Some breaking news this afternoon,

Some breaking news this afternoon, the Boston Celtics are being sold.

From the breaking news section on Boston.com:

“Celtics owner Paul Gaston is selling his 48.3 percent stake of the team for $360 million to a partnership that includes venture capitalists Wycliffe K. Grousbeck of Highland Capital Partners and Stephen Pagliuca , a managing director of Bain Capital. The deal is subject to NBA approval. A 3 p.m. press conference is planned.”

It appears WEEI was first on this story, with Dale Arnold breaking the news sometime around 1:30. WWZN followed up a few moments later. As WWZN is the official radio home of the Celtics, you would think they would have it first. Arnold was first to get the details from Boston.com which you see above. He also has Steve Bulpett on the line almost immediately who was watching the Ryder cup and now has to go to work. From the websites linked above, both the guys mentioned appear to be fairly young guys. Eddie Andelman brought in Steve Burton who said channel 4 will be covering the press conference, and WWZN was attempting to get Jackie MacMullan on the line as well.

This whole process sure seemed to slip below the radar of anyone.

There is also now a more complete story on Boston.com, which includes this information: “Wyc Grousbeck apparently has wanted to own a Boston sports team for awhile. In March, Globe business columnist Steve Bailey reported that former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette tried to stay with the team by telling the new owners that he could bring big money to the deal.

According to Bailey

Bob Ryan leads off expressing

Bob Ryan leads off expressing his frustration with Tiger Woods. This as you can imagine quickly became a hot topic on the golf-crazed Dennis and Callahan program. They criticized Ryan and other media figures who seem to look for something wrong in Tiger, and focus on his “spotty” record in Wild Card play. Always looking for a negative. I thought that was rather ironic. Karen Guregian’s article was also discussed, in which she looks at the British media trying to find something to nail Tiger with. Jim Baker focuses on the coverage of the Ryder Cup. Bill Griffith does the same with additional notes on ESPN HD and a Mike Lynch schedule change and contract extension.

The tights ends seem to be a common theme throughout the Patriots articles in the papers today. It is the sole subject of a Michael Smith article in the Globe this morning. It’s also mentioned in most of the various notebooks. Michael Felger and Alan Greenberg look at the receivers as a group. Paul Kenyon has the Patriots impressed with the Chargers defense. Rich Thompson writes about a reunion of ex-Buffalo Bills and good friends on Sunday, in Antowain Smith and Marcellus Wiley. Smith’s Globe notebook gives us an injury update. Roman Phifer hopes to visit his son after the game Sunday in Felger’s notebook. Ian Clark says the running game is ready to go.Leigh Montville makes his weekly picks and says copycat head coaches around the league are telling their offensive coordinators to get their stomachs stapled. I’m glad he mocked that “copycat” stuff…if I hear one more time that the NFL is a copycat league….

Lenny Megliola wraps up the Red Sox season. Bob Hohler has a piece on Shea Hillenbrand, who says Joe Kerrigan never liked him. Jeff Horrigan reports on Josh Hancock’s first MLB start yesterday. Another Projo no byline article (Is it McAdam?) also features Hancock. Horrigan’s notebook has Little talking rest for Hillenbrand and Damon, Ramirez’s batting title quest and the possible end of the line in Chicago for Frank Thomas. Hohler’s notebook has the news that the Sox might be close to a deal with Alan Embree and a mea culpa from Hohler about a mistake in an article from yesterday.

Goalies are the rage today. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Andrew Raycroft, while Steve Conroy profiles John Grahame.

Up for a little soccer talk? Frank Dell’apa looks at last night’s 2-0 Revolution playoff victory. Gus Martins has the Herald’s version. George Kimball tries valiantly to make a comparison between last year’s Patriots and this year’s Revolution.

Fox25 has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN2 has Astros/Giants at 10:30. ESPN Classic has the NBA Hall of Fame inductions at 7:00. Catch Larry Bird presenting Magic.

For some reason, Dan Shaughnessy’s

For some reason, Dan Shaughnessy’s column on Pedro today doesn’t offend me nearly as much as Buckley’s yesterday did. I’m not sure why. It contains the obligatory veiled “curse” references, but Dan *almost* seems human in this piece, he tells us what he would do, there’s alot of “I think” references in there. He doesn’t engage in too much hyperbole, just kinda lays it out there, and tells us what he would do and what he thinks about the situation. I think Dan might even be sincere when he says he hopes Pedro stays here forever.

Gordon Edes has a nice piece with former Indians Manager Charlie Manuel. (Who, if Grady Little returns, will likely be here as a coach next year) The major topic of the article is Manny. Some nice insight into Manny’s character and drive here. The Projo (no byline given) lists out the 10 most damaging defeats of the season for the Sox. Jeff Horrigan, Bob Hohler and David Heuschkel file games stories. Hohler’s notebook looks in on Derek Lowe while Horrigan gives us word from Josh Hancock and several other items. Tony Massarotti says shame on you if you thought there was any chance for a miracle finish with this team. Ray Duckler wants NH guy Bob Tewksbury as the Sox pitching coach next year.

Nick Cafardo looks at all the injuries facing the Patriots this week, though at the moment only Andruzzi appears to be in jeopardy of missing the game Sunday. Michael Felger floats the idea that perhaps age is catching up with the defense. Alan Greenberg also frets over the untimely injuries. Hector Longo gets a little critical of the coaching staff. Tom Curran looks at Drew Brees. Mike Reiss says the Patriots need another linebacker, but it may not be easy to find one. Michael Smith’s notebook has Belichick picking Matt Light’s brain for tips on Drew Brees, while Felger gives us what he knows about the injuries in his notebook. Michael Gee chooses to whine about NFL injury reports today. Mark Farinella gives his winter wonderings, listing things he hates…

Michael Muldoon says Chris Wallace has no worries about the Point Guard position on the Celtics. Peter Gelzinis writes about intimidation at the Paul Pierce stabbing trial, while Laurel Sweet reports from the courtroom. Kathleen Burge reports that overzealous cleanup by nightclub employees has hindered the case.

ESPN is going into the HDTV market with its announcement that it plans to provide a high-definition simulcast service of its premier network ESPN to be launched in April of 2003. ESPN HD will include in its first year 100 live telecasts