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06/15/2010 - 12:30am
Tony Allen wants to return to C's

Tony Allen will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he would like to return to the Celtics next season.

“I am a Celtic,” he told WEEI.com. “I love being a Celtic. It’d mean everything in the world [return next season].”

While Allen attested that he is focused on winning a championship, not free agency — “I haven’t really thought about summer right now,” he said. “All I’m worried about is the finals” — he hopes he has played his way to another contract in Boston. He can't imagine playing in a different uniform.

“None whatsoever, none whatsoever,” he said. “I mean, things happen but I feel like I’m going to be a Celtic for life.”

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06/14/2010 - 4:07pm
Report: Mankins won't sign, wants trade

Patriots Pro Bowl offensive lineman Logan Mankins said Monday he has no intention of signing his restricted free agent tender and wants to be traded.

In an interview with ESPN, he described himself as being "frustrated," and said he has no intention of signing his $3.26 million tender.

"I want to be traded," he said. "I don't need to be here any more."

Mankins has until 11:59 p.m. ET to sign the one-year tender, but it doesn't sound like he'll do that.

"There is no way that I'm signing that thing," he said.

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06/14/2010 - 2:32pm
Game 5 highest rated since 2004

According to preliminary ratings, Game 5 of the Celtics-Lakers series was the highest-rated NBA finals game since 2004. The Celtics' victory on ABC garnered an overnight rating of 12.8, up 36 percent from last year's Lakers-Magic Game 5. This series has a higher rating than the teams' meeting in 2008, and it's the highest rated since the 2004 finals between the Lakers and Pistons.

 

Ratings measure the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Overnight ratings represent the country's largest markets.


06/14/2010 - 2:14pm
Sox doc: 'I think that we've earned [trust]'

Red Sox team medical director Dr. Thomas Gill told WEEI.com that he does not believe that any missteps were made in the diagnosis and treatment of both outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury's ribs and infielder Mike Lowell's thumb. While both Ellsbury and Lowell have expressed concerns about how their injuries were handled (with Lowell saying that his treatment was "frustrating" and Ellsbury suggesting he was "misdiagnosed"), Gill said that there the medical course followed by the club with both players was appropriate.

 

Gill suggested that, despite the concerns of the two players, the team's medical operation has offered "huge value-added" to the Red Sox. Part of that, he said, is a byproduct on the efforts of the medical team to win the trust of the players.

 

“Baseball is a sport based on trust,” said Gill. “Trust is something that has to be built. You can’t come in and demand...

06/14/2010 - 1:37pm
Judge: Antoine Walker will face trial

Former Celtics forward Antoine Walker appeared in a Las Vegas court Monday and was ordered to face trial on felony bad check charges that he failed to repay almost $1 million in gambling debts to three Vegas casinos. The judge noted that Walker had yet to make any progress repaying some $770,000 he agreed to pay in restitution, court fees and penalties.

 

Walker filed for bankruptcy last month in Florida, and the Las Vegas prosecutor indicated that he is working with Walker's lawyer on a deal that would avoid forcing Walker to serve jail time.

 

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