Rask returning to Boston from Czech Republic

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Rask returning to Boston from Czech Republic

Dont read it as a signal of anything positive or negative, but the first of the overseas Bruins players will be returning from Europe.
According to NOVA sport TV reporter Roman Jedlicka, goaltender Tuukka Rask will play his final game in between the pipes for HC Plzen of the Czech League on Friday and then will return to Boston to wait for the lockout to end.
The 25-year-old Finnish goalie has been dominant in the Czech League while putting up a 6-2 record along with a 1.86 goals against average and .936 save percentage while backstopping the first place team. He had an early health scare when he felt a groin tweak in his first game in the Czech League, but has been 100 percent healthy and outstanding between the pipes since then.
The Bruins will still boast 10 players in Europe when Rask does make his way back to Boston, and sources have indicated that Gregory Campbell has been in talks with a Czech League team over the last few weeks.
The dominant, healthy play from Rask is a good thing for player and team once the NHL lockout ends and regular season games begin: the goaltender inked a one-year, 3.5 million deal with the Bruins and needs to prove to the organization that hes able to be the franchise goaltender capable of handling a 55-65 game workload while maintaining health and consistency.
And if the lockout ends in the next couple of weeks as the NHL and NHLPA continue their war against each other, then you can accuse the Bs goaltender of coming home via the benefit of inside information.

Cink takes leave from PGA tour as wife battles cancer

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Cink takes leave from PGA tour as wife battles cancer

Stewart Cink announces he is stepping away from competitive golf to be with his wife, Lisa, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Time for Red Sox to clear away Clay

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Time for Red Sox to clear away Clay

In our Early Edition production meeting, someone said Clay Buchholz was pitching for his job tonight.

Sorry, not anymore.

As soon as Steven Wright pitched well for the fifth straight time last night, Buchholz's train left the station. It’s time to do with Clay what the Sox did to Panda: Make up an injury, fake a surgery (okay, that’s all a bit of an overstatement with Sandoval) and get him out of the way.

As soon as the White Sox said goodbye to John Danks, we all said the same thing: If Chicago can do it, why can’t Boston? Danks was to start tonight against Buchholz, but the Chisox said "No more" and paid off the final year of his $65 million contract. The Bosox -- haven’t heard that term in a while, have you? -- could do the same with Clay and the $13 million he's owed for this season, plus a $500,000 buyout at the end of the year. 

David Price is the No. 1 starter and eventually he'll be fine. Eduardo Rodriquez gave up three runs in six innings last night for Pawtucket and will soon be ready to take his spot in the No. 2 slot. Then there's my pick to click, Rick Porcello (with a 2.76 ERA), and the previously mentioned Wright with his 1.76 ERA. Wright was supposed to be the odd man out when E-Rod returned, but that’s not happening. So there are your top four starters. And what about Joe Kelly when he comes back? I would rather see Kelly and anyone from Pawtucket pitch in the fifth spot instead of Buchholz and his 6.51 ERA.

Is there any reason to keep Buchholz?  Not that I can see. Clay can throw his second career no-hitter tonight and my feelings won't change.

It’s time to move on from Clay Buchholz.

Ainge: Isaiah Thomas is ‘our leprechaun’

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Ainge: Isaiah Thomas is ‘our leprechaun’

The Celtics will be represented at the NBA Draft Lottery by guard Isaiah Thomas. Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge discussed this and more on Wednesday.