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11/08/2012 - 1:55pm
Hernandez present, 3 others miss practice

FOXBORO -- For a second straight day, high winds and rain drove the Patriots practice indoors in sweats and shells inside Dana-Farber Field House. And for a second straight day, just three players were missing as running back Brandon Bolden, linebacker Tracy White and defensive end Trevor Scott were missing from the media availability during practice. 

Tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was the only player wearing his white game jersey, was on hand for a second straight day as he looks to return from a recurring right ankle sprain that forced him to miss the Rams game in London. Hernandez was limited on Wednesday. 

The team will practice again on Friday before getting ready to host the Bills on Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at Gillette Stadium. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


11/08/2012 - 1:24pm
Report: Sox pursuing LaRoche

According to a report from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Red Sox have interest in first baseman Adam LaRoche, who is expected to reject a $13.3 million qualifiying offer from the Washington Nationals and become a free agent.

LaRoche won a Gold Glove for the Nationals in 2012 and led the club with 33 homers (fourth in the National League) and 100 RBI. The 33-year-old LaRoche was traded to the Red Sox from the Pirates on July 22, 2009 and played six games with the team before being dealt to the Braves on July 31, 2009 for Casey Kotchman. 

Morosi also reports the Rangers have interest in LaRoche, who is expected to command a multi-year deal.

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox.

 


11/08/2012 - 11:14am
Rivers on D&C: Green 'has to play better'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the  Dennis & Callahan Show on Thursday, the morning after a 100-94 overtime win over the Wizards. The Celtics struggled at times against a Wizards team that many consider to be among the weakest in the Eastern Conference and stand at 2-2 after the victory. Rivers was asked to grade the performance of his team to date in this young season.

"We're just inconsistent," Rivers said. "It's not like you're upset, you just want to do better. It's going to take time, as I keep saying we are a work in progress. There are things that you like, slowly, but we are starting things out better the last two games and then we are kind of falling back into bad habits that we have to get out of." 

Jeff Green played 22 minutes on Wednesday, scoring six points with two rebounds. Green has been inconsistent through four games this season, and Rivers acknowledged that Green needs to...

11/08/2012 - 10:58am
Wiz rookie: 'We know [C's] are vulnerable'

After Wednesday's 100-94 overtime win against the Wizards, Doc Rivers said his team should've beaten the undermanned and lowly Wizards since they were without their two best players, John Wall and Nene. 

One of the youngest players in the NBA, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal had a different take. The 19-year-old taken third overall in the most recent draft out of Florida, believes it was the Celtics who were there for the taking. 

"We know they're vulnerable," Beal said. "We know that they are an agressive team but they are a lot older than we are. So, we are going to try and wear them down. They have a decent bench and their bench comes in and gives them immediate scoring. Everybody has the green light. So, our plan is basically to wear them down and keep pushing the ball in transition and make sure our pick and roll defense is what it needs to be, especially on Paul Pierce."

Late in the first half, it was...

11/08/2012 - 7:44am
Mashup: Kobe angry as Lakers lose again

The Lakers are 1-4 after Wednesday's 95-86 loss to the Jazz in Salt Lake City, and Kobe Bryant, who only days ago was ripping impatient critics, is having trouble containing his frustration with everyone around him.

Bryant played Wednesday night with an anger he acknowledged he had not displayed in a while, although he wouldn't say the reason for his motivation.

"Nothing I care to share," said Bryant, who finished with 29 points and six turnovers.

Said teammate Dwight Howard: "Sometimes I think as a team, we ought to be able to not really show our frustrations that much. A lot of the guys look at me and Kobe and they feed off us, so we have to do a better job of keeping our frustrations on the inside and just playing through it so our teammates won't get down on themselves.

"I know [Bryant] was a little frustrated tonight. He wants to win just as bad as all of us do. We've just got to stay together, remember...

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