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08/13/2010 - 9:11pm
DJ inducted into Hall of Fame

Former Celtics guard Dennis Johnson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night in Springfield.

 

The presentation began with a video montage showing some of Johnson's career highlights, including his game-winning jump shot in Game 4 of the 1985 NBA Finals and his basket following Larry Bird's steal in the final seconds of Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals. Fellow Hall of Famers John Havlicek, Bill Walton and Bird spoke during the montage, with Bird calling Johnson "the best player I've ever played with."

 

The five-time All-Star and three-time champion, who died in February 2007, was represented at the ceremony by his wife Donna and brother Gary, who thanked Charles Barkley for frequently making the Hall of Fame case for Johnson on TNT over the past few years.

 

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08/13/2010 - 9:11pm
Report: Pats have 'lost' Mankins

The agent for left guard Logan Mankins said Friday that the team has “totally lost [Mankins] mentally,” and added the Patriots “don’t care. ... I would expect them to do everything nasty that they can.” In an interview with the Boston Globe, Frank Bauer continued to lob grenades in the Patriots direction, the latest verbal fusillade in a battle between the Mankins' camp and the franchise over the state of his contract. “For this young man to work like he has and play for the club for five years, and be promised he’d be taken care of, and to throw the offer they did across the table?” Bauer asked. “It was never, ever a five-year deal. They wanted six years, they wanted seven. They have to do what they have to do, and we’ll do what we have to do.” Mankins has skipped spring practices and the first two weeks of training camp to express his displeasure. For more Patriots news, check out...

08/13/2010 - 8:03pm
Pedroia cleared to rehab with PawSox

After his scheduled visit with Dr. George Theodore, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was cleared to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. Pedroia, who has been out since suffering a broken foot on June 25, is slated to play second base on Saturday, to serve as designated hitter on Sunday and then, following an off-day on Monday, to return to the Red Sox' big league club on Tuesday.

 

Manager Terry Francona told reporters in Texas that Pedroia sent him a straightforward text to convey the news: "I'm back."

 

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08/13/2010 - 6:00pm
Light on Big Show: O-line 'going 100 mph'

Patriots offensive Matt Light called in to The Big Show Friday afternoon following the team's 27-24 win over the Saints in the team's first preseason game of the season. Despite the win, Light said that coach Bill Belichick made sure to keep the team grounded.

 

"You get into the first preseason game, and things were going pretty good," he said. "First series didn't go as well as it should have been. We missed an opportunity with good field position. The second drive was 12, 14 plays whatever it was, and we went down and scored. But there were a lot of things I think that we can build on and we did pretty well, but there's still a bit of room."

 

Also, as the unofficial leader of the offensive line, Light commented on not having guard Logan Mankins in camp due to a contract dispute.

 

"Does it hurt not having Logan in there? Yeah, I can't lie to you," said Light. "I've...

08/13/2010 - 5:34pm
Belichick: 'Tough break' for Pats, Warren
By: DJ Bean

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick elaborated on the team's decision to put Ty Warren on injured reserve Friday. The team also brought back defensive end/outside linebacker Derrick Burgess from a brief attempt at retirement.

 

"[It was a] tough break of Ty but we have to move on. He's missed quite a bit of time the last couple of years, so we've had to deal with that anyway," Belichick said. "It's unfortunate, but unfortunately that's part of the game, so we'll just move ahead."

 

Belichick spoke highly of Gerard Warren, who is likely to replace Ty Warren at left defensive end. The coach also noted that the hip injury that is causing Warren's season to end before it begins was something the team thought could require surgery.

 

"We knew a little while ago that there was a possibility that it might be for a longer period of time," Belichick said. "There was also a...

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