Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined guest hosts Bob Ryan and Chris Mannix on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday to talk about his team's 14-game winning streak, the upcoming battle with the new-look Magic, the health of Kendrick Perkins as well as other news from around the league.
Rivers was asked about Wednesday night's sloppy 84-80 win over the 76ers. The coach said he wasn't surprised by the performance of his team but will take the end result.
"You knew it would be a difficult game," Rivers said. "I didn't think we played with focus, but we kind of pulled ourselves through it and fought through it and in the second half we pulled it out."
Next up for the Celtics is a road trip to Orlando for a Christmas matchup with a team that was supposed to be a fellow Eastern Conference heavyweight in the Magic. But Orlando has lost four straight and stand at just 16-12 for the season....
For the final 10 days of the year, WEEI.com takes a look at the top stories in Boston sports from 2010. On Wednesday, we started the list with No. 10: Kevin Garnett's return to form for the Celtics. Thursday brings No. 9: The Patriots' playoff meltdown against the Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Check back each day for the next story in our countdown. And make sure to vote in our poll for the 2010 Boston Athlete of the Year. A pair of Patriots lead the early balloting.
Fox Sports NFL analyst Brian Billick joined guest hosts Bob Ryan and Chris Mannix on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday to talk about the Patriots and news from around the league.
Billick, who formerly coached the Ravens, was asked about Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs' proclamation that he was leaving Tom Brady off his Pro Bowl ballot. Said Billick: "I hate it when the players use something like this, because I think it discredits the rest of those that are deservingly, obviously. in the Pro Bowl. You understand the back and forth; they've been battling each other all year long and it's kind of amusing. But I really do hate to see it come out in this way, because that is something that is important to players."
Billick said Brady is his MVP pick, because of how critical he is to the Patriots. "I'm not sure New England without Tom Brady is a playoff-caliber team," he said. "That's the...
Some Ohio State football players reportedly are being investigated for allegedly trading signed memorabilia for tattoos from a parlor near the campus in Columbus. The players' eligibility for the Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas could be in jeopardy, although the investigation might not be completed by then. Quarterback Terrell Pryor denied being involved, writing on his Twitter page: I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks.
Read more about that story, plus find out what they're saying in New York about Rex Ryan's video situation, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said on Wednesday that the team will not relieve coach Claude Julien of his duties this season. The slumping B's have averaged just 1.8 goals over their last five games, a span in which they've won just one game, and some fans have called for a coaching change. Despite the team's struggles, Chiarelli said "yes" when asked on CBS Radio Boston if he would say "unequivocally that Claude Julien's job is not in danger."
Chiarelli said such a decision ultimately would have to be made by a group of front-office members, but that he feels the team is better off with Julien than without him.
"That's my preference and that's my recommendation," Chiarelli said. "This is a collective thing that we do on these matters. But I have full confidence in Claude and the staff to figure it out."
The Bruins are in eighth place in the...
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