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12/22/2010 - 3:08pm
J. O'Neal out with flu for Celtics

The good news is that injured center Jermaine O'Neal probably would have been able to play against the 76ers Wednesday night after missing the last 18 games with a knee injury. The bad news is that he has the flu and won't be in the lineup. The Celtics hope to have O'Neal back for their Christmas Day game against the Magic.

 

"I think he’ll play next game, hopefully," coach Doc Rivers said. "[He's] just not feeling well. He was ready. I don’t know how much how he’ll play when he comes back." 

 

Originally slated to be the starting center, O'Neal has played just seven games this season for the Celtics and has been passed by Shaquille O'Neal in the lineup.

 

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


12/22/2010 - 2:55pm
Brady wins Pro Bowl fan-balloting

FOXBORO -- He may not have been the choice of Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs but Tom Brady was a clear winner in the fan-balloting portion of the Pro Bowl vote released Wednesday by the NFL.

 

The Patriots quarterback - in the midst of a spectacular season - received 1,877,079 votes to lead all NFL All-Stars in fan balloting for the game to be held on Jan. 30, between the end of the conference championships and Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 7 in Arlington, TX. It's Brady's hope that he'll be unavailable to take part because of preparations for the Super Bowl. 

 

Fan voting ended on Monday, with Brady not only leading the AFC but the NFL among the top 10 Pro Bowl vote-getters.  Brady topped a list that included - in order - Michael Vick, Peyton Manning,...

12/22/2010 - 2:32pm
Gailey: We'll kick away from Connolly

FOXBORO — When it comes to Dan Connolly, the Bills aren't taking any chances.

On a conference call with the New England media, Buffalo coach Chan Gailey jokingly said the Bills were "going to kick away from" Connolly after the offensive lineman turned in an unlikely 71-yard return last Sunday against the Packers.

"I got asked [about him] here, too — we're going to kick away from him," Gailey said with a laugh. "I think that's a good story. I don't know when's the last time that happened, probably not ever. We probably won't kick it to him. I hope we don't kick it to him, to be honest with you."

On the strength of his return — the longest kick return in NFL history by an offensive lineman, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — Connolly was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. It's the fourth time a Patriot has been honored with a Player of the Week Award...

12/22/2010 - 1:27pm
Pats practice: Brady among 8 not present

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez were among the eight players not seen at Patriots practice as on-field practice began for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Orchard Park. 

 

Also not seen were defensive linemen Brandon Deadrick, Myron Pryor and Mike Wright as well as receiver Deion Branch, tight end Aaron Hernandez and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain. Ron Brace returned to practice for the first time since suffering a mild concussion two weeks ago against the Bears. 

 

The team practiced outdoors in sweats and shells on the lower practice fields. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


12/22/2010 - 12:58pm
Milbury on D&H: 'Chara needs to pick it up'

Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show to give his opinions about the Bruins and the NHL.

 

Asked if the Bruins might consider a change behind the bench, Milbury said it's too early for Claude Julien's job to be in jeopardy. "I don't think so, no," he said. "This team has shown remarkable resiliency. When they get down, you think that the wheels are falling of the wagon, they pull it together. And I think they'll pull it together for Claude again."

 

Added Milbury: "They need to loosen the screws a little bit offensively. Go after it, make some mistakes, try some things, do some things differently. Do I think they're ready to knock on Claude Julien's door? Absolutely not. I don't think that's a consideration right now. Tell me 10 games from now when they've won one, and it's a different story."

 

Milbury said there are...

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