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09/25/2012 - 11:26am
Ainge: C's not looking for another guard

BOLTON -- Keyon Dooling's retirement may have caught many off guard, but the Celtics had a decent idea that he was leaning in that direction. Dooling's absence opens the door for one or more of their young players to make the roster during training camp and team president Danny Ainge said the team isn't looking to bring in another veteran.  

"We probably won’t bring anyone else in," Ainge said. "We like our young guys. We like Kris Joseph and Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith and they’ll be competing for that last spot."

All three players will arrive for training camp on non-guaranteed deals. Joseph, a second-round pick out of Syracuse, is signed to a two-year deal with neither year guaranteed. Christimas, who opened eyes with his play in summer league, has half his deal guaranteed and may have a leg up on the competition entering camp. Smith is the only pure guard of the bunch and his chances shouldn't be...

09/25/2012 - 11:17am
Doc: Garnett will continue to play center

Asked if Kevin Garnett will continue to start at center after the additions of rookie Fab Melo, veteran free agent Jason Collins and most recently former No. 2 overall NBA draft pick Darko Milicic, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said, "That's a question that Doc [Rivers] will have to answer."

Well, Rivers wasted little time clearing up that inquiry.

"He'll still be a five," the Celtics coach said from a Shamrock Foundation charitable golf event at The International in Bolton. "I don't think Kevin cares as much as he says. I think Kevin just wants to win. If I told him he had to play point, and we would win the title by him doing that, he would give it a try. I just think that's who Kevin is."

Despite his success in the role throughout the second half of the year and into the playoffs, Garnett repeatedly voiced his dislike of playing center last season after injuries to Jermaine...

09/25/2012 - 9:34am
Ainge on Rondo: 'Best player on the team'

Over the summer, Rajon Rondo declared himself the best point guard in the NBA, and Celtics president Danny Ainge, whose faith in Rondo as the future of the franchise has seemingly been as inconsistent as the 26-year-old's play on the court through his first six seasons, didn't entirely disagree.

"The way he played in the playoffs I thought was pretty incredible," Ainge said from a Shamrock Foundation charitable golf event at The International in Bolton. "He proved that he's the best player on the team, and he's a guy who has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches. I think that's a big step. We're excited for him this year. He's worked really hard this summer as well."

Rondo averaged 17.3 point, 11.9 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game during the C's run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals last season. That performance and Rondo's ability to raise his game in nationally televised showcases has led to...

09/25/2012 - 8:15am
Mashup: Belichick likely to face fine

In Tuesday's Morning Mashup, we have everything -- tweets, video, reaction -- you need to know about the Seahawks-Packers debacle from Monday night. Down 12-7, Russell Wilson hit Golden Tate for a game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock. Awesome finish, right? Well maybe, only anyone who has ever watched football knows the pass was actually picked off. Tate, who blatantly pushed off a defender before the ball arrived, was ruled to have simultaneous possession in the end zone. Check out the Mashup for related content in regards to that contreversey.

In local news, according to the NFL Network, Bill Belichick will mostly likely face a fine, but not a suspension as some have speculated, for making contact with an official following the Patriots 31-30 loss to the Ravens Sunday night. Belichick said he was simply looking for an explanation about Baltimore's game-winning field goal which may or may not have been good.

ESPN's Adam Schefter...

09/25/2012 - 12:43am
Replacement officials cost Packers win
By: DJ Bean

The worst-case scenario regarding the NFL's officiating situation occurred Monday night, when a blown call and subsequent review by replacement officials cost the Packers a win Monday night against the Seahawks. 

With the Seahawks trailing, 12-7, and facing 4th-and-10 with eight seconds remaining in the game, Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary into the end zone. Packers safety M.D. Jennings jumped in the crowded end zone to make the interception, with Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate trying wrest the ball from him on the way down. Side judge Lance Easley signaled for a touchdown, while back judge Derrick Rhone-Dunn signaled an interception. The play was reviewed and confirmed as a touchdown, though replays, in addition to confirming Jennings' interception, further revealed that Tate had pushed off a Green Bay defender.

"It was awful," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said of the final play. "Just look at the replay, and then the...

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