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01/22/2012 - 1:52pm
Ference suspended for three games
By: DJ Bean

The NHL announced Sunday that Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended three games for his hit on Ryan McDonagh Saturday. 

Ference and McDonagh were both chasing a puck Ference had chipped behind Henrik Lundqvist's net in overtime when Ference shoved the Rangers blueliner into the endboards.

The B's defenseman, who had tied a career high with his fourth goal of the season earlier in the game, was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. The Bruins remained on the penalty kill until Marian Gaborik scored with 3.6 remaining to give the Rangers a 3-2  victory. 

With Ference out, Steven Kampfer will be in the Bruins' lineup Sunday in Philadelphia. 

Ference's suspension is the Bruins' third of the season, which ties the Flames for most suspensions for a team this season. Milan Lucic (one game in December) and Brad Marchand (five games earlier this month) are the other two Bruins to b...

01/22/2012 - 1:37pm
Chad Ochocinco among Pats inactives

FOXBORO -- Despite making the trip back from his father's funeral in Miami in time for today's AFC championship, Chad Ochocinco is inactive for the first time all season. 

Ochocinco's father passed away earlier in the week and he traveled to Miami on Friday following the team's final practice, missing Saturday's walkthrough.

Also inactive are running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, linebacker Gary Guyton, offensive linemen Donald Thomas and Sebastian Vollmer and rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett.

The Ridley move comes as a bit of a surprise, as he had been active in each of the team's previous 17 games in his rookie season out of LSU. Ridley, who had no fumbles in his first 15 games, has fumbled in each of the team's last two games, including in the 45-10 win over Denver, accounting for his only lost fumble all season.

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01/22/2012 - 12:24pm
Rondo's out, Bradley starts again

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will miss his second straight game with a sprained right wrist and Avery Bradley will start in his place against the Wizards on Sunday afternoon.

Rondo injured his wrist when he took a fall late in  the third quarter of their game against Toronto on Wednesday. Without Rondo, the Celtics scored just 71 points in a loss to Phoenix on Friday, although Bradley had a solid game in his first NBA start with 10 points and only one turnover.

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01/22/2012 - 11:59am
O'Brien: Paterno was an 'icon, great man'

FOXBORO -- With his offense preparing to take the field against the Ravens defense in the AFC championship, outgoing Patriots offensive coordinator and Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien remembered his predecessor Joe Paterno Sunday morning, hours after Paterno lost his battle with lung cancer.

"It is with great sadness that I am compelled to deliver this message of condolence and tribute to a great man, husband, father and someone who is more than just a coach, Joe Paterno," O'Brien said in a statement. "First, on behalf of Penn State Football, we offer our sincerest condolences to the Paterno family for their loss. We also offer our condolences to the Penn State community and, in particular, to those who wore the Penn State colors, our Nittany Lion football players and alumni.

"Today, they lost a great man, coach, mentor and, in many cases, a father figure, and we extend our deepest sympathies. The Penn State Football...

01/22/2012 - 10:48am
Former Penn State coach Paterno dies

The Associated Press reported that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno died Sunday morning after complications from lung cancer. Paterno was 85.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today," his family said in a statement. "His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."

Paterno had been in the hospital for over a week with what had been deemed by his family to be minor complications related to his cancer. However, his condition grew increasingly grave during his stay.

Paterno is the winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 college football history, having won 409 games, but was fired by Penn State amidst a growing scandal about child sexual abuse involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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