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03/04/2011 - 3:32pm
Papelbon: '50-50' on return to Sox in 2011

Closer Jonathan Papelbon said Friday that the probability he will return to the Red Sox next season is "50-50" and "a tossup."

 

During an interview with Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Papelbon said he's excited with how well spring training has gone so far. "I'll tell you what — the ball is coming out of my hand this spring so far better than it ever has in any other spring training," he said.

 

Papelbon, who also discussed his contract situation during an interview with the Dennis & Callahan show last month, acknowledged that last season was not good enough for his liking.

 

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03/04/2011 - 3:23pm
Beckett throws 40-pitch simulated outing

Josh Beckett, who was scratched from his scheduled spring training start on Thursday after having suffered a mild concussion earlier in the week, threw 40 pitches in a simulated three-inning outing in Fort Myers on Friday. Beckett told reporters that he "felt good" and mixed in all his pitches while throwing to right- and left-handed minor leaguers. He felt that the 40-pitch workload, coupled with the up-and-down of simulated innings, served as a meaningful buildup of arm strength, and he said that he anticipates making a Grapefruit League start on Tuesday in a split-squad game against the Astros.

 

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03/04/2011 - 3:04pm
NFL players, owners reach 7-day extension

The NFL owners and players have agreed on a seven-day extension in the talks for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The two sides, who are working to avoid the first work stoppage in NFL history since 1987, were initially facing a Thursday midnight deadline, but they agreed that afternoon to a 24-hour extension. Now, both sides have extended that again until next Friday. According to reports, both sides will take the weekend off and get back to talking in Washington, D.C. on Monday. For more football information, check out weei.com/patriots.


03/04/2011 - 2:17pm
Kampfer has concussion, Bergeron out Sat.
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins will be without two players when they host the Penguins Saturday at TD Garden. Steven Kampfer, who scored in Thursday's 2-1 win, left the game following a hard hit from Mattias Ritola and on Friday was diagnosed with a mild concussion. Coach Claude Julien said after Friday's practice at Ristuccia Arena that the 22-year-old is expected to miss a week. 

 

Patrice Bergeron, meanwhile, is not with the team and has traveled elsewhere due to "personal reasons," according to the coach. He will not play against the Penguins. It will be the first game the 25-year-old has missed all season. 

 

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03/04/2011 - 1:11pm
Ex-Celtic Robinson has knee surgery

Thunder guard Nate Robinson had athroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, the team announced Friday. Robinson, who has played one game for Oklahoma City after being traded from the Celtics last month with Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic, experienced discomfort in his knee following Monday's practice.

 

“After consulting with our medical team, we have decided this is the best course of action to resolve the issue with certainty, and have Nate back on the court as we enter into the final stages of the season,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement.


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