Valentine on Schilling criticism: Consider the source

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Valentine on Schilling criticism: Consider the source

FORT MYERS, Fla. Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has not been shy in his comments about manager Bobby Valentine.

On ESPN Radio Schilling recently said Valentine and the Sox were an oil-and-water mix.

This is 100 percent my opinion based on having been down this path before with different people, Schilling recently said on WEEI. I just dont think this is the right fit.

I dont believe he was the right guy to hire, Schilling went on to say. Im not doing the hiring. So, it doesnt matter. But Im giving opinion.

Schilling has also been critical of how Daniel Bards transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation was handled. Bard was named to the rotation on Sunday, as the Sox No. 5 starter. He made six Grapefruit League appearances, including five starts, with an appearance in a B game on March 1. Bard led the staff this spring in innings pitched, with 24 23, and strikeouts, with 18.

Those are just a few of Schillings recent comments. Asked after Mondays Grapefruit League finale, a 4-2 win over the Nationals, about Schillings comments, Valentine replied:

I just consider the source.

The Red Sox finished the spring season with a record of 15-11-4. Valentine said he was happy with how the spring -- his first as a major league manager since 2002 with the Mets -- progressed.

I didnt think Id last this long so its kind of a pleasant surprise for me, Valentine joked. It was great. Me personally, I enjoyed it. We played the way I thought we would. Got a lot of work done. So, Im ready to leave Florida, and I think the guys are too.

The Sox left immediately after Monday's game for Tuesday's exhibition against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.