NFL lockout's end in plain sight now

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NFL lockout's end in plain sight now

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
Tuesday's widespread panic Logan Mankins and Co. were going to hold up a deal isgone. And was, as suspected, way overblown. Principals from both sides of the issue met late Tuesday night to go over the final points of the agreement. We are now down to the "Yea" or "Nay" portion of the program with the members of the players' executive committee meeting in Washington to go over the proposal and vote on it. Thursday in Atlanta, owners will convene to vote on the proposal as well. Twenty-four teams need to vote on the reported 10-year agreement in order for it to be ratified. CSNNE (Giardi and I) will be in Atlanta Wednesday night and all day Thursday to cover what better be the end of the lockout and tell you what's next. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Dont'a Hightower left money on the table in New York and in Pittsburgh, and instead took a smaller deal to return the New England Patriots, according to CBSSports' Jason La Canfora.

The Jets' offer was previously reported to be $12 million per year, including incentives. La Canfora reiterated that report. But he also detailed Pittsburgh's offer, as the Steelers also outbid the Patriots with over $9 million per year.

Instead, Hightower settled for $8.7 million per season with New England, and will play under Bill Belichick in a Patriots jersey for the sixth season in 2017.

Hightower traveled a great deal during free agency, and ended up garnering interest from the Steelers, Jets, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.

The 27-year-old linebacker finished the 2016 season with 65 tackles tackles, 2.5 sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble. He also had a game-changing strip sack on Matt Ryan in Super Bowl LI that shifted the momentum of game.

Brian Scalabrine: Celtics starters are top-5 starting group

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Brian Scalabrine: Celtics starters are top-5 starting group

When the Celtics starting 5 players are fully healthy they have a record of 23-7. Brian Scalabrine believes they're in the top-5 best starting group in the NBA and that they would've won 60 games if healthy all season.