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11/15/2012 - 5:40pm
Ainge on Big Show: 'We're not even close'

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Thursday and was asked about the status of Rajon Rondo for Thursday's game against the Nets in Brooklyn. Rondo injured his right ankle in the third quarter of Wednesday's win over the Jazz and did not return to the game.

"Not sure yet, we'll wait until he gets here and get some treatment and we'll see," Ainge said. "There hasn't been any decision made yet. ... He just tweaked his ankle last night and we don't know the severity of it yet. We'll see when he gets over here tonight."

Ainge told The Big Show last week that the Celtics "hadn't really figured out" Jeff Green and characterized his play as "inconsistent." Green had a strong performance in the win over Jazz, highlighted by a spectacular fourth-quarter dunk over Al Jefferson. Ainge was asked if he expects the effort on Wednesday to lead to better production...

11/15/2012 - 5:05pm
Talib on Patriots: 'I love the team already'

FOXBORO -- New Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib met with reporters on Thursday for the first time since being acquired in a deadline day trade with the Buccaneers and said he's already been embraced by his new teammates. 

"The guys have been great, man," Talib said of his teammates. "They've embraced me and I love the team already."

Talib, who finished his four-game suspension on Sunday for taking Adderall in violation of the NFL performance enchancing policy, sits in a locker between Ras-I Dowling and Devin McCourty. 

"I did my best to stay in pretty good shape," Talib said. "Coming in early, leaving late, just trying to learn the system. It's been all right."

Talib said he's not worried about the perceptions of his past problems, including being indicted for firing a gun at his sister's boyfiend in Texas. He also said he's not worried about perceptions and pressure of being someone the...

11/15/2012 - 5:01pm
BC can't keep pace with No. 16 Baylor

Speedy point guard Pierre Jackson scored 31 points Thursday afternoon as 16th-ranked Baylor defeated Boston College, 84-74, in the quarterfinals of the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

Jackson, the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, finished 10-of-15 from the field, including 6-of-10 treys. He also had a game-high seven assists.

For BC (1-1), sophomore forward Ryan Anderson scored 25 points, 19 coming in the first half when he shot 8-of-12. Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan had 16 points (13 in the second half) and grabbed six rebounds.

BC led by two at the half, 43-41, after Anderson nailed a 43-footer at the buzzer. The Eagles were up five before Baylor (3-0) went on a 10-0 run, capped by consecutive treys from Jackson, to take a 57-52 lead with 13:45 remaining.

The Eagles were within two, 67-65, with 6:10 left after a layup by Andrew Van Nest, but Baylor then went on an 8-1 run to take control. Isaiah Austin (16 points) capped the run with...

11/15/2012 - 4:05pm
Branch added to Pats injury report


FOXBORO -- The only change in the Patriots injury report Thursday was the addition of wide receiver Deion Branch, who was listed as limited with a hamstring issue. The rest of the report is the same as it was Wednesday, with guards Dan Connolly (back) and Logan Mankins (calf, ankle) and wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle) the only ones missing from practice. Here's the complete injury report for Thursday: 

Did Not Practice

G Dan Connolly (back)

G Logan Mankins (ankle/calf)

WR Wes Welker (ankle)

Limited Participation

DT Ron Brace (elbow)

WR Deion Branch (hamstring)

S Patrick Chung (shoulder/hamstring)

S Steve Gregory (hip)

TE Rob Gronkowski (hip)

TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle)

LB Dont'a Hightower (hamstring)

11/15/2012 - 1:31pm
Welker, Connolly, Mankins missing again

FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, wide receiver Wes Welker and offensive linemen Dan Connolly and Logan Mankins were missing from Patriots practice on Thursday. The practice was held in full pads on the lower practice field on a frigid day at Gillette Stadium. 

Linebacker Tracy White, who has been nursing a foot injury, was at the beginning of practice but left early before drills began after meeting with trainer Jim Whalen and coach Bill Belichick. 

Welker is dealing with an ankle issue, which came about when he turned it late in the game against the Rams in London. Connolly suffered a back injury late in the first half of Sunday's win over the Bills and did not play in the second half. Mankins injured his left ankle on Sunday early in the second half. Donald Thomas and Nick McDonald filled in, repsectively. 

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