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05/31/2012 - 3:10pm
Brady: 'No budging' Light out of retirement

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady will be working with a new left tackle in 2012 for the first time in his career after Matt Light retired this spring. Brady acknowledged Thursday after practice at Patriots organized team activity that he tried to talk Light out of retirement but to no avail. 

"Matt was an incredible player for this team and organization," Brady said. "It's sad when you see a guy move on to other parts of their life. Some go to other teams, some retire. Matt chose to retire. That was a big decision in his life. I said before, I tried to talk him out of it, but there was no budging. Matt's pretty stubborn. It made him a good player, but I certainly wasn't talking him out of it."

Brady said he still takes heat in practice from teammates when he makes a mistake, including receivers like Wes Welker. 

"Probably Wes," Brady said. "Wes gives it to me pretty good. All the guys that are...

05/31/2012 - 2:04pm
Wilfork: 'Can't fault' Welker for his business

FOXBORO -- Vince Wilfork knows what Wes Welker is going through. He said on Thursday at Patriots' organized team activities that he supports his teammate is back with the team only after agreeing to sign his franchise tender. Wilfork did not attend the team's OTAs in 2009 as he held out for a more permanent deal, which eventually materialized after he was franchised in early 2010.  

Welker, on the other hand, was in attendance Thursday and has been taking part in team activities. 

"Wes is going to handle his situation however he wants to handle it," Wilfork said. "Everybody is different. You can't fault anybody for handling their business so I'll let Wes' business be Wes' business. I'll let Wes speak on his situation with that. 

"I'm happy to have him. He's the best receiver in the game, coming off the years he's had. He's one of our best players and one of the best players in the league. I'm happy he's...

05/31/2012 - 8:10am
Ortiz won't participate in Home Run Derby

David Ortiz told WEEI.com Wednesday that he will not participate in the Home Run Derby at this year's All-Star Game if asked.

"No, man. Last year was it for me," Ortiz said. "I can be the captain if they want me again, but I won't participate. I'll just be cheering for the guys."

Ortiz has participated in the Home Run Derby five times, winning the contest in 2010. Last season the Red Sox designated hitter captained the American League group.

"You can't be 36 to do that," he said. "There's no 36-year-old who can keep up with that." When asked if 2011 was more exhausting than the previous year in Anaheim, when he won the contest with 32 total home runs, he said that was the case. When asked why, his response was, "I was younger, [in '10]."

Ortiz did emphasize that the reason he wouldn't be participating wasn't because he believed the event would alter his swing for the season's second...

05/31/2012 - 8:01am
Mashup: Szczerbiak says Garnett not clutch

Wally Szczerbiak, who played six-plus seasons with Kevin Garnett on the Timberwolves and briefly played for the Celtics as part of his 10-year career, did not pull any punches in his criticism of the Big Ticket on Wednesday night. Despite Garnett's stellar performance this postseason -- including 18 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday night's Game 2 loss -- Szczerbiak, now a CBS Sports analyst, pointed to Garnett's late-game struggles in a series of tweets.

Wrote Szczerbiak as Garnett was missing five of his last six shots: KG is another one who lacks the #clutchgene always has!

Late in the game he added: KG never takes big shot for #Celtics now he's fourth in line behind Pierce Allen and Rondo to take clutch shot. Warrior all game though!!

And following the game: KG was a warrior all game but in OT he was horrible on both ends of the floor tonight!!

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05/31/2012 - 1:21am
Rondo: 44 points 'irrelevant, we lost'

Rajon Rondo became the first player in the long, illustrious history of the Celtics to score at least 40 points and dish out at least 10 assists in a playoff game, but his mood and the mood of the team was tempered after a 115-111 loss to the Heat Wednesday night that put the Celtics in a 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference finals. Rondo finished with 44 points, 10 assists and was just two rebounds shy of his fourth triple-double of this playoff season.

"It's kind of irrelevant," Rondo said. "We lost. It's as simple as that."

Rondo had three steals and just three turnovers, remarkable considering the point guard played all 53 minutes of the epic playoff contest. He became just the eighth player in NBA history to play all 53 minutes of a playoff game. But Rondo maintained that he was not tired in the late stages of the game.  

"I felt fine," Rondo said. "It was a mental grind for me, individually,...

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