SAN FRANCISCO -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that Jermaine O'Neal, who hasn't played since the All-Star break due to a left wrist injury, is not expected to return to the team.
"I don't think he'll be back, but nothing's clear," Rivers said prior to Thursday's Celtics-Warriors game. "It's not final but I don't see him playing."
O'Neal is in the final year of a deal that is paying him $6.2 million this season. The 33-year-old has appeared in 25 games this year, starting 24, averaging 5.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest in an average of 23 minutes per game.
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John Jenkins scored 27 points and fifth-seeded Vanderbilt turned away 12th-seeded Harvard, 79-70, in an NCAA tournament second-round game Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M.
Harvard's Laurent Rivard hit 6-of-7 3-pointers and sparked a late comeback that trimmed an 18-point deficit to five. He finished with 20 points for the Crimson, who end their historic season at 26-5. Kyle Casey scored 13 points before fouling out in the final minute, Brandyn Curry scored 12 points, and Keith Wright had eight points and nine rebounds.
Vanderbilt led by 10 points at the break, 33-23, after closing the period on a 13-3 run. The lead peaked at 18 after a Jeffery Taylor dunk made it 62-44 with 7:52 remaining. After Rivard started getting hot from behind the arc, Harvard got the margin back to single digits on a Curry layup with 2:30 left. That was the start of an 8-0 run that made it a five-point game with 1:51 left after two free throws by Wright. However, that's as...
The Patriots have reached an agreement that would allow them to retain free agent offensive lineman Dan Connolly, according to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe. The versatile 29-year-old, who has played both center and guard over the course of his career in New England, was signed to the Patriots' practice squad in 2007 and promoted to the active roster in 2008. Since then, the 6-foot-4, 313-pound Connolly has played in 42 games with the Patriots, including 13 last season. He assumed the starters' role at center early last year after Dan Koppen went down with an injury in the regular-season opener against Miami. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
The Patriots officially announced the re-signing of Matthew Slater and the addition of free agent defensive tackle Marcus Harrison on Thursday.
The Slater deal was rumored to have been close to completed earlier this week. The 26-year-old is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Patriots. He has been utilized as a wide receiver, kickoff returner, special teams player and on defense at safety during his NFL career. He earned his first Pro Bowl berth as a special teams player in 2011 after leading the team in special teams tackles with 17. Slater appeared in all 16 games last season, including three starts at safety. He finished with one reception for 46 yards, 10 tackles on defense and also returned three kickoffs for 54 yards.
As for Harrison, the 27-year-old was originally drafted in 2008 by Chicago in the third round (90th overall) out of Arkansas. During his 37 career games over three seasons with the Bears, Harrison amassed 55 tackles, 3.0...
The Patriots have signed free agent safety Steve Gregory to a three-year contract, according to his agent David Canter. Gregory is a 29-year-old undrafted free agent out of Syracuse who has spent six years in the NFL, all with the Chargers. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder does have some positional versatility — he has worked as a safety, and also spent time in the slot and on special teams. Gregory had 67 tackles and one interception in 2011.
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We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
In the final hour Christian talks about the Celtics and their poor performance and how they can not let a player like Rondo beat them. The Aaron Hernandez saga in Christian's opinion is similar to a TV show. In the late night low light a mystic has predicted that WW3 will be starting in a few weeks and Christian wonders how do you become a mystic and can you make a career out of it.
Christian talks about the Patriots visiting the White House and Gronk interrupting Sean Spicer during his press conference. Aaron Hernandez was the big story of the day and alot of people had their theories of what happened and why now. The Bruins lose another close one to the Senators and Christian talks about how the offense needs to perform better because they got a great game from the goalie and defense.
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.
Hour 2. Mut, Gerry, and Kirk compare LeBron to Bird. Is he the second best player of all-time if he wins a fourth title? Headlines with Kirk features sound from “Hot Chocolate.” Rear Admiral broke down the B’s playoff series with Arcand.
HOUR - The last hour of the show was all over the place as the guys did a dry rehearsal of a wacky video they're supposed to record next week. They also look at the biggest games in the NFL next year, and Fauria rips off "Keefer Madness" with his "Fauria Euphoria."
HOUR 3 - The guys get into expectations for the Celtics who are down 2-0 to the Rajon Rondo-less Bulls. They also wonder how much the Celtics are listening to Brad Stevens. Christian is excited for Caitlyn Jenner's nude spread.
HOUR 2 - News breaks that Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a fractured thumb. Rondo was dynamite in game 2. The guys discuss whether or not the Celtics now stand a chance.
Last two hours focused on our winter teams as they struggle in their first round match-ups.
Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.
Hour One of freestyle Friday focused mostly on the Celtics and their matchup vs the now Rondo-less Bulls.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ben sits down with Diego Fagundez to talk about Diego's rise through the ranks of the academy, his accomplishment of reaching 10,000 minutes as a homegrown player, and how he has evolved his game.
Rich and Ben discuss the Celtics poor performances in Games 1 & 2, how we have to change our predictions, Rajon Rondo's thumb injury, and who is to blame for the terrible start to the series.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the entire week of K&C shows in one mega Friday edition
Michele McPhee joins Kirk, Gerry, and Alex to talk about Hernandez’s suicide and the accusation that she may have contributed to his suicide.More from this show
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.More from this show
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.More from this show
Hour 1. Mut believes Hernandez may have killed himself because of a threat. Trump is “done” with Brady after the quarterback skipped the White House visit.More from this show
Hour 2. Mut, Gerry, and Kirk compare LeBron to Bird. Is he the second best player of all-time if he wins a fourth title? Headlines with Kirk features sound from “Hot Chocolate.” Rear Admiral broke down the B’s playoff series with Arcand.More from this show