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11/29/2011 - 9:32am
Report: Celtics 'open' to Rondo trade

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Celtics would be open to trading All-Star Rajon Rondo in the right deal. 

Broussard writes that sources have told him the Celtics are not actively shopping Rondo, but would consider a trade if it could help land a top scorer to help lessen the load for Paul Pierce. Rondo finished second in the NBA with 11.2 assists per game last season and was named to the league's All-Defensive First Team. He has three years and $35.8 million remaining on his contract.

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11/29/2011 - 8:57am
Mashup: Shaq surprisingly nice to Kobe

Shaquille O'Neal is making the rounds promoting his book "Shaq Uncut," in which he takes some shots at former teammate Kobe Bryant. However, during an appearance on Los Angeles' KTLA television Monday, Shaq acknowledged Kobe's status at top Laker. "Based on what he's done, he's probably the greatest Laker of all-time," O'Neal said. "If he gets another championship, he'll tie with Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar, with six]. That will put him up there."

Added O'Neal: "It's a different kind of great. He had the skills to be an all-around player. I'm just a big man so I just do big-man stuff. I'm just in the big-man category."

Also in the news, Jets players continue to react to Bills receiver Stevie Johnson's over-the-top touchdown celebration Sunday. One Jet found the celebration offensive for its insensitivity to those affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Read more about those stories and others,...

11/28/2011 - 11:02pm
Pacioretty suspended for three games
By: DJ Bean

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was suspended for three games for his hit to the head of Penguins defenseman Kris Letang Saturday night. 

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan delivered the punishment Monday, explaining that Pacioretty "recklessly targeted" Letang's head as the defenseman brought the puck into the Canadiens' zone and shot. 

"What no player should expect is that his head will be picked and made the principal point of contact on such a hit," Shanahan said, noting that Letang was in a vulnerable position, but that Pacioretty had to target the body rather than the head.

This is the first suspension of Pacioretty's career.

 

11/28/2011 - 9:12pm
Source: Sox down to Lamont, Valentine

According to a team source, the Red Sox have narrowed their managerial field to Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont and ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine. Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo is no longer in consideration. The Sox hope to have a decision made this week.

Lamont, the 1993 AL Manager of the Year with the White Sox, has a 553-562 record as a manager in parts of eight seasons with the White Sox (1992-95) and Pirates (1997-2000). The 64-year-old spent a year as the third base coach of the Red Sox in 2001, and has been on the staff of Tigers manager Jim Leyland for the last six years.

Valentine, 61, has managed for parts of 15 big league seasons, spending eight years with the Rangers (1985-92) and seven with the Mets (1996-2002). He has a 1,117-1,072 record, and reached the World Series with the Mets in 2000.

Lamont and Valentine were the only two of the six candidates whom the Sox asked to take part in their full...

11/28/2011 - 6:37pm
Belichick: 'It's a players game'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered some insight into his philosophy during his weekly visit with The Big Show.

"It's a players game," Belichick said. "The players are out there playing. Once you call the play as a coach you really don't have any control of the game anymore. The plays are in the hands of the players and the decisions they make pre-snap and post-snap. That's what players do, they make decisions. My feeling as coach, my feeling has always been, if they can do it then I'm all for doing it. If they can't do it, then I don't want to ask them to do something even though it looks good to me as a coach. If we can't do it on the field then it's not worth doing."

The question was asked regarding the touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Wes Welker in Sunday's win over the Eagles in which Welker made an adjustment. 

"A lot of that happens during the week," Belichick said. "It's something that you...

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