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11/15/2010 - 6:26pm
Belichick on Big Show: 'It starts with Peyton'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, discussed his team's victory on Sunday night over the Steelers as well as the challenge of having a short week to prepare for the Colts. He acknowledged that, in an effort to leave behind the Steelers game and start preparing for Indianapolis, it was a "short night," but that such a challenge would "feel a lot worse if you had fewer points [against Pittsburgh]."

 

Belichick explained that when preparing for a short week -- whether coming off of a Sunday night or Monday night game, or, as will be the case after facing the Colts on Sunday and getting ready for a Thanksgiving Thursday game against the Lions -- the Patriots try to do as much advance game-planning as possible over the summer.

 

"One of the things we try to do is in the offseason, when we know we have a short week, we really try to make sure that we put a little bit...

11/15/2010 - 5:59pm
Belichick: QB proves 'why he's Tom Brady'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots had seen it before from Tom Brady. Fired up and ticked off about the lack of execution. But Belichick also pointed out, as was more readily apparent in the second half Sunday night, that there’s a good side to Brady’s emotion.

 

“There’s no question that Tom is the leader of our offense,” Belichick said Monday. “There’s no doubt about that. I think he has enough experience and understanding to know what’s right and wrong. He’s very encouraging when guys make good plays and do something that’s really good. He’s the first one to congratulate them, tell them about it, show them the appreciation.”

 

Brady went into a tirade late in the second quarter after a series of mistakes, like dropped passes, false starts and chop blocks.

 

“If there’s a mistake, whether it...

11/15/2010 - 5:44pm
Red Sox claim Taylor Buchholz on waivers

The Red Sox claimed right-hander Taylor Buchholz on waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays, providing them with a low-risk, high-reward right-handed pitcher who could compete for a bullpen job.

 

Buchholz, who turned 29 in October, emerged as a dominant setup man for the Colorado Rockies in 2008, forging a 2.17 ERA in 63 appearances. However, he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in spring training the next year, and required Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2009 campaign. He spent last year with the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate before returning to the majors last July. He made seven appearances for the Rockies before being placed on waivers, from which he was claimed by the Blue Jays. In all Buchholz made nine appearances in 2010, working his way to a 3.75 ERA while striking out nine and walking six in 12 innings.

 

Buchholz, who earned $1.055 million in each of the last two seasons, represents a relatively low-cost, low-...

11/15/2010 - 5:05pm
Suspension over, Delonte West eyes return

Now that his 10-game NBA suspension is behind him, Delonte West is looking forward to returning to the lineup when the Celtics play the Wizards Wednesday at TD Garden. “I know what I can do,” West said. “I’m very confident in what I’m able to do out on the basketball floor. They’re not asking me to do anything I can’t do. They’re not telling me to post-up and get 30 rebounds. It’s time to go play my game. That’s the best feeling ever.”

 

Doc Rivers said after practice Monday that West will play, but he didn't offer specifics about minutes. The Celtics have been talking since training camp about West and Nate Robinson playing together in the backcourt and trading off point guard duties with West getting the team into sets and Robinson running the pick and roll.

 

To read more about what West's return means for the Celtics,...

11/15/2010 - 3:42pm
Jermaine O'Neal out indefinitely

Jermaine O'Neal missed the last two games of the Celtics road trip with a knee injury and flew back to Boston early ater receiving a second opinion on his knee in Miami. O'Neal wasn't at practice Monday and his return is up in the air. The Celtics simply don't know yet how bad the injury is, or how much time it will take for him to return.

 

"Two, three weeks would be a guestimate," Doc Rivers said. "We don’t know exactly. We’re going through a couple of more evaluations." Rivers did say that he doesn't think surgery is an option, at least not at this point.

 

The Celtics might also be without Marquis Daniels when they play the Wizards on Wednesday. Rivers said that Daniels was away for family reasons and might not be back by Wednesday. There was some good news for the C's Monday, however, as rookie guard Avery Bradley participated in practice and Delonte West is now eligible having served...

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