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Blackhawks extend Brent Seabrook five years

02.28.11 at 6:45 am ET
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The Blackhawks and defenseman Brent Seabrook agreed on a five-year, $29 million contract extension Sunday. Seabrook, 25, is in his sixth season in Chicago, which selected him 14th in the 2003 draft.

“He’s been kind of a fixture on our defense. He came up as a 20-year-old kid,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “I’m not sure he’s reached his potential yet. His best years, he’s coming right into them right now, and that factored into it. He’s still only 25 years old. Looking at defensemen in particular, they hit their stride between 25 and 30, and that’s what this contract covers.”

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Sabres acquire Brad Boyes from Blues

02.28.11 at 6:42 am ET
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The Blues traded forward Brad Boyes to the Sabres for a second-round draft pick in 2011. The 28-year-old Boyes, who spent two seasons in Boston, has 12 goals and 41 points this season.

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Dodgers legend Duke Snider dead at 84

02.27.11 at 8:10 pm ET
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Hall of Fame center fielder Duke Snider died Sunday in California at the age of 84. His family said he died of natural causes.

Nicknamed “The Duke of Flatbush,” Snider led the Dodgers to their only World Series title in Brooklyn in 1955, when they beat the Yankees in a seven-game series. A career .295 hitter who belted 407 home runs, Snider batted .309 in 1955 with 42 home runs and a career-high 136 RBIs. He also was a part of the Dodgers’ 1959 World Series champions, which came in the second season after the team had moved to Los Angeles.

Snider played for the Dodgers from 1947-62, then played a season each with the Mets and Giants before retiring. He was an eight-time All-Star.

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Report: Former Bruins Marco Sturm, Nick Boynton placed on waivers

02.25.11 at 2:16 pm ET
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Former Bruins Marco Sturm and Nick Boynton were placed on waivers Friday by the Kings and Blackhawks, respectively, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.

The Bruins traded Sturm to Los Angeles on Dec. 14 after five seasons with the team. He had four goals and five assists in 17 games with the Kings. Boynton spent four seasons with the B’s from 2001-06 and has spent time with the Coyotes, Panthers, Ducks and Blackhawks since then. The defenseman has one goal and seven assists in 41 games this season.

Wade Belak of the Predators, Kris Newbury of the Rangers and Todd Ford of the Capitals also were placed on waivers Friday.

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Reds’ Jonny Gomes denies celebrating Adam Wainwright’s injury

02.25.11 at 2:15 pm ET
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Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes told ESPN.com Thursday that he has reached out to the Cardinals after a report Wednesday said he was singing and celebrating in response to the news of pitcher Adam Wainwright‘s elbow injury. Gomes denied the report and said he hopes to talk to Wainwright to clear the air.

“The guy is a good old Christian boy. He’s the guy that you root for as a fan and as a player,” Gomes told ESPN.com. “He’s the guy every kid should mirror.

“The hardest part of my night was, ‘How do I clean this up without backtracking, because I didn’t do anything wrong.’ I was just accused of doing something I never did. I’m not like, ‘I shouldn’t have said that,’ or, ‘I wish I would have said that behind closed doors.’ I didn’t do anything wrong. Flat out.”

Hal McCoy, the Dayton Daily News reporter who wrote the story in question, said he regrets using the anecdote and didn’t intend for it to create the backlash it has.

“I just thought it was something humorous,” McCoy told ESPN.com. “I regret using it, but I thought it was a cute throwaway thing and I didn’t think it would create this kind of furor. I love Jonny Gomes. He’s one of my favorite people, and I’m sorry he has to be dealing with this. I didn’t sleep last night.”

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Penguins’ Brooks Orpik out 4-6 weeks with broken finger

02.25.11 at 12:14 pm ET
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The Penguins‘ injury list continues to grow. Defenseman Brooks Orpik will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken finger, coach Dan Bylsma announced Thursday.

Orpik, a Boston College alumnus, suffered the injury in the first period of Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Sharks when he was hit in the hand by a Patrick Marleau shot.

The Penguins now have 12 regulars injured to varying extents, including Sidney Crosby, who is out indefinitely with a concussion, and Evgeni Malkin, who is likely out for the season with two torn knee ligaments.

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Lovie Smith agrees to two-year extension with Bears

02.25.11 at 12:13 pm ET
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Coach Lovie Smith and the Bears agreed to a two-year contract extension Friday, according to The Associated Press. Smith had one year left on his current deal, so the extension secures him through 2013.

