Nick Cafardo has more on the Red Sox courting Roger Clemens, and says there is a shot of it happening. Jeff Horrigan however, says that it is more likely that Clemens just stays put in Houston, and that David Wells might end up being the only 40+ pitcher at Fenway this year. (I guess he only means starters, as Mike Timlin will turn 40 next month.) Rob Bradford examines Theo Epstein’s string of avoiding arbitration hearings with players, a streak that has continued through this offseason. Jim Donaldson thinks that the Red Sox lineup is pretty weak in spots and that the team hasn’t really improved over last season.
Stan Grossfeld has a feature in the Globe examining whether new construction in the Fenway neighborhood could effect the number of home runs hit in the ballpark this season. He ends with the warning: “fewer home runs could lead to swirling winds of discontent across Red Sox Nation.” He also has a brief look at the offseason renovations to Fenway itself and there is a slideshow on the changes as well.
Three articles on the Celtics this morning, one positive, the other two, not so much. Shalise Manza Young has a look at “PerkandAl” as the Celtics’ young twin tower combo is known as these days and how the two youngsters are learning and helping each other out during these tough first few NBA seasons. Shira Springer notes that the Celtics have not been sniping at each other during these tough times, and while on the surface that might seem like a good thing, in reality they might benefit from the spark of an outburst. Mark Murphy looks at the struggles of Wally Szczerbiak since the trade, and how after the initial win over Sacramento, things haven’t quite worked out for the Celtics.
Jim Lazar and Jennifer Moroz look at Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach (and former Bruins player) Rick Tocchet being implicated in a nationwide gambling ring that also named Jeremy Roenick and Wayne Gretzky’s wife Janet Jones. Dale and Holley this morning also reported that the Bruins’ Travis Green is also named in the investigation.
Matt Kalman looks at Glenn Murray moving to the Bruins top line with Brad Boyes and Patrice Bergeron. This move is due to the injury to Marco Sturm, as Frank Dell’Apa notes, which will keep Sturm out of the lineup possibly until after the Olympic break. Kalman’s notebook has more on Sturm.
Mike Reiss reports that backup linebacker Don Davis has signed a new deal to return to the Patriots next season. Lenny Megliola says that Tom Brady will need 6-8 weeks to recovery from his upcoming hernia surgery. Albert Breer looks at a couple of New England natives getting NFL jobs.
Mark Blaudschun reports that Boston College will play a hockey game outdoors at Fenway park next December.
You can get more on the NHL betting scandal and on the Jets changing their general manager on the New York Sports Pages.
ESPN has announced that Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser will make up their new Monday Night Football broadcasting team.
NESN has Bruins/Penguins at 7:30. ESPN2 has Boston College/Wake Forest at 7:30 and Bulls/Nuggets at 9:30. ESPN has Indiana/Wisconsin at 7:00 and Syracuse/UConn at 9:00.