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01/19/2013 - 2:51am
Noah: KG full of 'cheap shots' and 'bulls***'

One of the most intense rivals of Kevin Garnett was at it again Friday night after Chicago’s nail-biting 100-99 win over the Celtics at TD Garden.

Joakim Noah, who scored 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, got into several times in the second half with Garnett under the Bulls’ basket.

Afterward, he claimed Garnett continued his strategy of throwing “elbows” and “cheap shots” at the Bulls big man. Noah and Garnett were called for double technicals with 2:20 left in a game that the Bulls led, 84-83. Garnett did not address it after the game but Noah did.

“Just trying to throw elbows,” Noah said. “Cheap shots, just trying to get you off your game. But he’s a vet, he’s been doing this a long time, but it’s all right.”

Noah was asked how he held Garnett to just 5-of-16 shooting from the field.

“Just...

01/18/2013 - 11:18pm
Buzzer beater: Bulls edge Rondo, C's in OT

Marco Belinelli‘s jumper from 14 feet as he was falling to the ground with 3.1 seconds left in overtime lifted the Bulls to a stunning 100-99 win over the Celtics Friday night at TD Garden. Courtney Lee‘s desperation shot off the glass missed as time expired. Jason Terry hit a wide open jumper with 12.5 seconds left in overtime to put Boston on top before the circus shot fell through for the Bulls, who improve to 23-15 on the season.

Rajon Rondo finished with a season-high 30 points before fouling out in overtime. Rondo appeared to have given the Celtics the biggest shot of the night when he hit a wide open 20-foot jumper with 36.6 seconds left to put the Celtics up, 86-84. But Kirk Hinrich drained a jumper with 2.0 seconds left to force overtime.

Kevin Garnett had 11 of his 16 points in the fourth to lead a second-half...

01/18/2013 - 9:33pm
All-Star Rondo feels 'loved by so many people'

Rajon Rondo is very grateful to Celtics fans for his selection to the Eastern Conference All-Star squad on Thursday. Before Friday’s game he expressed his appreciation.

“It’s a great feeling, especially being named this way amongst your fans, so many votes,” Rondo said. “It’s humbling and it’s a grateful experience for me.

“To be loved by so many people rooting for me and wanting me to be a starter in the East, it’s a great feeling.”

Rondo garnered 924,180 votes, second only to Dwyane Wade. Rondo will team with Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Garnett on the starting five for the East on Feb. 17 in Houston.

This is Rondo’s fourth All-Star selection, being named each year since 2010.

Rondo said he will target KG in the post and is still hoping...

01/18/2013 - 7:50pm
Bradley (ribs) out, Barbosa starts for C's

Avery Bradley will sit out Friday night’s game against the Bulls with sore ribs suffered in Wednesday’s loss to the Hornets. Leandro Barbosa will make his second start of the season in his place.

Friday’s starting five of Rajon Rondo, Barbosa, Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Paul Pierce marks the 11th different lineup coach Doc Rivers has used this season.

This is the first game Bradley has missed since missing the first 30 games as he recovered from shoulder surgeries. The team went 14-16 in his absence. With Bradley back, the Celtics are 6-2 and have improved their defense significantly. Bradley is averaging 8.1 points in eight games while the team has not allowed 100 points. The Celtics are allowing just 86.8 points in Bradley’s return.

For more, visit the Celtics team page at...

01/18/2013 - 7:23pm
Red Sox sign Ellsbury, six others

The Red Sox have announced they came to terms with seven of the eight unsigned arbitration-eligible players Friday, leaving just Craig Breslow as the only one of the group unsigned. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.com, Breslow filed at $2.375 million, while the Red Sox countered at $2.325 million.

The players agreeing to terms were pitchers Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales, along with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Ellsbury’s deal was the richest of the bunch, at $9 million for 2013. It was the final year of arbitration-eligibility for the outfielder, who was paid $8,050,000 last year after becoming eligible for arbitration for the second time. It was a significant bump in salary from the 2.4...

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