Remaining Bruins players mulling European options


Remaining Bruins players mulling European options

Nobody seems to know what will happen with the NHL CBA no matter how optimistic or pessimistic people from both sides spin the negotiation proceedings. But one thing thats happening with more frequency is more NHL players are weighing their options, and heading to Europe as things appear to be gaining in the grim category for hockey in North America. Johnny Boychuk was the 11th player to leave for Europe at the end of last week, and Bruins fourth line Gregory Campbell looks like hell be the next in line to leave Boston.

According to sources with knowledge of the situation Campbell has been in discussions with the HC Budejovice team in the Czech Republic thats also currently employing Andrew Ference. The Czech team is still trying to secure the private money needed to pay an NHL player like Campbell a common occurrence in NHL players heading to European teams when contract insurance becomes a factor. Campbells linemate, Daniel Paille, said he may also be headed to Europe in the next few weeks if progress isnt made on a CBA.

Paille, who serves as the NHLPA player rep for the Bs, said hed be most likely looking at the Elite League in England as an option if he does hop across the pond.

Im sitting on all the conference calls and having plenty of conversations with our guys about the current situation, said Paille. But it might get to the point in the next few weeks weve got to start exploring our options.

Were holding up pretty good here. For us its more of a mental battle and it gets a little frustrating. But at the same time we have to do this to come back, said Paille, of the dwindling number of NHL skaters bouncing from college arena to college arena to get their work in. Eventually were going to have to play some games somewhere. We dont know when thats going to happen, but weve got to stay ready.

Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand are among a group of Bruins players that havent yet really entertained playing in Europe as of yet, but that could change if games in December are cancelled next week. Thornton hasnt had any discussions with the Elite League, but that would be his best were he to play in Europe. Lucic is sticking around the Boston area with a pregnant wife expecting the couples first child, so the Bs forward isnt likely to leave soon.

Marchand has been bouncing between Boston where he was a regular attendee at the Boston skates for a good five week stretch and his Halifax hometown, but has indicated he probably wont be going to Europe unless the entire NHL season gets cancelled.

The Bruins already are tops among NHL teams with 11 players in Europe, and they could be adding to that number before the month of November is finished.

South Carolina holds off UMass, 34-28


South Carolina holds off UMass, 34-28

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Freshman Jake Bentley threw for two touchdowns and 201 yards in his first college game and South Carolina matched its victory total from last year with a 34-28 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp was expecting to redshirt Bentley this season before the team's mounting offensive problems - they entered dead last in points per game in the Football Bowl Subdivision - left the first-year coach open to any solution.

Bentley proved the right answer against the Minutemen (1-7). He led the Gamecocks (3-4) to touchdowns on their first two series, and then threw a pair of pretty fade passes for TD, the first from 16 yards out to K.C. Crosby and later a 24-yarder to Bryan Edwards to lead 27-7.

When UMass cut things to 34-28 with less than 5 minutes left, Bentley accounted for 30 yards to help the Gamecocks run out the clock.

It was the first time South Carolina had scored more than 20 points in a game this season.

UMass did its share to help with three turnovers in the opening half, two which led to two South Carolina scores.

Tight end Adam Breneman had two TD catches for UMass, which fell to 0-3 against Southeastern Conference teams this fall.


UMASS: The Minutemen have been outscored 131-77 in its four games this season against teams from the Power 5 conferences.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Its future - and offensive recovery - may have started with Bentley behind center. The freshman, who'll turn 19 next month, is sure to have some bumps ahead, maybe as soon as next week's home game against No. 18 Tennessee. But there was little benefit keeping the strong-armed Bentley on the bench if he could spark up the offense this season.


UMASS: The Minutemen return home to play Football Championship Subdivision opponent Wagner. The game ends the UMass home season as it finishes with games at Troy, BYU and Hawaii.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks go back to the Southeastern Conference grinder against No. 18 Tennessee. The Gamecocks have only won two SEC games the past two seasons and will face a difficult challenge against the Vols, who are in the thick of the Eastern Division chase.

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UConn falls to Central Florida, 24-16


UConn falls to Central Florida, 24-16

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -McKenzie Milton threw for a season-high 317 yards and three touchdowns to lead Central Florida to a 24-16 win over UConn.

The freshman completed 29 of 45 passes and the Knights (4-3, 2-1 American) moved over the .500 mark by scoring 17 unanswered points and holding the Huskies (3-5, 1-4) scoreless in the second half.

Arkeel Newsome ran 21 times for 101 yards and Noel Thomas had his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game for UConn, catching nine passes for 165 yards.

But Thomas dropped a pass in the end zone on a third down with just over 3 minutes remaining, and quarterback Bryant Shirreffs came up short on a fourth-down scramble.

The Huskies got the ball back near midfield with just over 2 minutes left and drove to the 21, but failed to convert a fourth-down pass.

The Knights took the lead on the first drive of the second half, when Milton hit running back Adrian Killins over the middle for a 39-yard touchdown. It was the third consecutive drive of more than 70 yards for UCF.

A career-long 50-yard field goal by Matthew Wright early in the fourth quarter pushed the lead to eight points.

UConn scored the game's first 13 points, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run from Newsome.

The Huskies final points came on a 35-yard Puyol field goal, one of three he kicked in the first half.

The lead was the first at halftime this season for the Huskies.


UCF: The Knights have apparently found their quarterback in the freshman Milton, who started again over senior Justin Holman. It was Milton's fourth start this season. His 317 yards passing were the most since Holman threw for 336 yards against Temple in 2014.

UConn: The Huskies have two offensive weapons in Newsome and Thomas and need to find a third. Shirreffs was again the team's second leading rusher with 49 yards. Alec Bloom was the team's second-leading receiver. He had two catches for 20 yards.


UCF: The Knights visit No. 11 Houston next Saturday

UConn: The Huskies travel south to face East Carolina.

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