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02/03/2012 - 9:22am
Belichick: Gronk 'moving in right direction'

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick addressed the media on Friday for the final time before Super Bowl XLVI and was asked about the status of Rob Gronkowski. The tight end practiced on Thursday for the first time since injuring his left ankle in the AFC championship game on January 22. 

"I think he was OK this morning, I think he was OK," Belichick said. "We'll see how it goes today. Rob has worked extremely hard and has got treatment morning, noon and night. He's gotten better on a daily basis. Hopefully he'll continue to make progress today, tomorrow and all day Sunday. We'll see how that takes us, but I think he's coming along and we'll see where he gets to. But certainly moving in the right direction and getting better on a daily basis."

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02/03/2012 - 8:49am
No Celtics among All-Star Game starters

The NBA All-Star Game starters have already been announced, and for the second consecutive season no Celtics are featured on the Eastern Conference starting lineup.

Leading vote-getter Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade will start for the East. Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum are the Western Conference starters.

Two-time All-Star Rajon Rondo received the most votes of the Celtics -- almost 800,000 fewer than Wade -- as he and Ray Allen (a 10-time All-Star) finished third and fourth among Eastern Conference guards.

Kevin Garnett, a 14-time selection, finished fourth on the forwards list behind James, Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. The one Celtics player with the best credentials this season, Paul Pierce (a 10-time All-Star), finished seventh among forwards.

The All-Star Game will be held on Feb. 26. The seven reserves on each squad, as voted by the...

02/03/2012 - 8:01am
J. Kraft on D&C: We try to do the right thing

Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft spoke with Dennis & Callahan from Indianapolis in an interview that aired Friday morning.

Kraft was asked if he's bothered by the negative national perception of the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick as they prepare to meet the Giants in Sunday's Super Bowl.

"You'd like people to think highly of you, but if they don't just for some emotional reason, there's nothing you can do," Kraft said. "We try to tangibly do the right thing, both on and off the field. I know that some people look at some of the things or some of the ways our organization operates and it doesn't always appear warm and fuzzy to the outside, but I think that's how you consistently -- at least with our existing football leadership structure -- how he believes you get the best results.

"I think we try to make up for it as an organization on the non-football side of things. But I understand if people aren't crazy...

02/03/2012 - 7:37am
Mashup: Peyton OK'd by docs, not Colts

According to multiple reports, two doctors cleared Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to return to football, and a spokesman for one of the doctors confirmed this fact.

"Peyton Manning underwent a thorough medical re-evaluation as part of a postoperative visit with his surgeon," read a Thursday statement from Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed neck surgery on Manning. "As a result of this examination, Manning is medically cleared to play professional football."

However, Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter in an attempt to deny that Manning has the OK to return. Wrote Irsay: Peyton has not passed our physical nor has he been cleared to play for The Indianapolis Colts. Irsay said a team statement would be released later Friday.

Manning and Irsay have said they will sit down after the Super Bowl to determine the player's future with the team.

Read more about that story and others -- including items about a...

02/03/2012 - 12:44am
Thornton to Bruins: 'Show up'
By: DJ Bean

 

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton expressed frustration with the team's play -- particularly in the second period -- after Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes at TD Garden. 

“Same thing we’ve been talking about for the last however long. We absolutely fall asleep in the second period,” Thornton said. “Not good enough at all. I don't think we had everyone going. Again.

“It seems to be the same old story. We're not that good that we can just come out and go through the motions and expect to be successful.”

The Bruins managed just five shots on goal in the second period Thursday and have been outscored 14-10 in the second period over their last nine games (4-4-1).

"It’s simple. Show up," Thornton said. "We need all 23 guys showing up and working hard and playing with a bit of an edge and not going over it -- that’s when we’re successful. We should know...

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