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05/03/2012 - 11:57am
Rondo: 'I don't have anything to prove'

WALTHAM -- Rajon Rondo doesn't do contrite and he doesn't do apologetic, either. In the wake of his one-game suspension for bumping an official that caused him to miss Game 2 of the Celtics' playoff series with the Hawks, Rondo said on Thursday that he doesn't have nothing to prove on Friday when the series resumes in Boston.

"Why would I have anything to prove? I just want to win. That’s it," Rondo said. "I’m confused why you guys would think I have anything to prove. It’s a game I’ve been playing my entire life. The world knows what I can do. I’m just going to out do and play and do what I do best and be the best point guard in the NBA."

Asked if he felt like he let his team down, Rondo said, "No. Do you feel like I let them down?"

Without Rondo, the Celtics rallied from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter to win 87-80 and even the series at a game apiece. Rondo did say...

05/03/2012 - 10:38am
Johnson: Seau suicide a 'tipping point'
By: DJ Bean

Former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday to discuss the death of NFL great Junior Seau. The former Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots linebacker committed suicide Wednesday, which has brought about questions of whether Seau was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative disease common with athletes who have dealt with multiple head injuries. 

Johnson said he is "sick" over the passing of Seau, but that there's no denying that head injuries extend well beyond the game. 

"It's hard to quantify all the hits and what they mean in your life and the decisions you make, but there's obvious evidence out there that hits to the head can cause problems," Johnson said. "… It affects your mood, it affects your decision-making. It's really hard for a lot of guys, especially when they retire, to handle stress-related things. It's a lot more difficulty to kind of sift...

05/03/2012 - 9:58am
Doc: Rondo individually thanked teammates
By: DJ Bean

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to discuss the team's first-round playoff series against the Hawks. 

The C's tied the series at one game apiece with an 87-80 victory in Atlanta on Tuesday. They had to do so without Rajon Rondo, who was suspended by the league for chest-bumping referee Marc Davis in Game 1. Though they lost that contest and saw one of their top players lose their cool, they were able to bounce back without Rondo in the Game 2 victory.  

"This team, I don't know how good we are or what we're going to do, but we do dumb things at times and it gets us in trouble, and then we tend to play well when that happens," Rivers said. "It's just an interesting group of guys."

Rivers said that Rondo individually thanked his teammates for getting the win without him after Tuesday's game. 

"I was really happy, going onto the bus, Rondo was standing outside...

05/03/2012 - 7:59am
Mashup: Buccaneers sign paralyzed player

The Buccaneers are signing paralyzed former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand to a free agent contract, allowing him to fulfill his dream of joining the NFL. Bucs coach Greg Schiano coached LeGrand at Rutgers, and he surprised LeGrand with the honor.

"I always wanted to go to the NFL," LeGrand said. "It may not be the circumstances that I wanted, but I'm there.

"I had no idea, no idea this was going to happen. Honestly, it's amazing. It is. It really is."

LeGrand, injured after making a hit on special teams in Rutgers' game against Army on Oct. 16, 2010, still requires the use of a wheelchair, but he has surprised doctors by resuming breathing on his own and standing up with the help of a metal frame.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


05/03/2012 - 12:07am
Gonzalez: 'This game was all on me'

After going 0-for-4 with a walk Wednesday night and leaving four men on base - including three in scoring position, Adrian Gonzalez took full responsibility after a 4-2 loss to the A's that dropped the Red Sox to 11-13 on the season. The game ended appropriately, with Gonzalez grounding out to third, representing the tying run at the plate. 

"This game was all on me," said Gonzalez, who is now hitless in his last 17 at-bats. "I had two great opportunities and I didn't come through. It's one of those things that I'll make a definite point to not let that happen again."

After the game, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he thought Gonzalez looked "tired" at the plate after playing in all 24 games so far for the Red Sox. Gonzalez disputed that. 

"Not at all, not at all," Gonzalez said. "I feel great. It's one of those things that it was two at-bats I should've come through at least one of...

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