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03/15/2012 - 7:28pm
Doc: 'Feel good' about standing pat

After weeks of rumors, the Celtics stood pat as Thursday's 3 p.m. trading deadline passed. Doc Rivers, in an appearance on The Big Show on Thursday afternoon, said he is content with the current composition of the roster. However, Rivers conceded the decision leaves the current roster with little to no room for any more injuries.

“I feel good about [making no trades],” Rivers said. “I didn't think we would do much. Obviously, there was talk, but nothing ever surfaced to be honest. We were looking for another big if we could get one."

Added Rivers: “We just have to keep getting better as the group we are. As far as rest, yeah, there will probably be a couple of games, if we can get a cushion, that I'm going to sit guys. At the end of the day, for us to be successful in the playoffs, we have to be healthy, and I think we probably have the smallest margin for error of the eight playoff teams with injuries....

03/15/2012 - 7:22pm
Rivers doesn't expect O'Neal back

SAN FRANCISCO -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that Jermaine O'Neal, who hasn't played since the All-Star break due to a left wrist injury, is not expected to return to the team.

"I don't think he'll be back, but nothing's clear," Rivers said prior to Thursday's Celtics-Warriors game. "It's not final but I don't see him playing."

O'Neal is in the final year of a deal that is paying him $6.2 million this season. The 33-year-old has appeared in 25 games this year, starting 24, averaging 5.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest in an average of 23 minutes per game.

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03/15/2012 - 7:07pm
Harvard's late run falls short vs. Vanderbilt

John Jenkins scored 27 points and fifth-seeded Vanderbilt turned away 12th-seeded Harvard, 79-70, in an NCAA tournament second-round game Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M.

Harvard's Laurent Rivard hit 6-of-7 3-pointers and sparked a late comeback that trimmed an 18-point deficit to five. He finished with 20 points for the Crimson, who end their historic season at 26-5. Kyle Casey scored 13 points before fouling out in the final minute, Brandyn Curry scored 12 points, and Keith Wright had eight points and nine rebounds.

Vanderbilt led by 10 points at the break, 33-23, after closing the period on a 13-3 run. The lead peaked at 18 after a Jeffery Taylor dunk made it 62-44 with 7:52 remaining. After Rivard started getting hot from behind the arc, Harvard got the margin back to single digits on a Curry layup with 2:30 left. That was the start of an 8-0 run that made it a five-point game with 1:51 left after two free throws by Wright. However, that's as...

03/15/2012 - 6:46pm
Report: Pats reach agreement with Connolly

The Patriots have reached an agreement that would allow them to retain free agent offensive lineman Dan Connolly, according to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe. The versatile 29-year-old, who has played both center and guard over the course of his career in New England, was signed to the Patriots' practice squad in 2007 and promoted to the active roster in 2008. Since then, the 6-foot-4, 313-pound Connolly has played in 42 games with the Patriots, including 13 last season. He assumed the starters' role at center early last year after Dan Koppen went down with an injury in the regular-season opener against Miami. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


03/15/2012 - 6:05pm
Patriots sign Slater, Harrison

The Patriots officially announced the re-signing of Matthew Slater and the addition of free agent defensive tackle Marcus Harrison on Thursday.

The Slater deal was rumored to have been close to completed earlier this week. The 26-year-old is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Patriots. He has been utilized as a wide receiver, kickoff returner, special teams player and on defense at safety during his NFL career. He earned his first Pro Bowl berth as a special teams player in 2011 after leading the team in special teams tackles with 17. Slater appeared in all 16 games last season, including three starts at safety. He finished with one reception for 46 yards, 10 tackles on defense and also returned three kickoffs for 54 yards.

As for Harrison, the 27-year-old was originally drafted in 2008 by Chicago in the third round (90th overall) out of Arkansas. During his 37 career games over three seasons with the Bears, Harrison amassed 55 tackles, 3.0...

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