Gronkowski officially out against 49ers


Gronkowski officially out against 49ers

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski will not play Sunday night against San Francisco.
Hopes should not have floated too high after the tight end practiced Friday -- it was his first and only workout since breaking his forearm November 18 and undergoing surgery.
Defensive lineman Ron Brace and linebacker Tracy White are both sidelined with elbow injuries after being limited in practice last week. Brace also didn't play last Monday night against Houston.
The good news for New England is that cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and Nate Solder (abdomen), who appeared on the injury report after the Texans game, will both be available against San Francisco.
The full list of Patriots inactives:
TE Rob GronkowskiDL Ron BraceLB Tracy WhiteDB Derrick MartinOL Markus ZusevicsDE Jake Bequette
San Francisco receiver Mario Manningham was declared "Out" for Sunday's game the night before. Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss will start in his place.
The complete 49ers inactive list:
S Trenton RobinsonRB Jewel HamptonLB Tavares GoodenG Joe LooneyNT Ian WilliamsWR Mario Manningham

Ortiz: Yankees fans' booing 'wakes up the monster in me'

Ortiz: Yankees fans' booing 'wakes up the monster in me'

In his 1-on-1 interview with CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam, David Ortiz thanks Yankees fans, ahead of his final series at Yankee Stadium, for the motivation they’ve given him throughout his Red Sox career. 

He expressed a similar sentiment in this post on The Players' Tribune website.


Stevens’ first practice observation: ‘We’re going to be able to fly around’

Stevens’ first practice observation: ‘We’re going to be able to fly around’

WALTHAM, Mass. –  Before the Celtics fully stretched prior to their first practice of the season, coach Brad Stevens had his players go 5-on-5 in a not-live breakdown while going at about 30 percent full speed or similar to what they would do in a walk-through.

“If that was 30 percent, we’re going to be able to fly around,” said Stevens. “I think it was just a misjudging of what 30 percent is. They were flying early on in practice. We have to be able to fully rotate, we have to guard different positions, you gotta be able to read the game instinctively and obviously there’s an athletic component that allows you to do so effectively.”

Regardless, the Celtics are a team that will rely more on their athleticism in past seasons in order to be effective and live up to the lofty expectations so many have for them this season.

“We have a real good team, real athletic at a lot of spots,” Celtics forward Amir Johnson told “We definitely got a couple more high-flyers in the building this year.”

He’s speaking about Gerald Green, a former Slam Dunk champion, and Jaylen Brown, who is considered one of the more athletic players among this year’s rookie class.

And that athleticism was indeed on display in the early moments of the team’s first practice of the season.

But what makes the Celtics a team that could potentially be a major player in the East, is that the increased athleticism is now married to a team whose skill level is underrated.

Talent and athleticism is certainly a bonus for any team.

But the Celtics know the road to being among the game’s elite is long and winding, a journey that they are just beginning to embark on right now.

And while there are plenty of directions that Stevens can put a greater focus on in these early days, it doesn’t appear the Celtics' leader will go that route.

“We’ve got a lot being installed,” Stevens said. “We’ll keep the emphasis on being a blue-collar team and playing together.”