NEW YORK – Boston coach Doc Rivers has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing a referee earlier in the week.

Rivers was penalized Thursday. He was irate following the Celtics’ 127-121 loss at Chicago on Tuesday night, after he got whistled for his second technical foul in the final minute. That led to an automatic ejection and a rant against referee Bill Kennedy.

After John Salmons’ basket gave the Bulls a 124-119 lead with 29.8 seconds left, the Celtics called a timeout and then Rivers got tossed.

The league also fined referee Kennedy an undisclosed amount.

Pats sign Galloway

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England has signed veteran wide receiver Joey Galloway, giving the Patriots two of the most prolific active receivers in the NFL.

The 37-year-old Galloway has a 15.7 yards-per-reception career average.

That leads all active NFL players with 300 or more career receptions and is just ahead of New England’s Randy Moss, who has a career average of 15.6.

Galloway and Moss are also among only nine active receivers with 10,000 or more career receiving yards.

Galloway has caught 682 passes for 10,710 yards in his 14 seasons with Seattle, Dallas and Tampa Bay.

Moss has 843 receptions for 13,201 yards. Galloway was released by the Bucs in February after an injury-plagued year.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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