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09/23/2011 - 6:53am
Mashup: Beaten Giants fan Stow speaks

Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten outside of Dodger Stadium at Opening Day, has shown dramatic improvement this week. Stow's family posted an update on its website and indicated he spoke his name asked to see his children. "We are blown away with all of this," the family said. "Literally one day we got some facial responses and the next, he's talking. His voice is gravelly and you have to close to hear him, but he is talking." The 42-year-old paramedic remains in serious condition at San Francisco General Hospital.

Read more about that story and others — including an item about a Marlins reliever who apparently has been playing under a fake identity -- plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


09/22/2011 - 6:14pm
NBA officially cancels preseason games

As expected, the NBA announced on Friday that training camps have been indefinitely postponed and preseason games from Oct. 9-15 have been canceled. Camps were scheduled to open on Oct. 3. The league and the players association have been unable to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement since the NBA imposed a lockout on July 1.

The announcement affects two of the Celtics' eight preseason games that were scheduled for Providence against Philadelphia on Oct. 10 and Albany against the Knicks on Oct. 15. The regular season is scheduled set to begin on Nov. 1.

"We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games," said NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement issued by the league. "We will make further decisions as warranted."

For more Celtics and NBA news, visit the team page at...

09/22/2011 - 5:58pm
Yankees' Martin: 'I hate the Red Sox'

Yankees catcher Russell Martin had some harsh words for the Red Sox, who are set to enter the Bronx for a three-game series this weekend. "Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me," Martin told ESPN New York. Asked why, Martin said, "Because I hate the Red Sox."

Martin is in his first season with the Yankees and he ultimately chose New York over Boston and Toronto last winter in free agency. He said his dislike for the Sox "comes with the territory" of playing for New York.

The Red Sox have won 11 of the 15 games between the two teams, but the Yankees took the last two at Fenway, which kicked off the Sox' downward spiral this month. Martin wasn't involved in the latest dust-up when his backup, Francisco Cervelli, had words with John Lackey...

09/22/2011 - 3:15pm
Back prevents Haynesworth from practicing

FOXBORO -- Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth missed his first practice with the Patriots since Sept. 10, sitting out the Thursday session with what the team referred to as a back injury. However, cornerback Kyle Arrington, who was held out of practice on Wednesday (he was listed as having a concussion) returned to practice in a limited role. Here's the rest of the Patriots injury report for Thursday:

Did Not Practice
S Patrick Chung (hand)
TE Dan Gronkowski (hamstring)
DT Albert Haynesworth (back)
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (concussion)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)
LB Jerod Mayo (thigh)
P Zoltan Mesko (left knee)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf)

Full Participation...

09/22/2011 - 12:46pm
Pats practice: Haynesworth, Chung miss

FOXBORO -- Albert Haynesworth and Patrick Chung were among six Patriots players not spotted at the beginning of a rainy practice on the lower grass field outside Gillette Stadium Thursday afternoon. 

Chung reportedly had thumb surgery on Wednesday and is not likely to play this Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y., as the Patriots play the Bills. Also missing on Thursday were defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion), tight ends Aaron Hernandez (knee) and Dan Gronkowski (hamstring), and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back). 

Kyle Arrington did make his return Thursday to practice - held in shorts and shells - after missing Wednesday. 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is


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