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03/09/2011 - 8:15pm
Rivers: Wafer will be out 'for a while'

The Celtics will have 10 players available for their game Wednesday against the Clippers and will probably have 10 for their game Friday in Philadelphia. As it stands, Glen Davis will try to practice Saturday and Celtics coach Doc Rivers expect that Davis and Delonte West will return first, followed by Shaquille O'Neal.

 

As for Von Wafer, he said that he had his walking boot removed and was scheduled for tests Thursday to determine the extent of the injury. Both the player and the coach were vague on what exactly is wrong with Wafer, but he is expected to be out two to three weeks at least. "Von’s going to be out for a while," Rivers said. "He’ll return [this season] but it will be two weeks, maybe three. Maybe longer."

 

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

 


03/09/2011 - 6:44pm
Brickley: NHL got it 'exactly right'
By: DJ Bean

NESN hockey analyst Andy Brickley joined The Big Show on Wednesday, telling Michael Holley and Glen Ordway that he agreed with the NHL's decision to not suspend Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. 

 

"I knew there would be a case to be made against Zdeno Chara," Brickley said, "but I was of the opinion that there would be no supplementary discipline or suspension based on the way I saw it." 

 

Chara was given a five-minute major penalty for interference and a game misconduct when he pushed Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the partition alongside the boards with 15.8 seconds remaining in the second period of the Habs' 4-1 win. Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae. 

 

"I thought the league -- and I don't say this 100 percent of the time -- I thought the league got this one exactly right, not only on the ice, but the  [officials] down in...

03/09/2011 - 5:41pm
Francona: No closer controversy for Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Terry Francona attempted to silence any potential closer controversy Wednesday, telling the media that Jonathan Papelbon doesn't have to look over his shoulder should he run into early problems this season.

 

“He doesn’t need to [worry].” Francona said when asked if Papelbon felt any pressure with former closer Bobby Jenks and possible closer-to-be Daniel Bard in the bullpen. “I told him he doesn’t need to.”

 

Papelbon had his worst MLB season in 2010, setting worsts in ERA, walks and WHIP. His eight blown saves led the American League. He hasn't allowed a run in three appearances this spring.

 

Papelbon was asked earlier in the spring about the addition of Jenks and Dan Wheeler to the bullpen. 

 

"I think when you look at the equation of our bullpen the biggest thing that I see is that everybody is going to be able...

03/09/2011 - 5:28pm
Report: Owners, players agree on rookie pay

While the NFL players and owners face a Friday deadline in their attempt to get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place, the two sides are starting to find some common ground on some relatively smaller issues, according to a story from Yahoo! Sports.

 

First, they have apparently reached a basic compromise on the idea of a rookie wage scale, which will, in effect replace the current rookie salary cap. First-round picks will sign four-year deals, while the agreement will also limit guaranteed money and signing bonus for draftees. Meanwhile, the league agreed that all players drafted after the first round would be limited to three-year deals, but teams would be allowed to put restricted free agent tags on players after the three years.

 

Second, players have agreed to language in the new deal that would make it easier for teams to recoup money...

03/09/2011 - 4:39pm
No fine or suspension for Chara

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will not be fined or suspended by the NHL for hitting Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the beginning of the glassed area between benches on Tuesday night. Chara spoke about the incident at Wednesday's Bruins practice.
 

“It’s been hard,” Chara said. “Obviously I feel bad about what happened. I am trying to make strong hockey plays and play hard. It’s very unfortunate that a player got hurt and had to leave the game. It is in my mind.”
 

The hit left Pacioretty with a severe concussion and fractured vertebrea. The captain noted that he has not yet reached out to Pacioretty but plans on it.
 

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

 


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