Ortiz to Celtics: "Bring That 'W' Home"

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Ortiz to Celtics: "Bring That 'W' Home"

BOSTON -- Prior to the Boston Red Sox game against the Washington Nationals on Saturday, there was chatter in the clubhouse about Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat later that night.

Many of the Red Sox are Cs fans and plan on watching the deciding battle following their afternoon game at Fenway Park.

When they play great defense, they win, said Kevin Youkilis. So if they play great defense tonight, I think they'll win the game. They've just got to shut them down early and try to get on top. Kevin Garnett is they key to their defense, for sure.

After LeBron James scored 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Heats Game 6 win on Thursday, David Ortiz believes limiting him is the key to Game 7.

Stop LeBron, he said. It sounds easy, but it's not easy.

Youkilis anticipates Garnett will emerge as the star of the game, while Ortiz is leaning toward Rajon Rondo. Garnett is averaging 20.0 points and 9.8 rebounds in the Eastern Conference Finals; Rondo is posting 20.7 points, 10.8 assists, and 6.3 boards.

Rondo is going to make better passes today and he's going to keep the line moving, Ortiz projected.

Both agree the Celtics have the experience and talent to put their Game 6 loss behind them and take care of business in Game 7.

Game 7, you don't worry about any of those other games, said Youkilis. You've just got to go out and play the game that you have to play that day. They've been there before.

Ortiz also offered an encouraging message to his fellow Boston athletes in Miami.

Bring that W home, he said. We'll be watching."

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Ryan, Falcons rout Packers, 44-21

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NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Ryan, Falcons rout Packers, 44-21

ATLANTA - Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for a dominant playoff performance, and the Atlanta Falcons ignored all those ghosts from the last half-century.

Next up: Super Bowl 51.

Ryan threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns in another MVP-worthy showing, while Jones shook off a toe injury to haul in nine catches for 180 yards and two scores, leading the Falcons to a 44-21 blowout of the storied Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship Sunday.

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Manziel attends AFC Championship Game in Brady jersey

Manziel attends AFC Championship Game in Brady jersey

You’ll never guess who the seventh-best quarterback* at Gillette Stadium was Sunday. 

Via video posted on his Snapchat, 2014 Browns first-rounder Johnny Manziel, currently out of the league, attended the AFC Championship wearing a Tom Brady jersey. 

Manziel was released by the Browns last March after two seasons and just eight starts. Had he played this season, he would have been suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. 

*He might have been eighth-best. Julian Edelman played quarterback in college. People forget that.