Sunday Links from Len
The Bruins ended their seven game road trip with a 3-3 tie at Carolina. They were outplayed but got great goaltending from Andrew Raycroft with 34 saves. Jim McCabe has the game story. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says that great goaltending wins in the playoffs and has remarks from Harry Sinden who believes that Raycroft has been the team’s MVP this year. McCabe also reports that Sergei Samsonov is still hurting.
The Celtics were blown out in Portland. Shira Springer has the grim details and reports on a frustrated Paul Pierce. Peter May has fallout on the Celtics latest trade and conjecture on what is next for Vin Baker.
Jeff Horrigan and Bob Hohler have the story on Derek Lowe who believes this is the last go around for the current version of the Red Sox. Lowe believes he could be the last priority of the team come contract time. However, a caller to the Jon Wallach show on WEEI yesterday pointed out it could be Nomar who is on the outside looking in next year because two other outstanding shortstops will be free agents next year. Orlando Cabrera and Edgar Renteria are both better defensive shortstops and both are very productive at the plate. More importantly, both will not command Nomar money.
Gordon Edes has the fallout from John Henry’s statements regarding a salary cap as well as a look at the controversial Questec system which is despised by Curt Schilling. Bob Hohler reports on Terry’s first day on the field as Red Sox manager. Tony Massarotti has more on A-Rod, Brian Cashman, and Nomar in his Sunday On Baseball column. Chuck Culpepper of Newsday says “Cowboy Up” is over in Boston and pokes fun at the long suffering Red Sox and their fans.
Michael Smith says goodbye to Damien Woody and discusses how the salary cap will change the face of the 2004 Patriots. In Smith’s Notes, he looks at the possibility of the Patriots moving up to draft a big receiver. Kevin Mannix complains about the lack of information coming out of the NFL combine in Indy. He does provide a 1st Round Mock Draft which has the Patriots trading both picks to move up to the 10 spot to select Steven Jackson. In his Combine Notes, Mannix has a more in depth look at Steven Jackson. Mannix also has a look at Joe Gibbs first days back in DC and the Bills feeling positive about Drew Bledsoe despite other coaches beliefs that Bledsoe is washed up.
Bill Griffith discusses how A-Rod could pay dividends to the Yankees through increased advertising rates on the Yankee owned YES Network. In other notes, Griffith explains the best place to be to watch all 16 NCAA first round games on March 18 is the Showcase Cinemas.
FSN has the Celtics at Seattle tonight at 9 pm.