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10/25/2010 - 5:43pm
Doc on Heat opener: 'We're ready to play'

WALTHAM -- After months of hype and preparation, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Monday that he feels confident his team is ready for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Tuesday at TD Garden.

 

"It's opening night," Rivers said of Tuesday's season opener, which is also the first game on the NBA's slate this season. "It's great. It's opening night at home. We've had a lot of time to prepare for the game, which is nice, and we're ready to play.

 

"It's going to be the team that plays the best, and one of the two teams is going to win. Then whoever wins will be annointed Eastern Conference champ for a day then the next day we play Cleveland and it will go away. I get the build up. It is a neat game. It'll be a lot of fun for everybody."

 

After the Celtics take on the Heat, the defending champion Lakers play the Houston Rockets in the other game on...

10/25/2010 - 5:38pm
Report: Manny would play for Farrell, Jays

Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez told ESPNDeportes.com that he would be happy to play for the Toronto Blue Jays under new manager John Farrell. Farrell was with the Red Sox in Ramirez' final season and a half in Boston in 2007-08, when the slugger helped lead the Sox to a World Series in '07 and then forced his way out of town in '08. Ramirez praised Farrell's knowledge of the game, and suggested that Toronto -- a team that has been a home for many stand-out players from the Dominican Republic -- is an extremely desirable destination.

 

In the article (in Spanish), Ramirez also said that he underwent surgery two weeks ago for a sports hernia, which will prevent him from starting his winter workouts until November. That said, the slugger -- who hit .298 with a .409 OBP and .870 OPS in 2010, which he spent with the Dodgers and White Sox -- said that he...

10/25/2010 - 4:38pm
Farrell: Blue Jays can win World Series

Former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, in his introductory press conference as the manager of the Blue Jays, said that he was drawn to Toronto by the combination of talent and resources that he believes will allow the organization to compete for a World Series. Though he is aware of the challenges presented by residing in a division that features the Yankees and Red Sox -- and, for that matter, Tampa Bay -- Farrell said that, from across the field, it had become clear that the Jays (who finished 2010 with an 85-77 record) could contend for years.

 

"I come here and share the same vision that [Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos and team president Paul Beeston] do, and that’s to win a World Series," Farrell told reporters. "In this division, it’s extremely difficult to compete. … It’s an extremely challenging division.

 

"We can assemble a team to [compete]. We know that we have to...

10/25/2010 - 4:18pm
Belichick: We're preparing for Favre

FOXBORO — Despite the fact that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was reportedly diagnosed Monday with two separate fractures in his left ankle, Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave no doubt Monday afternoon as to who they think will be under center for Minnesota when the two teams meet Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Responding to a question as to whether or not they’ll be preparing as if Favre was going to play Favre, Belichick smiled.

“Of course — he’s started 8,000 games in a row,” Belichick said of the 41-year-old Favre, who has played in 291 consecutive games. “Favre is like Lou Gehrig — of course I expect him to play. But you have to be ready for everybody. You always have to be ready for all the players that are on the roster.”

According to Minnesota coach Brad Childress, Favre is in a walking boot, and an MRI revealed the quarterback has two...

10/25/2010 - 4:14pm
BB on 4th-and-1: 'I need to do a better job'
By: DJ Bean

Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show, chatting with Glenn Ordway, Fred Smerlas, and Steve DeOssie about the Patriots' victory over the Chargers on Sunday and the decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 late in the game on a play in which BenJarvus Green-Ellis was stopped for a loss. 

 

"I felt we would be OK with the play we had called. Obviously it didn't work out," Belichick said, adding that, "I need to do a better job in those situations with the plays."

 

Belichick noted that he "didn't get the sense" that Brandon Meriweather, fined $50,000 last week for his hits, approached tackling on Sunday any different. 

 

Next week will see the return of Randy Moss, who Belichick admitted is "tough to deal with" but pointed out that the likes of Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe and Adrian Peterson make the Viking's offense far more potent than...

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