Gronk's dad says son has 'high ankle sprain'

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Gronk's dad says son has 'high ankle sprain'

The father of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says his son has a "high ankle sprain" and that he expects him to play in next Sunday's Super Bowl. In a conversation with television station WIVB in Western New York, Gordy Gronkowski said, "I wake up every morning, and I can't believe what's happening. I pick up the New York Times, and here Robbie's in the New York Times, hes got a half page in the New York Times. I pick up our paper and Robbie's picture is here and there. I turn on ESPN, he's all over ESPN Sports Center."The elder Gronkowski also told WIVB sports reporter John Murphy off camera that his son suffered a high ankle sprain.

Red Sox recall reliever Pat Light as replacement for Eduardo Rodriguez

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Red Sox recall reliever Pat Light as replacement for Eduardo Rodriguez

The Red Sox made the demotion of Eduardo Rodriguez official on Tuesday, sending him to Pawtucket and recalling reliever Pat Light from Pawtucket.

Light was briefly with the Sox earlier this year, allowing two runs in one inning during a game in Atlanta in April. He has 2.05 ERA in 26 1/3 innings with the PawSox, with 13 walks and 32 strikeouts, and hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings, dating back to May 21.

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Al Horford 'expected to draw free-agent interest' from Boston Celtics

Al Horford 'expected to draw free-agent interest' from Boston Celtics

Al Horford will reportedly have a long list of suitors when NBA free agency opens on July 1, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. The Celtics are one of eight teams expected to pursue Horford, a list that also includes the Hawks, Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, and Nets.

Stein adds that, in addition to wanting to re-sign Horford, the Hawks are “trying to wedge their way into the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.”

Zach Lowe reported in February that Durant had interest in playing with Horford next season. They entered the league together in 2007 and have remained friends. If that’s true, it’s good news for the Celtics. They are the only team on the list of eight teams that can sign both Durant and Horford to max contracts without moving a single piece to make it work.

A few other teams, like the Hawks and Magic, would have to sacrifice talent to free up the necessary cap space. No reports have indicated Durant has interest in Atlanta anyway, only that they want a shot at him. Who doesn't?

If Stein’s report is accurate, the Celtics will probably look to pair Durant and Horford together as part of their pitch to the superstar.

Horford would solve Boston’s rim protection issues, and provide some spacing. And Durant would…well, you know the deal: he’s a Hall of Famer in the prime of his career.

Kevin O’Connor can be followed on Twitter: @KevinOConnorNBA