Ference finishes up stint in Czech Republic

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Ference finishes up stint in Czech Republic

Andrew Ference is among the many NHL players headed home this week after his contract concluded with his European team in the Czech Extraliga. Ference had 2 goals and seven assists in 21 games for the same HC Ceske Budejovice that he skated for during the 2004-05 NHL lockout, but is returning to Boston in the hopes that a shortened regular season will be salvaged.
Tracking his twitter account, Ference is spending the holidays with his family in Europe after playing his final game for the Czech League on Sunday. The veteran Bruins defenseman called that final game for Budejovice as one of his most memorable nights of hockey.
Ference joins David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron as Bruins players that have ended their stints with European clubs during the NHL lockout, and now sit in a holding pattern waiting for the final outcome of negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA.
Ference is in the final year of a three-contract extension with the Bruins, and headed to Europe in an effort to hit the ground running when a shortened NHL season did begin in Boston. The Bruins defensemen corps as a whole is in good shape should the NHL season begin in January four of the returning veterans have been playing regularly in Europe and 19-year-old Dougie Hamilton has been logging heavy minutes skating in the OHL and World Junior Championships.
The lockout moved to Day No. 101 on Wednesday and has shown no signs of slowing down as there are still no face-to-face negotiations scheduled between the NHL and NHLPA. Its expected the season will be cancelled next month if the two sides cant finally find common ground on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

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At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

The Celtics are getting more than they bargained for against the Philadelphia 76ers who are once again, record-wise, among the worst teams in the NBA.

They didn’t look like it in the first half which ended with the Celtics trailing the Sixers 53-45.

Boston came into the game having won its last four road games. And they did so by playing solid defense, something that has been noticeably absent in the first half.

Philadelphia came into the game as one of the NBA’s better 3-point shooting teams and has lived up to the lofty ranking.

In the first half Philadelphia made nine of its 18 three-point attempts while the Celtics are way, way, way at the other end of the 3-point shooting spectrum while missing eight of their 11 3s with Isaiah Thomas making a pair with the lone other made 3-pointer coming from Marcus Smart.

The defense struggled, the offense never had any kind of flow and not surprisingly, the Celtics found themselves playing from behind most of the first half.

Here are the first half stars from Saturday’s game.

STARS

Sergio Rodriguez: His playmaking was solid as usual, but it was Rodriguez getting it going with his jumper that really produced surprisingly strong results for the Sixers. He had 11 points, four assists and a steal in the first half.

Isaiah Thomas: Playing his game which is shooting and attacking the rim, Thomas was Boston’s lone double-digit scorer in the first half with 15 points which is tops among all players.

STUDS

Dario Saric: It was a solid first half as Saric contributed both on the boards and the scoreboard. He had 10 points in the first half along with five rebounds.

Gerald Henderson: Henderson had one of those high efficiency-type games with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

DUDS

Celtics 3-point shooting: It was a miserable first half for a team that has been among the NBA’s leaders in 3-pointers made and taken this season. At the half, Boston has shot 2-for-10 on 3's.

Celtics defense: Boston has shown little to no signs of providing the kind of push-back they’ll need in order to leave Philly with a win. In addition to allowing Philadelphia to shoot 47.4 percent from the field, Boston also allowed the Sixers to knock down nine 3's.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game: