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10/26/2010 - 1:30pm
Broussard on D&H: LeBron surprised at vitriol

ESPN's Chris Broussard joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday afternoon to talk about Tuesday's Celtics-Heat season-opener at TD Garden. Broussard talked about the fallout from the LeBron James decision and how the people of Cleveland remain angry at their former hero.

 

"The people, they're not forgiving LeBron, and I don't know when they will," Broussard said. "I think, especially if the Cavaliers struggle, it's going to be a long time before they're ready to forgive LeBron. … Most people are heartbroken, and that heartbrokenness has turned into anger and depression. They really are still very angry."

 

Broussard said this is not a racial issue. "It's across racial lines," he said, adding: "In Cleveland, it's universal that they are down on him. In the 'hood, in the suburbs, everywhere, black, white, Hispanic, whatever. They're down on LeBron all throughout Cleveland."...

10/26/2010 - 12:01pm
BB on Childress: Focus is on Sunday

Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t going to get drawn into a war of words with Vikings coach Brad Childress.

Childress, who has jabbed at the Patriots several times in recent years, said Monday the Patriots were “some of the all-time great signal stealers,” and referenced a 2006 Monday Night game between the two teams at Minnesota’s Metrodome. Asked about the comments on a Tuesday conference call, Belichick said the focus right now is on Sunday.

“Right now, we’re just trying to focus on the Vikings, to go and get ready to play them,” he said. “[We’re] not really worried about any other games that have happened in the past or any ones that are coming up on the schedule. Right now, just getting ready for Minnesota. And that will consume a lot of energy and time right there. That’s plenty to work on.”

Childress has taken several shots at Belichick over the...

10/26/2010 - 11:20am
NFL Power Rankings: Patriots at No. 3

For the second straight week, the Patriots occupy the No. 3 spot in the latest edition of the WEEI.com NFL Power Rankings, following New England's great escape from San Diego on Sunday. And while the Steelers' victory over the Dolphins may have smelled fishy, Pittsburgh nevertheless continues to sit atop the football world.

 

For the complete Power Rankings, click here.


10/26/2010 - 10:59am
Shaq: 'Tuesday night we ain't losing money'

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal had stated following his team's preseason win over the Knicks in Hartford, Oct. 16, that he had been in bigger openers than this season's meeting against the Miami Heat. O'Neal stated at the time, "In the last 20 years I've had bigger openers. It's big to you guys, but you guys like the hype. Everybody wants to talk about the young team, but the last 10 years I think I've been there I think four times and I haven't seen a young time do it yet ... Especially with all the social media … I've been in much bigger games."

 

But after looking at his 18 season-openers in the NBA -- which have translated to a 13-5 record for his teams -- O'Neal admitted that Tuesday night's showdown did distinguish itself.

 

"Maybe '02 was a big one," he said, referencing his Lakers' 87-82 loss to the Spurs. "I guess this probably does rank up there as one of the biggest openers....

10/26/2010 - 10:15am
Sturm: 'The knee's going to let me know'
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- A smiling Marco Sturm chatted with reporters following his return to the ice on Tuesday, noting that he's not taking any chances with his recovery and that he isn't planning on returning to the lineup until he is at 100 percent health. 

 

Sturm, who is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last year, skated very lightly for about half an hour prior to Bruins' practice, taking laps and shooting on an empty net. He noted that his sessions on the ice will be without teammates for at least the next two weeks as he gets a better feel. 

 

"The knee's going to let me know how things are going," Sturm said. "Right now it's just getting used to the ice again and getting stronger. I still know that I'm not that strong yet, so there's still time to go, but I was really happy to be back on the ice today."

 
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