: "I think Rex just talks. I just think he doesn't care. There's no filter. He's just going to go up and say what he...

01/07/2011 - 7:46am
Mashup: Barkley denies ticket accusation

TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley was in rare form Thursday night during halftime of the network's broadcast of the Thunder-Mavericks game. The NBA legend and Auburn alumnus denied a rumor that he had given Lakers tickets to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton — a rumor started after a reporter's tweet was misconstrued — but then joked that he would have done more for Newton had he been asked.

 

Said Barkley: "I did not get him tickets, I have never met Cam Newton, but if Cam Newton had called me I would have put him in the Laker locker room if he wanted to go."

 

Barkley also weighed in on a recent comment from Fox News' Tucker Carlson that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick should have been "executed" for his role in killing dogs. Barkley called Carlson an "idiot," and added that Carlson is "a nobody" who was fired by Turner Broadcasting "because he sucked."

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01/06/2011 - 10:56pm
Thornton: B's should feel 'awful' for Rask

One of the leaders in the Bruins dressing room called out the rest of the team for non-support of goalie Tuukka Rask. The Bruins netminder made several athletic saves, including a spectacular one on Martin Havlat to keep the Bruins tied. But the save was for naught as the Bruins fell, 3-1, Thursday night to the Minnesota Wild. 

 

“It's awful. [The] kid plays that good for us all the time, we don't get the wins for him," Thornton said of Rask's tough luck. "We care about him and we should probably show it in a better way because he stood on his head for us pretty much every night. And I don’t know his save percentage — .940 or something stupid like that — that should be good enough to win a lot of hockey games, so we’re going to have to look ourselves in the mirror as far as that goes.”

 

Rask fell to 3-8-1 despite a 2.58 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage....

01/06/2011 - 10:28pm
Julien benches 'accountable' Savard

When Marc Savard committed a bad third-period turnover in the Bruins zone leading to the go-ahead goal in Minnesota's 3-1 win over the Bruins Thursday night, Bruins coach Claude Julien acted swiftly and dramatically. He benched the top-line center and leading playmaker on the team. 

 

"I think when you make a mistake like that, everybody has to be accountable," Julien said of Savard. "It's one of those things that happens throughout a game and I think from first player to last player, you want to make sure that everybody understands that you don't expect a guy like that to make. It doesn't mean you lose confidence in him because you're going to go right back with him the next game, and you hope that they bounce back. That's what coaches do. They coach, and that's what I did."

 

"I tried to flip it out because we had a tired group out there," said Savard, who didn't get much on the puck and...

01/06/2011 - 9:30pm
Lost in the Wild: B's can't find home in loss

Cal Clutterbuck beat Tuukka Rask with a wrist shot from between the circles at 2:22 of the third period to lead the Wild over the Bruins, 3-1, Thursday night at TD Garden. Bruins nemesis Jose Theodore stopped 35-of-36 shots on the night to improve to 8-1-0 in his last nine games against Boston. Mikko Koivu added an empty-netter with 42.2 seconds remaining to seal the win for Minnesota. 

 

The Bruins' woes on the power play continued, as they were scoreless in four chances and are now 0-for-35 lifetime on the man-advantage against Minnesota. The Wild remained perfect lifetime on the road against the Bruins, improving to 6-0-0 in Boston. Rask stopped 31-of-33 shots in the loss. He was solid all night and made several sprawling saves to keep the Bruins in the game. 

 

In their first game back at the Garden since Dec. 23, the Bruins tied it on Steve Kampfer's third goal of the season midway through the second. The...

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