The Celtics will be without Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus Wednesday as they battle the Magic in a key Eastern Conference showdown.
Rondo fell on his back Tuesday in New York and had a heavy wrap on his right wrist and was given the night off Doc Rivers. Ray Allen missed his sixth straight game with a sore left ankle while Mickael Pietrus missed his second straight game with right knee soreness.
"Just a bruised back for Rondo," Rivers announced before the game. But he acknowledged that Allen's ankle is "troublesome" and has no idea when he might be full strength again.
The Celtics entered the game with a 36-26 record, and have all but assured no worse than a No. 4 seed in the East as the Atlantic Division leaders. However, they could still not have home court advantage if Atlanta (36-25) or the Magic (36-25) have a better record.
Rivers also indicated that if Wednesday marked the...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has Kevin Youkilis batting sixth in Wednesday's lineup against Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, the lowest that Youkilis has hit that low in the order in almost four years. Since hitting sixth on July 22, 2008, Youkilis has hit in the third through fifth spots in every game he's started.
However, one night after Youkilis went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts to drop his average to .176 with a .443 OPS, Valentine suggested that the 33-year-old might benefit from "just a little breather" by hitting lower in the order.
"Maybe just a little something different for him, you know, gets that one pitch," said Valentine. "We’ve all been there. A bloop away."
Valentine did praise Youkilis for the effort he's putting into returning to form, though he deferred to hitting coach Dave Magadan on Youkilis on the specifics of his work, noting that his experience with the three-time All-Star is...
Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, speaking to the media for the first time since suffering a subluxation of his right shoulder last Friday, said that he does not have a timetable for his return, but that after being assured that he will not require surgery, he is ready to work to get back as soon as possible. The outfielder said that after being examined to confirm the diagnosis for a subluxation, he is confident in a return at some point this year.
"I’ll definitely be playing this year, hopefully sooner than later," said Ellsbury. "Putting a lot of work in. Right now, we’re doing a lot of icing to get the swelling out. Once the swelling subsides, I can start getting exercises, that sort of thing, in the shoulder. As far as the timeline, we don’t have one right now. ... Everyone’s on the same page. I’m excited to get everything going and get back as soon as possible."
Ellsbury said that he had...
Patriots left tackle Matt Light, one of the few remaining links to Super Bowl XXXVI left on the roster, will retire, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. Light's playing status has been a topic since the end the 2011 season, but he has refused to commit one way or another, including when pressed by reporters at an event on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Light has been a part of three Super Bowl teams since he entered the league as a second-round pick out of Purdue in 2001, and has started 153 regular-season games over the course of his 11-year career in New England. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford went 1-for-3 with a homer and walk on Wednesday, his second game in extended spring training in Fort Myers. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that the 30-year-old's wrist (which was surgically repaired in January) is no longer an issue, but said that he is likely not ready at this point to resume playing outfield as a resut of the elbow strain he suffered last week. Crawford has been serving as a designated hitter in both of his games in Florida.
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Patriots Safety Devin McCourty joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and talked about covering the Steelers Wide Receivers, and how he's helping the players who are in the AFC Championship for the first time prepare.
ProFootball Talk's Mike Florio told Glenn, Lou, and Christian that the Patriots have a quiet confidence that they can outscore the Steelers, since they've proven they have the ability.
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
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Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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