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08/23/2010 - 9:15am
Humbled Walker draws interest from NBA

Former Celtic Antoine Walker is a humbled man, changed by years of mistakes that he acknowledges led to his downfall, according to his uncle, former Red Sox infielder Chico Walker. WEEI.com's Jessica Camerato has the story of how Antoine is trying to work his way back to the NBA, which includes losing 18-25 pounds. Chico Walker claims that 4-6 teams have shown interest in the former All-Star forward, although Boston is not one of those clubs. The 12-year veteran had two stints in Boston before flaming out of the NBA in 2008 and suffering through financial and legal problems.

 

"He knows in order for him to get back in good graces, even with the fans, he has to walk that straight and narrow," Chico Walker said. "Fans in Boston have always been great to him, and that’s what he has to realize."

 

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08/23/2010 - 6:53am
Mashup: Emotional farewell for Piniella

Lou Piniella made an emotional farewell to baseball Sunday, managing his final game with the Cubs as he leaves early to tend to his ailing mother. Around the web, the previaling opinion is that baseball will miss the fiery and controversial Piniella. For more on that story, plus other news, videos, trivia and more, check out Monday's Morning Mashup.


08/23/2010 - 6:23am
Brady: 'I refuse' to watch 'Hard Knocks'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about the team new tight ends, who provided the top highlights in Thursday's preseason victory over the Falcons.

 

Rookies Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski each caught a touchdown pass in Atlanta, but Brady warned people not to get too excited. Said Brady: "I caution everybody. These guys have never taken a regular-season snap. Everyone loves having them out there. Believe me, they wouldn't be out there with that first group if coach [Bill] Belichick and the offensive coaches didn't have confidence that they'd be able to do what they're asked to do. There's no doubt that both of those guys, even though they're very young, both in age and experience level, they do have a great feel for the game. ... That's the kind of player that works in our system."

 

Brady also raved about the play of free...

08/22/2010 - 11:37pm
Source: Pats to waive Weston for Ojinnaka

The Patriots will place rookie defensive lineman Kade Weston on the waived/injured list, which will open up a spot for offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka.

The decision on Weston, which was first reported by Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com and confirmed by WEEI.com via a league source on Sunday evening, means Weston will be waived and then placed on injured reserve if he clears waivers.

Weston is a seventh-round pick of the Patriots out of the University of Georgia who has struggled to stay on the field since he was drafted this past spring — the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder had a problem reporting to Foxboro because of a work visa issue (he was born in Trinidad & Tobago), and when he did arrive, he opened camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Weston had 78 career tackles and four sacks in his collegiate career with the Bulldogs, with his finest season coming as a senior when he started nine games and finished with 28...

08/22/2010 - 9:31pm
House: Celtics trade 'stung a little bit'

Speaking to the Arizona Republic, former Celtics guard Eddie House said he was upset when dealt from the C's to the Knicks just before the trade deadline.

 

"That stung a little bit," House said. "When you feel like you're a main part of what the team is doing and you're on a mission, to get the rug pulled out from under you and get sent to a team that has no shot ... that kind of hurt."

 

The guard said that even though Celtics coach Doc Rivers told him the trade to New York for Nate Robinson was likely to happen on the morning of Feb. 18, House still insisted on practicing with the team just in case there was a glitch in the last-minute paperwork.

 

House, who signed a two-year deal worth $2.8 with the Heat this offseason, noted that what awaits the dynamic with Chris...

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