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03/02/2011 - 8:09pm
Murphy active, says 'I fit in better' with C's
By: DJ Bean

Newly signed Celtics forward/center Troy Murphy will be active for Wednesday night's game against the Suns. Prior to the game, he discussed his decision to sign with Boston.

 

After being bought out by the Warriors, Murphy, who began the season with New Jersey, narrowed his choices of potential suitors to the Celtics and the Heat before ultimately signing with the C's. 

 

"I think it's the way they play," Murphy said of choosing the Celtics over the Heat. "I think watching both teams, I think I fit in better with the way Boston plays, the way they spread the floor, and I just like the way they play."

 

Murphy, who averaged has averaged 11.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game since entering the league in 2001, said he weighed the Celtics' chances of prolonged playoff success before making his choice. 

 

"That was the most important factor," he said....

03/02/2011 - 7:06pm
UPDATE: Patriots OL Stephen Neal retires

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal is listed as "reserve/retired" on the NFL's internal transaction report, an indication he is going to retire. The news, which was first reported by ESPN Boston, indicates Neal's career has likely come to an end. (UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: The Patriots issued a statement saying that Neal is indeed retiring, and will speak with the media on a conference call on Thursday.) A former collegiate wrestler at Cal State-Bakersfield who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2001, the 34-year-old Neal became a full-time starter in 2004 at right guard, starting 81 of a possible 86 games over the course of his professional career. Neal suffered a shoulder injury midway through the 2010 season and ended the year on injured reserve.

 

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03/02/2011 - 6:53pm
Celtics officially sign Murphy

The Celtics made it official and announced the signing of free agent forward Troy Murphy. The 6-foot-11 Murphy is with the team and at the Garden as they prepare for a game with the Phoenix Suns. He will wear Number 30, last worn by Rasheed Wallace. Murphy chose the Celtics over the Heat after he was placed on waivers by Golden State.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics


03/02/2011 - 6:16pm
Reports: Brewer to sign with Mavs

The Celtics won't be able to complete their free agent double-play as Corey Brewer is headed to Dallas. Yahoo reports that Brewer will sign a multi-year contract with the Mavericks. The Celtics had interest in Brewer, as did a number of other teams, after he was unexpectedly bought out by the Knicks. There aren't many other options left for the Celtics who can have as many as two roster spots left to fill once they make a decision on center Chris Johnson who is working on a 10-day contract.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics


03/02/2011 - 6:14pm
Report: Pats extend tender to Green-Ellis

According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, the Patriots have extended a restricted free-agent tender to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The tender is at a second-round compensation level.

 

Green-Ellis had a breakout season in 2010, rushing for 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns, a total that ranked second in the NFL. This is the first restricted free-agent tender the Patriots have extended this offseason. 

 

For more Patriots news visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.


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