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11/23/2012 - 9:59pm
Thunderous: Green, Pierce impressive in win

Facing the team that traded him away to the Celtics for Kendrick Perkins, Jeff Green scored 17 points and led a revitalized bench as the Celtics held on to beat the Thunder, 108-100, Friday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 27 and led an impressive display of 3-point shooting, as he and Jason Terry each drained 4-of-5 from long range, helping Boston finish 9-of-17 from beyond the arc. 

Rajon Rondo finished with 16 assists, extending his streak of double-digit assists to 36 games, one shy of John Stockton for second-best in NBA history. Magic Johnson is now within reach at 46 games. Rondo can match Stockton Sunday evening in Orlando and could match Johnson on Dec. 15 in San Antonio. 

The Celtics moved back over .500 at 7-6 with the win and handed Kevin Durant and the Thunder just their fourth loss in 13 games. Durant (29 points) and Westbrook (26) paced the Thunder.

The Thunder displayed their athleticism early on...

11/23/2012 - 4:35pm
Arrington fined $21,000 for Luck hit

Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington was hit with a $21,000 fine for his hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in last Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium. Arrington was fined but not penalized for the helmet-to-helmet hit on Luck in the second half while Jerod Mayo was not fined for his roughing the passer infraction in the third quarter. 

The fine was announced by the NFL on Friday afternoon. The league has not announced fines yet from Thursday's game, including the Jets-Patriots game at MetLife Stadium. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


11/23/2012 - 2:52pm
NHL cancels more games, All-Star weekend
By: DJ Bean

The NHL announced Friday that it has cancelled games through Dec. 14 as well as the league's All-Star weekend, which was set to take place Jan. 26 and 27 in Columbus, Ohio. 

The league has now cancelled 422 regular season games due to the current lockout caused by the lack of a collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players. 

"The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a press release. "We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus, and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible."

For more on the NHL lockout and the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


11/23/2012 - 2:44pm
Rex: 'Ridiculous' to say Jets can't catch Pats

Jets coach Rex Ryan, in a conference call with reporters on Friday morning -- the day after his team's 49-19 mauling at the hands of the Patriots -- credited New England as "an excellent football team" but insisted that he would not describe the gap between his team and his AFC East as insurmountable. 

“No, please. I’d never say that. Ever. No way,” Ryan told reporters (as described by the New York Post). “They’re an excellent football team. ... But to say they we’ll never catch them, that’s ridiculous. There is no chance, there is absolutely no percent of a chance that I believe that in my heart. And I’ll never concede that.”

Ryan described the game as a nightmare caused by five turnovers including a 52-second stretch that saw...

11/23/2012 - 12:08pm
Butterfield: Jays' managing job was in play

According to newly-hired Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield, he remained a candidate for the Blue Jays managing job until the "11th-hour," making it difficult to focus on his new position with the Sox. 

 

 

"[Toronto general manager] Alex [Anthopolous] and I have a great relationship, and he stayed in contact. It basically came down to the 11th-hour," Butterfield said from his home in Maine. "There were certain things he wanted in his next manager. When push came to shove and they were trying to narrow down the list, and Alex even told me this, he really had to have a guy who had previous major league managing experience. I felt like I was right there in the hunt at the end, just like I was in 2010 when they selected John. But there are things that we want in baseball, it's life, and it's not my time yet. I love being a big league coach. I love working with infielders and baserunners. I love...

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