Kevin Walsh has the headlines and highlights for Thursday evening, including:
The Celtics building their first three-game winning streak of the season . . .
. . . and putting that streak on the line tonight in Brooklyn,
Dan Connolly, Logan Mankins and Wes Welker missing Patriots practice for the second straight day,
Shonn Greene weighing in on Tim Tebow's behalf in the Jets' quarterback controversy,
GM Ben Cherington saying he expects the Red Sox will have one of the highest payrolls in baseball in 2013, and
Anticipation of the A.L. MVP Award announcement tonight.
When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit.
Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer.
Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth.
"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."
Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter.
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