After missing six games with an injured left ankle, Ray Allen was cleared to play Wednesday and returned to the starting lineup, as Doc Rivers originally indicated after practice on Tuesday.
The Celtics were 5-1 in the six games without Allen, including 5-0 with Avery Bradley replacing him as the starting shooting guard. Bradley will return to the bench, a move head coach Doc Rivers downplayed before the game.
Allen twisted the left ankle with less than a minute remaining in the Celtics' win over the Clippers in Los Angeles on March 12. He played the next five games before taking himself out of the mix beginning with the March 23 loss in Philadelphia.
"I don’t know what 100 percent feels like," Allen said before the game with the Spurs. "During the season it’s really hard to say, that number is mythical. I don’t know anybody that’s felt that [during the season]. You just kind of manage...
DETROIT -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett said that he is fine to pitch after seeing two specialists who examined his sore right thumb. The right-hander explained that he has been dealing with discomfort in his thumb for 18 months, resulting in an offseason cortisone shot and another two to three weeks ago during spring training.
When the second shot did not provide as much relief as the first, the decision was made for Beckett to see specialists in San Antonio and Cleveland (the latter at the request of the team) to make sure there was no ligament damage that might require surgery. On that count, Beckett said, he was provided reassurance that he is fine, and so he will be able to pitch without restrictions. He suggested that the attention being given to his injury was misplaced.
“Everything’s fine. I really have no idea how this got blown out like this. I was dumbfounded,” said Beckett. “The text messages and the e-mails I...
Bobby Valentine made his first of what will be a weekly appearance on The Big Show on Wednesday. Valentine was first asked about his decision to also appear in a weekly spot on ESPN Radio in New York and if he thought it was a potential distraction in the clubhouse.
"I hope not, it's for fans all over," Valentine said. "We have fans in New York, obviously, that don't hear this show unless they have the internet. What do you think I should be worried about?"
With Andrew Bailey possibly out for four months with upcoming thumb surgery, Valentine announced earlier Wednesday that Alfredo Aceves will start the season as the club's closer. Valentine was asked how he arrived at the decision to have Aceves handle the ninth-inning duties.
"By taking consensus of the coaching staff and talking to some of the players," Valentine said. "This is a guy who can go out there and has what it takes to get the...
DETROIT -- Red Sox GM Ben Cherington's team suffered an undeniable setback on the doorstep of the season with the news that slated closer Andrew Bailey will be lost for at least the first half of the season due to surgery on his right thumb. That said, the Sox GM said he had no regrets about the decision to let Jonathan Papelbon leave via free agency and to acquire Bailey in a trade this winter.
Though it was somewhat jarring for the club to face the prospect of Bailey beginning his first year with the Sox on the DL (after Papelbon had never landed on the DL in his six-plus years with the Sox), Cherington brushed off the notion that he might have buyer's remorse.
"No. None at all," said Cherington. "This is an acute injury because he fell covering first base and landed on his thumb funny. It’s a tough break for him. It’s a tough break for the team. These things happen in baseball. You just get up the next day and move...
The Patriots announced their 2012 preseason schedule on Wednesday. The Patriots will have home games the first two weeks, hosting the Saints Week 1 and the Eagles Week 2. The Eagles game will be played on Aug. 20 at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots travel to Florida for Week 3 to take on the Buccaneers and the final preseason game in Week 4 is a Super Bowl rematch with the Giants at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. It is the eighth straight season the Patriots and Giants will play each other in the preseason finale.
Dates for the games between the Saints, Bucs and Giants will be announced at a future date.
For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.
We discuss the QB situation, Bill's longevity in the league, the players who lead, the 4th pre-season game and much more on this Patriots Monday-Wednesday.
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Kirk and Callahan start the 9am discussing the soon-to-come Tom Brady four game suspension and what will happen during that stretch for TB12 and the Pats. The guys then dig back into the Kaepernick discussion in this 9am hour podcast.
Kirk Minihane reads the Wednesday news & gossip headlines, much to the chagrin of the auditioning Gary Tanguay who had prepared to take the lead.
Kirk, Gerry and Gary Tanguay welcome Pats QB Jimmy G to the program, and then discuss the Pats' QB situation in this upload of the entire 8am hour of Wednesday's show.
Dave Dombrowski said the Red Sox weren't going to rush out to sign Tebow after his baseball workout yesterday. Lou and Christian talk about how obviously bad Tebow would be in the MLB and why this is just a stunt.
Dont'a Hightower calls in to talk to Lou and Christian about stepping up in the Patriots locker room, how his new locker means he's following the footsteps of some big names, and how the Patriots defense is shaping up heading into the season.
LaGarrette Blount calls in to talk to Lou and Christian about the end of the preseason, what the locker room is like during these cut-periods, and the overall feel of the Patriots offense heading into the season.
We discuss what worked and what didn't work for the Sox as they blew the lead, but then came back to win an afternoon game at Fenway.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
College football is back, so Anthony and Austin talk about what they're looking forward to as the season starts up. Also, they ask a very, very important question -- is the Alabama dynasty finally dead?
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.