Morning sports update: Marcus Morris says it’s his role ‘to be the bully’


The Pats, the Bruins won, and though the Sox lost, they get to take another shot at the Astros Friday afternoon.

Marcus Morris is ready to contribute on the Celtics following his acquittal: After being found not guilty in his ongoing assault trial with his twin brother, Marcus Morris was introduced to the Celtics media on Thursday. The forward said it was “a big relief” to have the case behind him and is eager to contribute in Boston.

“I love playing basketball,” Morris said. “Just for be to coming to a new place and not be able to be there, not be one of the first guys there just learning everybody. It’s a little tough, but it’s behind me. I’m ready to play.”


The 28-year-old maintained that he never was really concerned about the outcome of the trial and was mainly focused on the fact that he was missing training camp and the start of the team’s preseason.

“I knew what was going to come out in end,” Morris said. “I’m a good guy, man. I never really got down on myself, and I never was really concerned. I was just more concerned about not being here.”

Despite not having him in Salve Regina or Waltham, the Celtics did send personnel out to Arizona to work with Morris, who is confident that he’ll “easily” fit into the lineup. According to his remarks, Morris plans to play in the team’s second preseason game against the 76ers on Friday night.


“I’m a guy that you can put in different positions,” he said. “I play the 4 this year, I played the 3 the last two years, so I think it’ll be easy. It’s more of a ‘How do they fit me?’ than anything.”

Keeping in line with his self-proclaimed nickname of the “beantown bully,” Morris emphasized his role as a protector for his teammates: Guys knocking my guys down, I can’t have that. It’s going to be my role to be the bully.”

Tom Brady throws for 303 yards, Patriots hold off Bucs 19-14: Brady threw a 5-yard TD pass to Chris Hogan in the second quarter, and Stephen Gostkowski kicked field goals of 27, 23, 45 and 48 yards for the Patriots (3-2). (Boston.com, via AP)


David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand score, Bruins hold off Predators 4-3: In addition to contributions from the veterans, Jake DeBrusk had a goal and assist in his first NHL game, and Charlie McAvoy added a goal and assist in his first regular-season appearance. (Boston.com, via AP)

Chris Sale’s first career postseason start didn’t go as planned: The left-handed pitcher, who logged 308 strikeouts and a 2.90 ERA during the regular season, offered a rather inauspicious showing for the first playoff start of his career. Lasting just five innings, Sale gave up nine hits and seven earned runs on 100 pitches. (Boston.com)


Jose Altuve hits 3 homers, Astros beat Red Sox 8-2 in ALDS opener: ‘‘Never really gave my team a chance to win. Put them in a hole early,’’ Sale said. ‘‘They fought back and they fought back hard and I gave it right back to them. It happens (but a) terrible time for it to happen.’’ (Boston.com, via AP)

Cam Newton says ‘don’t be like me, be better than me’ in apology video: Facing severe backlash from sexist comments he made Wednesday to a female beat reporter, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton issued on Thursday a 1 minute 48 second video apology on his Twitter account. He expressed his sincere remorse for his flippant response to a question from Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer about receiver Devin Funchess and “the physicality of his routes.’’ (Boston.com, via The Boston Globe)