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08/14/2010 - 10:53am
Shaq: 'I'm done with the nicknames'

In an interview with the New York Times, new Celtic Shaquille O’Neal said that he is working on his doctorate at Barry University and once that degree is obtained he no longer wants to be called “Shaq” and that he is no longer in the business of crafting nicknames for himself.

 

“I’m done with the nicknames,” O’Neal said. “Actually, when I obtain my doctorate, I will not allow people to call me Shaq anymore, either.”

 

Also of note in the interview:

 

- The last time he “panicked” was as a 9-year-old when he tried lighting the tail of a teddy bear on fire. “My thing was to just light the tail and then blow it out and laugh. Ha, ha. But as soon as I lit the tail, the whole thing caught on fire. It almost caught the house on fire. I got the whooping of my life,” O’Neal explained in the interview.

 

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08/14/2010 - 12:25am
Sinking Sox lose second straight walkoff

For the second straight day, the Red Sox suffered an agonizing defeat in which they gave away a substantial advantage late in the game. This time, after taking an 8-2 lead in the fourth inning and then, after the Rangers whittled away at that advantage, holding a 9-6 lead in the seventh, the Sox could not close out Texas in suffering a 10-9 loss in 11 innings. With the loss, the Sox remained four games behind the Rays in the wild card.

 

The Sox appeared to be on the better end of a slugfest against the Rangers, clubbing five homers (two by J.D. Drew and one each by Jed Lowrie, David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre) en route to what appeared like an easy victory. Ortiz, Beltre and Drew, in fact, hit back-to-back-to-back homers to start a seven-run top of the fourth inning.

 

But Sox starter Josh Beckett (five innings, six runs) could not take advantage of the support. And with the bullpen called in early to manage the lead, the Sox...

08/13/2010 - 10:22pm
Ellsbury to have MRI after rib injury

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left his team's game against the Rangers in the bottom of the fourth inning due to what the team described as "left side pain." incurred the injury while leading off in the top of the first inning. On a dribbler between the pitcher's mound and first base, Rangers starter Tommy Hunter fielded the ball and lumbered to first base to record the unassisted out.

 

Hunter was running in the base path, where Ellsbury could not get around him. Ellsbury bumped into the pitcher and then tumbled to the ground, resulting in the pain to an area that has wiped out much of the center fielder's season. Manager Terry Francona told reporters that the injury was "very concerning," and that Ellsbury -- who had an MRI taken on Friday night at the ballpark -- will travel to Boston on Saturday to have an MRI at MGH.

 

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08/13/2010 - 9:11pm
DJ inducted into Hall of Fame

Former Celtics guard Dennis Johnson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night in Springfield.

 

The presentation began with a video montage showing some of Johnson's career highlights, including his game-winning jump shot in Game 4 of the 1985 NBA Finals and his basket following Larry Bird's steal in the final seconds of Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals. Fellow Hall of Famers John Havlicek, Bill Walton and Bird spoke during the montage, with Bird calling Johnson "the best player I've ever played with."

 

The five-time All-Star and three-time champion, who died in February 2007, was represented at the ceremony by his wife Donna and brother Gary, who thanked Charles Barkley for frequently making the Hall of Fame case for Johnson on TNT over the past few years.

 

For more Celtics news visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


08/13/2010 - 9:11pm
Report: Pats have 'lost' Mankins

The agent for left guard Logan Mankins said Friday that the team has “totally lost [Mankins] mentally,” and added the Patriots “don’t care. ... I would expect them to do everything nasty that they can.” In an interview with the Boston Globe, Frank Bauer continued to lob grenades in the Patriots direction, the latest verbal fusillade in a battle between the Mankins' camp and the franchise over the state of his contract. “For this young man to work like he has and play for the club for five years, and be promised he’d be taken care of, and to throw the offer they did across the table?” Bauer asked. “It was never, ever a five-year deal. They wanted six years, they wanted seven. They have to do what they have to do, and we’ll do what we have to do.” Mankins has skipped spring practices and the first two weeks of training camp to express his displeasure. For more Patriots news, check out...

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