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03/02/2011 - 7:06pm
UPDATE: Patriots OL Stephen Neal retires

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal is listed as "reserve/retired" on the NFL's internal transaction report, an indication he is going to retire. The news, which was first reported by ESPN Boston, indicates Neal's career has likely come to an end. (UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: The Patriots issued a statement saying that Neal is indeed retiring, and will speak with the media on a conference call on Thursday.) A former collegiate wrestler at Cal State-Bakersfield who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2001, the 34-year-old Neal became a full-time starter in 2004 at right guard, starting 81 of a possible 86 games over the course of his professional career. Neal suffered a shoulder injury midway through the 2010 season and ended the year on injured reserve.

 

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03/02/2011 - 6:53pm
Celtics officially sign Murphy

The Celtics made it official and announced the signing of free agent forward Troy Murphy. The 6-foot-11 Murphy is with the team and at the Garden as they prepare for a game with the Phoenix Suns. He will wear Number 30, last worn by Rasheed Wallace. Murphy chose the Celtics over the Heat after he was placed on waivers by Golden State.

 

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03/02/2011 - 6:16pm
Reports: Brewer to sign with Mavs

The Celtics won't be able to complete their free agent double-play as Corey Brewer is headed to Dallas. Yahoo reports that Brewer will sign a multi-year contract with the Mavericks. The Celtics had interest in Brewer, as did a number of other teams, after he was unexpectedly bought out by the Knicks. There aren't many other options left for the Celtics who can have as many as two roster spots left to fill once they make a decision on center Chris Johnson who is working on a 10-day contract.

 

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03/02/2011 - 6:14pm
Report: Pats extend tender to Green-Ellis

According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, the Patriots have extended a restricted free-agent tender to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The tender is at a second-round compensation level.

 

Green-Ellis had a breakout season in 2010, rushing for 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns, a total that ranked second in the NFL. This is the first restricted free-agent tender the Patriots have extended this offseason. 

 

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03/02/2011 - 5:16pm
Frye: 'People aren't afraid' of Garnett

The Celtics and Suns play Wednesday night at TD Garden, the first meeting between the two teams since the Suns defeated the Celtics 88-71 on January 28 in Phoenix.

 

In that game, Kevin Garnett and Channing Frye had an altercation following a Frye three-point attempt late in the contest, as it appeared Garnett hit Frye in the groin area after the shot was released. Frye picked up a technical foul for his role in the altercation and Garnett was ejected.

 

At the Suns shootaround on Wednesday, Frye was asked about the confrontation.

 

“There’s a rule,” Frye told the Boston Herald. “There’s certain things you just don’t do and he just overstepped that boundary twice. It is what it is. There’s nothing else I can say about it. What am I going to do, slap him on the...

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