Davis finds rhythm with Magic

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Davis finds rhythm with Magic

BOSTON Prior to Tuesday's game, Glen Davis was nowhere to be found while a large contingent of media stood in front of his locker stall inside the Orlando Magic.
Davis was across the hall inside the "home" team's locker room, reminiscing with his old team, the Boston Celtics.
"Am I in the wrong locker room?" Davis quipped as he made his way to the throng of media awaiting him.
Moving on has not been nearly as seamless as many -- Davis included -- thought it would be when Boston did a sign-and-trade with Orlando, sending him to the Magic in exchange for one of his childhood idols, Brandon Bass.
But as the Magic close out the regular season, Davis seems to have finally found a rhythm with his new team.
In the month of April, Davis has averaged 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
Otis Smith, Orlando's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com that he's not surprised that it took Davis a while to find his stride.
"He had to make several adjustments," Smith said. "I've always said, we don't give NBA players enough credit for being human. He had to make a couple changes."
Among them was accepting the fact that the role he thought he would have as a starter wasn't happening with Ryan Anderson's emergence as a borderline All-Star for the early part of the season.
"He came in and he came in thinking 'I might start' and he didn't," said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. "I think that threw him for a loop. He was sort of fighting things for a long time."
Not anymore.
Of course, not having Howard around has certainly afforded Davis more opportunities to showcase his talents.
"In the last month, he's just tried to play and help us win and do everything he can possibly do to help us," Van Gundy said. "He's played extremely well."
The role he is in now, is similar to the one he had a few years ago when he was called upon to fill in for an injured Kevin Garnett.
"The team needs more of somebody," Davis said. "We have a big part of our team that's out. I'm just stepping in where stuff needs to be filled in at."

BYU's Harvey Langi ready to prove why Patriots showed him the money

BYU's Harvey Langi ready to prove why Patriots showed him the money

FOXBORO -- Harvey Langi played multiple positions across multiple colleges. Bill Belichick made sure the undrafted linebacker’s next move was to New England. 

After the Patriots made just four draft picks, they gave the BYU product a contract that guaranteed $100,000 of his base salary along with a $15,000 signing bonus; by comparison, most of the Patriots’ undrafted free agent signings this offseason have gotten guarantees of around $20,000 or less. 

Since the Patriots paid Langi like a draft pick -- basically like a fifth-rounder -- why didn’t they just draft him? They had the opportunity, as they entered the final two rounds with a sixth-round pick and a seventh remaining. They packaged both to move up in the sixth and take UCLA tackle Conor McDermott, ending their draft.

Seeing the Patriots finish picking early must have been disheartening for Langi, as New England had shown ample interest in him ahead of the draft. Then again, there’s more than one way to guarantee you get the player, and the Pats did that with Langi’s contract. 

“With all that, it’s in the past now,” Langi said this week. “They showed interest. I was, of course, interested in anyone and everyone, but when the Patriots were looking at me, I was super pumped because of the program that is run here. It was awesome.”

A native of South Jordan, Utah, Langi landed at BYU after beginning his college career as a running back for the University of Utah. While at Utah, Langi ran for 70 yards on 13 careers. Following his transfer to BYU, Langi moved around positionally, but was primarily a linebacker and defensive end. He continued to see reps as a running back, rushing for two touchdowns last season as a senior. 

As far as his candidacy for the NFL goes, the 6-foot-2, 251-pounder looks to be best cut-out for linebacker. Specifically, an NFC West scout said that BYU did him a “real disservice” by playing him on the edge and that he should be used at middle linebacker. As a senior, he had 57 tackles, five for a loss and two sacks.  

Langi will have company in the middle, but that’s where being an undrafted player comes in. There is no immediate pressure for him to be any sort of game-breaker, but if he can use his athleticism to make the 53-man roster as a special-teamer and one of Dont’a Hightower’s backups, he’ll have the opportunity to try to develop into someone worthy of defensive snaps. 

For now, it’s a new start for Langi, but one he feels could be the start of something promising. 

“Those first steps are just steps,” Langi said. “That’s what I’m trying to do, is just keep taking more steps. When I did take a step in the building, the feeling was just like, ‘Gosh.’ Ever since you’ve been a kid, this program and how coach runs his program and how everything is done here in New England, it was an amazing feeling walking through those doors, for sure. Surreal.” 
 

Reports: Holt (concussion) shut down indefinitely; Red Sox’ concern goes beyond baseball

Reports: Holt (concussion) shut down indefinitely; Red Sox’ concern goes beyond baseball

After visiting a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh, Red Sox utility man Brock Holt will be shut down from baseball activity indefinitely, according to multiple reports.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox’ concern for Holt, who turns 29 June 11, goes well beyond baseball. 

Holt first suffered a concussion more than a year ago while diving for a ball against the Oakland A’s. He hasn’t played in the major leagues since April 20 when vertigo and post-concussion symptoms returned. His minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket the past month has been interrupted by the recurrence of vertigo.