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06/01/2011 - 4:33pm
Julien: 'Our homework is done'
By: DJ Bean

VANCOUVER -- Speaking at the team's hotel Wednesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said his team has done all the preparation necessary for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals vs. the Canucks. 

The Bruins blanked the Lightning, 1-0, in a conference-clinching Game 7 victory last Friday that figures to be memorable for the team's nearly flawless and disciplined execution. Julien hopes the B's can play the same way against Vancouver.

"We talked about it after we won that game. Those are the types of games you have to play in order to win the Stanley Cup," Julien said. "We've obviously proven that we can. Now it's up to us and do it on a game after game basis. We understand the challenge. We understand what's at stake. We understand who we're playing.

"Basically our homework is done. Right now, it's up to us to go out there and show that we can and believe that we can." 

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06/01/2011 - 4:28pm
Painful: Sox swept by Chicago, lose Hill

Paul Konerko singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh and added a long homer to Lansdowne Street off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth as the White Sox wiped out an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Red Sox, 7-4, Wednesday at Fenway, completing a three-game series sweep. The Red Sox, who lost their fourth straight, also lost reliever Rich Hill to an apparent left elbow/forearm injury when he walked Adam Dunn moments after the tie-breaking hit in the seventh. Hill had to be escorted off the field by Red Sox trainer Greg Barajas. 

The Red Sox began Wednesday's game with the look of a team ready to knock out the opposing starter and roll to a blowout win. Boston collected seven hits in their first 10 plate appearances against Gavin Floyd. Kevin Youkilis grounded into an inning-ending double play in the first inning but the Red Sox got to Floyd for three runs in the second as Jed Lowrie doubled home David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled home two...

06/01/2011 - 3:44pm
Hill leaves game with left forearm injury

Red Sox left-hander Rich Hill grabbed his left elbow on the seventh and final pitch that he threw to White Sox slugger Adam Dunn, a full-count curveball that missed down and in for a walk. Red Sox trainers immediately went to the mound to visit Hill, who was promptly removed from the game. The Red Sox announced that he left the contest with a left forearm injury.

Dunn was the only batter whom Hill faced. The left-hander threw seven straight curveballs to the masher. Hill said in a conversation late last season that he experienced little to no stress on his arm when flipping curveballs.

“I don’t feel like it puts stress on my arm in any shape or form,” said Hill. “I could throw 100 pitches like that and it wouldn’t be a problem.”

It was the 15th appearance of Hill's Red Sox...

06/01/2011 - 2:58pm
Shaq posts video announcing retirement

Shaquille O'Neal posted a video on Tout, which indicates that he is ready to retire after 19 years in the NBA. "We did it, 19 years baby," O'Neal said in the video. "I want to thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first: I'm about to retire."

O'Neal played 37 games for the Celtics in his one season with the team, but only appeared in one regular season game and two playoff games after February because of an Achilles injury.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


06/01/2011 - 2:03pm
Tito: Sox still waiting on 'scuffling' Drew

The first two months of 2011 haven't been the best for J.D. Drew, which is why Red Sox manager Terry Francona decided to give his right fielder the day off on Wednesday. 

"He's just been kind of scuffling a little bit," Francona said before Wednesday's matinee.

Josh Reddick started in place of Drew, who entered Wednesday batting just .228 with three homers and 10 RBIs in the final year of his five-year, $70 million contract. 

"Maybe Red will give us a little, sometimes day game after a night game you're looking for some energy, maybe Red will bump into one," Francona said of Reddick. "He's been playing pretty well, maybe just will give us a little boost."

As for Drew, he is just 3-for-19 in his last nine games, giving Francona a reason to sit his starting right fielder. 

"I think we keep waiting for that," Francona said, referring to Drew's usual mid-season hot streak....

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