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04/21/2011 - 3:37pm
Tippett to announce Pats' second-round pick

The NFL announced Thursday afternoon that a collection of legends will be present to announce their respective teams' second-round picks during the NFL draft next week. Handling the duties for the Patriots will be Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett. (New England two second-round selections, Nos. 33 and 60 overall.) Others who are slated to participate include Buffalo's Andre Reed, Chicago's Richard Dent, Detroit's Barry Sanders, Pittsburgh's Franco Harris and Washington's Doug Williams. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/21/2011 - 2:14pm
Kalish leaves game with shoulder injury

Red Sox outfield prospect Ryan Kalish was escorted off the McCoy Stadium field by a Pawtucket Red Sox trainer in the second inning of the PawSox game against Syracuse due to what was described by a source to WEEI.com's Alex Speier as a shoulder injuyr. Kalish experienced the injury while diving for a ball in right field. His arm was being held in place by the trainer as the outfielder left the field.

The source told Speier that Kalish is expected to get an MRI and/or an X-ray within the next day.

In 13 games this season with the PawSox, Kalish was hitting .236 with no home runs, seven RBI, and a .597 OPS. He was in the midst of a five-game hitting streak.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


04/21/2011 - 2:04pm
Good sign for C's: Shaq on plane to NY

According to the Celtics' Twitter account, center Shaquille O'Neal is on the team plane heading to New York for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first round playoff series between the C's and Knicks. Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who said Shaq would not be available for Game 3, indicated Wednesday that if O'Neal did make the trip than it would be an indication that the center was edging closer to returning to action, possibly in Sunday's Game 4.

"If you see him on the trip that means he's close," Rivers told reporters after Wednesday's practice.

O'Neal's live-in girlfriend, Nicole Alexander, also struck an optimistic tone when appearing on KISS 108-FM. “Yes, he will be back,” Alexander said during the appearance. “I promise. He’s getting...

04/21/2011 - 2:03pm
Shaq traveling to New York with Celtics

The Celtics' full 15-man roster boarded the team plane for New York on Thursday afternoon, including injured center Shaquille O'Neal, who has not played since straining his right calf on April 3.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers shot down a rumor on Wednesday that O'Neal was finished for the season, telling reporters after practice, "If you see him on the trip that means he's close." While O'Neal has been ruled out for Friday's Game 3 against the Knicks, his presence on the trip is at least an indication he could play in Game 4 on Sunday.

For more on the Celtics-Knicks NBA Playoffs series, visit weei.com/celtics.


04/21/2011 - 1:55pm
Papelbon: No plans to sign as setup man

Jonathan Papelbon, who picked up his third save of the season Wednesday afternoon, revealed to WEEI.com that he currently does not view accepting a contract to become a setup man -- along the lines of the path taken by former closers Rafael Soriano and Bobby Jenks this past offseason -- as an option when his current deal runs out at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

“If I’m good enough to still have the ability to close, I’ll close,” he said. “I was honestly really kind of shocked that two of the guys who have been great closers took setup roles.”

Soriano, who closed for the Tampa Bay Rays in '10, signed a deal with the Yankees to serve as Mariano Rivera's setup man. The contract, which is for three years, $35 million, has an option for the righty to opt-out after either of the deal's first two seasons.

Jenks, the White Sox' closer since '05, is now joining Daniel Bard in setting up Papelbon for the Red...

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