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04/18/2012 - 7:37pm
Rondo, Allen, Pietrus all out vs. Magic

The Celtics will be without Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus Wednesday as they battle the Magic in a key Eastern Conference showdown. 

Rondo fell on his back Tuesday in New York and had a heavy wrap on his right wrist and was given the night off Doc Rivers. Ray Allen missed his sixth straight game with a sore left ankle while Mickael Pietrus missed his second straight game with right knee soreness. 

"Just a bruised back for Rondo," Rivers announced before the game. But he acknowledged that Allen's ankle is "troublesome" and has no idea when he might be full strength again. 

The Celtics entered the game with a 36-26 record, and have all but assured no worse than a No. 4 seed in the East as the Atlantic Division leaders. However, they could still not have home court advantage if Atlanta (36-25) or the Magic (36-25) have a better record. 

Rivers also indicated that if Wednesday marked the...

04/18/2012 - 6:07pm
Valentine: Youkilis 'a bloop away'

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has Kevin Youkilis batting sixth in Wednesday's lineup against Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, the lowest that Youkilis has hit that low in the order in almost four years. Since hitting sixth on July 22, 2008, Youkilis has hit in the third through fifth spots in every game he's started.

However, one night after Youkilis went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts to drop his average to .176 with a .443 OPS, Valentine suggested that the 33-year-old might benefit from "just a little breather" by hitting lower in the order.

"Maybe just a little something different for him, you know, gets that one pitch," said Valentine. "We’ve all been there. A bloop away."

Valentine did praise Youkilis for the effort he's putting into returning to form, though he deferred to hitting coach Dave Magadan on Youkilis on the specifics of his work, noting that his experience with the three-time All-Star is...

04/18/2012 - 5:34pm
Ellsbury: 'I'll definitely be playing this year'

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, speaking to the media for the first time since suffering a subluxation of his right shoulder last Friday, said that he does not have a timetable for his return, but that after being assured that he will not require surgery, he is ready to work to get back as soon as possible. The outfielder said that after being examined to confirm the diagnosis for a subluxation, he is confident in a return at some point this year.

"I’ll definitely be playing this year, hopefully sooner than later," said Ellsbury. "Putting a lot of work in. Right now, we’re doing a lot of icing to get the swelling out. Once the swelling subsides, I can start getting exercises, that sort of thing, in the shoulder. As far as the timeline, we don’t have one right now. ... Everyone’s on the same page. I’m excited to get everything going and get back as soon as possible."

Ellsbury said that he had...

04/18/2012 - 5:04pm
Pats LT Matt Light reportedly set to retire

Patriots left tackle Matt Light, one of the few remaining links to Super Bowl XXXVI left on the roster, will retire, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. Light's playing status has been a topic since the end the 2011 season, but he has refused to commit one way or another, including when pressed by reporters at an event on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Light has been a part of three Super Bowl teams since he entered the league as a second-round pick out of Purdue in 2001, and has started 153 regular-season games over the course of his 11-year career in New England. For more Patriots news, check out

04/18/2012 - 4:51pm
Crawford homers in Fort Myers game

Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford went 1-for-3 with a homer and walk on Wednesday, his second game in extended spring training in Fort Myers. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that the 30-year-old's wrist (which was surgically repaired in January) is no longer an issue, but said that he is likely not ready at this point to resume playing outfield as a resut of the elbow strain he suffered last week. Crawford has been serving as a designated hitter in both of his games in Florida.

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