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10/26/2010 - 12:32am
Childress: Pats 'all-time great signal stealers'

FOXBORO — Vikings coach Brad Childress took a shot at New England on Monday, saying the Patriots were “some of the all-time great signal stealers” and referencing a 2006 game played between New England and Minnesota as proof.

Childress’ statement was in response to a question about playing time for rookie defensive back Chris Cook against a New England passing attack led by Tom Brady, and whether or not the Patriots might try to exploit a matchup involving the youngster. The Vikings coach said New England would “probably” operate “by coverage,” and then referenced a 2006 Monday Night Football game in which the Patriots crushed the Vikings in the Metrodome, 31-7.

In that game, Brady was masterful, going 29-for-43 for 372 yards and four touchdowns. And Childress hinted that in that contest — played before communication systems were installed in the helmets of defensive players...

10/25/2010 - 7:33pm
Celtics place three on inactive list

The Celtics had already trimmed their roster to the league limit of 15 players, but their opening night roster is now official as they placed three players on the inactive list: Kendrick Perkins, Avery Bradley and Semih Erden. The Celtics will have to play the first 10 games of the NBA with just 11 active players because of Delonte West's suspension as league rules dictate that suspended players must be carried on the active roster.

 

The inactive list is not like injury lists in other sports. Players don't actually have to be injured to be on it and there is no mandatory amount of time that a player has to stay on it once he is deemed inactive. It can also change from game to game. There were no surprises for the Celtics. Perkins and Bradley are rehabbing injuries, while Erden is dealing with a shoulder injury.

 

The Heat had a minor surprise as they placed Mario Chalmers on the injured list along with Mike Miller and...

10/25/2010 - 4:43pm
Doc on Heat opener: 'We're ready to play'

WALTHAM -- After months of hype and preparation, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Monday that he feels confident his team is ready for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Tuesday at TD Garden.

 

"It's opening night," Rivers said of Tuesday's season opener, which is also the first game on the NBA's slate this season. "It's great. It's opening night at home. We've had a lot of time to prepare for the game, which is nice, and we're ready to play.

 

"It's going to be the team that plays the best, and one of the two teams is going to win. Then whoever wins will be annointed Eastern Conference champ for a day then the next day we play Cleveland and it will go away. I get the build up. It is a neat game. It'll be a lot of fun for everybody."

 

After the Celtics take on the Heat, the defending champion Lakers play the Houston Rockets in the other game on...

10/25/2010 - 4:38pm
Report: Manny would play for Farrell, Jays

Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez told ESPNDeportes.com that he would be happy to play for the Toronto Blue Jays under new manager John Farrell. Farrell was with the Red Sox in Ramirez' final season and a half in Boston in 2007-08, when the slugger helped lead the Sox to a World Series in '07 and then forced his way out of town in '08. Ramirez praised Farrell's knowledge of the game, and suggested that Toronto -- a team that has been a home for many stand-out players from the Dominican Republic -- is an extremely desirable destination.

 

In the article (in Spanish), Ramirez also said that he underwent surgery two weeks ago for a sports hernia, which will prevent him from starting his winter workouts until November. That said, the slugger -- who hit .298 with a .409 OBP and .870 OPS in 2010, which he spent with the Dodgers and White Sox -- said that he...

10/25/2010 - 3:38pm
Farrell: Blue Jays can win World Series

Former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, in his introductory press conference as the manager of the Blue Jays, said that he was drawn to Toronto by the combination of talent and resources that he believes will allow the organization to compete for a World Series. Though he is aware of the challenges presented by residing in a division that features the Yankees and Red Sox -- and, for that matter, Tampa Bay -- Farrell said that, from across the field, it had become clear that the Jays (who finished 2010 with an 85-77 record) could contend for years.

 

"I come here and share the same vision that [Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos and team president Paul Beeston] do, and that’s to win a World Series," Farrell told reporters. "In this division, it’s extremely difficult to compete. … It’s an extremely challenging division.

 

"We can assemble a team to [compete]. We know that we have to...

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