Smith led the Bears to an 11-5 record and an NFC championship game appearance last season. He has a 66-52 record in seven seasons at the helm in Chicago and took the team to the Super Bowl after the 2006 season.

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National analysis of Thursday’s NBA trades

02.25.11 at 12:13 pm ET
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Although the Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams trades earlier this week made the biggest NBA headlines, Thursday, the day of the trade deadline, was the busiest day in terms of the number of deals.

The Thursday deal receiving the most attention, especially around here, is the Celtics‘ trade of Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.

Here at WEEI.com, Paul Flannery writes that the trade was a bold move that Danny Ainge agonized over before deciding to take the gamble. Flannery says the deal could turn out to be brilliant, or it could end up looking reckless.

Out in Oklahoma City, Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman writes that Perkins gives the Thunder some much-needed toughness in the low post and that he should fit in perfectly with what the team is trying to do. Tramel says Green will be missed and other guys will have to step up to replace his scoring, but that the trade ultimately makes the Thunder better.

Also busy on Thursday were the Rockets, who sent Shane Battier and Ish Smith to the Grizzlies for Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll and a first-round pick. Moisekapenda Bower of Fox Sports Houston writes that the Rockets are looking to the future with this deal and waving the white flag for this season. The Memphis Flyer’s Chris Herrington says Battier gives the Grizzlies a defensive boost and some depth while also ridding them of a “colossal bust” in Thabeet.

The Rockets also traded Aaron Brooks to the Suns for Goran Dragic and a first-round pick. Bower says acquiring Dragic and a first-round pick, along with the other first-round pick from the Battier deal, give the Rockets some solid building blocks for the future. In Phoenix, Suns president Lon Babby told Sports 620 KTAR that Brooks makes the team better this season, but that he doesn’t expect him to be Steve Nash‘s heir apparent at point guard.

Meanwhile, the Clippers dealt Baron Davis and a first-round pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. Lisa Dillman and Baxter Holmes write in The Los Angeles Times that the move gives the Clippers future salary cap flexibility and officially makes Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon the leaders of the team. Rick Noland of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram says the trade brightens the Cavaliers’ future by giving them an unprotected first-round pick.

Finally, the Bobcats surprised everyone by sending franchise player Gerald Wallace to the Trail Blazers for Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first-round picks. John Canzano of The Oregonian writes that the deal gives the Trail Blazers something to celebrate and calls it a “slam-dunk trade.” Meanwhile, Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer says the move makes the Bobcats “terrible” and rids them of the only star they’ve ever had simply because they didn’t want to pay him.

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Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright to have season-ending surgery

02.25.11 at 9:25 am ET
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Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and miss the entire 2011 season, general manager John Mozeliak confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday.

Wainwright injured his right elbow during a bullpen session Monday and Mozeliak told the AP on Wednesday that “things do not look encouraging.” He said the severity of the injury was confirmed Wednesday night after Wainwright went for a second opinion.

“It’s not a real surprise to us but certainly a disappointment,” Mozeliak said. “As we look to the future now we certainly believe we still have a strong starting rotation. Now we’re going to have to look to try to fill it in terms of a fifth spot.”

The 29-year-old Wainwright went 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA and finished second in National League Cy Young voting last season. His injury leaves the Cardinals with a rotation of Chris Carpenter, Kyle Lohse, Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook and whoever wins the battle for the fifth spot.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has Bieber Fever

02.25.11 at 7:41 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
No games scheduled

SATURDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Oilers, 8 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apparently was impressed by teenage idol Justin Bieber‘s MVP performance at the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game last Friday in Los Angeles. Speaking the night before Thursday afternoon’s NBA trade deadline, Cuban joked that he would not rule out signing the pop star, who turns 17 on Tuesday.

“If I signed Dennis Rodman, I’m not about signing Justin Bieber ‘€” if he’s old enough to play,” Cuban said. “I don’t know if he’s eligible. Could you check on that for me, because I’ll sign him. We can ask for an exception for Bieber Fever.”

‘™¦ One year after saying his team would win the Super Bowl this past season, Jets coach Rex Ryan again guaranteed a championship. “I guarantee we’ll win it this year,” Ryan said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “I believe that we’ll be the team that wins it, period. I feel it.”

‘™¦ The NHL is different from other leagues in the way that teams are able to send veteran players to the minors. In The Wall Street Journal, Kevin Clark looks at the odd situation of millionaire players toiling before sparse minor league crowds. Meanwhile, Wes Goldstein at CBSSports.com writes that it’s a seller’s market at the trading deadline.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 25, 1982, which former standout major league pitcher with local roots signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox?

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