Sullinger pulling for Texans receiver Posey

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Sullinger pulling for Texans receiver Posey

BOSTON -- Jared Sullinger's allegiance is to the Boston Celtics. When it comes to football, though, his loyalties go beyond New England.

The Celtics forward was on hand Sunday at Gillette Stadium for the AFC Divisional Playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans, but he wasn't rooting for the home team.

Sullinger is close friends with Texans wide receiver DeVier Posey from their college days at Ohio State and let it be known on Twitter.

Congrats to my boy @dpo8 on his first touchdown......

Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) January 14, 2013

"I was cheering for him, I'm not going to lie," Sullinger told CSNNE.com. "It's been four years since I've known him. We have the same mental mindset of the grind -- that's what we call it -- of how much we need to better ourselves on and off the court."

Sullinger's enjoyment watching his friend play came to a sudden end, however. Posey tore his left Achilles tendon with just over six minutes to play.

"I knew how bad it was since he couldn't stand on his own two feet," said Sullinger.

Sullinger stayed at the stadium following the Patriots win to see Posey. He offered words of encouragement, telling Posey to keep his head up. They spoke again on Monday morning.

"I talked to him to check up and see how he felt," said Sullinger. "He's a little sore but he has a good positive view on everything. So it looks like he's going to come back stronger than ever."

Sullinger said he will be cheering for the Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens. 

Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels ofAnaheim

Quotes:

"I tried to get two (outs) before I got one. That can't happen." - Hanley Ramirez on his throwing error which cost the Red Sox the game.

"Executing pitches - that's the name of the game." - David Price on improvement he showed from his last start.

"Fourth time through the order, middle of the lineup. . . Price had done his job. In a one-run game, we felt it was best to start a clean inning with a reliever." - John Farrell after lifting David Price after eight innings and 108 pitches.

Notes:

* Reliever Brad Ziegler was charged with the loss for the second straight game.

* Each of the last seven Red Sox losses has been by one or two runs.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 31 consecutive games.

* The Red Sox four-game losing streak is their longest of the season.

* The Sox are now 9-23 in their last 32 meetings with the Angels.

* David Price did not allow a run for the second time this season.

Stars:

1) David Price

After a stretch of shaky outings, Price did his job with eight scoreless innings, getting 14 outs on groundouts while walking just one.

2) Jered Weaver

At times, the radar gun made Weaver's pitches look like softball offerings. But mixing junk, he held the Sox to a single run over 5 1/3 innings

3) Mookie Betts

He had just one hit - single in the eighth - but his sacrifice fly in the third produced the only run of the night.