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10/24/2012 - 2:32pm
Joseph earns Celtics' final roster spot
By: DJ Bean

WALTHAM -- Rookie Kris Joseph has earned the 15th and final spot on the Celtics' roster, the small forward said after Wednesday's practice. 

Joseph, a second-round pick out of Syracuse in the 2012 draft, said he "kind of put two and two together" when the team waived Micah Downs and Rob Kurz but said he was given official word following the practice. 

Coming into camp, Joseph, Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith were all battling for two open roster spots, but both Christmas and Smith were cut when the team signed Leandro Barbosa. 

Joseph said Wednesday that he hadn't been given a previous inclination that he would make the team, despite the likelihood that the athletic forward would seem to have a leg up on Downs and Kurz. 

"You can never tell because everyone is so nice in this organization," Joseph said. "They talk to everyone the same way so you never really know, but when Jamar and DC got...

10/24/2012 - 12:46pm
Mayo among six absent from Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo was one of six Patriots missing from the start of Patriots practice on Wednesday in sweats and shells outside Gillette Stadium, as the team prepares for the Rams on Sunday in London. Mayo injured his left arm late in the second quarter and returned for the start of the third quarter wearing a black wrap on his left elbow. Also missing Wednesday were Steve Gregory, Trevor Scott, Tracy White, Brandon Bolden and Ras-I Dowling. 

Bolden missed last week's game against the Jets with a knee injury while Gregory has missed three games with a hip injury. 

Aaron Hernandez was at practice on Wednesday, riding an exercise bike while the rest of the team was running sprints. 

The team will practice again in Foxboro on Thursday before taking a red-eye flight to London Thursday night for practice Friday.

The Rams traveled to London earlier in the week and practiced at Arsenal on Wednesday. Danny Amendola returned...

10/24/2012 - 12:29pm
Olney on M&M: Ortiz 'held back' on Valentine

ESPN baseball reporter Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday afternoon to talk about the Red Sox' managerial situation.

Ousted skipper Bobby Valentine created a stir Tuesday with comments to interviewer Bob Costas in which he criticized the team -- most notably David Ortiz -- and the media. Olney said that shouldn't be a surprise.

"No, and I think it will continue," Olney said. "It's clear that Bobby was not happy with how it ended. He qualifies everything by saying, 'It's my fault, I should have done a better job.' But then he'll also in the same breath not hesitate to take shots at different people. 

"The thing I'm going to be curious about is whether or not David Ortiz and others fire back. Or if they say, 'You know what, we know that if you get into this with Bobby, he's always going to be the one who gets the last word in.' David Ortiz, I thought the entire year, really he could have done incredible...

10/24/2012 - 10:16am
Reports: Islanders to move to Brooklyn

The NHL might be in shutdown mode, but there's still major news from the league. According to multiple reports out of New York, the Islanders will announce Wednesday afternoon that they are planning to move to the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. The team has called a 1 p.m. press conference at the new facility, which is serving as the new home of the NBA's Nets.

The Islanders have played at Nassau Coliseum since they joined the NHL as an expansion team in 1972. Their lease expires in 2015, and team owner Charles Wang has made it clear he doesn't want to stay there. Efforts to get a new arena in Nassau County have been unsuccessful.

The Barclays Center seats about 18,000 for basketball. It's estimated to seat about 14,500 for hockey. The Islanders were scheduled to play a preseason game there on Oct. 2, but it was canceled due to the lockout.


10/24/2012 - 9:52am
McCourty earns AFC special teams POTW

FOXBORO -- After returing a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's overtime win against the Jets, Devin McCourty was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Wednesday by the NFL. 

The kick return quickly turned the momentum in the game after the Jets had taken an early 7-0 lead by scoring on their opening drive. 

McCourty almost suffered the ultimate unfortunate turn of fate, fumbling a kickoff late in the fourth quarter that led to a Jets go-ahead field goal. McCourty said "my teammates saved my life" after the Patriots rallied for the game-tying field goal as time expired in regulation. The Patriots won it on a 48-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski in overtime and a strip-sack of Mark Sanchez by Rob Ninkovich.

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