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05/04/2012 - 3:55pm
Report: Hawks' Smith out for Game 3

Atlanta's Josh Smith strained his left knee late in Game 2 of the Hawks' series with the Celtics. Without Smith on the floor, the Celtics were able to complete their comeback and even the series at a game apiece. Smith will miss Game 3 according to a report by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, who cites a league source who said that Smith would try to play in Sunday's Game 4. Atlanta is already without Al Hordford and Zaza Pachulia, leaving their frontline thin.

Smith is the Hawks' leading scorer and rebounder in the playoffs, averaging 19 points and 15.5 rebounds.

For more on how the Hawks did without Smith, visit the Green Street blog. For complete Celtics coverage, go to the team page at...

05/04/2012 - 3:20pm
Lineup: Middlebrooks hitting second

Will Middlebrooks is hitting second for the Red Sox as the club opens a three-game series with the Orioles on Friday at Fenway Park.

Dustin Pedroia moves to the cleanup spot in the order as the Sox face LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-0, 2.22). Pedroia has excelled in the fourth spot in his career, batting .397 with seven homers and 28 RBI and an OPS of 1.117 in 31 games. 

Jon Lester (1-2, 4.65) starts for the Sox. Lester is 14-0 against the Orioles in 18 career starts. 

Lineup:

Aviles, SS

Middlebrooks, 3B

Gonzalez, 1B

Pedroia, 2B

Ortiz, DH

Ross, RF

McDonald, LF

Byrd, CF

Shoppach, C

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox.


05/04/2012 - 3:14pm
Seau's family okays brain research
By: DJ Bean

According to reports, the family of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau will allow researchers to study his brain. Seau, who was found Wednesday after an apparent suicide, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, leaving his brain. 

Research on Seau's brain would be done to determine the impact that his multiple concussions had on him. Seau played 20 seasons in the league for the Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots. 

It is unknown at this time where Seau's brain will be studied. 

For more on the Patriots, visit weei.com/patriots


05/04/2012 - 2:23pm
Bradley finishes 8th for Most Improved

After a regualar season in which he replaced Hall of Fame-bound shooting guard Ray Allen in the starting lineup, Celtics sophomore Avery Bradley finished eighth in the NBA's Most Improved Player voting with 36 points -- 224 fewer than the Magic's Ryan Anderson in first.

In addition to emerging as one of the best defenders in the league, Bradley averaged 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.4 minutes over 64 games this season, but he averaged 10.4 points after the All-Star break in addition to recording averages of 15.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.9 minutes over 15 games in April. Bradley couldn't crack the rotation as a rookie, averaging just 1.7 points in 5.2 minutes over 31 games last season.

Here's how the voting played out (5 points for 1st place, 3 points for 2nd place and 1 point for 3rd place):

Ryan Anderson (ORL): 260 points (33 1st, 27 2nd, 14 3rd)
Ersan Ilyasova (MIL): 159 points (21 1st,...

05/04/2012 - 1:50pm
Source: Pats close to signing UDFA RB Bolden

A league source indicated Friday that there's a "very good chance" the Patriots are going to sign Ole Miss running back Brandon Bolden as an undrafted free agent. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Bolden finished his collegiate career ranked second in school history in both total touchdowns scored (33) and rushing touchdowns (27), third in all-purpose yards (3,681) and fourth in rushing yards (2,604). For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


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