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01/27/2010 - 1:21pm
Bruins' Recchi to carry Olympic torch

Bruins veteran foward Mark Recchi was missing from practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington on Wednesday because he was scheduled to carry the Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch through his hometown of Kamloops, British Columbia, on Wednesday night. Recchi was slated to light the Olympic cauldron outside the city's Hillside Stadium at 7 p.m. local time.

 

The torch passes through Kamloops on Day 90 of its tour through 1,000 Canadian communities before arriving in Vancouver on Feb. 12 to start the Games. Recchi played for Team Canada at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

 

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01/27/2010 - 12:53pm
Reports: Bruins GM says Julien safe

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters from CSNNE.com and the Boston Herald on Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington that coach Claude Julien's job is safe. The Bruins are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games and sit in a tie for 10th in the Eastern Conference playoff race with 54 points and a 23-20-8 record. Julien is in his third season with the Bruins and has taken the team to the playoffs the previous two years.

 

Chiarelli was asked if a coaching change was a possibility. "No," he told reporters. "Absolutely not." 

 

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01/27/2010 - 12:43pm
Wilfork: 'I will not sell myself short'

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork appeared on the Dale & Holley Show (with Michael Holley and guest host Lou Merloni) to discuss his contract situation on Wednesday morning. With his six-year rookie contract now having ended, Wilfork could become an unrestricted free agent. However, the Patriots have the right to place a franchise tag on the star defensive tackle.

 

Wilfork made clear, however, that his goal is a long-term contract, whether with the Patriots or another team. The idea of a franchise tag, which would provide likely result in a one-year deal, did not sit well with the 28-year-old.

 

 

"I did honor my six-year deal. Now, that six-year deal is up. It’s time for me to move forward, with the Patriots or not with the Patriots," said Wilfork. "[A franchise tag] is decent money for most people out there. What I do, it’s okay.

 

"But I don...

01/27/2010 - 11:46am
Report: Sox to attend Lowry workout

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (via Twitter), the Red Sox are expected to be one of the 10-15 teams expected to attend the workout of left-handed pitcher Noah Lowry. The 29-year-old last pitched in the majors in 2007, when he went 14-8 with a 3.92 ERA (despite striking out just 87 and walking 87 in 156 innings). Over the past two years, Lowry underwent forearm surgery (based on what his agent told reporters was a misdiagnosis) and then surgery to remove a rib to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. He has a career 40-31 record and 4.03 ERA.


01/27/2010 - 10:55am
Doc on D&C: Don't expect trades

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning. Asked about the Celtics' reputation as trash-talkers — three Celtics ranked in the top four of a recent Sports Illustrated players poll about the league's top yappers — Rivers said he once tried to limit the talk but learned the hard way that it negatively affected the team's play, so he allows it. "It's who we are, and I'm not going to try to change it," Rivers said. "It's part of their DNA."

 

Rivers defended Kevin Garnett, who landed at No. 1 in the trash-talking poll (with Rasheed Wallace and Paul Pierce not far behind). "The thing with Kevin is, Kevin talks the whole game — to himself, us, to his teammates and to the other team," Rivers said. "So, I don't know where and who he's talking to. And I don't think the other team does as well." Added Rivers: "I don't really think...

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