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10/19/2010 - 8:19pm
Ray Allen: Fans more 'excited' to see Heat

The Celtics and Miami Heat are getting ready to open the season next Tuesday night at TD Garden in one of the most anticipated regular season games in NBA history. And Ray Allen, for one, believes the general public is much more excited to see the new-look Miami team with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh than the defending Eastern Conference champion Celtics.  

 

"I believe so," Allen said following the Celtics' Green-White scrimmage at TD Garden on Tuesday night. "I believe so because there's never been an opening game that has been more heavily anticipated. I do believe that people are definitely excited to see them more than they're excited about about seeing us. Truly they know, as a team, what we represented. The two teams are Eastern Conference powerhouses. It's going to be a game."

 

Allen played Tuesday for the Green squad, which captured a 38-31 victory in an enhanced practice before...

10/19/2010 - 7:45pm
Rivers gets good news after biopsy

Celtics coach Doc Rivers underwent a biopsy Sunday morning after his doctor found a spot on his throat three weeks ago. The good news for the coach is that the results came back clean. "They found cancerous lesions," Rivers said after the team conducted an open practice for season ticket holders at TD Garden. "They had to make sure there was nothing there, and there was nothing, so I’m good. I’m going to be around for a while it looks like." 

 

Rivers said that he has his throat checked every year after prompting from former Celtics coach Jim O'Brien. "I think most coaches should because we yell, use our throat a lot," Rivers said. "That makes you more susceptible to it. I’m glad I did it now." 

 

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


10/19/2010 - 7:22pm
Cain brilliant as Giants take NLCS lead

Matt Cain allowed just two hits and no runs over seven innings as the Giants picked up a 3-0 win over the Phillies in Game 3 of the NLCS to take a 2-1 series edge.

 

Cody Ross -- now hitting .444 for the series -- and Aubrey Huff collected back-to-back RBI singles in the fourth inning off of Phillies starter Cole Hamels, who took the loss. Freddy Sanchez would single in another run in the fifth, giving Cain all the support he needed. The right-hander struck out five and walked three batters in his 119-pitch start. Javier Lopez pitched the eighth inning and Brian Wilson earned his fourth playoff save with a scoreless ninth.

 

Joe Blanton is scheduled to start Game 4 on Wednesday for the Phillies, though manager Charlie Manuel has not ruled out going with Roy Halladay on short rest. Madison Bumgarner is the scheduled starter for the Giants. 


10/19/2010 - 6:35pm
Report: Savard skates, still has 'down days'
By: DJ Bean

While the rest of his teammates were in the nation's capital getting ready for Tuesday's tilt with the Capitals, Bruins center Marc Savard took the ice at Ristuccia Area as he continued his rehab from post-concussion syndrome related symptoms and depression.

 

Savard, who suffered a Grade 2 concussion from a Matt Cooke hit last March 7, spoke with ESPN's Joe McDonald following the 25-minute skate, saying that he has gone from 15 minute sessions to 20 minute sessions on the ice, to Tuesday's 25.

 

"I'm obviously feeling better because I'm out skating," Savard told McDonald. "That's good news, but I'm still definitely not 100 percent. I still have some issues, but a lot of them aren't from the injury. My head isn't screwed up after I work out right now. Obviously, there are other ongoing issues."

 

The other ongoing issues to which Savard refers presumably includes depression, which is...

10/19/2010 - 4:16pm
Fenway right field fences may be moved in

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told WEEI.com that the right field fence at Fenway Park may be moved in as much as six feet for the upcoming season.

 

The re-structuring, which is pending approval from the Massachusetts Preservation Society, among other city-centric organizations, would be necessitated because of the width of the bullpens. The distance across for bullpens recommended by Major League Baseball is 27 feet, with the Fenway bullpens standing at 21 feet.

 

"We've provided some plans if it is approved, but we have to talk to the landmark people about that," Lucchino said. Regarding the bullpens, the Red Sox executive explained, "They're among the narrowest in baseball, if not the narrowest. It makes it hard for two guys to warm-up. It does have other effects in terms of reducing the depths of right field, which is among the deepest in baseball."

 

Lucchino pointed out that...

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