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05/17/2011 - 9:35am
Russell on statue: 'It makes me uneasy'

Speaking before a breakfast at Fenway Park to honor hs role as a mentor, Celtic great Bill Russell spoke about the statue that will be unveiled in the near future. "It makes me uneasy because it seems almost like a tombstone," Russell said. "And I don’t want to engrave my tombstone yet."

The statue initiative is tied in with Mass Mentoring Partnership, a program that brings children together with mentors. "There’s very little that I wouldn’t do for the mentoring program," Russell said. "In my post-athletic career I’ve done anything to further education and if this is going to be something that will help, I’m all for it."

Asked what he wanted the statue to look like, Russell said, "I don’t know. I can wait and see. Tommy [Heinsohn] has been bugging me about this statue."

Also in attendance were Mayor Tom Menino, Heinsohn, Russell's daughter Karen and...

05/17/2011 - 8:52am
Report: Rockets interview C's assistant again

Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank interviewed for the vacant Rockets head coaching position for a second time, according to the local FOX affiliate in Houston.

Frank, Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Celtics Hall of Famer Kevin McHale are reportedly the three finalists to get the job. As the defensive assistant under Doc Rivers this season, Frank helped the Celtics to a No. 1 ranking in points allowed (91.1) this season.

For more on the Celtics, visit weei.com/celtics.


05/17/2011 - 8:18am
Crawford sits as Sox look for sweep

Carl Crawford will not be in the lineup for the Red Sox on Tuesday night as club looks for its fifth straight win and a two-game series sweep over the Orioles. 

Crawford -- batting .208 on the season -- will sit against LHP Zach Britton (5-2, 2.42 ERA). Britton allowed just a single run on five hits in six innings to earn a win over the Sox on April 26. Darnell McDonald will start in place of Crawford in left field and bat ninth in the lineup.

Tim Wakefield (0-1. 5.40 ERA) takes John Lackey's place in the rotation and will make the start for the Sox. It will be Wakefield's third start of the season and first against an AL East opponent. 

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Lowrie, SS
...

05/17/2011 - 7:57am
Mashup: Limbaugh defends McNabb

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who left an NFL analyst job with ESPN in 2003 after saying that Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media was "very desirous that a black quarterback do well," came to the defense of the Redskins quarterback this month. Boxer Bernard Hopkins had criticized McNabb for failing to win a title with the Eagles and implied McNabb wasn't considered a true black man because he had a privileged upbringing.

Said Limbaugh on his radio show Friday: "This poor guy, he cannot catch a break. And it's disgruntled African-Americans that are jumping down his case, about the way he was raised? It is horrible, it is distasteful. ... His parents are out there having to defend the way they raised him, and all they tried to do was give him opportunity after opportunity, expose he and his brother to various things. It's just amazing to watch this."

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05/17/2011 - 12:27am
Francona: Lackey DL stint precautionary

Terry Francona announced after the Red Sox' 8-7 win over the Orioles that Tim Wakefield will start in the place of John Lackey, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with strained right elbow prior to Monday night's game.

Francona noted the Lackey has been battling through some discomfort in his right elbow, and the move to put the stater on the DL was precautionary. Peter Gammons reported after the game that it was his understanding that the pitcher had gotten a shot in his elbow to decrease the inflammation, which the team hopes will allow Lackey to better sustain velocity.

"There has been some tugging on that elbow, and Lack is more than willing to pitch through anything," Francona said. "We already know that. He's done it before, he'll do it again. the more we talked to the medical people, the more we talked to Lack, we took it out of his hands. … We all believe in his will to fight through stuff. It just didn't seem...

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