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Mutai is the man -- sort of

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Mutai is the man -- sort of

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Let's say you're Geoffrey Mutai. You're from Kenya.

You really like running. Mostly because you're really good at it. It's also cool that your friends all run, too.

Since 2008, you've been asserting runner dominance all over the world. You've won three marathons, one half marathon, and have been on a winning senior race team. Wikipedia also tells us that you were third-place finisher at the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands. Not bad.

But you wanted Boston.

You practiced in Kenya -- nothing crazy, just 130 miles a week. Still, you worried.

Boston is not so easy as other marathons, you told the Boston Herald on Saturday. I wont push the pace, but I will try my best. The weather is not so bad, you said. Its the wind that is always the trouble.

Big, big trouble.

You win the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds. Your time is the fastest anyone has ever run the 26.2 mile distance. Ever. And it's a pretty big deal because there are, like, a lot of hills and stuff. The people in charge consider calling it the Mutai Marathon because you own it.

So you've got that weird wreath thing on your head, you're giving the thumbs-up to all the photogsand mulling over your general awesomeness...

...when some weenie in windpants from "track's international governing body" walks over to you. He leans in close, poking himself in the face on your wreath thingy.

"Um, Mutai? It doesn't count."

"What?" you say. You're still smiling. You're just so awesome.

"Your time. It doesn't count as a record," he says. He won't look you in the eye.

"But, why?"

The question makes sense. I mean, you just busted your ass for 26.2 miles. Seriously. You literally just finished running 26.2 freaking miles. People complain when they have to drive 26.2 miles to visit an aunt. Running all that way was kinda fun, but it was mostly work and your nipples are chafed.

You are Mutai. You want that record.

"Yeah, um, it was really windy today. And the course is downhill in parts" he trails off. You imagine ripping off his face. Making him run 26.2 miles in those windpants would probably hurt more. "So, yeah," he continues. "You still won and everything. It's justthe tailwind. Yeah."

Hey! Go run a marathon! Your reward for being the best is a karate chop to the throat by "track's international governing body." Mutai (you) looked happy to win, but getting a record DQ'd because of something you can't control? Gross.

Granted, I know absolutely nothing about running (except that it's evil), windpants, or Geoffrey Mutai. Maybe he likes breaking records and having them discounted.

But I doubt that.

Patriots-Falcons practice report: No changes for Pats

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: No changes for Pats

Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Jordan Tripp

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
K Matt Bryant (back)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)

Agent doesn't expect Gordon Hayward to return this season, but foresees full recovery

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Agent doesn't expect Gordon Hayward to return this season, but foresees full recovery

PHILADELPHIA --  Only hours removed from surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and fractured fibia injury, Gordon Hayward’s agent tells NBC Sports Boston that his client is already attacking the rehab process.
 
“We expect him to have a full recovery,” agent Mark Bartelstein said via phone Thursday.
 
That said, Bartelstein also noted that it’s unlikely that the 6-foot-8 forward will return to action this season.
 
“We don’t have a timetable or anything like that for him,” Bartelstein said. “It’s about getting better, healthier every day.”
 
The Celtics released a statement Thursday afternoon indicating Hayward underwent successful “bony and ligamentous stabilization surgery for the fracture dislocation of his left ankle.”
 
Performing the surgery was Drs. Mark Slovenkai and Brian McKeon at New England Baptist Hospital, with Dr. Anthony Schena assisting followed by consultations with Dr. David Porter of Methodist Sports Medicine in Indianapolis.
 
Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday when he was attempting to catch a lob pass from Kyrie Irving.
 
On the play, Hayward landed awkwardly on his ankle, which contorted in a way where it was clear immediately that he would be out of action for a significant amount of time.
 
Since the injury, Hayward has received an amazing amount of outpouring of well-wishes and prayers from Kobe Bryant, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and a cast of other current and former athletes. Both Edelman and Gronkowski know all too well about the challenges associated with returning to play after an injury.
 
"Go into rehab just like you go into anything else: dominate it," Gronkowski said. "Come back when you feel ready. Come back when you’re 100 percent. He wouldn’t be where he is now if he wasn’t a hard worker.”
 
And then there are the Celtics fans, whose support has been impressive.
 
Hayward delivered a pre-recorded message to the fans at the TD Garden that was aired on the Jumbotron high above half court prior to Wednesday night’s game against Milwaukee. Even after the video ended, there was no escaping Hayward’s presence was still very much in the building and on the minds of fans.
 
At one point in the 108-100 Celtics loss on Wednesday, Boston fans began a “Gor-don Hay-ward!” chant that soon swept its way throughout the TD Garden.
 
“It has been a bit overwhelming the amount of support that Gordon has received,” Bartelstein said. “It touched him in so many ways. The outpouring he got, certainly all the fans in the arena last night, from players around the league … it meant the world to him. And obviously, going through something like this, it’s devastating. So, to see so many reach out to him, it means the world to him and his family; there’s no doubt about it.”