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11/30/2012 - 7:02pm
Rivers: 'I don't like' $250,000 fine of Spurs

Doc Rivers admitted before Friday's game with the Blazers that he didn't like the $250,000 fine handed down by NBA Commissioner David Stern Friday night against the Spurs for sitting four of their players and sending them home for Thursday night's game against the Heat in Miami. 

Gregg Popovich, a close friend of Rivers, did not dress Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Danny Green for the game on national TV Thurday night, sending them home on a Southwest Airlines flight. Popovich said he did what he needed to in the best interest of his team, which was playing a brutal stretch of four road games in five nights and finishing up a road trip. 

Stern said in a statement announcing the fine that the Spurs did a "disservice to the league and its fans."  

Rivers said he understood but sympathized more with Popovich. 

"I don’t like it," Rivers said. "I do get the other side of it, but it's a...

11/30/2012 - 6:30pm
Green, Wilcox 'expect' to play vs. Blazers

Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox came out early for warmups Friday before their game against the Blazers and proclaimed themselves ready to play against the Blazers at TD Garden. 

Green sprained his right knee in the third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Nets at the Garden. Green returned to the game late in the fourth quarter but did not practice on Thursday. He came out two hours before tipoff Friday with a white wrap on the knee and tested it with jump shots. Wilcox came out of Wednesday's game with an illness and also missed practice on Thursday. 

After their pre-game warm-up, Green and Wilcox told reporters in the locker room they would be ready to come off the bench for the Celtics. 

After practice Thursday, coach Doc Rivers called Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox "uncertain" to play against the Trail Blazers, adding that he thought Green would be able to play but wasn't 100 percent sure. 

The Celtics are...

11/30/2012 - 5:30pm
Sox name Rodriguez assistant hitting coach

Victor Rodriguez has been hired as the team's assistant hitting coach, manager John Farrell told WEEI.com on Friday. 

Rodriguez had been serving as the team's minor-league hitting coordinator and will now work with recently hired hitting coach Greg Colbrunn. The longest tenured member of the team's baseball operations staff, the 51-year-old Rodriguez is entering his 19th season with the Sox. In addition to serving as minor-league hitting coordinator from 2007-12, Rodriguez has also been the team's Latin field coordinator (2004-06), minor league hitting instructor (2003) and hitting coach at various minor-league levels. 

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11/30/2012 - 4:47pm
Mankins, Jones, Gronk out vs. Dolphins

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins (ankle), Chandler Jones (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (forearm) have all bee officially ruled out for Sunday's game in South Florida against the Dolphins. Mankisn will be missing his third straight game and fifth in six games. Jones and Gronkowski will be missing their second straight games since injuring themselves against the Colts on Nov. 18. The Patriots also list 15 as questionable, including offensive lineman Markus Zusevics, who returned to practice on Friday inside the Dana Farber Field House.

By comparison, the relatively Dolphins list just nine players on their entire report, one questionable and eight probable. Here is Friday's complete Patriots report:

Did Not Practice

TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip) OUT

DE Chandler Jones (ankle) OUT

G Logan Mankins (ankle/calf) OUT

Limited Participation

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11/30/2012 - 12:12pm
Mankins, Jones miss Pats practice indoors

FOXBORO -- In a sign they will likely miss Sunday's game in South Florida, Logan Mankins and Chandler Jones missed Patriots practice indoors Friday at Dana Farber Field House. Also missing were Rob Gronkowski, who will be out again with a broken forearm, and suspended players Brandon Bolden and Jermaine Cunningham. 

Mankins hasn't practiced in three weeks since injuring his ankle against the Bills on Nov. 11 while Jones hasn't been with the team in drills since injuring his right ankle against the Colts on Nov. 18. 

The Patriots moved their practice indoors Friday as coach Bill Belichick looked to turn up the heat in preparation for the 75-degree weather that is in the forecast for Sunday afternoon in Miami. 

"Decided to take [the] suggestion and go inside, crank up the temperature," Belichick said. "We're trying to pull together our preparations and be ready to go on Sunday."

Belichick downplayed...

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