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09/25/2012 - 1:45pm
Obama tweets wish for return of NFL refs
By: DJ Bean

President Barack Obama took to Twitter Tuesday to call for the return of the NFL's regular officials. 

Tweeted Obama the day following a blown call and review cost the Packers a win against the Seahawks: 

"NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs' lockout is settled soon. -bo"

Last week, the president also criticized replacement officials in a phone interview with WTAM-AM in Cleveland.

"Is it just me or do we have to get our regular refs back?" Obama asked, adding, "I can't get involved with it, but I'm just expressing my point of view as a sports fan."

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09/25/2012 - 1:31pm
Edelman's injury leaves status unclear

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday afternoon that Julian Edelman, who left Sunday's loss to the Ravens early with a left hand injury, is still being evaluated, and the team is unsure as to whether or not the receiver will be able to practice on Wednesday.

“We’ll give you more information on that [Wednesday] and see what he’s able to do out there in practice,” Belichick said on a conference call with reporters. “They’re evaluating the hand, taking a look at it, and trying to determine what the nature of the injury is and how -- or even to the extent that it is injured. We’ll see where that is and take a look at it [Wednesday] and what he’s able to do out there.”

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09/25/2012 - 12:55pm
Ainge on M&M: 'Rondo's our best player'
By: DJ Bean

Celtics' president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined Mut & Merloni at the team's Shamrock Classic golf tournament on Tuesday to discuss what the upcoming season will hold for a team that came a game away from the NBA Finals.  

The C's lost Ray Allen as a free agent to the Heat this summer and added the likes of Jason Terry, Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. While the roster has undergone some changes, Ainge noted that one of the bigger differences from seasons past is that Rajon Rondo, entering his seventh season in the league, stands alone as the team's best player. 

"What you saw in the playoffs is what we've known for a little while about Rajon, is Rajon -- a lot of people will say Rajon's had success because he's had there superstars and Hall-of-Famers playing with him -- and what we saw in the playoffs is that Rajon's the best player on the team. Even the game that Paul fouls out, Rajon goes and scores nine straight...

09/25/2012 - 12:27pm
Brady: Refs 'doing best they can'

Tom Brady was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday. Brady was asked for his thoughts on Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Ravens, a loss that dropped the Patriots to 1-2 on the season, the first time the franchise has been under .500 since 2003.

"It's a bit frustrating to come up on the losing end," Brady said. "To have a nine-point lead with half a quarter left, to think that we would lose that game would certainly not be the outcome that we would have thought, liked or hoped for. But that's the situation we're in, and we have to start figuring out how to do better so we can start winning these close games."

A huge story in the game was the replacement officials, who struggled throughout the contest to keep control of the players and with several key calls on the field. With the blown interception call at the conclusion of Monday night's Green Bay-Seattle game -- costing the Packers a victory -- the officials...

09/25/2012 - 12:23pm
Jason Terry: 'My mission is to kill'

BOLTON -- New Celtics guard wasted no time ingratiating himself to his new hometown when he was asked about the prospect of starting or coming off the bench.

"My mission is to kill," Terry said. "Whoever that is, whether it’s the Heat, whether it’s the Lakers. Hopefully both. That’s my mission and that’d what I’m here to do." 

The former Sixth Man of the Year indicated that he would have no problem coming off the bench and that seems the way coach Doc Rivers is leaning. "I’m pretty sure," Rivers said. "I think I know, but you get in the gym and guys change your mind." 

"We have tons of talent," Terry said. "It’s just a matter of Doc putting it all together and us buying into our roles. He hasn’t told me specifically what my role is, but whatever that is, I’m going to go out there and play it to the fullest." 

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