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11/25/2010 - 11:17am
Pats-Lions inactives: Taylor in, Deaderick out

In a bit of a surprise, Brandon Deaderick will be out as a healthy scratch for the Patriots, even with defensive linemen Mike Wright and Myron Pryor out with injuries. Tom Brady is active and expected to start for the Patriots, despite being questionable with a sore foot. Running back Fred Taylor is active for the first time since Sept. 26, when the veteran suffered a turf toe injury. He missed the previous seven games recovering from the injury. 

 

For the Lions, quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss the game with a bad shoulder, the third straight game and eighth time in 10 games he's been out injured. Shaun Hill will start at quarterback while lead tailback Jahvid Best (toe) will start for the Lions. 

 

The full list of inactives for the Patriots: Brandon Deaderick, Mark LeVoir, Rich Ohrnberger, Stephen Neal, Taylor Price, Myron Pryor, Jonathan Wilhite and Mike Wright. Deaderick and Ohrnberger were the only...

11/25/2010 - 10:34am
Ainge: Not planning post-West injury move

Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe that, in the aftermath of point guard Delonte West's broken right wrist, he was not planning any trades to replace the point guard. Even though West is expected to be out for months, Ainge suggested that he was happy with the team's depth at the position.

 

Though Rajon Rondo has missed the last three games with a hamstring strain, the Celtics still feature Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels and Avery Bradley at the position.

 

"We liked those guys when the season started and I like them even more now with the work they are putting in and this league is a league of opportunity,” Ainge told the Globe. “So we’ll stay with our roster for now and see what we got.”

 

For more on Ainge's remarks,...

11/25/2010 - 9:43am
Pats downgrade five to out for Thursday

The Patriots announced Wednesday nigh that four players — offensive lineman Stephen Neal, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, cornerback Jonathan Wilhite and defensive lineman Mike Wright — have been downgraded to out for Thursday's game in Detroit against the Lions. All four players have struggled with injury over the last week, with Wright sustaining a concussion last week against the Colts, while Neal (shoulder), Pryor (back) and Wilhite (hip) have all had injury issues over the last week or two. (UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: The Patriots have also downgraded offensive lineman Mark LeVoir to out because of an elbow injury.) For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


11/25/2010 - 9:15am
Shaq: Celtics 'best team I've been on'

After overpowering the Nets while scoring 25 and hauling in 11 rebounds, Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal -- who owns four NBA championship rings -- proclaimed the 2010-11 Celtcs to be "the best team I've been on."

 

“This is a great team. The best team I've been on," said O'Neal. "They've got a lot of weapons on this team, so on any given night anybody can be the leading scorer. The team's very unselfish. ... .”

 

O'Neal confirmed that assessment in response to a follow-up question when asked to compare the Celtics to his three championship Lakers teams and the 2006 Heat.

 

"Yes. Best team," O’Neal repeated. "As far as players….as far as guys being really close…I know we’ve only been at this for two months, but hopefully the outcome to be a good one."

 

For more on O'Neal's effort and comments,...

11/25/2010 - 7:59am
Mashup: Van Gundy rips Lakers' Jackson

It might be Thanksgiving, but there are some sports people who don't seem to be in a holiday mood this week. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy came to the defense of his division rival, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, before Orlando beat Miami on Wednesday night. One day earlier, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said in a radio appearance that Spoelstra could eventually be replaced by Pat Riley if the Heat continued to struggle, making reference to when Riley replaced Van Gundy as Heat coach and led them to the 2006 championship.

 

Responded Van Gundy: "To second-guess another coach and comment on a situation he knows nothing about, I think, it's inappropriate and it's also ignorant."

 

Meanwhile, Boise State president Bob Kustra responded to derogatory comments from Ohio State president Gordon Gee on Wednesday. Gee had said Boise and TCU don't belong in the national championship game because of their schedules, saying: "We do...

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