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'Chance' Shaq could lace up for Celts

Shaquille O'Neal updates, at this point, may be taken with a grain of salt. The Celtics big man was seen walking, talking, and putting on sneakers before the Celtics practiced this afternoon at the field house on the campus of the University of Miami. Shaq, of course, did not talk to the media, though Doc Rivers offered this update: "I think right now there's a chance," said Rivers. "He's feeling a lot better. We'll see." Asked if O'Neal had been doing much running, Rivers said, "About as much as you and I have been running, and I'm going to take a guess and say that's very little." So there it is. (The Boston Globe)Comment

Mallett: I'm 'a lot' like Brady

Ryan Mallett, like many who have come across trouble, would rather not look back, but ahead to the future -- which in Mallett's case means Bill Belichick and the Patriots. "I don't think that stuff's a problem," he said. ... Coming to New England, a team on which he will not be expected to play right away, and a team that has Tom Brady, could help ease Mallett into the NFL. "I think it's a perfect fit after watching film with the coaches when I was there. And me and Tom are kind of the same," Mallett said. "We're not fleet of foot, obviously. We don't run fast. We pick defenses apart and we know what's going to happen before the snap or we react post snap and that's why I think I'm like him a lot." (Providence Journal)Comment

Hughes' throwing woes still a mystery

In some ways, the bad news was the lack of news. The good news for Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes is that he does not have a circulation or vascular problem in his pitching arm. The puzzling news for the disabled hurler is, what is wrong? Hughes was examined by a specialist, Dr. Robert William Thompson, in St. Louis yesterday after tests in New York last week indicated Hughes was possibly suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, which causes circulation trouble. ... Thompson eliminated TOS yesterday as a reason for Hughes' dead arm, which landed him on the disabled list. However, Thompson did not give a reason for Hughes' drop in velocity from 94 mph last year to 89 this season. (New York Post)Comment

Must-See Photo

Philadelphia goalie Brian Boucher landed a block to the face of Boston's Nathan Horton in the third period of Game 2, but Horton got the last laugh when the Bruins prevailed 3-2 in overtime (Landov).

Must-See Video

From Josh Smith's block to Tyson Chandler's jam, check out the Top 5 plays from Monday's playoff action.

Game To Watch

Boston-Miami Game 2: The Celtics look to even the series against the Heat (7:00 p.m. ET, TNT)

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SI Vault: More DiMaggio

This Day in Sports

  • 1992 -- Baltimore's Gregg Olson, 25, becomes the youngest pitcher to record 100 saves.
  • 1980 -- Giants first baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st and final home run.
  • 1980 -- Texas' Ferguson Jenkins becomes the fourth pitcher to win 100 games in the AL and NL.
  • 1979 -- Bobby Bonds becomes the second player in history to hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases.
  • 1936 --Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut with the New York Yankees, collecting three hits.