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10/26/2010 - 11:20am
NFL Power Rankings: Patriots at No. 3

For the second straight week, the Patriots occupy the No. 3 spot in the latest edition of the WEEI.com NFL Power Rankings, following New England's great escape from San Diego on Sunday. And while the Steelers' victory over the Dolphins may have smelled fishy, Pittsburgh nevertheless continues to sit atop the football world.

 

For the complete Power Rankings, click here.


10/26/2010 - 10:59am
Shaq: 'Tuesday night we ain't losing money'

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal had stated following his team's preseason win over the Knicks in Hartford, Oct. 16, that he had been in bigger openers than this season's meeting against the Miami Heat. O'Neal stated at the time, "In the last 20 years I've had bigger openers. It's big to you guys, but you guys like the hype. Everybody wants to talk about the young team, but the last 10 years I think I've been there I think four times and I haven't seen a young time do it yet ... Especially with all the social media … I've been in much bigger games."

 

But after looking at his 18 season-openers in the NBA -- which have translated to a 13-5 record for his teams -- O'Neal admitted that Tuesday night's showdown did distinguish itself.

 

"Maybe '02 was a big one," he said, referencing his Lakers' 87-82 loss to the Spurs. "I guess this probably does rank up there as one of the biggest openers....

10/26/2010 - 10:15am
Sturm: 'The knee's going to let me know'
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- A smiling Marco Sturm chatted with reporters following his return to the ice on Tuesday, noting that he's not taking any chances with his recovery and that he isn't planning on returning to the lineup until he is at 100 percent health. 

 

Sturm, who is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last year, skated very lightly for about half an hour prior to Bruins' practice, taking laps and shooting on an empty net. He noted that his sessions on the ice will be without teammates for at least the next two weeks as he gets a better feel. 

 

"The knee's going to let me know how things are going," Sturm said. "Right now it's just getting used to the ice again and getting stronger. I still know that I'm not that strong yet, so there's still time to go, but I was really happy to be back on the ice today."

 
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10/26/2010 - 9:50am
LEEInks list: Memorable Boston openers

With Tuesday night's Heat-Celtics game the most highly anticipated NBA opener in recent memory, we decided to look through the history books for the most memorable season-opening games in Boston sports since 2000. Our list includes games from all four of Boston's major pro sports teams. Some had happy endings, and some led to early cries of "Wait 'til next year." Check out our list at the LEEInks blog.


10/26/2010 - 8:04am
Bill Simmons on D&C: Celtics will win East

Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday, ESPN's Bill Simmons predicted that the Celtics will prevail in the Eastern Conference, citing a deeper bench than Miami and an advantage in the matchups against Orlando. Regarding the Heat, Simmons remains skeptical heading into Tuesday's night season-opener at TD Garden.

 

"I think there's a much better chance that it's dicey than everything goes fantastic," Simmons said of the Heat.

 

Regarding the construct of this season's Celtics team, Simmons points to the C's depth as being a big difference from last season. He specifically cited the presence of Delonte West, and how he could protect the C's if something happened to starting point guard Rajon Rondo.

 

"I do think the one difference between last year's team and this year's team is they have a bench," he said, proceeding to then go on to talk about West. "I've got to say, I...

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