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09/23/2010 - 12:02pm
Celts' top pick won't be ready for camp

QUINCY -- Speaking prior to his team's kickoff golf tournament, Celtics' general manager Danny Ainge said that the team's No. 1 pick, guard Avery Bradley, will miss the beginning of training camp, which begins Monday. Ainge surmised that Bradley -- who underwent surgery on left ankle in the offseason -- is still "a couple of weeks away, at least." The GM added, "We're certainly not going to rush him." The Celtics were aware of the ankle injury prior to drafting Bradley, who suffered the ailment while going through a pre-draft workout with the Oklahoma City Thunder. For more Celtics news see the team page at weei.com/celtics.


09/23/2010 - 10:10am
Simmons on D&C: 'Logical' to sign Ortiz

ESPN columnist Bill Simmons joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Celtics’ offseason, the rest of the NBA, Bill Belichick and the David Ortiz contract situation. Simmons isn't on board with picking up the $12.5 team option on the DH, who hit his 31st home run of the season in the Red Sox 6-1 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night.

 

"Why wouldn't they just not pick up his option and sign him for a lesser price? Or is that too logical?" asked Simmons, who noted that there was "no way" the Sox win the 2004 and 2007 World Series without Ortiz. "I wouldn't pick him up at $12.5, but is he worth $8 million? Yeah, why not?"

 

As for the Celtics, Simmons was initially "horrified" when the Celtics signed Shaquille O'Neal but has "talked himself" into the benefits of the move. As for Jermaine O'Neal, Simmons feels he's an upgrade from Rasheed...

09/23/2010 - 7:49am
Mashup: Giants player rips team, coach

The Giants continue to battle the Jets for headlines — and not in a good way. The latest controversy involves Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who ripped his coaches and teammates in a radio interview on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Rolle apologized for the manner in which he complained, although he didn't apologize for what he said. His accusations included a lack of leadership from the players and an over-controlled environment by coach Tom Coughlin. Said Rolle: "I don't feel like I was talking out of turn. I feel like I said what needed to be said. No matter who heard it, it definitely needed to be said."

 

Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan claims he started to get tougher on his troops following Braylon Edwards' arrest Tuesday morning for DWI. Ryan told the media Wednesday that he informed his players, "I'm tired of the embarrassment to our owner and this organization. Let's just end it."

 

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09/23/2010 - 7:19am
Fauria's wife charged with domestic assault

The wife of former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria was arrested at the couple's North Attleboro home Tuesday morning on domestic assault charges.

 

Rhonda Fauria pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Attleboro District Court to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery.

 

Officers arrived at the Fauria home at about 9 a.m. Tuesday after being contacted about a potential assault and found Christian Fauria pulled over on the side of the road in his Cadillac Escalade. Rhonda Fauria was later arrested after her husband showed officers scratches on his face and chest and a bruise on his shin. 

 

The couple is currently separated, according to the police report. They have been married for 13 years. 


09/22/2010 - 11:15pm
Papi hopes Sox do their part on contract

David Ortiz wants to retire with the Red Sox but said after Wednesday's win over the Orioles that he hasn't begun to give much thought to whether he will return in 2011.

 

"It's only the end of the season and things are going to start at one point," Ortiz said. "Even myself, I haven't been thinking about that. Sometimes, I feel like I'm part of the family and I'm going to stick around longer but I'm not the one who takes that decision and I'm not the one that makes that move. I'm trying to do my job and hopefully they do theirs after the season.

 

"I don't feel like going anywhere else but if I have to, I have no choice," Ortiz said. "We'll see, we'll see how things go. We'll see. I took a pay cut already, five years ago. That's some homework for you."

 

Ortiz signed a four-year, $52 million extension at the start of the 2006 season. The Red Sox have a club option for...

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