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12/12/2011 - 5:26pm
Marchand fined for slew-footing
By: DJ Bean

The NHL fined Bruins forward Brad Marchand $2,500 Monday for slew-footing Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen last Monday in Pittsburgh. 

Marchand slew-footed Niskanen at 3:19 of the first period of the Bruins' victory, and immediately dropped the gloves with the defenseman for his second fight of the season. In addition to his fighting major, Marchand received a tripping minor.

This is the first time Marchand has been fined this season. He was suspended last season for elbowing Blue Jackets' forward R.J. Umberger in the head.  

As is the case when players are fined, the $2,500 will go to the Players' Emergency assistance fund. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


12/12/2011 - 4:03pm
Wilfork: Want to tell Rodney to 'shut the f up'

In the aftermath of former teammate Rodney Harrison's suggestion that the Patriots have the worst pass defense in at least a decade, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that he has never picked up a phone to call a commentator, particularly an ex-teammate like Harrison. However, Wilfork acknowledged that when he hears such criticsm, he would love nothing more than to call the author of the comment.

"I want to. I want to do it all the time and tell them to shut the 'f' up. But everybody has a job to do," said Wilfork. "You have to respect their job. People have opinions. It’s just an opinion. If that’s how they feel, that’s how they feel. The only thing we can control is this locker room.

"A lot of things they say have some truth to it," he acknowledged. "Yeah, we’re pretty bad giving up yardage and everything, but guess what? We find ways to...

12/12/2011 - 3:28pm
Celtics sign draft picks, re-sign Pavlovic

WALTHAM -- The Celtics announced that they have re-signed Sasha Pavlovic and come to terms with rookies JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore. Johnson and Moore had not been able to practice and had been rumored to be in various trades. Rookies can not be traded for at least 30 days after they sign contracts.

Pavlovic is an eight-year veteran who made a minimal impact in 17 games with the Celtics last season. He's 6-foot-8 and has the size to guard multiple positions on the wing. The team also officially announced the trade of Glen Davis and Von Wafer to Orlando for Brandon Bass. Those moves give them 14 players under contract. Greg Stiemsma's contract is partially guaranteed, per a league source.

Also in camp are Gilbert Brown, Jamal Sampson and Mike Sweetney.

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


12/12/2011 - 1:43pm
Brady on D&C: 'We're all held accountable'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, following Sunday's 34-27 victory over the Redskins.

Brady got into a heated argument on the sideline with offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien after the QB threw a fourth-quarter interception. He chalked it up to the intensity of the situation.

"We're both very emotional people, believe me," Brady said. "When things don't go so well, everyone gets frustrated. There's different ways that we express our frustration. When I make a play like that at the end of the game, it's not what he expects or any player/coach expects.

"That's just part of the game. He and I have a great relationship. Actually, I love that he feels that he can coach me. I think that's something as a veteran player you maybe don't get a lot from coaches. Because you're a veteran, you don't think, 'Aw man, I can't be yelled at.' But yeah, you can. And...

12/12/2011 - 1:14pm
Campbell in boot, questionable for Tuesday
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins center Gregory Campbell, who did not practice Monday for the Bruins, is in a walking boot and is considered questionable for Tuesday's game with an injury suffered when he was hit in the foot with a shot.

While Campbell may be out for the B's, the team did see the return of Daniel Paille to the ice. Paille, who suffered a concussion Thursday, said he has not been feeling symptoms and that he hopes to get back in the lineup this week. Bruins coach Claude Julien considers Paille day-to-day.

If both players are unable to go, the B's would need to call up a player from Providence in order to ice four full lines.

"I think that's something we're probably going to look at," Julien said, "and either later today or tomorrow morning, if need be, we'll be calling somebody up." 

Julien said he doesn't know whether Campbell has had x-rays taken of the foot, but that the center has been walking with a...

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