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06/16/2010 - 7:49pm
Odom: Game 7 will be 'historic'

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to overcome history and beat the Celtics in a seventh and deciding game on Thursday night at Staples Center. And several of the Lakers spoke about that opportunity Wednesday in Los Angeles on the day off between Games 6 and 7. 

 

"Historic, especially when you're talking about these organizations and these teams, what they stand for, the pride," Lamar Odom said. "This is what you envisioned when you were a kid playing in your backyard. This was what it was all about."

 

The Celtics are perfect against the Lakers in four previous Game 7s, winning most recently in 1984. The Lakers earned the right to have Game 7 on their home court because they won 57 games while the Celtics won 50 during the regular season. 

 

"We won a lot of games to have this game, and the way things worked out with us, we had a better record in the...

06/16/2010 - 6:56pm
Iglesias has occult fracture in finger

According to Red Sox farm director Mike Hazen, a CT scan on Wednesday revealed that Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias, who was hit by a pitch on the right hand on May 29, suffered an occult fracture of the right index finger. An occult fracture is one that cannot be identified by X-rays, but that can be found instead once evidence of healing becomes available. In Iglesias' case, the healing of the injury has begun, and so the fracture could be identified.

 

Initially, the Sox anticipated that Iglesias -- who is playing for Double-A Portland -- would be sidelined for no more than a few days, but when the injury lingered beyond expectations, the further tests were ordered, leading to the discovery of the fracture. The injury affects Iglesias most when he attempts to throw the ball; obviously, given that the injury is to his right hand, he can field without any issue. He had also been hitting, but the Sox will have him take a break from doing so in...

06/16/2010 - 5:30pm
Brady weighs in on 18-game season

Via a press release from the National Football League Players Association, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady weighed in with his thoughts on a possible 18-game season today, a slate described by league officials as an “enhanced” season. Brady, who is the Patriots alternate union rep, was quoted, as well as Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, and both talk about the potential dangers associated with going to an 18-game regular season.

“I’ve taken part in several postseason runs where we have played 20 games,” writes Brady. “The long-term impact this game has on our bodies is well-documented. Look no further than the players that came before we did. Each player today has to play three years in order to earn five years’ or post-career health care. Our union has done a great job of raising the awareness on these issues and will make the right decision for us players, the game and the fans.”

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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...

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