Rondo involved in scuffle at Lowell night club

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Rondo involved in scuffle at Lowell night club

Rajon Rondo's quickness has been a big part of his success as an NBA player. Apparently, it comes in quite handy off the court as well.

A Haverill man was arrested after he threw a punch (which he missed) at Rondo following a public appearance by the Celtics all-star in Lowell.

Police on the scene told the Lowell Sun that the incident took place at 1:43 a.m. Saturday at Brian's Ivy Hall, located at 74 Merrimack St. in Lowell.

Rondo hosted the Boston Charity Classic basketball game at Harvard University the next night.

According to the Lowell police, Eric Valarezo, 31, attempted to punch Rondo when the event was ending.

The Lowell Sun reported that the club's owner as well as members of Rondo's entourage which included Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (Rondo's high school teammate at Oak Hill Academy) and former Celtic Nate Robinson, helped subdue Valarezo.

Kevin Hayhurst, co-owner of Brian's Ivy Hall, told the Sun that he did not know what initiated the scuffle, but added that Rondo was "unpersonable" and "disrespectful toward patrons."

"It was definitely provoked," Valarezo told the Sun. "I wasn't even intoxicated or anything like that."

Valarezo posted 40 bail for the disorderly conduct charge, which is a misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Alex Lewis (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.