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12/24/2012 - 1:06am
Report: Celtics to sign Jarvis Varnado
By: WEEI

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter), the Celtics will sign forward Jarvis Varnado of Sioux Falls in the NBA D-League on Monday. The 6-foot-9 Varnado, a 2010 second-round pick of the Heat who spent two years playing overseas, is averaging 14.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game while logging 30 minutes a night for Sioux City. The 24-year-old played college basketball at Mississippi State, where he set an NCAA Division 1 record for most career blocked shots. 

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12/24/2012 - 12:14am
Pats-Dolphins flexed to 4:25 p.m.

Next Sunday's game between the Patriots and Dolphins has been flexed from a 1 p.m. start to 4:25, the league announced Sunday evening. The move will allow the Patriots (11-4) to sit and watch the 1 p.m. contest between the Texans and Colts -- if Indy knocks off Houston and New England beats Miami (7-8), the Patriots will get a first-round bye. 

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12/23/2012 - 7:45pm
Pats alive for first-round bye, No. 1 seed

The Patriots will head into the final week of the season with a chance to win one of two first-round byes, and still are alive for the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. 

The Patriots survived an ugly performance in Jacksonville and beat the Jaguars, 23-16, to improve to 11-4 on the season. The Texans fell to 12-3 with a home loss to the surging 9-6 Vikings. The Broncos easily handled the Browns in Denver to match Houston at 12-3. 

As a result, the Patriots can win the No. 1 seed next week with a win over the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium, a Denver loss at home to Kansas City and a Texans loss to the Colts in Indianapolis. That would give the Patriots, Broncos and Texans all records of 12-4 record, and the Patriots beat both teams in their head-to-head meetings.

The Patriots can still win a first-round bye if they beat Miami, and the Broncos or Texans lose, giving the Patriots the No. 2 seed. If the...

12/23/2012 - 6:03pm
Brady: 'We played pretty terrible out there'

An angry Tom Brady blasted his own performance and that of his teammates in Sunday's sloppy 23-16 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brady was just 24-of-41 for 267 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Patriots quarterback was sacked three times and took nine hits as the Patriots offense had trouble all day finding rhythm. 

"We played pretty terrible out there," Brady said. "It came down to the wire and our defense made some plays. That was a bad 60 minutes of football. We got out-competed out there, out-fought. We were lucky to win.

"We started slow, couldn't do anything offensively, couldn't make any plays. They made plenty of plays and we were lucky to be in it at halftime. [We] didn't really do anything in the second half, in the run game or pass game. So, just a poor effort overall."

The Patriots quarterback was intercepted twice in the first half, and was upset at an incompletion to Brandon...

12/23/2012 - 5:06pm
Wake-up call: Pats survive ugly start

Tom Brady threw short touchdown passes to Danny Woodhead and Wes Welker while the defense stiffened after a shaky first quarter as the Patriots kept their hopes of a first-round bye alive with a 23-16 win over the Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Patrick Chung's second interception of the day in the end zone as time expired preserved the victory for the Patriots, as they improve to 11-4 on the season. 

The Texans lost at home to the Vikings, meaning the Patriots can still wind up with a first-round bye if they beat the Dolphins and the Texans lose next week in Indianapolis. If that scenario holds, and Denver loses once, the Patriots can clinch the top seed with a win next week. 

The Jaguars appeared ready to march in for the game-tying touchdown with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars had first-and-goal at the New England 1 but then the Jaguars committed a false start to move the ball back five yards. Dont'a...

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