Rondo involved in scuffle at Lowell night club

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Rondo involved in scuffle at Lowell night club

Rajon Rondo's quickness has been a big part of his success as an NBA player. Apparently, it comes in quite handy off the court as well.

A Haverill man was arrested after he threw a punch (which he missed) at Rondo following a public appearance by the Celtics all-star in Lowell.

Police on the scene told the Lowell Sun that the incident took place at 1:43 a.m. Saturday at Brian's Ivy Hall, located at 74 Merrimack St. in Lowell.

Rondo hosted the Boston Charity Classic basketball game at Harvard University the next night.

According to the Lowell police, Eric Valarezo, 31, attempted to punch Rondo when the event was ending.

The Lowell Sun reported that the club's owner as well as members of Rondo's entourage which included Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (Rondo's high school teammate at Oak Hill Academy) and former Celtic Nate Robinson, helped subdue Valarezo.

Kevin Hayhurst, co-owner of Brian's Ivy Hall, told the Sun that he did not know what initiated the scuffle, but added that Rondo was "unpersonable" and "disrespectful toward patrons."

"It was definitely provoked," Valarezo told the Sun. "I wasn't even intoxicated or anything like that."

Valarezo posted 40 bail for the disorderly conduct charge, which is a misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’


BOSTON — Red Sox left-hander David Price is set to make his season debut in a holiday matinee Monday on the road in Chicago against the White Sox. 

Price, 31, starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow since spring training.

“Excited, just to be back here,” he said Thursday. “There’s not a better feeling. You can’t replicate it anywhere else.”

Price allowed nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a pair of less-than-impressive injury rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out eight and walked two.

“A lot of pitches, in a short amount of time. I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six [innings] in 90 pitches,” he said. “To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”

The Red Sox (24-21) have won four in a row heading into their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

“He’s eager to get back to us and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His return to us will give us a definite boost but that’s not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform.”

Farrell hopes Price’s return has a trickle-down impact.

“It’s not based solely on the name on the back of his jersey,” Farrell said. “Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation.”

© 2017 by The Associated Press.

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

It's been well-established that Bill Belichick has a strong affinity for the sport of lacrosse. That the NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse Final Fours are taking place at Gillette Stadium this weekend means that the Patriots head coach has an opportunity to be around the highest level of college competition the sport has to offer. 

And he's taking full advantage. 

Not only did he meet with and speak to the Boston College women's team on Thursday, he's also met with the Ohio State men's team, and he took a few minutes to speak to all eight finalists at the Division I lacrosse banquet on Thursday night before the weekend of play got underway.

"I know that for us, fortunately, we've been to a lot of these games, and we've come out on the good side on some and not on the good side on others," Belichick said. "But just the experience, the competition of playing at this level and playing against this type of competition for what's at stake this weekend, it's just an awesome experience for you and your families."

Belichick explained that he had seen all eight teams play at one point or another this year, and he sounded like a fan of them all as he closed his remarks.

"It's really exciting to watch," he said. "You guys play with a lot of class, a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, and that's what I admire. Hopefully, we can play like that this coming year."