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Boston College Daily Links: Gerbe Inks Three-Year Deal With Sabres

Buffalo Sabres agree on new deal with Nathan Gerbe (Sporting News)
Buffalo Sabres forward Nathan Gerbe, the NHL's shortest player, has a big new contract. The deal, announced Wednesday by the team, is reported to be for three years with a salary cap hit of $1.43 million.

The Countdown No. 62: Boston College (Pre-Snap Read)
B.C. had the nation’s 21st-leading rusher, as stated above, but still managed to finish the season ranked 109th in total offense. This was the worst offensive finish by any team with a rusher ranked in the top 25 in the F.B.S., as you’d probably imagine. Next closest was Western Kentucky, which had the nation’s fifth-best individual rusher but finished 98th in total offense. Then came Syracuse, which had the 22nd-leading rusher but finished 97th.

The Joe Jones-Jay Wright relationship and more notes (
Jones had no intention of leaving Boston College, where he just finished his first season as associate head coach. The coaching carousel mostly spins in April and some of May, but Jones stayed on the sidelines. It was only when Chambers suddenly left for Penn State in early June that Jones decided to enter the fray. He placed a phone call to express his interest at BU and then beat out six other candidates who interviewed for the job.

Cashman picks Boston College (Courier-Post)
"BC was just the place I felt most comfortable. I love the coaching staff, the campus and it has great academics. It also has a great tradition of O-linemen. That's really what helped me make the decision. My dad also has family in the Boston area. With all of that, it was just the right place."

Men's Soccer Announces 2011 Schedule (
Eight Atlantic Coast Conference games, including home contests against Virginia Tech (Sept. 16), Wake Forest (Oct. 7), Duke (Oct. 22) and North Carolina (Nov. 2), highlight the 2011 Boston College men's soccer schedule, head coach Ed Kelly has announced.

ACC team position rankings: Linebackers (ESPN ACC Blog)
Luke Kuechly is one of the best in the country, but he’s not alone. The Eagles also have Kevin Pierre-Louis, who ranked second nationally among all freshmen in tackles per game last season with 7.15 -- ninth in the ACC. It won’t be easy to replace Mark Herzlich, on or off the field, but Steele Divitto played in 11 games last season, and Nick Clancy and Will Thompson both saw time on the second team.

2011 Boston College Eagles Football Predictions and ACC Futures Odds (Doc's Sports Service)
Spaziani has his team headed in the right direction, but realistically the Eagles are just an average team in a less-than-spectacular ACC Conference. Their ACC opponents this season combined with a difficult nonconference schedule could actually point to a step backwards in terms of wins with a 6-6 record and fourth-place finish in the Atlantic Division.

Our MIAA Baseball All-State Team (ESPN Boston High School Blog)
The Boston College-bound [John] Gorman was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last month, and was also named the Catholic Conference MVP, after a stellar senior season with the Knights. As the No. 1 ace, Gorman went 6-2 with 80 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.24. At the plate, he also hit .354 with 11 RBI, 14 runs scored an a home run. Earlier this month, the Norwood resident was drafted in the 50th round by the Boston Red Sox.

History On UMass’ Side (Fear The Triangle)
UMass hockey updates in honor of UMass week. "Well I think a strong and deep freshman class coming in could help in addition to the normal development of last year’s freshmen, especially since it seems to address some major needs like goaltender depth and the all-important size aspect."  

The 22 Rules of Fourth of July Wiffle Ball (
And just for kicks ... "The Fourth of July weekend is almost here. Here are the unbreakable rules for Fourth of July Wiffle ball."