Thomas quiet on 'personal' comments at practice

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Thomas quiet on 'personal' comments at practice

WILMINGTON -- Tim Thomas is pleading the fifth, so he says.

That's the Bruins' goaltender's reason for not answering questions about his latest Facebook comments, directed towards religious freedom.

"That's my personal life," said Thomas after Thursday's practice. "It has absolutely nothing to do with the Bruins or hockey. I'm going to use my right to remain silent."

Thomas was pressed on the issue while standing in front of his stall at Ristuccia Arena, and was even reminded that Facebook was a public forum.

"You have the right to ask the question, but I have the right to not answer the question," said Thomas.

"This is my job," he added. "Facebook is my personal life. That's why. If you guys don't understand the difference between an individual and what they do as a job, or an athlete and his personal life, then I think there's a problem.

"I don't think that when you become an athlete, that you sign away your right to be an individual and to have your own views and to be able to post something on Facebook if you'd like."

Thomas ended up walking away from the questions by saying "I'm out, peace" when asked if he regretted posting the comment to Facebook.

Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke after Thomas, and said it hasn't and won't be a distraction to the team. Still, Julien admitted that he hadn't heard anybody in the organization say they support Thomas' opinions.

"I don't think I've heard anybody, starting from our owner to management to coaches and players, I don't think I've heard anybody support his opinions," said Julien. "But I've heard everybody say we support him as a player, and we do.

"We've got good team chemistry in that dressing room," added Julien. "We don't mix politics with our hockey team, and that continues to happen . . . I assure you that there's no issues in the dressing room, there never will be."

Patriots address OL depth with Joe Thuney

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Patriots address OL depth with Joe Thuney

The selection of Joe Thuney with the 78th overall pick means the Patriots hit a need position at offensive tackle.

Thuney played tackle on right and left side and, while he’s small relative to the Patriots mountainous starting tackles (6-5, 295 pounds), he will likely have a redshirt year to get used to the pro game. That’s what happened with left tackle Nate Solder when he was drafted in 2011 and Matt Light was still manning left tackle.

With Vollmer getting closer to the end, Thuney could conceivably play on the edge but he also has the versatility to play all five offensive line spots. The Patriots don’t need him at all five. They are two deep at center with Bryan Stork and David Andrews, seem set at guard with Tre Jackson, Josh Kline and Shaq Mason.

The depth behind Solder and Vollmer is where the concern is. Marcus Cannon hasn’t developed any consistency and Cameron Fleming is entering his third season but remains nothing to get excited about. L’Adrian Waddle was an in-season pickup the Patriots re-signed but he’s in the same boat as the other two. Keavon Martin and Chris Barker are end of the roster guys.

Thuney’s got a huge brain. He earned his degree in three years and is working on another in international studies with a minor in Spanish. While he’s seen as an aggressive, lunch pail guy with good feet but a little bit of body stiffness and no natural position, he’s got a lot of the traits the Patriots adore in terms of smarts, aggressiveness, versatility and coachability.

Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

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Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

Quotes, notes, and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Yankees.

QUOTES:

* "He gathered himself and got a little rhythm as the night went along.'' - John Farrell on Henry Owens.

* "That's a rarity for Betances to leave his breaking ball up like he did. Once David saw it up, he attacked.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz's game-winning homer.

* "There's no sign of him slowing down. Tonight is a prime example of it. Key moment, big hit when we need it. There's a long resume there and it's continuing to build.'' - Farrell on Ortiz's ability to deliver in the clutch.

* "There were some mechanical adjustments that I made. I came out a little erratic, trying to do too much, maybe focusing too much. But as game went on, I kind of got into a rhythm.'' - Owens on his start.

* "I saw him throw a lot of breaking pitches to Mookie. The one they hit stayed up a little longer than usual. He's the kind of pitcher that, if you go up there looking for everything he's got, you're done.'' - Ortiz on his game-winning homer off Dellin Betances.

NOTES:

* Over his career, David Ortiz has hit 29 go-ahead homers from the eighth inning on.

* Ortiz has eight homers in his last 24 games against the Yankees.

* The win was the first this season for the Red Sox in a game in which they were tied or trailing after seven innings.

* The Red Sox have won five of their last six and seven of their last 10.

* The Yankees have been limited to three runs or fewer in their last six games.

* In 21 games, the Yankees have faced 10 lefty starters; in 22 games, the Red Sox have faced two.

* Masahiro Tanaka has issued just one walk in his last three starts.

STARS:

1) David Ortiz

With one swing of the bat, Ortiz untied a 2-2 game in the bottom of the eighth with a game-winning two-run homer.

2) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley's penchant for delivering a big hit continued as he rapped a two-run double to left in the seventh to erase a 2-0 Yankee lead.

3) Masahiro Tanaka

He shut the Red Sox for six innings before allowing three hits and two runs in the seventh.