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10/06/2010 - 7:32pm
Shaq to start C's preseason opener

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- When the Celtics take the floor for the preseason opener against Philadelphia Wednesday night, Shaquille O'Neal will be the team's starting center. Jermaine O'Neal entered camp as the starter, but he has been hampered by an injury to his left hamstring.

 

Doc Rivers said before the game that Jermaine O'Neal would also miss Thursday's game at New Jersey. That leaves Shaq as the center, with the rest of the five unchanged. With Jermaine O'Neal out, expect to see a lot of Semih Erden as well. Rivers wants to give him major minutes this preseason to get him ready in case injuries hits.

 

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10/06/2010 - 5:24pm
Chung loses out on special teams honor

Blocking a punt and field goal in the second half of Monday night's win over the Dolphins wasn't enough to earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for Patriots safety Patrick Chung.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee instead claimed the award. Scobee kicked a 59-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give Jacksonville a 31-28 victory over the Colts. 

 

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10/06/2010 - 5:16pm
ESPN's Carter has harsh words for Patriots

Cris Carter was a teammate of Randy Moss in Minnesota for four seasons, and the two reportedly developed a tight bond. On a conference call Wednesday afternoon, Carter — now an ESPN analyst — was critical of the Patriots for dealing Moss to Minnesota, saying quarterback Tom Brady and the New England passing game will suffer as a result.

Carter was asked if he thought the Patriots are a championship-type offense without Moss, he said, “Absolutely not.”

“There’s no way you take Randy Moss away from any quarterback in this league, and that quarterback gets better. It’s not possible,” Carter said. “This is a game about talented players. But you can only do so much if you don’t have the weapons. Tom will still be a great quarterback until he retires. He is that good. But he will have to work extra hard. Wes Welker’s job became a little bit harder.”

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10/06/2010 - 4:59pm
Lee brilliant as Rangers take Game 1

Cliff Lee allowed just one run in seven innings, striking out 10 batters to lead the Texas Rangers to a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the best-of-five ALDS matchup.

 

Jeff Francoeur doubled in Ian Kinsler and later scored on a Bengie Molina single to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the second inning. That proved to be enough for Lee, who is now 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA in six career playoff starts.

 

Nelson Cruz and Molina later added solo home runs off Rays starter David Price.

 

Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday, with James Shields on the mound for the Rays. He'll be opposed by C.J. Wilson. 


10/06/2010 - 4:44pm
Report: Moss had 'dispute' with O'Brien

According to a report by ESPN.com, which cited player sources, Randy Moss had a "heated exchange" with Patriots quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien at halftime of the Monday night game between the Patriots and Dolphins. The Patriots trailed the Dolphins, 7-6, at halftime, and Moss had been targeted with just one pass in the first half before his outburst.

 

The trade of Moss came less than 48 hours after the reported incident. In four games this year, Moss had nine receptions for 139 yards and three touchdowns, and no catches in Monday night's 41-14 Patriots victory in Miami. O'Brien is in his second year as the quarterbacks coach of the Patriots, a position that is responsible for much of the team's play-calling.

 

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