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12/17/2010 - 7:16am
Mashup: Artest 'a coward' with Pacers

Ron Artest takes honest introspection to a new level for a professional athlete. Before his Lakers met his former team, the Pacers, on Wednesday, Artest was frank about his immature behavior when he played in Indiana from 2002-06. "A coward, I was a coward," he said. "When you do coward stuff, you feel like a coward. I don't care if it was done intentionally or by mistake, you're still a coward. I don't care how young I was. That's not an excuse."

 

Artest conducted a memorable interview after the Lakers beat the Celtics in Game 7 of the finals in June, when he credited his therapist for keeping him grounded. He further explained Wednesday that he wasn't tough enough to overcome his mental problems during his younger days. "There's no question those [mental-health issues] played a role," he said. "I just wasn't mentally strong enough to deal with adversity, deal with things not going my way, not...

12/16/2010 - 10:36pm
Dirty dozen: C's grind out gutsy win

Kevin Garnett inspired the weary and wounded Celtics with 17 points and 14 rebounds in a 102-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden on Thursday night. The victory extended Boston's winning streak to 12, matching their longest since they set the franchise record of 19 back in the 2008-09 season. Glen Davis had 18 points off a shorthanded Celtics bench. 

 

Playing on fumes for most of the first half after an emotional win in New York 24 hours earlier, the Celtics came alive late in the second quarter, going on a 10-2 run to take a 44-43 lead at halftime. They opened the second half with a 20-12 run to assume control of the game. 

 

The Celtics found out just before the game they would be without Rajon Rondo for couple of weeks as GM Danny Ainge told WEEI that his sprained left ankle needed time to heal. Nate Robinson started and provided an emotional boost with 14 points and five assists in 41 minutes. Shaquille...

12/16/2010 - 10:00pm
Canadiens beat Bruins, extend division lead
By: DJ Bean

 

 It was a game that featured plenty of back and forth, but the Bruins didn't join in until they had fallen behind early on and the Canadiens took a 4-3 victory Thursday night at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens, who are first in the Northeast Division, now lead the Bruins by four points. 

 

The Bruins started slow, allowing a penalty shot goal to Mike Cammalleri at 1:04 when Zdeno Chara hooked the winger on a breakaway that was the result of a Milan Lucic turnover, while Maxim Lapierre added his fifth of the season at 6:24. 

 

The Bruins were able to come within a goal of the Habs in each period thanks to goals from Blake Wheeler, Marc Savard, and Milan Lucic, respectively, but goals in the first and second from Mac Pacioretty and Brian Gionta extended Montreal's lead throughout the night. 

 

With the loss, Tim Thomas fell to 14-3-3 on the season. 

 

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12/16/2010 - 7:42pm
Rondo and Shaq out for Celtics

The Celtics will not only be without Rajon Rondo Thursday against the Hawks, they will also be missing the services of Shaquille O'Neal for the fourth straight game, leaving the Celtics with just 10 players in uniform. Celtics president Danny Ainge told The Big Show Thursday afternoon that Rondo will be out for a couple of weeks.

Before the game, Doc Rivers didn't elaborate on a time frame, although he did say that this was related only to Rondo's sprained left ankle, which he hurt in the fourth quarter against the Knicks, and not to do Rondo's other foot and leg problems -- plantar fasciitis and a sore hamstring.

As for O'Neal, Rivers hopes he can have him back in time for Sunday's game against the Pacers.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


12/16/2010 - 7:16pm
Six get minor-league deals from Sox

In addition to their decision to re-sign lefty Andrew Miller to a minor-league deal, the Red Sox announced the signings Thursday of five other free agents to 2011 minor league contracts, a group that includes former Sox reliever Lenny DiNardo — a deal that was reported by WEEI.com on Wednesday.

In addition to Miller and DiNardo, Boston inked southpaws Rich Hill and Randy Williams, as well as right-handed pitchers Clevelan Santeliz and Ryan Harvey. Hill, Miller, Williams and Santeliz have also been invited to Boston’s Major League Spring Training camp as non-roster players.  All of the free agents have been placed on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster.

For more Red Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.


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