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10/27/2012 - 9:23am
Wilfork (illness) added to injury report

Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork was added to the official injury report on Saturday morning with an illness as the team went through a final walk-through in London. He is listed officially as "probable" for Sunday afternoon's game against the Rams at Wembley Stadium. 

On Friday, Aaron Hernandez was among seven players ruled out of Sunday's game in London by the Patriots, who landed in the U.K. early Friday. Also out are Tracy White, Steve Gregory, Brandon Bolden, Ras-I Dowling, Patrick Chung and Trevor Scott. 

Hernandez, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, has been having trouble making cuts on his right ankle, the same ankle he sprained on Sept. 16 against the Cardinals. Hernandez returned two weeks ago and played against Seattle and the Jets before taking a step back this week. 

Eleven players were listed as questionable and all 11 were limited in the team's light practice on Friday, a team gathering Bill...

10/27/2012 - 9:19am
Crawford: 'Definitely a relief' to leave Boston

Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, traded to Los Angeles in a blockbuster on Aug. 25 (one day after he'd undergone Tommy John surgery), was introduced as a member of the Dodgers at a press conference on Friday. Crawford told reporters that he looked forward to getting a "second chance" and a fresh start with a new team, while acknowledging his disappointment at how things unfolded in Boston in teh first two seasons after he signed a seven-year, $142 million contract. 

"If somebody wants to trade you, to get rid of you, it's time to move on," Crawford told reporters, explaining why he waived his no-trade clause. "Things didn't go as planned in Boston. I'm happy for a new start. I just didn't play well enough there, for whatever reason. It just didn't work. I didn't do my part."

Crawford suggested that, in retrospect, it was a mistake not to get Tommy John surgery done earlier. The outfielder...

10/26/2012 - 2:19pm
Doc: C's will use at least three lineups

WALTHAM -- Doc Rivers will go with a rotation of starting lineups to start the season, the Celtics coach announced after practice Friday. Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are the certainties when healthy. Rivers said he will rotate Brandon Bass, Jeff Green and rookie Jared Sullinger in the other two spots, depending on various factors. 

"Experience, size, it depends on the night," Rivers said. "I don't think we're going to have one starting lineup this year. There's three that I know of we'll use. We can move it around."

The Celtics featured a starting lineup of Rondo, Pierce, Garnett, Green and Bass in their preseason finale against the Sixers, with Sullinger and Courtney Lee seeing significant time as the first two players off the bench. 

"We're going to go the same. Early in year every year, I play 10 guys, whether we have a good 10 or not," Rivers said with no hesitation. "Ten guys...

10/26/2012 - 1:28pm
Patriots place CB Dowling on IR

The Patriots announced Friday that cornerback Ras-I Dowling has been placed on injured reserve with a thigh injury. This is the second time in his two-year career that Dowling has had his season end early. Last season, Dowling started the first two games before being placed on injured reserve with a hip injury Oct. 29.

Dowling, 24, was a second-round pick in the 2011 draft (33rd overall). The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder has played in eight regular-season games with two starts, accumulating 10 total tackles. Dowling played in six games this season, recording seven tackles. 

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10/26/2012 - 1:22pm
Doc: If focus is on Ray, C's 'lose by 40'

WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Friday afternoon after practice that he understands his players will be motivated to play the Heat and the Heat and Ray Allen will likely be motivated to play Boston in the season opener Tuesday night in Miami. 

"I don't mind that," Rivers said. "I don't think it's Ray, honestly. I've said it before. There may be several guys who want to play against and Ray may want to play against several guys. This is not going to be a 'Ray-versus-the-Celtics' game. If it becomes that, we're going to lose by a lot of points because as good as Ray is, I know of two guys for sure, probably three guys on that team that are a lot better on that team. If we're focused on Ray, we're going to lose by 40."

Kevin Garnett is one of the players Rivers realizes will be focused, as Garnett made a point early in training camp of telling everyone that he had deleted his number from his phone when Ray rejected...

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