Ninkovich: Luck 'one step ahead of all the other rookies'

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Ninkovich: Luck 'one step ahead of all the other rookies'

FOXBORO -- Patriots safety Steve Gregory returned to game action on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills after missing four games with a hip injury.
He'll go from seeing one intelligent quarterback to another, as Stanford's own Andrew Luck comes to Gillette Stadium as one of the league's best young talents.
And from what Gregory -- and the rest of the Patriots defense -- has seen on film, he's been impressed with Luck's progression in his rookie season.
"He moves well in the pocket, and makes a lot of plays with his feet when he's scrambling around," said Gregory after Wednesday's practice. "So, we'll have to be on top of our game in order to contain the things that he does.
"You can tell just from the film that he's a pretty smart guy. He seems to read defenses pretty well. And he makes smart decisions with the football, it seems like, most of the time. You can tell the guy's a leader. He's taken on the job and he's been a true professional about it. So, he's definitely doing a great job over there, and we'll have our hands full."
Linebacker Rob Ninkovich also pointed out Luck's brains. 
"I think he came from a successful program," said Ninkovich on Wednesday. "So I think that helped him transition into the NFL, and obviously he's got a lot of good skills and he's smart, so he can go out there and make all the throws. And he's able to make a lot of good checks, so I think that he's one step ahead of all the other rookies.
"He does a good job of keeping his eyes down the field, avoiding the rush with just his awareness and presence of the rush. He's still able to get out of the pocket and make those throws down the field."
Ninkovich also credited Luck's size, and his mobility for a 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback.
"He's a big guy too, so he's able to avoid some guys and get it down the field with those deep passes," said Ninkovich. "I think he's just a good athlete. And I think that's helping him extend some of those plays and get out of the pocket, to his right, and make those throws. You've got to give him credit. He's doing well."

Stars, studs, duds: Jae Crowder scores game-high 6 3-pointers

Stars, studs, duds: Jae Crowder scores game-high 6 3-pointers

BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 123-111 Game 1 win over the Washington Wizards in their best-of-seven series. 

STARS

Isaiah Thomas: To be effective with all that he’s dealing with from an emotional standpoint continues to amaze us all. Thomas, just 24 hours removed from his younger sister’s funeral, delivered yet another gem of a game with 33 points on 11-for-23 shooting with nine assists with just two turnovers.

John Wall: Showing he’s more than just a guard with speed who can score, Wall finished with a double-double of 20 points on 9-for-20 shooting, to go with a game-high 16 assists.

STUDS

Jae Crowder: The Celtics needed a solid complimentary scorer to Isaiah Thomas, and Crowder was that dude during a critical third quarter stretch for Boston. He finished with a playoff career-high 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting with six rebounds. 

Bradley Beal: Half of one of the NBA’s best backcourts, Beal showed a much-improved postseason perimeter game. Having shot less than 30 percent on 3’s in Washington’s first-round series with Atlanta, Beal was 4-for-7 from long range which was part of his team high 27 -point game. 

Al Horford: Once again Horford flirted with a triple-double, scoring 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting, to go with 10 assists and nine rebounds with a blocked shot.  

Otto Porter Jr.: He was one of the few players for the Wizards whose plus/minus in Game 1 was positive (+3). He had 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting to go with 11 rebounds and two steals. 

Avery Bradley: The numbers don’t always tell the story when it comes to Bradley’s impact. He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in Game 1, but he still managed to score 18 points on 7-for-20 shooting, in addition to grabbing five rebounds with four assists and four steals.

Kelly Oubre Jr.: He was a major factor in Washington’s fast start and with Markieff Morris’ knee injury, he may wind up starting Game 2. He finished with 12 points off the bench, shooting 5-for-8 from the field.

DUDS

Gerald Green: The Celtics remain undefeated with Green in the starting lineup, but his impact on Game 1 was nowhere to be found. He played just seven minutes without taking a single shot from the field. The only stat he registered was a turnover while his plus/minus on the floor was -13.

Taiwanese broadcaster had shocking call for Manny Ramirez's homer

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Taiwanese broadcaster had shocking call for Manny Ramirez's homer

A Taiwanese announcer's call outshined Hanley Ramirez's homer.

In a video that made rounds on the internet Sunday, the Taiwanese broadcaster delivered a laughable response to Ramirez's homer.

"This ball is long gone! Just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return! Home run!" the man yelled.

The hit took place a few years ago when he was in the Taiwanese league. He is now playing in Japan. But frankly, he many never have another home run as epic as that one. And he certainly won't get a call as epic as that one.

Watch the video in the tweet below.