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04/27/2010 - 9:19pm
Patriots' draft pick refutes report

In response to a Boston.com story about him failing multiple drug tests for marijuana as a collegian, Patriots' draft pick Aaron Hernandez issued the following statement through the team Tuesday night:

“Leading up to the draft, I provided every interested NFL team with all the information asked of me about football and my personal life. I was as candid as I could possibly be about everything, including my one single violation of the team’s substance testing policy over the course of three years at the University of Florida. That is why I was very surprised and disappointed by the recent inaccurate report of additional violations. I regret what happened, I learned from it and will make better decisions going forward. I couldn’t be more excited about beginning my NFL career and representing the New England Patriots well.”

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04/27/2010 - 6:44pm
Rivers: Wade's D is 'destructive'

One of the elements of Miami's Game 4 win was the defense Dwyane Wade played on Rajon Rondo late in the game. Actually defense isn't the right word. Wade was assigned the task of guarding Rondo, but he gave him such a wide berth that he was able to roam the passing lanes and help on anyone who wanted to take it to the basket. "We thought we'd see it much earlier," Doc Rivers said before game 5. "They've used it in the fourth quarter and they've done it in special situations [end of the game, shot clock, out of bounds plays, etc]. Wade is really destructive when he's guarding Rondo. He's like a free safety. A very good safety." Read the rest of this entry on Green Street.


04/27/2010 - 6:36pm
Ortiz wants to play 'two or three more years'

TORONTO -- Speaking before the Red Sox' game with the Blue Jays Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre David Ortiz said that he would like to play "two or three more years" beyond the 2010 season. "I'll be 37 or 38," he said. "Two or three more years and then I'll take it to the house." 

 

Ortiz referenced coming into the majors as a 21-year-old and how far away playing in his mid-30's seemed. "Time has gone fast, really fast," he said. "I never thought it would happen this fast. I talked to all those (Twins teammates) and they said, 'It goes fast, believe me.' And they were right."

 

The 34-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Red Sox, who have a $12.5 team option on the DH for the 2012 season.

 

Ortiz also mentioned how he has lost 20 pounds by improving his diet, which was a process he began following the 2009 season. "I don't...

04/27/2010 - 2:39pm
Pierce on Gm 5: 'There's a lot of urgency'

WALTHAM -- The Celtics are on the verge of advancing to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the third straight season. But to ensure they don't allow the Miami Heat any glimmer of hope, they need to win tonight at TD Garden in Game 5. If the Celtics, who lead 3 games to 1, lose tonight, they will be forced to play Game 6 in Miami on Thursday night. 

 

“There’s a lot of urgency,” captain Paul Pierce said. “We don...

04/27/2010 - 2:13pm
Lineups: Ortiz back in, Martinez catching

TORONTO -- David Ortiz makes his return to the Red Sox' lineup Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre, hitting sixth against Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum. Victor Martinez will be behind the plate with Clay Buchholz getting the start for the Sox. The Red Sox lineups is as follows: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis 1B, Drew RF, Ortiz DH, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, McDonald CF. 

 

Of the players in the Sox' lineup, Beltre and Martinez have had the most success against Marcum, with Beltre going 6-for-13 with two home runs and Martinez having gone 4-for-8. Mike Lowell, who did start at designated hitter in the teams' series opener, is 5-for-13 against the Jays starter, while Ortiz is just 2-for-14. Here is how the rest of the Red Sox' lineup has fared vs. Marcum: Scutaro 2-for-2, Pedroia 1-for-13, Martinez 4-for-8, Youkilis 4-for017, Drew 2-for-9, Ortiz 2-for-14, Beltre 6-for-13. Hermida and McDonald have never faced the righty.


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