All signs point to Rondo's return tonight

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All signs point to Rondo's return tonight

WALTHAM While there's still no official word yet, all indications are that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will return to the Celtics' lineup tonight against the New York Knicks.

Rondo, who has missed the last eight games with a right wrist injury, was an active participant in the team's morning shootaround.

Earlier this week, coach Doc Rivers said tonight's game was a likely target date for the two-time all-star to return to action.

Prior to Tuesday's win at Cleveland, Rondo said he had done very little dribbling and had focused more on running to keep up his conditioning.

Rondo, who will likely be chosen by the Eastern Conference coaches as an All-Star reserve, told CSNNE.com he would not play in the All-Star game if he couldn't get a few regular season games under his belt leading up to it.

"If they select me and I don't play until Feb. 22 or games before that, there's no way I'm playing in the All-Star game," Rondo told CSNNE.com.

Even if he does play tonight, Rondo cautions no one should expect him to pick up where he left off prior to the injury.

"Regardless when I come back, it's not like I'm going to come back 100 percent," Rondo said. "I'm just trying to get as close as whenever I can function. If that's 50 percent, then I'll be back."

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.