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04/13/2010 - 11:40am
Ference a possibility for Game 1

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, who has missed most of Boston's last 20 games with a groin injury, may be a strong possibility to play in Game 1 of the Bruins' first-round playoff series against the Sabres. Ference and coach Claude Julien said that he could be close and that it is a matter of getting clearance from the trainers. Ference will need offseason surgery a week to a month after the playoffs end, depending on the level of swelling in the area.

 

"I think so," Ference said of his availability. "I still have to get cleared and stuff, but we will see. ... It is not important that I am in there, it is important that healthy people are in there to help the team. If my injury is good enough, then obviously you do whatever you can to get into the lineup."

 

For more Bruins news, visit the Big Bad Blog.


04/13/2010 - 10:46am
Wilfork: 'I take responsibility' for last year

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork spoke to the media Tuesday morning from Gillette Stadium and addressed the disappointing finish to last season. "I think everybody knows where we left off last year. That's not a big surprise. It was a disappointing year for us all. I think everybody understands the level of play needs to be heightened," Wilfork said. "I take responsibility, each guy has to take responsibility, so that's what I'm going to do. If I'm on the field and I feel like I guy isn't giving it to me, I'm going to ask him to give it to me, and that's point blank, it's no hard feelings. We want to win, this is my seventh year here and last year was a pretty tough year. It wasn't Patriots football and we need to find a way to get back there."

 

As for the Jets' offseason moves and people saying New York now is the team to beat in the AFC East, Wilfork said: "The game is played between...

04/13/2010 - 9:32am
Schefter on D&C: Send message to Big Ben

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning and discussed the Ben Roethlisberger situation as the Steelers quarterback prepares to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. "Do I think that action is going to be taken against Ben? I do," Schefter said. "And the reason I say that is because he has now basically brought embarrassment and unwanted attention to the shield, the NFL shield."

 

Added Schefter: "I know there are a lot of players around the league watching to see whether a Super Bowl-winning quarterback is handled differently than some other players who have trotted through the commissioner's doors. And I think partly because of that, the league must send a message, and certainly the argument can be made that it's worthy of being sent at this particular point in time."

 

Schefter said that the Steelers might be the ones who end up...

04/13/2010 - 8:43am
Mannion investigated Roethlisberger before

Attorney Harry Mannion told WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning he was retained recently to investigate a case involving Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that was “absolutely identical” to the accusations of a sexual assault he recently faced from 20-year-old Georgia College & State University student who claimed Roethlisberger assaulted her in a Milledgeville nightclub. 

Roethlisberger was not charged for the incident in Georgia, but Mannion did say that this is part of a “super-troubling” history involving the Pittsburgh quarterback.

“Six months ago I was retained by a client of mine and a close friend to investigate allegations against Ben Roethlisberger in a Las Vegas nightclub that were absolutely identical to this Georgia girls story,” Mannion said. “The outcome was that the young woman did not want to proceed and we dropped it and we never took any...

04/13/2010 - 8:43am
Report: Celtics to sign Gaffney

According to a report on the website for television station WGGB in Springfield, the Celtics will sign former UMass forward Tony Gaffney today. The 6-8 forward was one of the last cuts by the Lakers in training camp and then went to Israel where he suffered a broken foot in his first month with Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elyon. He was named the Atlantic-10's Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season.


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