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11/09/2011 - 7:47am
Mashup: Eli's dad mutes criticism of QB

Archie Manning enjoyed watching his son Eli lead the Giants to a last-minute victory Sunday against the Patriots, but he had trouble listening to the commentary on Fox. The elder Manning said he doesn't agree with Troy Aikman and Joe Buck's criticism. "I don't always listen to Troy and Joe," Archie told ESPN. "They're kind of hard on Eli. Joe's always been really tough on Eli, and it seems this year Troy is too. But that's OK. Sometimes I just mute them."

In a 2009 interview, Peyton Manning made a similar comment, chastising Buck for being critical of Eli during another comeback attempt.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


11/09/2011 - 6:12am
Celtics legend Macauley dead at 83

Basketball Hall of Famer Ed Macauley, one of the Celtics' earliest stars, died at the age of 83. His death was announced Tuesday by his alma mater, St. Louis University.

Macauley, who played for the Celtics from 1950-51 through 1955-56 and was an All-Star all six seasons in Boston, was traded to the St. Louis Hawks on April 29, 1956, for the rights to Bill Russell. Macauley's Hawks faced the Celtics in the NBA finals in 1957 and '58, with the teams each winning once.

The 6-foot-8 Macauley, nicknamed "Easy Ed," retired after three years in St. Louis and went on to coach the Hawks for two seasons. His number 22 was retired by the Celtics on Oct. 16, 1963.

For more on Macauley, click here. For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


11/08/2011 - 7:39pm
NBPA rejects offer, deadline looms

Player representatives from 29 of the 30 NBA teams met in New York on Tuesday and rejected the owners' latest offer of a new collective bargaining agreement. (The Celtics were the only team not present at the union meeting.) The NBA has set a deadline of 5 p.m. on Wednesday for the players to accept the deal or they will replace it with a worse offer that includes a hard cap, a lower percentage of the BRI and rollbacks on existing salaries. (The New York Times reported the details of the two offers on Monday.)

The union's rejection was not surprising. The players had indicated since early Sunday morning after the last labor negotiation that they would not accept the deal. "Our orders are clear right now,” union president Derek Fisher told reporters in New York. “The current offer that is on the table...

11/08/2011 - 6:25pm
Paille (broken nose) to have surgery
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement Tuesday regarding forward Daniel Paille, who took a slap shot to the face Monday against the Islanders:

"Daniel Paille has been diagnosed with a broken nose and facial lacerations after the injury he sustained in our game Monday night. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday, November 9 at Mass General Hospital in Boston to repair the injury. Dr. Thomas Dodson will conduct the procedure. Following the surgery, he is expected to be listed as day-to-day."

Paille was attempting to block a shot from Islanders defenseman Steve Staios in the third period, but was hit in the face by the puck. He remained down on the ice before leaving under his own power. He did not return to the game.

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

 


11/08/2011 - 6:18pm
Report: Lakers near deal for Chris Paul

As trade scenarios flew back and forth on a hectic day before the NBA opened training camps, it appeared that the Lakers and Celtics had emerged as the two remaining teams in the hunt for New Orleans All-Star guard Chris Paul. The Hornets have reportedly decided on the Lakers offer of Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Celtics had reportedly offered Rajon Rondo, restricted free agent Jeff Green and two first round draft picks. With Gasol in the deal instead of Andrew Bynum, that could pave the way for the Lakers to also try and trade for Dwight Howard, but that's a future debate. Gasol is reportedly headed to the Rockets who will then send Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic to New Orleans.

For now the Celtics will have to retool around Rondo, a two-time All-Star who has been dangled in trade talks twice in the last three years.

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