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07/10/2012 - 8:01am
Mashup: Focused Moss 49ers' 'best receiver'

New 49ers receiver Randy Moss has impressed coach Jim Harbaugh so much that Harbaugh has called Moss the team's "best receiver right now," according to SiriusXM NFL Radio host Rich Gannon, who recently spoke with the coach.

Gannon, a former NFL quarterback, said he learned that Harbaugh sat down with Moss before the former Patriots receiver signed with the team and the two men talked about expectations.

Said Gannon: “At the end of the meeting, Randy turned to Jim Harbaugh and said, ‘Coach, what do you want me to do, what can I do for you?’ And Jim looked at him and said, ‘For starters, I’d like you to sit in the front row of my meetings.’

“[Harbaugh] said by doing that it’s brought guys like [Michael] Crabtree, who’d hang out in the back, and some of these other young guys, now they’re sitting up front with Randy Moss. They don’t have the hoodies on anymore. They...

07/09/2012 - 9:35pm
Papelbon: Ortiz bigger to Sox than Williams

KANSAS CITY -- Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon had some strong words when talking about the importance of David Ortiz to the Red Sox.

"I've already said, let's pay him," said Papelbon during the National League All-Stars media availability Monday afternoon. "I've said David is the Red Sox. David is Red Sox baseball. If I'm the owner or I'm the GM I pay him whatever makes him happy.

"He's different than anybody else. He's different than Ted Williams. In my opinion, he's bigger [to the Red Sox] than Ted."

Papelbon said that he wasn't surprised by Ortiz' recent comments regarding his frustration on going year-to-year with contracts and not receiving a multi-year deal from the Red Sox.

"I think it fuels him," the Phillies closer said. "He just talks about it a little bit more. David, he's an emotional guy. he puts his heart and soul into this. I find nothing wrong with what David says. I don...

07/09/2012 - 4:28pm
Lee: 'More than eight teams' in pursuit

ORLANDO -- Courtney Lee said that there are more than eight teams pursuing him including the Celtics and that his meeting with coach Doc Rivers on Saturday was productive.

"I wouldn’t know how to characterize [where things stand]. I have a great relationship with Doc from the first time I stepped on an NBA court," Lee said. "I would say our meeting went well. As far as characterizing where I’m at with the team, coach and player-wise we’re on the same page. It’s just my agent and their front office guys have to talk and work something out."

Because they are over the cap, the Celtics would have to work out a sign-and-trade deal for Lee. He's willing to be patient with the process.

"There was no verbal agreements, we’re just hearing each other out," Lee said. "They expressed their interest. I expressed my interest. It’s up to the front offices and my agent. They need to...

07/09/2012 - 3:08pm
Sullinger leads C's to summer league win

ORLANDO -- Rookie forward Jared Sullinger scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and grabbed six rebounds as the Celtics beat the Thunder, 73-65, in their summer league opener. E'Twaun Moore added 16 points and four assists. Second-round pick Kris Joseph scored seven points to go with with four rebounds, while his former Syracuse teammate Fab Melo had two points, two boards and two blocks.

The Celtics are back in action on Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. against the Nets.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


07/09/2012 - 1:14pm
Grousbeck: 'Riles me up' to lose Allen to Heat

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about Ray Allen's decision to spurn the Celtics and sign with the Heat.

Grousbeck said it caught him off guard when Celtics president Danny Ainge told him Allen had informed the team late last week that he was leaving for Miami.

"I was utterly surprised," Grousbeck said. "I knew there was some emotion involved. I respect Ray and I always will. … He's been a great Celtic and we'll never forget that.

"I was surprised, I wasn't utterly shocked. Let's face it: He was not necessarily going to start. He was not necessarily -- as Doc [Rivers] put it, he felt somehow that he was slighted possibly in the recruiting process this offseason. … If Doc's report is correct, Ray felt like he was second fiddle to first Avery Bradley and then Kevin Garnett. And also he decided to go to our arch-rivals for less than half the money, so be it."

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