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12/13/2011 - 1:58pm
Doc: 'Our window is closing, no doubt'

WALTHAM -- Sounding an urgent tone about his team, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he is getting a message through to his team that now is the time to make one final run at an NBA title with the core of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo still in tact.

"We're not goofing around," Rivers said at Tuesday's team media day at the practice facility. "We want to win now. Literally, our window is closing. There's no doubt about that so we have to take advantage of this year."

Pierce echoed those comments when he said he feels much better about the team's bench this season than last year, a group Pierce labeled Tuesday as "immature."

Rivers said Tuesday that his team has a ways to go to be where it needs to be when it opens the 2011-12 season in New York against the Knicks. 

"Had a good practice [Monday], scrimmaged, knew half the guys' names," Rivers said. "That was terrific...

12/13/2011 - 12:46pm
Rask starting, Campbell out vs. Kings
By: DJ Bean

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes Tuesday as the Bruins take on the Kings at TD Garden. Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday's morning skate that he intends to play Thomas Wednesday against the Senators. 

Gregory Campbell was not on the ice for the morning skate. He will miss Tuesday's game and will "probably not" play Wednesday, according to Julien. Campbell is dealing with a foot injury, and Zach Hamill is expected to center the fourth line in his place. 

Daniel Paille, meanwhile, underwent a neuropsych evaluation Monday. The winger said the team was still awaiting results on the test, with Julien adding that he could play if he is cleared before the game. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


12/13/2011 - 12:03pm
Source: Sox agree to deal with Shoppach

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have reached an agreement with catcher Kelly Shoppach on a one-year, $1.35 million deal. The contract is guaranteed. News of the agreement was first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (via twitter)

Shoppach, taken with the Sox' top pick in the 2001 draft, hit .176 with a .268 OBP, .339 slugging mark, .607 OPS and 11 homers in 87 games with the Rays last season. It marked the third straight season in which the 31-year-old has seen declines in his average, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS since a career-best 2008 season in which Shoppach hit .261/.348/.517/.865 with 21 homers for the Indians.

Shoppach made his big league debut with the Sox in 2005, playing nine games in the majors and going 0-for-15. He was traded that offseason to the Indians as part of the deal that resulted in the acquisition of center...

12/13/2011 - 11:00am
Green fires up jumpers at C's media day

WALTHAM -- After saying the team "found something" in his entrance physical, Jeff Green appeared just before Celtics media day and warmed up with some jump shots at the team's practice facility. 

Green fired up mid-range and 3-point jumpers for approximately 10 minutes while the team set up its media day on the practice court. 

Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 26 regular season games for the Celtics since being acquired in deadline day trade with Oklahoma City. For more, including video from Waltham, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog. 


12/13/2011 - 9:26am
Gronk on D&C: 'So much room' to improve

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, in an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, said that despite catching 71 passes for 1,088 yards and 15 touchdowns (an NFL single-season record for a tight end), there remains plenty of room for him to elevate his game. Pats quarterback Tom Brady has said that Gronkowski has shown constant improvement in his two-season career ("Thanks, Tom," Gronkowski laughed), and the 22-year-old suggested that he is driven to do just that.

"It’s only my second year. I have so much room for improvement. I have so much more to learn from the playbook. Tom has been here for 10, 12 years, however long it’s been, and knows so much more of this offense," said Gronkowksi. "Every single day I can learn more about the offense, and I do. Every single week, it’s going out on the practice field, feeling it out and getting better."

Gronkowski also touched on a few...

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