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12/28/2012 - 4:26am
Celtics prove to be Clippers' latest victim

The Celtics dropped a 106-77 decision at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Thursday night. 

The win was the Clippers' 15th in a row, making them the first team to win that many consecutive game since the Celts' 19-game win streak in the 2008-09 season.

The Celtics never led, committing 18 turnovers in the process. Kevin Garnett scored 16 points for the visitors, who dropped to 14-14 with their fifth loss in the last seven games. Paul Pierce and Jeff Green each added 12 points.

It marked the Clippers' largest-ever win over the Celtics, who were held to just 10 points over the final 12 minutes.

The Clippers, who saw their reserves score as many points as their starters (53 points), got 21 points from sub Matt Barnes and 17 out of Jamal Crawford, another reserve.

The closest the Celtics would come after the first few minutes was when back-to-back 3-pointers by Jason Terry and Courtney Lee cut the Clippers' lead to four points...

12/27/2012 - 11:54pm
O'Halloran: First base still Sox' 'area of focus'

Red Sox assistant GM Brian O'Halloran, in an interview on Thursday night's Red Sox Hot Stove show, said that while he would not comment directly on free agents including first baseman Adam LaRoche, the club continues to talk with free agents with first base representing an "area of focus" at a time when there is still no official deal in place with Mike Napoli.

While Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal in December to be the Sox' primary first baseman, that agreement hasn't been finalized in the aftermath of his physical. Meanwhile, reports have surfaced that the Sox have been in touch with LaRoche -- the top free agent alternative at first base, albeit one who would cost the Sox not just the years and dollars it would take to sign him but also a draft pick -- though it remains unclear if those conversations have been anything beyond preliminary at this stage.

"I’m not going to be able to address any specific free...

12/27/2012 - 7:10pm
Ainge: C's play down to competition
By: DJ Bean

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that the Celtics, who currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 14-13 record, "have a tendency to play down to their level of competition," and that he has questioned the team's resolve in the past before seeing them elevate their level of play in the postseason. 

Asked about coach Doc Rivers calling out the team's toughness at points this season, Ainge didn't hold back in saying that the Celtics tend to underachieve during the regular season. 

"I think it's just focus. I don't know if it's toughness, although I guess it is mental toughness. We do know that this team has the ability to play at a very high level," Ainge said. "They've shown that, and this isn't just happening this year. Last year we started out 13-17, and I didn't think that we had any resolve at that time, and then I...

12/27/2012 - 5:42pm
Cole DNP, 20 Pats limited in outdoor practice

FOXBORO -- Defensive back Marquice Cole (finger) was the only Patriots player who did not take part in Thursday's practice outdoors in the drizzle on the main Gillette Stadium field.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski was again officially listed as "limited" Thursday as the Patriots broke from form and held a rare practice on the stadium field, something they normally only do on Friday. Part of the reasoning from coach Bill Belichick might have been the last time they played at Gillette. On Dec. 16, the Patriots had four turnovers in the rain against the 49ers and lost, 41-34.   

Gronkowski and Belichick said Wednesday that the star tight end 'was not ready yet' to return to full practice and would let the medical staff determine when and if he would be cleared for Sunday's season finale against the Dolphins. He has been "questionable" for both the 49ers and Jaguars but declared inactive for both games. The injury report...

12/27/2012 - 3:31pm
Boras: Fans don't understand Drew's impact

Agent Scott Boras, in a conference call with his client, Stephen Drew, to discuss the shortstop's decision to sign a one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Red Sox for 2013, said that Drew's impact at his position has gone overlooked.

Boras suggested that based on what Drew was able to do with the A's in September, when he hit .263 with a .331 OBP, .421 slugging mark, .752 OPS and five homers -- a couple months into his return from a fractured ankle that sidelined him for a year -- the 30-year-old shortstop is primed to highlight his potential impact at a premium defensive position. From 2008-10, Drew hit .277 with a .335 OBP, .465 slugging mark and .800 OPS (third highest among big league shortstops) while averaging 16 homers a year. 

"When you look at Stephen’s September and you look at his career path, in September, he hit .275 and he had five home runs, had about a .345 on- base percentage and you have a player like Stephen,...

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