Green believes he is fine

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Green believes he is fine

WALTHAM Jeff Green was back on the floor during the Boston Celtics' media day.

It was a good sight to see, especially when you consider all the uncertainty surrounding Green and the physical he took that was red flagged by the Celtics.

Green, speaking to the media for the first time since agreeing to a one-year deal worth 9 million, said it was the results from his stress test that raised concerns about his health.

"I was kind of fatigued," said Green, who participated in Tuesday's practice but has yet to be given clearance for full contact. "It was a late day Thursday, trying to get everything squared away. And then coming here, I didn't sleep and my flight got delayed four hours and then had to do the physical, the stress test. I think it was just fatigue."

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, didn't seem overly concerned about the situation when he discussed it on Monday.

"We anticipate he'll be here soon in practice," Ainge said. "He should be fine."

"In my mind, it was fatigue" added Green, "I didn't sleep at all, so it was kind of tough to judge."

While it has yet to be defined exactly what Green's role will be this season, there's no question the Celtics anticipate him as being one of their key performers this season. So the idea of him missing time in an already time-crunched preseason, certainly does not bode well for a quick acclimation process.

Although Green came into Tuesday morning's media day having yet to practice with the Celtics, he has been around the team watching, observing, trying to digest what he will need to do once he' cleared to play.

Even before he returned to Boston, Green had put in his preparing for this season.

"Over the summer, I did some studying," Green said. "My plan over the summer was to come back here. It happened, so I'm grateful for that. I'm still on point now even though I missed a couple of practices. I'm still good. Everything is still going smooth."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers envisions Green being an integral part of the team's bench this season.

"We want to get him in as quickly as possible," Rivers said. "He's important to us; he's important to our bench. He's so versatile. We need him on the floor."

Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

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Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
 
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
 
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
 
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
 
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.
 

Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17

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Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17

ARLINGTON, Texas - Maybe the Cowboys will be OK without quarterback Tony Romo this time. The future of the Dallas running game with Ezekiel Elliott looks pretty good, too.

Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass in fellow rookie Elliott's first 100-yard game, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak.

With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without the injured Romo over three seasons before the fourth-round pick showed up.

Prescott's first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career. Philadelphia's Carson Wentz has 102, and those are the two highest career-opening totals for a rookie in NFL history.

"Dak's handled every opportunity he's had right from the start really, really well," coach Jason Garrett said. "No different tonight."

Brian Hoyer had trouble moving the Chicago offense early with Jay Cutler sidelined by a sprained right thumb as the Bears fell behind 24-3 at halftime and dropped to 0-3 for the second time in two seasons under coach John Fox.

Making his 27th career start for his fourth different team, Hoyer was 30 of 49 for 317 yards - a good portion of that with the game out of each late in the fourth quarter - and threw for two scores to Zach Miller.

"We haven't played a complete game," Fox said. "This week was the reverse of what we've had. We played very poorly in the first half."

Elliott finished with 140 yards on 30 carries, including a 14-yard run when he hurdled safety Chris Prosinski. The Cowboys kept giving him the ball while trying to work the clock with a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter a week after he was benched because of two fumbles in a win over Washington.

"Made a lot of good runs tonight, a lot tough runs, a lot of NFL runs," Garrett said. "He's physically tough. He's mentally tough."

It didn't even bother Prescott that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith missed just the second game of his six-year career after his back tightened up during the week.

Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards in Dallas' first home win since last year's opener, which was a week before the first of two broken left collarbones that kept Romo out of 12 games last season.

Romo is expected to miss about another month after breaking a bone in his back in the preseason.

Prescott had one of three rushing touchdowns for the Cowboys, who have seven this season after getting eight all of last year, when they finished 4-12.

Because the Bears fell behind again, they couldn't do much with the running game. They had just 15 carries for 73 yards and lost leading rusher Jeremy Langford to an ankle injury in the second half.