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09/28/2010 - 3:27pm
Doc: Big Baby 'living up' to nickname

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Celtics head coach Doc Rivers met with the media after the club's first practice of the season Tuesday at Salve Regina University. Rivers was asked about the comments made by Glen Davis at Media Day on Monday. The forward complained about not knowing what his role with the club will be this year, commenting, "No matter what I do, you know, I can play great, it's still not enough."

 

"I think he's living up to [The Big Baby moniker] again," Rivers said of Davis. "If Baby doesn't know what his role is by now, I guess he'll be sitting down a lot. It's just that simple."

 

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09/28/2010 - 2:01pm
Gene Orza, MLBPA COO, to retire in 2011

Gene Orza, the Major League Baseball Players Association’s Chief Operating Officer, announced his plans to retire in the spring of 2011 on Tuesday. Orza, who will remain on the MLBPA staff through March of next year, has worked with the players union for 26 years. The MLBPA COO may be most known for his role in orchestrating a drug testing compromise in 2002 that allowed the Clubs and Association to break an almost 20-year impasse on the subject of random testing of players. To read the complete press release from the MLBPA on Orza's retirement plans, visit the Full Count blog.
 


09/28/2010 - 7:50am
Shaq on D&C: 'I would have played for free'

In an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, new Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, who has made no less than $10 million in each of his last 14 NBA seasons, and at least $20 million in his last nine campaigns, said that he had no problem taking a pay cut in excess of 90 percent in order to come to the Celtics. O'Neal signed a two-year deal for approximately $3 million this summer, and he suggested that money was virtually irrelevant in making his decision to join Boston.

  

"I had other options where the money would have been greater. But this franchise, this team, has a tradition of winning," O'Neal said. "I’ve been one of the luckiest guys in the history of the game. I’ve had four max deals and one lifetime of play. So money wasn’t an issue. Money will never be an issue. But Danny Ainge had $1 million left, which was the minimum. If I had to, to come here and play, I would have played for free....

09/28/2010 - 6:50am
Mashup: Longoria rips Rays fans

And you thought Tom Brady was critical of Patriots fans? Rays third baseman Evan Longoria ripped his team's lack of fan support Monday night as the Rays sat on the brink of clinching a playoff berth. Only 12,446 turned out to see the Rays' loss to the Orioles. After the game, Longoria brought up the topic of low attendance unprompted. Said the 24-year-old: "It's kind of like, What else do you have to do to draw fans in this place? It's actually embarrassing for us." Read more about that story and others, along with video, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


09/28/2010 - 6:47am
Beltre: Winning, family priorities in decision

CHICAGO -- Speaking after his team's 6-1 win over the White Sox Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre said that signing with a team that has a chance to contend will be a priority when it comes to signing with a team this offseason. But the 31-year-old also explained that his family's happiness will also play a major role in his decision, especially after spending a good amount of the 2010 season away from his pregnant wife and children.

 

"I'll see what's best for me and my family," said Beltre, who lives in the Los Angeles area during the offseason. "This year I was selfish enough, coming to the East Coast, knowing my wife was pregnant and she would be away from me basically for the whole year. This year is going to be more a family thing. It's been tough. I haven't seen family like I wanted to. We're going to settle down, discuss it, and see what's best for us."

 

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