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03/03/2011 - 8:43pm
Page, Green-Ellis tendered by Pats

The Patriots announced Thursday evening that they have extended tenders to restricted free agents BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Jarrad Page. In addition, the team said cornerback Kyle Arrington was tendered an exclusive rights free agent.

The tenders for Green-Ellis and Arrington were already reported, but the decision to tender Page is an indication that the Patriots like what they have in the defensive back, who was hindered by a calf injury for much of the 2010 season, his first in a New England uniform. In all, Page played in 10 games.

If another club signs either Green-Ellis or Page to an offer sheet, the Patriots have seven days to match the offer. If they choose not to match, New England will receive the appropriate compensation from the respective club — reportedly a second-round pick.

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03/03/2011 - 6:31pm
NFL players, owners agree to keep talking

In the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, the NFL players and owner have agreed to a 24-hour extension of the deadline, which was originally set for Thursday at midnight. The news, which was first reported by the NFL Network, means that both sides will likely continue talking throughout the day on Friday at the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services in Washington, D.C., in hopes of avoiding the first work stoppage in the NFL since 1987.

 

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03/03/2011 - 6:23pm
Ainge on Big Show: Perkins' health a concern

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show to talk about the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City and how he sees the new pieces fitting for his team. Ainge reiterated that there were a number of factors that led to the trade, including the financial ramifications of a new contract for Perkins, who would have been a free agent after this year, as well as the chance to add players who can help the Celtics win this year. Ainge also was concerned about Perkins' knees.

 

"I was worried about Perk's health," Ainge said. "Perk was not the same player coming off the knee surgery and then he had the sprained knee ligament against Golden State that was going to put him out for a few more weeks. There was some concern there."

 

Ainge added later in the interview: "There's one thing I would never question with Kendrick is his integrity, his character, his work ethic...

03/03/2011 - 4:58pm
Report: Brady, Mankins could join union fight

Multiple outlets are reporting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and offensive lineman Logan Mankins have agreed to serve as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NFL if the players’ association decides to decertify. The duo, as well as quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, would lend their names to the suit similar to the one the NFL filed in 1993 that was headlined by former star Reggie White. (That suit, in many ways, paved the way for NFL free agency.)

However, the decertification hammer still hasn’t been dropped by the players. If the NFLPA does file for decertification (something they would have to do by 5 p.m. to have it affect the current CBA) the players would be allowed to file suit — which would then have the names of the players on it — against the owners for restricting trade. (Disbanding the union would be necessary because a union is not allowed to sue a party with which it is collectively bargaining.) If the...

03/03/2011 - 4:47pm
Doc: Baby to miss only 'couple of games'

WALTHAM -- The Celtics received good news on Thursday when an MRI revealed that Glen Davis has only left knee patellar tendinitis and no major structural damage. The power forward, who has started at center many times this season in place of Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal, said he will need only a week to rest the injury before returning to action. 

 

Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed that assessment after practice on Thursday. 

 

"Nothing serious but he may be out for three, four or five days," Rivers said. "But it's nothing serious. He'll miss Friday [vs. Golden State]. I think he'll miss a couple of games. But overall, that's pretty good."

 

Davis, who injured the knee going up for a dunk with 49 seconds left in Wednesday's game against the Suns, said he's been playing with the soreness all season and initially aggravated the knee in Game 7 of the NBA finals last...

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