Ochocinco will return to original surname in July


Ochocinco will return to original surname in July

Chad is done with Ochocinco.

The Patriots receiver tweeted name-change news Wednesday, saying he'll return to his original surname "Johnson" on July 4. He first changed to Ochocinco -- Spanish for his then-Cincinnati Bengals jersey numbers 8-5 -- on August 29, 2008. He was also famous for sporting a blonde mohawk and gold grill back then.

The receiver had racked up six, 1,000 yard seasons as Chad Johnson. This past year in New England was the worst of his career: 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown.

Is returning to "Johnson" another move in line with the more conservative Patriot Way? His job is in jeopardy, after all.

Ochocinco gave only sarcastic explanations via Twitter:
"@Ochocinco Yes, there's a warrant out for OchoCinco so I'm changing it to avoid jail time. Thug Life"

Sporting News speculates it might have more to do with his impending nuptials to reality TV personality Evelyn Lozada.

Report: Celtics 'expected' to talk to Mavs about deal for Bogut

Report: Celtics 'expected' to talk to Mavs about deal for Bogut

The Celtics reportedly are "expected" to talk to the Mavericks about a deal for Andrew Bogut, according to scout.com, but negotiations would be "dependent on what bigger move Boston can make".


Bogut, 32, is in the final year of his contract. The 7-foot center, while healthy, has played in only 26 games this year and is averaging just three points a game. But he's also averaging 8.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes, and rebounding has been one of the Celtics' big areas of weakness this year. The C's rank 27th in the league in reboundinh, and 26th in defensive rebounding.

According to scout.com, the Mavs would part with Bogut for Tyler Zeller and one of Boston's first-round draft choices.