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04/29/2011 - 1:33pm
Brady: 'Trying to figure out ... right thing'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made an appearance at a promotional event for Under Armour in New York City Friday morning and talked about his role as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the NFL.

"I'm always trying to figure out what the right thing is," he said. "Look, I've been very fortunate as a player to sign the contracts that I've signed and to be in the position I've been in as a leader and to lead."

Brady didn't delve into the controversy, instead taking a more positive approach.

"I think the important thing is to realize is that we're trying to bring reason and compromise to a very challenging agreement," he said. "This is not something that's easy. There's a lot that goes into it. I know a lot of people are hard at work. DeMaurice Smith has had a lot of meetings with Roger Goodell. Mr. Kraft is heavily involved, and...

04/29/2011 - 1:08pm
Grousbeck on M&M: 'Not here to trash Perk'

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck stopped by for a visit with the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon as the C's prepare for their second-round series against the Heat.

Grousbeck discussed the trade with the Thunder that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City. "We're not here to trash Perk," Grousbeck said. "What we're here to say is, We needed, obviously, a backup for Paul [Pierce] and Ray [Allen]. This series will show, somebody needs to come in with quality — Jeff Green — and step up. And that's how, hopefully, we can give these guys a fight."

Added Grousbeck: "We love Perk. We miss him, no question. But we didn't need another center as much as we needed someone to back up Paul and Ray. That's the theory of the trade. We'll see how it works out."

Regarding Perkins' contract issues, Grousbeck said: "Perk was going to walk at the end of June. That was clear. We offered him everything we could...

04/29/2011 - 12:50pm
Rivers more confident Shaq will play

Here is your daily Shaquille O'Neal update. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before the team hit the practice floor on Friday, "I’m more confident now that he will play in this series. I don’t know when. Maybe [Game 1]. Maybe [Game 2]. But I do think he’ll play." Trainer Eddie Lacerte told Rivers Friday morning that Shaq was looking better. "Eddie’s more confident that he’ll play, so that makes me more confident," Rivers said.

If he does play, Rivers said he would come off the bench. As for what he wants from him, the coach said, "Just coming in and being Shaq. When he walks on the floor he’s 7-feet tall and he weighs what he weighs. Of all our players he probably has the easiest task of being who they are because that’s all he can be." 

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04/29/2011 - 12:29pm
Thornton: 2010 'doesn't really have a factor'

Following their final practice Friday morning at TD Garden, the Bruins packed their bags and headed for Philadelphia and Saturday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Flyers. But before departing, the Bruins addressed the media and spoke of their thoughts on the even of the playoff rematch with the team that came from 3-0 down in the series and Game 7 to eliminate them last spring. 

“You think if I answer this question right now, I won’t have to answer it the rest of the series? Promise?" Shawn Thornton said with a smile, before adding, "For some of the guys, obviously, here last year, it should be a little bit of motivating tool and a learning lesson. But that being said, last year was last year, this year is this year. Half the team has been turned over. We’ve brought in some great people.

"So, it’s a whole new year. They have new players, we have new players. It doesn’t really...

04/29/2011 - 11:49am
Millar on M&M: Keep Ellsbury at leadoff

MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Red Sox and news from around the major leagues.

Jacoby Ellsbury seems to have settled into the leadoff spot while Carl Crawford has dropped toward the end of the order while he continues to struggle. Even when Crawford gets in a groove, Millar said he'd prefer to see Ellsbury batting first.

"I think he's your leadoff hitter," Millar said. "That needs to be his role — to get on base, steal bases, slap the ball around, play good defense. Carl Crawford and him are very similar players. Obviously, [Crawford] having more of a track record and probably hits for more power, but they're very similar players. But I think Ellsbury's your leadoff guy."

Millar said he expects the Sox bats to heat up along with the weather. Said Millar: "The ball flies in the summertime. … Fenway Park when it's cold, it...

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