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05/09/2012 - 3:20pm
Valentine addresses Beckett rumor

Bobby Valentine made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Wednesday and was asked about radio reports that suggested Josh Beckett was seen playing golf last Thursday, a day after the Sox announced Beckett would miss a start with a sore lat muscle.

"I don’t know that I’m aware of it. I’m aware of the story being out there," Valentine said. “I haven’t gotten to Josh about that yet. I’m trying to sort out my feelings. Golf is as much a part of the pitching culture as the curveball, I know that for sure. You know, when we decided for Josh not to make his start, it wasn’t that he was injured. It was just a precautionary situation. His lat was a little tight. Again, I don’t know the specifics of this situation. I don’t know if he was out in a charity match and just putting or if he was wailing away or if he felt that might have loosened him up. I have no idea what the situation actually is so...

05/09/2012 - 12:59pm
Stephen A. on M&M: C's 'a superior team'

Stephen A. Smith of ESPN joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about the Celtics-Hawks playoff series. The Celtics lost Game 5 Tuesday night in Atlanta when Rajon Rondo lost the ball in the closing seconds, but they are one win away from eliminating the Hawks.

"The Celtics are just a better team, they're a superior team," Smith said. "If you have a reason to be concerned, it's regarding the health of Paul Pierce. That's it. Rajon Rondo making the mistake that he made, no big deal, it happens. I have a bigger problem with his lack of a perimeter shot, like I've always had. [There's] nothing about his game as a point guard that fazes me in the slightest."

Smith predicts big things from Rondo in Game 6 Thursday night, and he sees the Hawks' season coming to an end.

"I think Rajon Rondo is one of the best point guards in the game, and he's going to be hellacious tomorrow, because he has big-time attitude whenever...

05/09/2012 - 12:46pm
Cherington: Youk plays third when healthy

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington told CSNNE.com that when Kevin Youkilis is ready to come off the 15-day disabled list, he will return to playing third base for the Red Sox.

Youkilis, sidelined by a lower back strain, has struggled this year, hitting just .219 with a .292 OBP, .344 slugging mark, .635 OPS and two homers. In his absence, the Sox have called up Will Middlebrooks, who is 9-for-22 (.409) with a .435 OBP, 1.000 OPS, 1.435 slugging mark with more homers (3) and extra-base hits (7) in five games than Youkilis has this year in 18 contests.

That said, Cherington said that the job of the everyday third baseman for the Red Sox remained Youkilis'.

"If Youk returns in a week and is ready to go, he plays third base," Cherington told the website. "He's been here. It's...

05/09/2012 - 7:58am
Mashup: Cris Carter says he offered bounties

Former Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter said that he put bounties on opposing players, offering his teammates money to keep an eye an opponent if he was concerned that player was trying to hurt him.

"I'm guilty of [bounties] -- I mean, first time I've ever admitted it -- but I put a bounty on guys before," Carter said Tuesday night on ESPN Radio's "Hill and Schlereth" program. "I put bounties on guys. If a guy tries to take me out, a guy takes a cheap shot on me? I put a bounty on him right now!"

As an example, Carter mentioned former Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski.

"Bill Romanowski -- he told me he was going to take me out before the game, warmups," Carter said. "No problem. [He said,] 'I'm gonna end your career, Carter.' No problem. "I put a little change on his head before the game. Protect myself. Protect my family. That's the league that I grew up in."

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05/08/2012 - 11:45pm
Doc: C's 'played in spurts, that's why we lost'

A dejected Doc Rivers analyzed what happened in the furious final moments of Boston's 87-86 loss to Atlanta in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Tuesday night at Philips Arena. Rivers watched as Rajon Rondo nearly single-handedly won the game with a steal of an inbounds pass and a lenght-of-the-court dribble only to be denied even getting a shot off as the Hawks held on. 

Rondo scored six of the final eight points of the third quarter as the Celtics furiously rallied from a 12-point deficit and a nine-point hole late in the fourth only to have time run out. 

"I thought Rondo willed us back into the game in the third," Rivers said. "That stretch was huge for him. We played in spurts, and that's why we lost."

The Celtics now must deal with the confident tandem of Al Horford and Josh Smith in Game 6 in Boston Thursday night. Both registered double-doubles, with Horford hitting the final two...

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