Rivers: 'A chance' Wilcox's season is over

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Rivers: 'A chance' Wilcox's season is over

LOS ANGELES The chances of having one player miss time because of a heart condition is slim.

To have two, in the same season?

As unlikely as that scenario may be, the Boston Celtics find themselves in that precarious position with Chris Wilcox.

The 6-foot-10 big man is out indefinitely after routine tests on his heart, had results that now require additional testing.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who didn't expect to know anything more specific until next week, wouldn't rule out Wilcox's season coming to an end, similar to what happened with former Celtic Jeff Green.

Shortly after agreeing to a 9 million contract, there were some unusual findings in the physical related to Green's heart, which required additional testing.

Those results determined he had an aortic aneurysm that would require surgery. The surgery was successful, with Green on track to return to the NBA for the 2012-2013 season.

"The chances of having one of these in one year is pretty minute," Rivers said. "Chances of having two is impossible. There's a chance that may happen. We'll have to wait and see."

Rivers said Wilcox will undergo additional testing, with no timetable for his return to the Celtics lineup.

The heart issue that Wilcox is dealing with, is apparently something that he had to have check-ups on monthly when he played for the Detroit Pistons.

Rivers said Wilcox never had a heart condition, but "we all have different things that we are a candidate for. And I think he was in that, but never a condition that was risky or anything like that. Unfortunately, now it may be."

As disappointing as this news is for Wilcox and the Celtics, Rivers believes both are fortunate to know now so that, if needed, Wilcox can receive whatever surgery or treatments that he may need.

"At the end of the day, we're lucky," Rivers said. "That's what I told our team, that we're very lucky that this happened, and not unlucky."

Gronkowski takes exception to Cowboys’ ‘Do Your Job’ sign

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Gronkowski takes exception to Cowboys’ ‘Do Your Job’ sign

The Dallas Cowboys have a “Do Your Job” sign posted in their locker room and “Gronk Nation” isn’t happy about it.

Here’s an excerpt from “Gronk Nation” - the website of Rob Gronkowski and his family - about “America’s Team” co-opting the slogan of the 2014 Patriots' Super Bowl run: 

While we all know that the Pats thrashed the Cowboys 30-6 last October and Dallas hasn’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1995 season, so they need all the motivation they can get – but can’t America’s Team come up with their own slogan instead of stealing ours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First impressions of Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to Rays

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First impressions of Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field:

 

* When the guy who was 0-for-34 produces the go-ahead RBI, it's probably not your day.

The Red Sox and Rays were tied 1-1 in the seventh when Steven Souza Jr. singled to lead off the inning. That brought Mikie Mahtook, hitless in his last 34 at-bats to the plate.

Naturally, Mahtook roped a line-drive double to left field, scoring Souza all the way from first base. It was that kind of day for the Red Sox, who were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and stranded five baserunners.

For a team that still leads the majors in runs scored, the Red Sox have shown an uncanny ability to go cold at the plate.

On Thursday afternoon, that happened again, while the most unlikely hero for Tampa Bay came through in an improbable spot.

 

* The Red Sox' struggles with the bases loaded is almost comical.

It happened again.

In the sixth inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases with no out. Mookie Betts then hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring one run. Hanley Ramirez then walked, re-loading the bases, this time with one out.

But Jackie Bradley Jr. then swung at the first pitch and hit into an inning-ending, rally-killing 4-6-3 double play.

In two plate appearances with the bases loaded, the Sox failed to get a hit.

The Sox are hitting .216 with the bases loaded (24-for-111), ranking them 14th in the American League. Only Seattle and Detroit have had more bases-loaded opportunities, and yet the Red Sox rank in the second half in runs scored in such situations.

 

* Drew Pomeranz is showing no signs of innings fatigue

True, Pomeranz failed to provide a shutdown inning in the sixth after the Red Sox had gotten him a run in the top of the inning.

Still, Pomeranz pitched into the seventh and allowed just two runs while striking out a season-high 11 batters.

In his past five starts, he's compiled a 2.37 ERA, and both the power to his fastball and the sharpness to his curve offer no evidence that he's hit any sort of wall despite already establishing a career high at the major league level with five weeks remaining in the season.