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08/30/2010 - 11:32pm
Artest: 'Doc got one million excuses'

On his Twitter page, Lakers forward Ron Artest took issue with suggestions that his team's triumph over the Celtics in seven games was impacted by the absence of Boston center Kendrick Perkins in the decisive Game 7 after the 7-footer blew out his knee in the previous contest.

 

Artest seemingly took issue with Doc Rivers' contention that the Celtics have never had the opportunity to defend the 2007-08 title with the same core group at full health, noting that the Lakers have been without Andrew Bynum in their title runs.

 

"Boston lost to lakers because of [the] Kendrick Perkins injury. What about in [2008] when Bynum was injured. What about this year Bynum was injured," Artest wrote in three consecutive tweets. "...

08/30/2010 - 3:51pm
No deal by Sox, Angels for Napoli

The Red Sox, after being awarded a waiver claim last week on Angels catcher and first baseman Mike Napoli, did not reach agreement with Los Angeles on a deal involving the catcher by the time that Monday's deadline for an agreement passed, according to a major league source. As a result, the Angels have pulled Napoli back from waivers, and he will remain with the Halos.

 

Napoli, 28, is hitting .249 with a .796 OPS and 21 homers this year. This is the third straight season that he has hit at least 20 homers. He has started 57 games behind the plate this year and 46 as a first baseman.

 

According to a second source familiar with the situation, the Angels were "not really looking to move" Napoli right now. Even so, the team could revisit that stance this coming offseason.

 

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08/30/2010 - 3:01pm
Mayo wants 'same role as Bruschi & Vrabel'

FOXBORO -- Patriots third-year linebacker Jerod Mayo said Monday that he is ready to assume the linebacker leadership position held for many years by Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel. Mayo, 24, said he's still learning the Bill Belichick system but now feels comfortable in teaching younger players what is expected on defense every game. 

 

"I'm still a young guy, maybe not a young guy as far as years played on the team, but I'm 24 years old and still learning from guys like [Vince] Wilfork and [Ty] Warren, even though he's not here right now, I'm still learning from guys like that," Mayo said following Monday's practice. "If the guys have a question for me, I'm there to answer it, try to play the same role that Bruschi and Vrabel played for me when I first came here."

 

As for last Thursday, when the Patriots failed time after time to get off the field on defense on third down, Mayo said the team was...

08/30/2010 - 2:19pm
BB on Maroney: 'I would expect he'll play'
By: DJ Bean

 Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show to discuss the team and its prospects for the coming week against the Giants and into the regular season. One of the biggest storylines throughout the preseason has been that starting running back Laurence Maroney has not had a carry in each of the last two games. Belichick continued to stress that it's not worth reading into.

 

 

"I would expect he'll play against the Giants," Belichick said. "We would have liked to have played everybody and played the backs [vs. the Rams], but we really didn't get a chance to get the kind of play time offensively that we would have liked because we had so few plays. We were never on the field."

 

In that game, a 36-35 loss, the Patriots had the ball for just 16:14. 

 

Belichick was also asked for an update on the Logan Mankins situation, and once again said he he doesn't "...

08/30/2010 - 1:38pm
Report: Manny to ChiSox on straight claim
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from ESPN's Jayson Stark, the White Sox have acquired Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez on a straight waiver claim, meaning the Dodgers will get no players in return and that the White Sox will pay all $3.8 million remaining on Ramirez' contract.

 

The White Sox are currently 4 1/2 games behind the Twins in the American League Central. They trail the Yankees/Rays by 10 games in the wild card race.

 

Ramirez, who played for the Red Sox from 2001-2007, is hitting .311/.405/.510 this season with eight homers and 40 RBI. He has made three trips to the disabled list.


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