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11/20/2012 - 3:33pm
Doc: Celtics in 'no rush' to fill Darko's spot

Despite rumors that the Celtics may be interested in immediately filling the roster spot vacated by Darko Milicic (possibly with free agent forward Kenyon Martin), Celtics coach Doc Rivers said there is no sense of urgency to sign a new player.

"No rush. No rush, at all," Rivers said. "We're going to look around, but I can tell you we're in no rush."

According to Rivers, Milicic "most likely" would be leaving the team to be with his ailing mother in Serbia.

The coach said that the combination of a lack of playing time (totaling just four minutes this season), and the condition of his mother paved the way for the forward's decision. Rivers did say that he didn't believe there was intention on Milicic's behalf not to finish out the season when he first joined the team.

"We were hoping not," Rivers said. "But his mom got sick, he's not playing … It happens. I didn't fight it much...

11/20/2012 - 3:20pm
Reports: Steelers sign Plaxico, Hoyer

An injury-decimated Steelers team is reportedly adding former Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer and receiver Plaxico Burress. 

Jason La Confora of reported (via twitter) that Hoyer signed a one-year contract, at a time when the Steelers are turning to Charlie Batch to start on Sunday with both starter Ben Roethlisberger and backup Byron Leftwich sidelined by injuries. Hoyer saw limited action in 13 games with the Patriots, completing 27-of-43 passes (62.8 percent) for 286 yards. The Michigan State product was signed by the Pats as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He was released this year by the Patriots at the end of preseason, as the Pats turned to Ryan Mallett as their backup.

The Steelers also brought back a player who was once a standout receiver for them in Burress, a move first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network (...

11/20/2012 - 3:17pm
Brady: 'Just been thinking about the Jets'

FOXBORO -- Echoing what he said Monday during his appearance on Dennis & Callahan on WEEI, Tom Brady said there's "only one Rob Gronkowski" and the Patriots will have to make due. But on Tuesday, during his weekly press conference prior to the Jets Thursday night, Brady added that he hasn't spent any time worrying about the loss of his No. 1 target on the field.

"Honestly I've just been thinking about the Jets," Brady said. "I haven't been thinking about when he's coming back. He's not playing this week, so we've got to go out there and win without him. And there's a lot of guys that are capable of making plays for us, and that's where my attention is focused, on the guys that are going to try to help us win this game."

Brady said he'll be looking at Visanthe Shiancoe, Michael Hoomanawanui and Daniel Fells to pick up the slack. He did not mention Aaron Hernandez as a possibility. Hernandez has missed the last three...

11/20/2012 - 3:01pm
Sox reportedly close to signing A's OF Gomes

The Red Sox are closing in a two-year deal with free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to a tweet from Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. CSNNE's Sean McAdam earlier reported that the Sox had limited their outfield search to Gomes and Cody Ross.

The Orioles also are reported to have interest in Gomes.

Gomes, who turns 32 Thursday, played for the A's last season after stints with the Nationals (2011), Reds (2009-11) and Rays (2003-08).

A 6-foot-1 225-pounder who bats from the right side, Gomes hit .262/.377/.491 with 18 home runs, 47 RBIs and 44 walks in 99 games last season, playing all three outfield positions plus DH.

In his 10-year, Gomes is hitting .244/.334/.455...

11/20/2012 - 2:52pm
Ed Reed suspension rescinded, fined $50K

The NFL has rescinded the one-game suspension of Ravens safety Ed Reed for repeated head shots on tackles during games. Instead, the league has decided to fine him $50,000 and allow him to play this weekend against San Diego. 

Ted Cottrell, the hearing officer for Reed's NFL appeal, wrote a response to Reed in making the decision on Tuesday, one day after the suspension was announced by the league. 

"I have determined that your actions were egregious and warrant significant discipline. However, I do not believe your actions were so egregious as to subject you to one-game suspension without pay," Cottrell wrote. 

Reed's discipline was the result of another blow to the head, this time on Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Reed delivered a vicious hit to the head of Deion Branch during the Patriots-Ravens game on Sept. 23 in Baltimore. 

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