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10/20/2010 - 10:11pm
Celtics make cuts, Wafer still waiting

The Celtics cut Stephane Lasme and Mario West after Wednesday's game with the Nets, which makes it likely that Von Wafer will be on the final 15-man roster, but Wafer said he has not been told definitely yet whether he has made the team. "No, not yet," Wafer said. "If I don’t, I just want to go somewhere and play basketball. I’m 25 years old, it’s time for me to play."

 

Lasme was told after the game that he was being released, but he made a strong impression on the Celtics coaching staff. "I wasn’t really trying to prove anything," Lasme said. "I was just trying to fit in with the team. At the end of the day, it’s just basketball. If I think about it this way, it’s easier for me." 

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics

 

 


10/20/2010 - 9:00pm
Strong finish: C's win preseason finale

Paul Pierce scored a game-high 17 points while Shaquille O'Neal scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Celtics beat the New Jersey Nets, 107-92, in their preseason finale at TD Garden. The Celtics finished the preseason 7-1. 

 

Originally expected to play just the first half, the starting five played late into the third quarter as the Celtics outscored the Nets, 36-16, to take control of the game after falling behind by as many as 14 early in the second quarter. Lawrence Frank coached the game for Doc Rivers, who is still recovering from the biopsy on his throat earlier this week. Rivers is expected to be ready to assume coaching responsibilities once the season begins. 

 

Next up for the Celtics, their highly anticipated NBA season opener against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat next Tuesday night at TD Garden.

 

For more on the game,...

10/20/2010 - 7:54pm
Chargers practice: Gates day-to-day

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was among six players to miss practice on Friday in Southern California as they get ready to host the Patriots on Sunday afternoon. Chargers coach Norv Turner told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday that the team considers Gates day-to-day with a toe injury and is hopeful the star tight end can return to practice later in the week.

 

Chargers Injury Report for Wednesday:

Did Not Practice

LB Larry English (foot)

WR Malcolm Floyd (hamstring)

TE Antonio Gates (toe)

K Nate Kaeding (groin)

RB Ryan Matthews (ankle)

WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring)

 

Full Participation

WR Buster Davis (ribs)

LB Brandon Siler (foot)

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.

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10/20/2010 - 7:06pm
Pats participation: 3 miss, Arrington limited

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman, Fred Taylor and Jarrad Page all missed Patriots practice on Wednesday on the upper practice fields while Kyle Arrington was limited with a groin as the team began on-field preparations for the Chargers in San Diego on Sunday afternoon. The team practices again on Thursday before leaving for Southern California on Friday. 

 

Patriots Injury Report for Wednesday:

Did Not Practice

RB Fred Taylor (toe)  

WR Julian Edelman (concussion)

S Jarrad Page (calf)

 

Limited Participation

CB Kyle Arrington (groin)

WR Wes Welker (not injury related)

 

Full Participation

QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

S James Sanders (hamstring)

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots...

10/20/2010 - 6:50pm
Yankees power past Rangers, force Game 6

Faced with the specter of elimination, the Yankees managed to take advantage of their opportunities, while the Rangers failed to capitalize on theirs. Though the Rangers out-hit the Yankees, 13-9, New York ended up winning the more important battle of the scoreboard, claiming a 7-2 victory to send the series back to Texas for Game 6, with the Rangers leading the best-of-seven ALCS, 3-to-2.

 

Though Yankees ace CC Sabathia allowed 11 hits -- and at least one in each of his six innings against the Rangers -- and labored over 112 pitches in his six frames, he managed to limit the damage. He allowed just two runs, walking none and striking out seven. The Rangers were 1-for-9 with men in scoring position, and grounded into a pair of double plays.

 

Meanwhile, the Yankees managed to take advantage of most of the chances afforded them by starter C.J. Wilson and the Texas pitching staff. Three of the four batters walked by Wilson...

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