Former Celtic Delonte West goes to the zoo

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Former Celtic Delonte West goes to the zoo

Delonte West is an animal lover.

He has the Chinese symbol for the word lion tattooed on his neck to represent his Leo zodiac sign.

Last summer West celebrated his birthday with a lion-shaped birthday cake.

So when the former Boston Celticscurrent Dallas Mavericks guard and teammate Lamar Odom recently took a trip to the Dallas Zoo, West felt in his element.

After all, whats a trip to the zoo without dining with the lions and giving birth to a cheetah?

From ESPNDallas.com:
"Well, I think they noticed as soon as I came into the zoo my natural animal instinct, you know what I mean?" Delonte said, speaking of the actual animals. "I got a chance to eat with the lions, you know? They had Lamar playing with the penguins, but they needed me for the more animalistic-type of things, carnivore-type of things. So, I also had a chance to give birth to a baby cheetah today and Im just overwhelmed with the experience to be amongst my own and my peers."

West went on to say he hoped the animals would accept him "as the pack leader."

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Benintendi back in left, Buchholz on mound

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Benintendi back in left, Buchholz on mound

A night after his spectacular catch in left field that took a home run away from the Rays’ Scott Souza, rookie Andrew Benintendi is back in the Red Sox lineup, batting ninth and playing left, as they continue their four-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

The Red Sox won the series opener Monday, 6-2, with help from Benintendi’s catch and David Price’s pitching. 

Clay Buchholz gets another start in place of Steven Wright (right shoulder) for Boston. Buchholz (4-9, 5.42 ERA) is coming off a strong six-inning start in a 4-3 loss in Detroit on Thursday in his previous start.

Right-hander Chris Archer (7-16, 4.18) will try to avoid his 17th loss for the Rays. 

The lineups:

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez 1B

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Sandy Leon C

Travis Shaw 3B

Andrew Benintendi LF

Clay Buchholz RHP

RAYS

Logan Forsythe 2B

Kevin Kiermaier CF

Evan Longoria 3B

Brad Miller 1B

Tim Beckham SS

Logan Morrison DH

Scott Souza RF

Cody Dickerson LF

Bobby Wilson C

Chris Archer RHP 

Brady throws well in return to practice; Sheard back for warm-up period

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Brady throws well in return to practice; Sheard back for warm-up period

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady spent part of Tuesday's practice, his first since Wednesday of last week, showing Patriots football reseach director Ernie Adams exactly how he pierced his thumb with a pair of scissors leading up to the Patriots-Bears preseason game. 

After that, during the media availability portion of the team's practice, Brady appeared to throw accurately and with good velocity without any sort of bandage or wrap on his injured thumb. 

Brady was excused from Sunday and Monday's practices for non injury-related reasons. When asked about his absences during a press conference before Tuesday's practice, Brady replied, "I just had to take care of something. It's good to be back with the team. I missed everybody."

Another notable returnee to the practice field was defensive end Jabaal Sheard, who according to the Boston Herald is dealing with a sprained MCL. Sheard warmed up with the Patriots but then headed to a lower field -- along with Tre' Jackson (on the physically unable to perform list), Danny Amendola (also on PUP), Rob Ninkovich (torn triceps), Malcolm Mitchell (dislocated elbow) and Shea McClellin -- in order to do some conditioning. 

Sheard was injured during New England's preseason opener against the Saints and had not been seen on the practice field until Tuesday. Sheard has been present in the Patriots locker room recently and moving without any apparent limp. 

Patriots safety Patrick Chung was also on the field and participating after missing the start of Monday's practice. 

Shaq Mason, Jonathan Cooper, Rob Gronkowski, Alan Branch, Sebastian Vollmer and Dion Lewis were not spotted Tuesday: Lewis and Vollmer are still on PUP and will not be ready for the start of the regular season; Branch has been suspended by the Patriots since before the Bears preseason game; Mason (hand) and Cooper (foot) are dealing with injuries; Gronkowski has not practiced since suffering an injury against the Bears in a practice last week, but he was spotted walking through the locker room on Tuesday trying to catch his breath and sweating. 

Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

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Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating all the birthday wishes I got yesterday while turning 42 years old.

*With the World Cup of Hockey around the corner, there is still a decision pending on NHL players participating in the Olympics.

*With the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba still unable to agree on a contract extension, some are wondering about comparable contracts for the young D-man.

*In the strict interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Pete Sheppard and Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins from Monday afternoon.

*Marek Zidlicky is still a free agent option for teams seeking a cheap solution on their back end.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Ottawa Senators and Cody Ceci agreeing on a two-year contract extension after a summer without a deal.

*The Minnesota Wild do the right thing and officially change their goal song to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for next season.

*For something completely different: there will be a "Hamilton" documentary and the question will be whether I see that before I see the actual play.