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01/20/2011 - 7:54am
Mashup: Steeler disappointed in quiet Jets

Steelers linebacker James Farrior, a former Jet, said Wednesday that he was looking forward to hearing his old team talk trash in the lead-up to Sunday's AFC championship game and he's disappointed in the silence. "It is always funny to hear those guys talk," he said. "They do a lot of trash talking. If you really look at it, those guys really do a good job of backing it up. They talk a lot. I think it is a lot of smoke and mirrors. If you fall into it and you believe the stuff that they are saying, you'll get beat."

 

Also in the news, the NFL is defending itself after news broke that players often are given advance notice of drug tests. Plus, former ESPN announcer Ron Franklin, fired last month after making a sexist comment, is suing the network.

 

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01/20/2011 - 12:08am
Shaq: 'We can't keep playing with people'

Shaquille O'Neal said after Wednesday's escape over the Detroit Pistons that the Celtics have to work on their killer instinct. The Celtics trailed 75-67 when Ben Gordon hit a 3-pointer with 7:52 left in the fourth quarter. O'Neal then fired up the team with an alley-oop dunk from Rajon Rondo and a lay-up as part of 6-0 run to get the Celtics back in the game. 

 

"I wouldn't say it was a drop off," O'Neal said of the game 48 hours after beating the Magic in a tense game. "It's just that we know what we have to do to get it done. We don't make excuses. We just didn't get it done. But we got it there with six or seven minutes to go. But we just have to learn to put our foot on people's necks and kill them right away. We can't keep playing with people. 

 

O'Neal finished with a season-high 12 rebounds and 12 points in 25 minutes, including six minutes in the fourth. For more, visit the Celtics team page...

01/19/2011 - 11:31pm
Allen: 'The next one is going to go in'

Ray Allen is a future hall-of-famer so when shots aren't falling he doesn't panic. After drilling the game-winning jumper with 24.5 seconds remaining in an 86-82 win over the Pistons, he said that approach helped him again Wednesday night when he missed two fourth-quarter free throws and was just 1-for-7 before hitting the decisive jumper. 

 

"I wasn't surprised," Allen said of being given another chance on a pass from Rajon Rondo. "Anytime the situation comes down to the end of the game, we've been in these situations enough to know that it's going to be either me, Paul [Pierce], Kevin [Garnett] or Rondo if he gets in the gaps. 

 

"If he didn't throw it to me, it would've went somewhere else and somebody would've been able to make the shot. I've said this before, I wasn't shooting the ball particularly well and I didn't really think I had a great rhythm but I always think the next one is going...

01/19/2011 - 10:22pm
Brady reportedly facing foot surgery

Tom Brady will undergo surgery on his right foot as early as Thursday, according to a report from Boston.com, as the Patriots quarterback will take care of a lingering stress fracture in his foot with a procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital. The injury first came to light in November, when the quarterback was listed on the injury report with a foot problem, and Brady was listed on the injury report for much of the rest of the season with a foot injury. However, the injury didn't seem to hinder Brady's performance, as the quarterback had one of the finest seasons of his career — he threw 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions over the course of the regular season, and is the odds-on favorite to take home his second NFL MVP award. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


01/19/2011 - 10:04pm
Ray-Ray to the rescue: Allen saves C's

Ray Allen hit a fall-away jumper with 24.5 seconds remaining to lift the Celtics to a 86-82 win over the Pistons Wednesday night at TD Garden. Shaquille O'Neal led a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, grabbing a season-high 12 rebounds while scoring 12 in 25 minutes as the Celtics erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit and improved to a Eastern Conference-best 32-9. Allen finished was just 1-for-7 with five points before his go-ahead jumper while Paul Pierce finished with a game-high 22. 

 

The Pistons made 11-of-19 shots in the second quarter to take a 45-42 lead to the locker room. The Celtics' struggles continued in the third quarter as they made just 5-of-19 shots and fell behind by as many as eight. Kevin Garnett's 12-foot jumper with 3:24 left capped a 13-5 run and tied the game, 78-78. Pierce hit a jumper with 1:20 left to tie it, 82-82. 

 

With the Pistons up, 75-67, O'Neal led the...

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