More Winter Struggles

The Celtics were again in the game to the end, but fell short on the West coast to the Golden State Warriors, losing 111-109. From Oakland, Steve Bulpett and Shira Springer have the game stories, as the Celtics had their chances to win, but generously gave this one away to the Warriors. You can get the Oakland/SF view of the game by surfing over to the Bay Area Sports Page, which has all the sports sections from that region.

Springer looks at Troy Murphy once again torching the Celtics, against whom he seems to have his best games. FSN has some New Year’s Resolutions for Doc Rivers. Bulpett’s notebook has a look at just how close the Celtics came to acquiring Baron Davis at the trade deadline last season. Springer’s notebook focuses on the Celtics continued problems on the glass.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Stephen Harris report on the Bruins 6-4 loss to the Florida Panthers last night. Harris looks at the holiday trade freeze coming to an end with no new moves by the Bruins. Burrell’s notebook has a look at another tough night in net for Andrew Raycroft. Harris’ notebook looks at Sergei Samsonov being sent back to Boston with a rib injury.

Michael Felger says that the Patriots last season surge has them in position for playoff success. Tom E Curran notes that the Patriots running attack, while not overwhelming, has certainly been efficient. Albert Breer also looks at the running game. Alan Greenberg has a look at Willie McGinest being honored with the 12th player award by the Patriots yesterday, as the 12-year veteran had another solid season as a rock of the Patriots defense. John Tomase, Chris Kennedy and Michael Parente also look at the honor for McGinest.

Jerome Solomon says that Tedy Bruschi is likely out for Sunday, but his status for the playoffs is still up in the air. Karen Guregian says that the Patriots defense just won’t be the same if Monty Beisel has to play an extended role once more. She also has Beisel speaking of a similar injury he suffered last season while with the Chiefs. Tomase’s notebook says that while improved, the Patriots running attack is still not what you would call potent. Solomon’s notebook tries to determine why Daniel Graham sat out the game against the Jets after not being listed on the injury report. Curran’s notebook says that Bruschi is likely out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. That is also the topic of Parente’s notebook.

Tony Massarotti lists out how much the Red Sox have changed since the end of the 2004 season. Meanwhile, Chris Snow says that the Red Sox are still in the hunt for Miguel Tejada, while the Hartford Courant reports that the Orioles are about to abandon their efforts to trade Tejada, because according to one team official: “There is absolutely no deal we find acceptable to trade this very special player to another team.”

The Boston College Eagles won their sixth straight bowl game, and snapped Boise State’s 31 game home winning streak with a 27-21 win in the MPC Computers Bowl yesterday. Michael Vega and Steve Conroy have the reports from Idaho. Vega’s notebook has Mathias Kiwanuka taking offense that Boise officials couldn’t bother to get his name correct. Conroy’s notebook has more on the officials making jokes of Kiwanuka’s name.

Jeff Jacobs has a “thoughts” column with an emphasis on football.

John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at NESN scaling back some Bruins programming because of the team’s struggles.

ESPN has the Emerald Bowl of Georgia Tech/Utah at 4:30 and the Holiday Bowl of Oregon/Oklahoma at 8:00. ESPN2 has New Orleans/Kansas college basketball at 7:30, while FSN has Stanford/UCLA at 10:30.