Celtics fall

The Celtics, enjoying a rare Sunday in the local sports spotlight, dropped a close one to the struggling Kings, 104-100. Game stories are provided from the Globe’s Shira Springer, the Herald’s Steve Bulpett and the ProJo’s Carolyn Thornton.

Notebooks were also filed by each of the aforementioned trio, with Springer focusing on Raef LaFrentz, Bulpett speaking with Danny Ainge about possible deals with the deadline 10 days away and Thornton having a sort of State of the Union from Doc Rivers.

And talk about drinking the kool aid. According to the Herald’s Michael Felger, Patriots Personnel Director Scott Pioli turned down Seattle’s offer of five years, $15 million and more power to remain with New England. We can only assume a raise will be forthcoming for Pioli because while loyalty’s one thing, rejecting an offer to more than triple your salary is another.

For those with a few extra bucks lying around, there’s an interesting find on eBay. Former Patriots defensive back Leonard Myers is auctioning off his Super Bowl XXXVI ring, with the bidding starting at $25,000.

The Beanpot is tonight at the Fleet, with BU taking on heavy underdog Northeastern. The Globe’s new college hockey writer, Fluto Shinzawa has a solid feature from the Northeastern angle and a notebook. The Herald’s Joe Gordon also has a preview.

And you really have to read this one. Peter King has more from Freddie Mitchell. Talk about not playing with the full deck. There’s a better chance of Whitey Bulger lining up at receiver for the Eagles next season than this guy. What is he thinking? Koy Detmer?

Finally, Bob Ryan took in Sunday’s college hoop contest between UConn and North Carolina.