Ainge speaks highly of Sullinger, Melo


Ainge speaks highly of Sullinger, Melo

Danny Ainge speaks with Greg Dickerson after the Celtics draft Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo in the first round of the 2012 Draft.

On Sullinger: "I think Jared can score in the low post. He's a young player. I think he can get better. I think his body can get in a little better shape. The one thing we don't see him do a lot in college that i think he has the ability to do is really step out and make shots. He can pass. he's a real thinker. He's been a real winner everywhere he's been so far in his young life. So I think he's a real good addition."

On Melo: "What I like about Fab is three things in particular, other than the size. He was a terrific shot blocker, and he takes charges. There's not many guys in the league that take a charge and block shots. The other things is he's a very good offensive rebounder. And anybody who has watched us play knows how bad we are in shot-blocking and offensive rebounding. So, he's young, he's got to learn more about the game, you know, being from another country and there's some adjustments there, but we're excited. Big guys are hard to find, and I think he has a bright future here as well."

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)