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04/04/2011 - 3:37pm
Report: Ex-Pats LB Vrabel arrested for theft

Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested for theft at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana on Monday morning, according to Pro Football Talk.

Vrabel, who was dealt from New England to Kansas City before the start of the 2009 season, was reportedly booked at 5:28 a.m. on Monday for what, under Indiana law, is a Class D felony. PFT reports that Vrabel was released at 10:39 a.m. Monday after posting a $600 bond.

UPDATE: 4:13 p.m.: Vrabel issued a statement through his agent Neil Cornrich, which was just posted on Pro Football Talk: Said Vrabel: “It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication.  I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter.”

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04/04/2011 - 3:24pm
Thornton nominated for Masterton
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has had a career year this season, setting highs with nine goals and 18 assists in a campaign that seems to argue with him strictly being called an enforcer. Now, those efforts — and how far he’s come — have been recognized, at least locally. The Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has chosen Thornton as the Bruins’ candidate for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”

In the past, the award has gone to players coming off injuries (Steve Sullivan, 2008-09) or facing major adversity (Jose Thoeodore won it last season for his performance after his son’s death, while Phil Kessel and Jason Blake won it in the past for playing through cancer). Thornton didn’t have to deal with such life obstacles, but his career has been far from smooth...

04/04/2011 - 3:19pm
Doc: Shaq 'may play at end of the week'

WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers is holding out hope that he may get Shaquille O'Neal back by the end of the week after the big man strained his right calf on Sunday night in his first game back since early February.

"He may play at the end of the week," said Rivers following Monday's practice, which included every player except O'Neal. "We're just not sure yet. If that's what it requires. We're going to do whatever they tell us is required. Other than that, I would love to play him, honestly, a couple of game."

Rivers indicated O'Neal would definitely miss Tuesday's home game against the 76ers after playing just six minutes in Sunday's 101-90 win over the Pistons. 

"If we can get that up to 20 minutes, that would be great. He looked agile. His energy was high. As far as his [six] minutes of play, that was good."

Meanwhile, Nenad Krstic and Troy Murphy both returned to practice on Monday and are...

04/04/2011 - 1:50pm
Wojnarowski on M&M: Sixers scary for C's

Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday afternoon to talk about the Celtics.

Wojnarowski is skeptical about the Celtics' public diagnosis of Shaquille O'Neal's injury Sunday night, an injury the Celtics are calling a calf strain but that had people thinking was his troubled heel.

"They're saying it isn't serious," Wojnarowski said. "I think for everybody who watched it last night, including everybody in the Celtics organization, it looked like he re-aggravated that heel. He wasn't six minutes into his return. But they're saying it's a calf injury, it's not related to that heel and that he'll be back in short order.

"You guys know that Shaq with that heel injury was about a week away for about six weeks. Especially at his age, with how much weight he's carrying, there's never just a tweak to those lower extremities — to your calf, to your heel. If he's back this week,...

04/04/2011 - 1:17pm
Sanders, Gilmore elected to Basketball Hall

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 10 inductees for 2011, and the list features two former Celtics. Tom "Satch" Sanders, who played his entire NBA career in Boston (1960-61 through 1972-73) and coached the Celtics for parts of two seasons ('77-78 and '78-79) was selected along with Artis Gilmore, who played 47 games for the C's at the end of his long ABA/NBA career in 1987-88.

Other inductees include former players Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin and Arvydas Sabonis, coaching legends Tex Winter and Herb Magee, Stanford women's coach Tara VanDerveer, women's standout Teresa Edwards and Harlem Globetrotter legend Reece "Goose" Tatum.

Induction ceremonies are Aug. 12 in Springfield.

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