Rivers: Rondo probably won't play Friday


Rivers: Rondo probably won't play Friday

WALTHAM If only Friday's game against Phoenix were a playoff battle with the series knotted up at 2-2.
Under those circumstances, Rajon Rondo said his sore right wrist wouldn't prevent him from playing.
Instead, it's a regular-season game, one that Rondo's coach, Doc Rivers, anticipates being played without him.
"He's doing all right," Rivers said. "But I doubt if he plays. We'll see."
All indications are that a decision on Rondo won't be made until shortly before Friday night's tipoff.
"Hopefully I'll get a good night's rest," Rondo said. "I'll be in treatments pretty much all day. Other than that . . . I'll see tomorrow. "
If Rondo can't play, Rivers will have to decide on Avery Bradley or E'Twaun Moore as his starting point guard.
Under most circumstances, Moore would make sense to start in place of an injured Rondo because his ability to run a team is better than Bradley's. But the Phoenix Suns have Steve Nash, one of the game's top playmakers at the point. That might make Rivers more inclined to go with Bradley instead.
"If I need to start tomorrow, that's what I'm going to do; I'm going to come out and play hard," Bradley said.
Said Moore: "Just being prepared to play the game; follow the game plan and watch the film and be ready."
Rondo was at Wednesday's practice, but did not participate in any contact drills.
Rivers said Rondo, who was scheduled to have an MRI performed on Wednesday, was at practice to get a better handle on a couple new plays Rivers was implementing.
Rondo said he was there for the possible replacements for him if he can't play, Bradley and Moore.
"We got two young point guards," Rondo said. "Not that they need help, but as much encouragement, things I can tell them or teach them," Rondo said. "I just wanted to be here."

New photos show Sandoval has lost weight


New photos show Sandoval has lost weight

The last time a bunch of pictures of Pablo Sandoval made headlines, it was not a good sign for the Red Sox. The latest batch isn’t so bad. 

Sandoval became the story of spring training this season when photos -- specifically a Boston Globe one of him throwing -- revealed he’d gained significant weight. The veteran third baseman was surpassed by Travis Shaw for the starting job and began the season as a bench player. 

After three regular-season games, Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He was then shut down for the season in May due to shoulder surgery. 

In a tweet and story posted by FC Barcelona, a smiling -- and noticeably thinner -- Sandoval could be seen attending the club’s final training session. 

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.

Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again


Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again

Tom Brady didn’t go to the White House after the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, but the President thinks the Pats will be visiting 1600 Pensylvania Ave. again to be welcomed by President Trump (does that mean Brady goes?) or Clinton in the spring of 2017.

In an interview on Sirus/XM Radio with Sway Calloway, Obama sees a Pats-Seahawks rematch in Super Bowl 51. And if he were a betting man, he’d be going with New England, again. 

“I’ve got to say at this point, you have to put your money on Brady again,” Obama said. “I don’t see any strong teams. Seattle and Patriots have a rematch. That’s my call.”

Obama and the nation will get a preview of his pick on Week 10 at Gillette Stadium when the Pats host the Seahawks.

Oh, and the President likes the Golden State Warriors, particularly with the addition of Kevin Durant, to reclaim the NBA title.