The Celtics win streak ended at six last night with a 117-109 loss to the Lakers. Peter May is ranting about Ricky Davis, and Karl Malone is raving about Danny Ainge in the links over at Fox Sports Net. I did miss the story by Lenny Megliola, so there’s an additional link.
Did Grady Little sit Johnny Damon last year because the Sox outfielder was partying too hard the night before? The ex-manager says so, but Damon denies the allegations. Bob Hohler and Jeff Horrigan present his side of the story. Sean McAdam says that Damon plans on being more aggressive at the plate this season. Gordon Edes looks at the presence of a legend in Sox camp, as Sandy Koufax spent some time yesterday observing the Sox pitchers, offering some words here and there, and boosting the spirits of guys like Alan Embree. A good story by Edes. You’ll have to ante up if you want read Howard Bryant’s account of the Koufax as it is a pay column in the Herald. Gerry Callahan has a pay column on steroids and the SI issue of this week with marks the last few years as the asterisk era in baseball. Nick Cafardo looks at the Senate putting the heat on Don Fehr. Byung-Hyun Kim was on the mound yesterday and some interesting quotes were gathered by Alex Speier who talked with Doug Mirabelli after the game. Mirabelli noted that communication with Kim is an issue, and that the pitcher most of the time doesn’t go over scouting reports with the catchers, and is used to just doing things his own way on the mound. Mirabelli said he and Varitek are struggling to make him understand that he needs to work with them and not do his own thing out there. David Borges has coverage of the Red Sox exhibition win over St. Louis yesterday. Edes looks at the price announcement for the new right field roof seats. McAdam’s notebook says that the Sox have made a third contract offer to Nomar Garciaparra. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Kim’s performance, as does Hohler’s notebook. Neither has the quotes from Mirabelli mentioned in the Speier article.
With the recent Curt Schilling/SOSH/WEEI flap, the Royal Rooters board conducted an interview with John Palfrey, Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School regarding the legal issues of WEEI and other media using Schilling quotes after he requested that they be off the record.
After a week of losing players, it looks like the Patriots might gain one today. After signing another defensive lineman yesterday, the Steelers are not expected to match the Patriots offer to Rodney Bailey. Michael Felger and Michael Smith look at what the possible addition of Bailey could mean for the Patriots. Tom Curran has an interesting piece on how the Patriots cover themselves by having a backup plan in place for when they inevitably lose a starter to either free agency or injury. He makes quite a list of players that the Patriots have let go in recent years, only one of whom got better after he left. (Greg Spires)
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the importance of Andrew Raycroft and Joe Thornton to the Bruins playoff hopes. Steven Harris looks at the ugly Steve Moore incident. Harris’ notebook looks at the Bruins offense.
Bob Ryan has a nice piece on Boston College center Uka Agbai. BC beat Georgetown yesterday in the Big East Tournament.
NESN has Bruins/Sabres at 7:00. TNT has Hornets/Rockets at 7:30 and Kings/Mavs at 10:00. ESPN has ACC and Big East tournament action at 7:00 and 9:30 tonight. ESPN2 has Big East and Big Twelve Tournament action at 7:00 and 9:30. FSN has Pac10 Tournament action at 9:00 and 11:30.