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02/01/2011 - 2:47pm
Van Gundy: Celtics 'execute great'

Jeff Van Gundy, who provides analysis for NBA games on ESPN and ABC, joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday to talk about the Celtics’ victory over the Lakers on Sunday, the recent controversy surrounding Kevin Garnett and other NBA topics.

 

Van Gundy was asked for his take on the Celtics, who now stand at 36-11 after Sunday's win. 

 

"The Celtics to me, are the best executing team at both ends of the floor right now," said Van Gundy. "The best balance between really good offense and playing really stout defense. The only thing to me that ever gets in their way? Back-to back games, where they may have less energy, playing a lesser opponent, sometimes they might take some possessions off, and rebounding. From a basketball standpoint, that and turnovers are the only things that get in their way, because they execute great, shoot it well and defend like heck."

 

As for the...

02/01/2011 - 1:42pm
Wilfork: '18 games don't make no sense'

Speaking to the Boston Herald, Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said that he is not in favor of the NFL's proposal that the regular-season schedule be expanded to 18 games.

 

“It’s going to do whatever the NFL wants to do, anyways. It’s one of those things where you just have to sit and see what happens,” Wilfork first said with respect to a lockout. “But I can tell you one thing, 18 games don’t make no sense. Eighteen games turns into 20 games because the two preseason games you have to play your veterans and your starters. So that’s 20 games.

 

“If you look at it from that standpoint, it’s a stupid thing. It’s just too stupid to be adding games.”

 

Regarding the proposed expanded schedule, Wilfork also expressed concerns...

02/01/2011 - 12:59pm
Manny: 'I'm here because I love the game'

Manny Ramirez turned to Johnny Damon as the two arrived for a press conference to be introduced as members of the Rays and offered a simple proclamation: "We're back," grinned Ramirez.

 

Ramirez joined Damon with Tampa Bay, reuniting two players who were teammates with the Red Sox for four seasons from 2002-05 and bringing Ramirez back to the AL East division in which he resided as a member of the Sox from 2001 until he forced his departure via trade in 2008. Ramirez, who had made more than $20 million per season from 2001-10, said that he had no qualms about signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Rays, suggesting that the opportunity to prove his ability to perform at a high level on a competitive team was his chief motivation in joining Tampa Bay.

 

"I already made my money," Ramirez told reporters. "I'm here because I love the game, I love to compete. It doesn't matter how much you...

02/01/2011 - 12:46pm
Damon on Rays: 'This is my dream team'

Johnny Damon, in his introduction as a new member of the Rays after finalizing a one-year, $5.25 million deal, said that the opportunity to play for Tampa Bay represented a long-awaited outcome. Damon grew up in nearby Orlando, and so the 37-year-old -- who played in 145 games in 2010 for the Tigers while hitting .271 with a .355 OBP, .401 slugging mark and .756 OPS -- viewed the opportunity for a homecoming as an opportunity that could not be turned down.

 

"This is my dream team," Damon told reporters at the press conference to introduce him and Manny Ramirez as the newest Rays. "I'll see much more of my family and friends. I love this opportunity to come back home and hopefully help this team win a championship."

 

Damon said that he views the Rays -- who won the AL East in 2010 -- as capable of competing in the division this year. He also said that he does not view this season as the "final...

02/01/2011 - 12:41pm
Youkilis clarifies: 'Jacoby's a good guy'
By: DJ Bean

In his appearance on Dale and Holley Tuesday, Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis clarified his stance on outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Limited to 18 games last season, Ellsbury spent much of the campaign in Arizona rehabbing, and not with the team. Youkilis had said in June that "there's a lot of guys here that are hurt and supporting the team. We wish Jacoby was here supporting us, too."

 

The third baseman noted Tuesday that he wasn't questioning Ellsbury's rib injury, but more expressing disappointment that the outfielder didn't stick around to encourage his teammates. 

 

"What I did there was -- and I still have this feeling, and I'll say it about anyone on the team -- I think you should be with your team, because there's a lot of things that happen," Youkilis said. "I think there's a case right now that we're hearing with the Green Bay Packers players. They had guys that were going home and...

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