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10/24/2010 - 10:02pm
Brady on 4th-and-1: 'I'll go for it every time'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, asked about the decision for his team to go for it on fourth-and-1 when leading, 23-20, with two minutes left in the game at their own 49-yard-line, said that he agreed wholeheartedly with the attempt to pursue the first down. Even though the Patriots' failure to convert left the team vulnerable to a game-tying field goal -- which Chargers kicker Kris Brown clanged off the right upright in the game's final minute -- Brady reasoned that the Patriots could have run out the clock by converting the play. He suggested that the offense -- rather than the decision to go for it -- was what put the New England lead in jeopardy.

 

"I’ll go for it every time," Brady told reporters. "We get the first down, the game’s pretty much over. You punt it back to them, they’ve got three timeouts with two minutes left, they’ve only got to go 60 yards. If you get the yard, it’s going to be...

10/24/2010 - 7:16pm
Holding on: Pats beat sloppy Bolts

The Patriots raced out to a 23-6 lead, then withstood a furious Chargers comeback in the fourth quarter and had to rely on Kris Brown missing a 50-yard field goal in the final seconds to hold on for a 23-20 win over the Chargers Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium. 

 

Behind a suddenly hot Philip Rivers, and with the help of a successful onside kick, the Chargers scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to draw to within three points. Then, with a chance to run out the clock on fourth-and-1 at their own 49, Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was stopped for a one-yard loss. The Chargers drove down and were in position for a 45-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. A false start on the Chargers pushed Brown back to a 50-yard attempt and the kick hit the right upright and glanced away. 

 

Four Chargers turnovers helped the Patriots overcome a sputtering offense that generated just 179 yards on...

10/24/2010 - 6:25pm
Broken forearm has Boychuk out four weeks

The Bruins announced that defenseman Johnny Boychuk suffered a slight fracture to the ulna bone in his left forearm. He is expected to be sidelined for approximately four weeks, the Bruins said in a press release.

 

The injury occurred in the first period of Saturday's game against the Rangers. Boychuk was slashed by Brandon Dubinsky, went to the training room and returned later in the first period. But, he did not play in either the second or third period, and now it appears he will be out until at least late November.

 

Boychuk, who signed a two-year extension with the Bruins over the summer, has played in all six games this season, recording three assists. 

 

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10/24/2010 - 5:11pm
Doc: Erden 'questionable' for Tuesday

WALTHAM -- With Kendrick Perkins rehabbing his knee injury from last June and Jermaine O'Neal dealing with nagging wrist and back issues in the preseason, the last thing the Celtics needed before Tuesday's opener was another ailment to another big man. But that's what they got Sunday when coach Doc Rivers announced that upstart big man Semih Erden is questionable for Tuesday with a sore shoulder. 

 

"Semih is questionable," Rivers said. "I don't know what he can give us, honestly. He may play, he may not. His shoulder is going to take some time. It was hurt before he got here and playing against Shaq every night in practice can't be a lot of fun."

 

Meanwhile, Rivers did say that Jermaine O'Neal had a "good" practice on Sunday and should be ready for Tuesday night after battling with wrist and back issues throughout camp. Shaquille O'Neal has been the only big man not affected so far...

10/24/2010 - 4:42pm
Celtics heating up: Tempers flare

WALTHAM -- As tempers flared between Delonte West and Von Wafer during a post-practice drill, the Celtics continued preparations for the Miami Heat on Sunday at their practice facility. 

 

Wafer, who won the last 15th and final roster spot after the final preseason game last Wednesday, played with Luke Harangody against West and Semih Erden in a 2-on-2 drill as extra time is being spent at the end of practice for new players trying to learn the Celtics offensive sets before they open the season Tuesday night at home against Miami. 

 

"Listen, it's game one, even if it wasn't Miami, everybody is going to be excited," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "This is a special situation. Let's just be honest. Everybody is excited about it. Our guys try to downplay it until you walk through the locker room and hear them talking about it. The film is on all day, watching Miami. Let's just go out and have fun and...

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