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11/10/2011 - 5:51pm
C's Russell: 'I just hope they get a deal'

When Celtics legend Bill Russell speaks, people listen. So, will his latest comments to CBSSports.com convince NBA owners and players to end the lockout?

"As a very interested bystander, I just hope they get a deal," Russell told columnist Ken Berger. "And it will not come from the hard-liners on either side. I think they all know that. I have this thoery that hard-liners are like true believers. And true believers think that any compromise is a retreat. And moving forward, that doesn't cut it."

After a collective bargaining session that extended late into Wednesday night, leaders on both sides have reconvened in New York on Thursday afternoon with the hope to strike a deal before more games are canceled.

The 11-time NBA champion also discussed his role in the establishment of the National Basketball Players Association as well as ...

11/10/2011 - 5:07pm
Chung (foot), Spikes (knee) absent again

FOXBORO -- Patrick Chung (foot) and Brandon Spikes (knee) both missed their second straight day of practice on Thursday inside Gillette Stadium. Also missing their second consecutive day were linebacker Dane Fletcher and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell. Wes Welker was again limited due to a rib injury as the team practiced in full pads in the heavy rain throughout the session, which featured blaring music over the stadium sound system. The team is preparing for the hostile environment it will face Sunday night at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.  Here's the complete report:

Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
OL Ryan Wendell (concussion)

Limited Participation
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
DE Shaun Ellis (rib)
RB Kevin Faulk (knee)
RB BenJarvus Green Ellis (toe)
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder)
WR...

11/10/2011 - 4:52pm
MacMullan: Shaq physically abused by father

Speaking on Jason Whitlock's podcast for FoxSports.com, Jackie MacMullan -- the author of Shaquille O'Neal new book "Shaq Uncut" -- said that the former Celtic center was repeatedly physically abused by his father, Phillip Harrison, during O'Neal's childhood.

According to CBS Sportsline, MacMullan said in the interview, "It gets lost in the shuffle because people want to talk about Kobe, Pat Riley, and LeBron and all these other famous people, but another fascinating part of this book is his father. 'Sarge,' Phillip Harrison, who, frankly, abused him all the way through his life. Physically abused him, beat the living daylights out of him at every turn.

"We're not talking about spanking," MacMullan later continued. "We're talking about a belt. Beating him badly. Something that disturbed his mother greatly. Of course, Shaq's mom and his dad aren't together any more. I think that's in part why. Sarge was a military guy,...

11/10/2011 - 4:48pm
Haynesworth: I wanted to play more

Former Patriots defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who was released earlier this week by New England, spoke to the Tampa Bay media Thursday, a day after he was picked up by the Bucs. Haynesworth told reporters he was happy with the Patriots, but said he was hoping to do more.

“I felt like I could still play,” Haynesworth said, according to the St. Petersburg Times. “I just want to prove myself. That was a great place. Coach (Bill) Belichick is a great guy and it’s a good system. But I just wanted to play more. I wanted to practice more and get more reps. The more reps you get, the better I’d get. I just wasn’t getting a lot of reps so they made the decision to let me go.”

With Tampa Bay, Haynesworth is expected to return to the “3...

11/10/2011 - 2:42pm
Pats practice: Chung, Spikes miss again

FOXBORO -- Patrick Chung, Brandon Spikes and Ryan Wendell were not at the start of Patriots practice for the second straight day as the team held practice inside a rainy Gillette Stadium Thursday afternoon. 

Chung missed his second straight practice with a foot injury while Spikes landed on this week's injury report with a right knee issue. He reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Giants. Wendell suffered a concussion during the loss while Dane Fletcher was again missing from practice. 

The team practiced in full pads inside the stadium in preparation for the Jets this Sunday night at MetLife Stadium. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


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