U.S. government responds to Lance's lawyers

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U.S. government responds to Lance's lawyers

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 23, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- United States government prosecutors have responded to complaints by lawyers acting for Lance Armstrong about leaks in a grand jury investigation of the cyclist without publicly revealing their response. U.S. Attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek says prosecutors filed their response Monday under seal to avoid violating rules that require the secrecy of grand jury proceedings. Armstrong's attorneys filed a motion in July, claiming information from the grand jury inquiry have sullied the reputation of the seven-time Tour de France winner. The filing, which was left unsealed, claimed some of the material reported by The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and others could have only come from government officials leaking the information. A grand jury in Los Angeles has been investigating claims that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs during his string of Tour victories from 1999-2005. The cyclist and cancer survivor denies he ever doped.

Report: Celtics fail to make trade at deadline

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Report: Celtics fail to make trade at deadline

Paul George to the Celtics? Nope, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. In fact, he might not be going anywhere, for now. 

Wojnarowski tweeted minutes ahead of Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline that the Pacers had decided not to trade George. That leaves the Pacers in the position to trade him during the offseason or at the next trade deadline or risk losing him next summer in free agency. 

From a Sam Amick tweet Thursday, that would figure to be a real risk. Amick tweeted Thursday that it has been made clear that George intends to sign with the Lakers as a free agent, which could have hurt his trade value. 

Avery Bradley returns to practice, but injury status remains uncertain

Avery Bradley returns to practice, but injury status remains uncertain

Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor after missing the Celtics' past 16 games, but it's unclear if he'll travel to Toronto for Friday night's game.

Boston Celtics, Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, Brad Stevens, Toronto Raptors, A. Sherrod Blakely 
 
WALTHAM, Mass. – Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor briefly at the first gathering of the Celtics since the All-Star break.
 
Now returning to the floor in an actual game? That remains a bit up in the air.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday, adding that his status for the Friday night game at Toronto remains unclear.
 
“Avery practiced about a third of the practice today which was about what our medical staff determined was the appropriate progression,” Stevens said. “He [Bradley] told me afterwards he felt really good.”
 
As far as his availability for Friday, Stevens said he did not have an update and was not told by the medical staff whether Bradley would be traveling with the team to Toronto when they leave later this afternoon.
 
Bradley is dealing with a right Achilles' injury that has kept him sidelined for the past 16 games and 20 of the past 21.
 
The news is much better when it comes to the health of Jaylen Brown.
 
Brown missed the past three games, but said he was feeling better and would be traveling with the team to Toronto.
 
“I’m looking to play in Toronto,” he said.
 
The return of Brown can only help a Celtics team that’s looking to pick up where they left off prior to the break.
 
Boston’s ascension to the No. 2 spot in the East has been fueled by wins in 11 of the past 13 games.
 
Despite that success, Stevens knows all too well that a roster change of some sort could go down at any minute prior to today’s 3 p.m . trade deadline.
 
“When you’re in position where you’re playing at a pretty good level, you don’t anticipate much change,” Stevens said. “But certainly there could be small things; there may not be. At the end of the day, my job is to try and focus on the 15 guys that are here.”