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10/01/2012 - 12:10pm
Rondo: 'Best team since I've been here'

WALTHAM -- Optimism abounds at Celtics camp before the team heads to Istanbul later on Monday. 

"This is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here, I think, as far as on paper, as far as the depth of talent," Rajon Rondo said. "We’ve got to make something of it." 

Coach Doc Rivers spent the last practice working on smaller lineups that he said the team hopes to use every game this season. The possibilities are endless with Jeff Green potentially able to share time at forward with Paul Pierce. 

"He’s the main guy when you talk about small lineups," Rondo said. "He played the four at Oklahoma City. He stretched the floor with his shooting. We can get a lot of bigs on the floor as well. He can go from the four to the three. Defensively, he can check one through four, I believe. We expect a lot out of Jeff but he’s fine with that pressure." 

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10/01/2012 - 8:42am
Esiason on D&C: Pats hit 'home run' with RBs

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason checked in for his weekly visit with Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to dissect the Patriots' 52-28 victory over the Bills that ended New England's two game losing streak.

"I would think that the Patriots defense in particular probably heard a lot of criticism last week because of their performance the week before, and just like I guess the Patriot Way is is to go out there and do something about it," Esiason said. "It was extremely impressive all the way around."

New England's 1-2 punch of Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden came up big Sunday, as both running backs surpasses 100 yards.

"They've hit the home run with these two kids, and you could see it," Esiason said. "And now what you have between the two of them is you have a little bit of competition going on back and forth, which is I think every coach's dream scenario. … You talk about an...

10/01/2012 - 7:15am
Mashup: Jets' Ryan apologizes to fans

In Monday's Morning Mashup, we have reaction from Brandon Spikes on Twitter about his vicious block that knocked out Scott Chandler, reports of Rasheed Wallace making a comeback with the Knicks, trivia, funny videos and much more.

Also, as usual, we have drama in New York. Despite the Jets being tied atop the AFC East with the Patriots, following an embarrassing home defeat to the 49ers, coach Rex Ryan took his team to task.

Via ESPN New York:

"It's unacceptable," Ryan said. "We've got to look at it. It starts with the coaches. The players aren't going to be in Monday or Tuesday. They have to dig deep and look down at themselves. As coaches, we need to look at what we're doing."

"Our fans deserve a lot better than this," he said. "I know right now we're not even close to being one of the better teams in this league, not even close."

Believe it or not, after another...

10/01/2012 - 6:55am
Brady on D&C: O-line 'answered the call'

Making his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, Tom Brady had a win to talk about for the first time in three weeks, as the Patriots pulled away in the second half for a 52-28 victory over the Bills on Sunday that evened their record at 2-2.

"We took advantage of some opportunities we got in the second half that we didn't take advantage of in the first half," Brady said. "In the first half we were very much up and down. We have yet to really play a 60-minute game. We played 30 minutes yesterday, 30 pretty good minutes -- offensively and defensively, special teams, we covered kicks, we ran the ball well, we were efficient in the passing game, we got a lot of turnovers on defense. That's a winning formula. That's what obviously has been lacking the last few weeks, is our ability to take advantage when we get the opportunities from the opposing team. I thought we did a great job of that yesterday."

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10/01/2012 - 6:04am
Pedroia out with finger injury

NEW YORK -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has told WEEI.com that he will sit out Monday night's game against the Yankees with an injured left ring finger. Pedroia is set to get X-rays later in the day Monday to determine if the finger is broken. 

Pedroia suffered the injury sliding into second base on attempted steal in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Orioles. He was thrown out on the play by Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters. 

In 139 games this season, Pedroia is hitting .288/.344/.446 with 15 homers and 64 runs batted in. 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox


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