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09/30/2009 - 4:50pm
Bruins sign assistant general manager Jim Benning to multi-year extension

B's GM Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday afternoon that Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning has agreed to a multi-year extension with the club. Benning is entering his fourth year with the B's -- and third season as assistant GM -- after departing the Buffalo Sabres organization following a 12-year run in their front office. Don Sweeney was also named an assistant general manager of the Bruins last week, and both Sweeney and Benning will share the far-ranging hockey duties encompassed by the role. 
“Jim plays a critical role in our management group,” said Chiarelli. “He takes a very aggressive and proactive approach in his recommendations and assessments underscoring his tremendous management ability and experience.  His player evaluation is amongst the tops in the industry and his business acumen supplements our group greatly.  We were very fortunate as an organization to hire him...

09/30/2009 - 4:48pm
Theo: I think we're a really good club

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein feels confident about his team's chances going into its sixth postseason in the last seven years. "I think we're a really good club," Epstein said prior to Wednesday's game at Fenway. "I think if you look at what we accomplished this year, we're really good. I think there are a lot of really good teams out there. How are we going to play in October? No one can answer that. The track record of a lot of these players is they answer the bell when it matters most and we'll see if we do or we don't. I hope we do but that's not based on a feeling any one person has at the end of the year. It's based on how good we are and how well we play when it matters most." For much more from Theo's pregame address Wednesday, visit the Full Count blog. 


09/30/2009 - 3:35pm
Sobotka sent down to AHL Providence

The Bruins sent Vladimir Sobotka to the AHL's Providence Bruins on Wednesday afternoon in a surprise move just prior to the beginning of the NHL regular season Thursday. It appeared that Sobokta had made the big club in Boston after a solid final kick during the preseason, but the move sends a clear message that center David Krejci is 100 percent healthy to start the season. The B's now have 21 skaters on their active roster, with only one extra defenseman and a backup goaltender to go along with 19 players slated to skate against the Washington Capitals Thursday night. The Sobotka demotion was first reported by the Providence Journal on Wednesday afternoon.


09/30/2009 - 3:18pm
Francona: 'The next five games are kind of cosmetic'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona spoke to the media the day after his team clinched the American League wild card. Francona said that is important for his regular starters to get some rest, especially Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury. When asked how much building momentum during the last week of the regular season meant, Francona responded: "Zero ... The next five games are kind of cosmetic." The manager also said that it was great to have the team together to celebrate the accomplishment. Said Francona: "For them to let it loose like that together, I think it's great." Francona and his staff have tenatively scheduled a playoff planning meeting for Monday. "We won't make our roster out until after that meeting," he said.

Other Notes:
— Mike Lowell said that everything has responded well to his Synvisc/cortisone injection
— Josh Beckett threw 62 pitches and said: "...

09/30/2009 - 3:12pm
Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday

Patriots Injury Report For Wednesday
Did Not Practice

OT Nick Kaczur (ankle)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
NT Vince Wilfork (ankle)

Limited Participation
CB Darius Butler (thigh)
WR Randy Moss (Back)
WR Matthew Slater (elbow)
DB Shawn Springs (knee)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (groin)
DT Mike Wright (shoulder)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
 


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