Morning sports update: Bill Russell tells Gordon Hayward he is ‘not alone’ after injury

Bill Russell made his Celtics debut in 1956.
Bill Russell made his Celtics debut in 1956. –AP/Gerald Herbert

The Celtics began the new season with a close loss in Cleveland on Tuesday night. Arguably the bigger loss came only minutes into the game, as new signing Gordon Hayward suffered a serious ankle injury:

Bill Russell tells Gordon Hayward that “you are a Celtic” and “you are not alone”: The Celtics legend tweeted his support like many other NBA players (past and present), but then sent a second message to one of Boston’s newest players:

Brad Stevens talked about losing Gordon Hayward to injury: Minutes into reuniting for the first time since their days at Butler, the Brad Stevens-Gordon Hayward partnership was rocked by Hayward’s unfortunate injury.

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“You hurt for him,” Stevens said of Hayward. “It’s a tough, tough deal, but I guess that’s part of the risk of injury. I really feel for him.” (CBS Boston)

 

NFL ratings continue to slip: According to research from the first six weeks of the 2017 NFL season, ratings are once again down.

Compared with the equivalent from 2016, ratings have fallen 7.5 percent. While an average of 16.2 million watched a year ago, that number is now 15 million in 2017. (ESPN)

President Trump tweets anger at NFL decision not to “force” players to stand for national anthem: