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05/25/2012 - 11:39am
Bradley has surgery, out for playoffs

WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced at Friday morning's practice that Avery Bradley had surgery Friday on his ailing left shoulder and is out for the playoffs. 

"Avery Bradley is having surgery today so he's out for the playoffs," Rivers said. "That's that. When a player goes down, that's disappointing, and especially with what Avery has given us this year. His growth this year has been terrific and it's been great. He's become a very valuable piece to our basketball team. His ability to guard the best [opposing] guard at [point or shooting guard] has really taken so much pressure off Rondo, in particular. And not having him means that Rondo now has to go back to that role and run the team, and that's hard, that's hard to do, unfortunately and especially against the team we're playing that has two guards that attack. 

"Rondo doesn't have a lot of breaks. But that's the way it is. We've been a team all year...

05/25/2012 - 10:30am
Dooling returns to Celtics practice

WALTHAM -- Already without Avery Bradley, the Celtics practiced on Friday without backup guard Keyon Dooling, who was out sick. Dooling returned to the team Saturday morning for its shootaround before Game 7 with the Sixers. The team worked on half-court set as per usual with no conditioning drills. Before the shootaround, the team also watched film. 

With Bradley out and Ray Allen nursing two sore ankles, Dooling figures to see more playing time in Saturday night's decisive game. In another positive sign, Greg Stiemsma took part on Saturday, a day after Doc Rivers said the backup center's feet were "feeling better." During Game 6 in Philadelphia, Rivers said that Stiemsma asked out of the game because he was in pain. 

"He couldn't play in the second half the other night," Doc Rivers said on Friday. "Funny, I put him and he walks up and says, 'I can't go.' I thought he was walking up to go in. But he feels better...

05/25/2012 - 9:22am
Beckett: 'I get paid to get outs'

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett acknowledges his velocity has dipped a bit this year, but the 32-year-old said it isn't fair to treat him like he's 49-year-old junkballer Jamie Moyer.

“It seems like that’s what it is because every start I have got to answer questions about my velocity. I don’t know. I thought I get paid to get outs,” Beckett said. “I don’t feel like I’m out there throwing eighty-[expletive]-five mph. But it seems like that’s all I get credit for. I’m at 91-93 now instead of 94-96. It’s really, what, three miles an hour?”

Beckett's season has been tainted by two disastrous outings and an off-field golfing controversy. But his six other outings were all quality starts (six-plus innings, three or fewer earned runs), ranking him sixth in the American League in percentage of quality starts.

Beckett joked about recent criticism of his weight, noting that his body...

05/25/2012 - 7:04am
Mashup: UConn hockey backs gay athletes

The University of Connecticut hockey team is taking a public stand against homophobia. The Huskies released a video in which players proclaim they would support "any teammate, gay or straight, that can help us win games."

“We thought it was a great idea to show the community how we feel about homosexuality in sports, and let people know that anyone can play on our team,” UConn captain Sean Ambrosie told the Hartford Courant.

The video is part of the You Can Play program, created by Flyers scout Patrick Burke. The son of Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, Patrick is paying tribute to his late brother, Brendan Burke, who announced he was gay one year before he died in a car accident in 2010.

Burke said that about 100 athletes, including 50 from the NHL, have signed a pledge promising they would play with gay or transgender teammates. UConn is one of eight teams to join as a group.

"When a whole team...

05/24/2012 - 4:28pm
Schilling's company lays off entire staff
By: DJ Bean

According to multiple reports, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company has laid off all of its employees due to its recent financial struggles. Schilling's 38 Studios employed close to 400 people.

The company, which moved to Providence in 2010, had received a $75 million loan guarantee from Rhode Island at the time of its move from Maynard. It was reportedly two weeks lated on a $1.1 million payment due to the state this month. 

The news of the layoffs at 38 Studios comes on the same day that Helena Foulkes, the vice chairwoman of Rhode Island’s economic development agency board, resigned. Foulkes joined executive director Keith Stokes as prominent members of the board to resign in wake of the issues regarding the board's decision to loan 38 Studios the money. 

 


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