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06/16/2010 - 5:14pm
Patriots sign P Mesko

The Patriots have signed punter Zoltan Mesko to a four-year deal. (UPDATE, 5:41 pm: The Patriots have confirmed the signing via Twitter.) The fifth-round selection out of Michigan is the fifth Patriots pick to sign, joining offensive tackle Thomas Welch, offensive lineman Ted Larsen, wide receiver Taylor Price and tight end Aaron Hernandez. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


06/16/2010 - 5:12pm
Ainge: 'We need a different Rasheed'

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and talked about the injury to starting center Kendrick Perkins. The torn ACL and PCL ligaments in the right knee of Perkins will keep him out of Thursday's Game 7 vs. the Lakers. Ainge was asked about the injury and if the Celtics would be able to get quality play from the bench in place of Perkins.

 

"Yeah, obviously we'd like to have Perk healthy," said Ainge. "He's a big part of our team defense. But yeah, I do think that Glen Davis and Rasheed can carry the mail for us at the center position."

 

Ainge said that he didn't know for sure, but indicated that he thinks it will be Wallace starting in place of Perkins instead of Davis. Ainge said that Wallace will have to adjust to his new role for Game 7. 

 

"Yeah, we need him. It's a different role, playing a starters role and playing the...

06/16/2010 - 4:56pm
Doubront to start for Sox on Friday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed that his team plans to call up left-hander Felix Doubront on Friday from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his major league debut against the Dodgers. Doubront has a 2.11 ERA in the minors this year, having split time between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.

 

The left-hander is already well known to the Sox. Since being added to the 40-man roster following the 2008 season, he has been in big league camp in each of the last two years, and was particularly impressive in delivering seven shutout innings this year in Grapefruit League action. He has also taken part in the Rookie Development Program in both 2009 and 2010, and he has made a formidable impression on Sox officials.

 

"He's not a finished product. He's still developing his secondary pitches. But he's got some finish on that fastball and he's not afraid to throw it," said Francona. "We've got a young kid coming...

06/16/2010 - 4:48pm
Perkins out of Game 7 with 2 torn ligaments

LOS ANGELES -- Kendrick Perkins tore his MCL and suffered a partial tear of another ligament in his right knee in Game 6 and will not play in Game 7 Thursday.

 

"Physically, I'm in pain," Perkins announced. "I hurt my knee pretty badly. I'm out for [Thursday]. There's nothing I can do about it. A torn MCL and a torn PCL and I have to watch from the sidelines. I'd be lying if I told you if it didn't hurt but it hurt. I'll probably never get the opportunity again to get back to the finals. Physically, I'm doing better than I am mentally."

 

Perkins, who said he had yet to have an MRI on the knee, made the announcement himself as he met with the media on Wednesday afternoon at Staples Center. 

 

Perkins injured his right knee in a collision with Andrew Bynum under the Lakers basket midway through the first quarter. For more on this story as it develops, visit the ...

06/16/2010 - 4:32pm
Perkins officially ruled out for Game 7

Celtics center Kendrick Perkins met with the media on Wednesday afternoon and officially ruled himself out for Game 7 of the NBA finals on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Perkins had to be helped off the court after his right knee appeared to buckle in a collision with Andrew Bynum under the Lakers basket midway through the first quarter. Perkins said that he suffered both a torn MCL and a torn PCL. For more on this story as it develops, visit the Green Street blog.


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