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12/15/2011 - 2:41pm
Chung, Vollmer missing at Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Safety Patrick Chung (foot) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot) were the only two players missing from the start of Patriots' practice on Thursday afternoon on the upper fields behind Gillette. Chung and Vollmer were also the only two missing from Wednesday's practice -- Chung hasn't played since injuring his right foot on Nov. 6 against the Giants while Vollmer has missed the last two games since injuring his right foot on Nov. 27 at Philadelphia.

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12/15/2011 - 1:54pm
Pierce won't play exhibition game

Paul Pierce has missed most of the team's practices with a sore right heel and Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Pierce won't play in Sunday's exhibition game against Toronto.

"Paul will be out until probably around Monday," Rivers said. "[Trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] said he could possibly play but why take the chance going from no practice to playing in an exhibition game? We’re probably going to leave him back."

Guard Rajon Rondo has been dealing with a sore right ankle, but Rivers said he wasn't sure yet if Rondo will play against the Raptors. It will likely depend on whether he is able to participate in the team's scrimmage on Friday.

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12/15/2011 - 1:47pm
Green still out, C's will know more Friday

Jeff Green still isn't practicing with the team and the Celtics say they will know more about the results of his physical on Friday afternoon. "He’s completing all tests and results and we should know more [Friday] afternoon," team president Danny Ainge said. "Everything. We’ll wait until then to give you guys all that information."

Asked if the results from his physical were in, Ainge said that they were but when asked whether there was good news or bad news, Ainge said, "It’s all based on perspective. I really don’t want to talk about that. It's not fair for me to share Jeff's information with you right now."

Green said on Tuesday that the holdup with his physical was related to a stress test. He was obviously concerned about getting back on the floor after signing a one-year deal. His coach is as well.

"I’ll give you guys more [Friday] for sure but I’ve been around...

12/15/2011 - 11:04am
Rivers: Title window is 'closing' for C's

Celtics coach Doc Rivers appeared on the Dennis and Callahan Show Thursday. Rivers was asked about the compacted 66-game NBA schedule, which could be a problem for a Boston team featuring veterans Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

"Listen, the last four years we started out great," said Rivers. "I think if they had stopped the season after 30 games we'd have won four championships in a row. Unfortunately, we don't, and so the first thought for us going into the season is that we have to finish the season. Obviously, what's happened is injuries. We get into a season and injuries happen and we can't finish the year. Last year was a great example of that, we just didn't finish the year. So with 66 games, the only thought going in is that you are going to need more guys to play, you're going to have to deeper into your rotation and then every single coach is going to have to be a master manager of rest and time."

Rajon Rondo...

12/15/2011 - 10:56am
Cherington: Melancon 'capable of closing'

 

Speaking on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that while there is no certainty newly-acquired reliever Mark Melancon would be the team's closer, there is a possibility he could slide into that role.

"We believe he is definitely capable of closing and capable of pitching in the ninth inning," Cherington said of the 26-year-old righty. "Those are questions that [Red Sox manager] Bobby [Valentine], with help from his pitching coach in spring training, will answer and figure out the right roles for everyone."

Cherington talked about the impetus for trading pitcher Kyle Weiland and infielder Jed Lowrie for Melancon, who saved 20 games for the Astros after taking over the closers role in May.

"We really liked his stuff, and had liked his stuff back to his college days at Arizona," Cherington said. "We feel like the second half of the...

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