Rask coming around, Horton 'not close'

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Rask coming around, Horton 'not close'

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Prior to Wednesday's team practice, goaltender Tuukka Rask and forward Nathan Horton skated with Bruins strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.

But afterwards, Bruins coach Claude Julien was only optimistic about one player's return. That was Rask, who is recovering from an abdominalgroin injury.

"Well Tuukka's been skating, as you know, for a few days," said Julien. "He's coming around, and we hope to have him with us soon, at least in practice."

As for Horton, Julien said that his skate had nothing to do with a potential return this season or for the playoffs. In fact, Julien said that Horton was "not close" to re-joining the team.

"With Nathan, it's just going out there, and nothing more than just skating and trying to get a feel of how things are," Julien said. "Nothing more than that. He's not close to joining us, as we speak, but still, we're keeping our fingers crossed that it's going to keep going in the right direction.

''Emotionally, he's good. He's in a good spot, emotionally. I haven't talked about anything related to hockey. The last thing he needs is for his coach to start asking those kind of questions. That's not my job, and certainly not something that would be a positive thing to do. I leave him be. Everything I do with him is small talk."

Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

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Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

BOSTON - Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.

The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, and the Red Sox got two more runs on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error in the eighth.

Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Cubs closed a nine-game road trip at 5-4.

Pierce tweets after final NBA game: 'The ride was unreal'

Pierce tweets after final NBA game: 'The ride was unreal'

After 19 seasons Paul Pierce's career has come to an end.

The former captain of the Boston Celtics sent out a series of tweets after his final game, thanking everyone for their support during is career.