Corvo calls out Ottawa's Turris after cheap shot

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Corvo calls out Ottawa's Turris after cheap shot

WILMINGTON, Mass. Joe Corvo isnt happy about the flying elbow he absorbed from Kyle Turris in the third period of Saturday nights win over the Ottawa Senators. Hes even more perturbed that Turris wasn't suspended by the NHL.

A visibly angry Corvo said that he expected Turris to answer the ball when the Bruins and Senators meet at TD Garden on Tuesday night for the home-and-home rematch. Perhaps its best that the two players settle things in the old time hockey way with the players sorting their own affairs out.

Corvo said hes been walking around with a headache for two days, but avoided serious injury when Turris left his skates and smashed Corvos head with his raised elbow. Turris obviously managed to get off scot-free when Brendan Shanahan opined that it was neither intentional nor reckless.

Corvo disagrees.

Lets just say Ill be looking for him right off the bat, said Corvo. Im not happy. Two days Ive been walking around with a headache. Just because I didnt lay down on the ice and get carted off and miss a period . . . I dont know . . . it doesnt mean that it wasnt a cheap shot.

In my opinion he saw my numbers and took the opportunity to seek revenge for the game prior when we were at home. Hopefully hes a man and hell step up tomorrow when I come after him. Im not going to try and hurt him, but I want to fight him.

Corvo isnt a fighter in fact he got into his first NHL scrap earlier this season with the Bruins and clearly neither is Turris. So the Bs defenseman felt that dropping the gloves to settle their differences is the honorable thing.

I think so. It was a cheap shot. From what I heard I stayed on the ice for a second, but from what I was told he stayed on the ice and acted like he was hurt, said Corvo. It was just another indicator he felt like he was wrong and was afraid somebody else was going to going to get him while sticking up for me.

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

NEW YORK - There won't be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season.

The players' association has agreed to Major League Baseball's proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year.

"It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. I know they're trying to cut out some of the fat. I'm OK with that," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

While the union has resisted many of MLB's proposed innovations, such as raising the bottom of the strike zone, installing pitch clocks and limiting trips to the mound, players are willing to accept the intentional walk change.

"As part of a broader discussion with other moving pieces, the answer is yes," union head Tony Clark wrote Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press. "There are details, as part of that discussion, that are still being worked through, however."

The union's decision was first reported by ESPN .

"I'm OK with it. You signal. I don't think that's a big deal," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "For the most part, it's not changing the strategy, it's just kind of speeding things up. I'm good with it."

There were 932 intentional walks last year, including 600 in the National League, where batters are walked to bring the pitcher's slot to the plate.

"You don't want to get your pitcher out of a rhythm, and when you do the intentional walk, I think you can take a pitcher out of his rhythm," Girardi said. "I've often wondered why you don't bring in your shortstop and the pitcher stand at short. Let the shortstop walk him. They're used to playing catch more like that than a pitcher is."

Agreement with the union is required for playing rules changes unless MLB gives one year advance notice, in which case it can unilaterally make alterations. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope Tuesday that ongoing talks would lead to an agreement on other changes but also said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract.

Some changes with video review can be made unilaterally, such as shortening the time to make a challenge.

"I know they were thinking about putting in a 30-second (limit) for managers to make a decision," Francona said. "I actually wish they would. I think it would hustle it up and if we can't tell in 30 seconds, maybe we shouldn't be doing it anyway."

Blakely: Jae Crowder is more than 'just another guy' on Celtics

Blakely: Jae Crowder is more than 'just another guy' on Celtics

As the NBA trade deadline gets closer and closer, A. Sherrod Blakely helps shed some light as to why the Boston Celtics may be unwilling to part ways with Jae Crowder