Allen, Pietrus out tonight vs. Knicks

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Allen, Pietrus out tonight vs. Knicks

NEW YORK The Boston Celtics will once again experience life without Ray Allen, whose right ankle injury apparently hasn't healed as well as believed.

Allen went through shoot-around this morning, and seemed fine. But C's coach Doc Rivers got the news afterward that Allen's ankle problems would keep him out of the C's lineup once again.

"As far as the movement, the mobility from the morning, it wasn't to my liking," said Allen, who will miss his 15th game in the last 16 played by the C's.

Allen's injury has been disappointing from the start. But now it's starting to trend towards frustration.

"I was excited about coming in, feeling that lift and spring again," Allen said. "But for some reason, it wasn't there. That's the disappointment that it lingers towards frustration. I've been doing what I need to do to get back. I guess my ankle is saying, 'I'm not ready yet,' I gotta take more time."

Rivers had already implemented the inclusion of Allen in his game plan for tonight's game, only to find out upon arriving at Madison Square Garden that Allen would not play.

"I got here and got the Grim Reaper (Eddie Lacerte, the C's team trainer) - that's what we call Eddie when he comes in. And he gave me the news. Just roll with it, and we'll see tomorrow."

That was just the beginning of the bad news for Boston.

Mickael Pietrus watched shoot-around this morning, but was sent back to Boston to have his knee examined. His status for Wednesday's game against Orlando is unclear.

Rivers believes his problem has more to do with the schedule being so packed with games.

"You kind of forget that he's been out so long," Rivers said. "And then we kind of threw him back in the fire. I probably errored there, too. Three games in a row for him, his knee swelled up so we sent him back home right away."

Pietrus suffered a concussion on March 23 which forced him to miss the C's next 10 games. He returned on April 11 against Atlanta and appeared in the next four games which included the Celtics' only set of back-to-back-to-back games this season.

It is unclear when either player will return to the lineup. But as has been the case with guys getting hurt all season, there will not be any plans to rush anyone back - especially with the playoffs just a couple weeks away.

"At the end of the day, we need everyone for the playoffs," Rivers said.

Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1, deny Shield-clinching opportunity

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Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1, deny Shield-clinching opportunity

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored late goals and the New England Revolution, with a 2-1 win, denied Toronto FC an opportunity to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday.

Kamara scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a header off Nguyen's cross. The Revs (11-4-5) avoided playoff elimination and extended their undefeated streak at home against Toronto FC (18-5-8) to six games. Toronto has three matches remaining to clinch the Shield with a magic number of three points.

Nguyen opened the scoring for New England in the 82nd minute with his 50th career goal, taking Chris Tierney's lead pass from midfield and finishing through a defensive deflection.

Toronto FC's Nicolas Hasler answered two minutes later with a right-footed volley of Michael Bradley's diagonal cross.

Forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore missed the match for Toronto FC, both due to lower body tightness.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 2 Clemson pulls away in 4th quarter to beat Boston College, 34-7

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 2 Clemson pulls away in 4th quarter to beat Boston College, 34-7

CLEMSON, S.C. - Adam Choice had a 6-yard tiebreaking touchdown in the fourth quarter and Travis Etienne had two scoring runs in the final six minutes as No. 2 Clemson wore down Boston College in a 34-7 victory Saturday.

The Tigers, who came in off top-15 wins over Auburn and Louisville the last two weeks, were five-touchdown favorites over the Eagles (1-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). But Boston College quieted the large Death Valley crowd on AJ Dillon's 1-yard TD late in the third quarter to tie the game at 7-all.

Clemson finally got going in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Kelly Bryant led the Tigers on a 76-yard drive, capped by Choice's go-ahead score. The next series, they were at it once more on a 90-yard series and the speedy freshman Etienne burst through the weary Eagles to finally give the Tigers some breathing room. Bryant added a 4-yard TD before Etienne closed the scoring with a 10-yard run.

Clemson (4-0, 2-0) won its seventh straight over the Eagles and opened 4-0 for a third consecutive season.

Bryant ended with 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground. It was the second straight game Etienne, a Louisiana recruited wooed heavily by LSU, broke off a long touchdown run after his 81-yard score against Louisville last week.

Boston College's defense and punter Mike Knoll kept it in the game longer than most figured. Clemson had only 38 yards in the third quarter and Knoll had pinned the Tigers inside the 10 five times.

The effort clearly wore down the Eagles, who were outgained in the final period 213-37.