The Gangs All Here. Sort Of.

Chris Snow reports that Dave Wallace’s hip infection became so serious last week that he nearly died, had to have a hip replacement yesterday, and will now likely miss the season or perhaps never come back to the team. Jeff Horrigan looks at John Henry and Larry Lucchino arriving at camp and immediately going into their new “Belichickian” policy of being tight-lipped when it comes to news. Tony Massarotti has an article looking at the young arms in camp, and the promise they hold for the future. It’s been over 20 years since the Red Sox had a collection of promising young pitchers as they do now. Dan Shaughnessy looks at the Red Sox getting on the field as a team for their first full squad workout of the spring.

Snow first reported in the Globe Extra Bases blog yesterday that Manny Ramirez would not be participating in the World Baseball Classic, but instead would come to Red Sox camp next week and stay with the club throughout spring training. The information came from John Henry, who as Jeff Horrigan points out had promised to put an end to leaks of information. Steven Krasner reports that Manny now wants to stay with the Red Sox this season, instead of being traded. He uses Enrique Wilson as his source, who, as Massarotti points out, is one of Manny’s closest friends in baseball. David Heuschkel and David Borges have more from Wilson and others talking about Manny and his late arrival and whether he will play in the WBC.

Rob Bradford has a look at reliever Rudy Seanez, who, for the second straight offseason trained by participating in ultimate fighting, a regimen that led to the best season of his 14 year career last year. Snow’s notebook has more on Manny, as well as a number of other notes from around camp. Borges’ notebook has more on Enrique and Manny, and Krasner’s notebook looks at the Red Sox brass making their first appearance in camp.

Jerome Solomon reports on the Patriots declining to place a franchise tag on Adam Vinatieri, meaning that the kicker can become a free agent if he is not signed by next Friday. John Tomase goes to Romeo Crennel for comment on Vinatieri, and the former Patriots defensive coordinator and current Browns head coach says what you would expect. The Patriots will probably try to work out a long term deal with Vinatieri. Tom E Curran says that he sides have not been talking as of late. Michael Parente notes that the labor situation might’ve played a role in this decision, and he also looks at some of the Patriots other free agents.

Shira Springer looks at Danny Ainge and the Celtics standing pat at the trade deadline, choosing to go with their current roster for the reminder of the season as they attempt to make a playoff push. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics made their big deal when they traded Ricky Davis and others for Wally Szczerbiak. Tim Weisberg reports that the Celtics will hold the first of seven “road rallies” on Sunday night in New Bedford. Bulpett’s notebook looks at Gerald Green leaping onto the scene Wednesday night in Phoenix, but notes that the strong outing doesn’t guarantee future playing time for the youngster. He also reports that there is a chance Al Jefferson could play tonight in Portland.

Mike Loftus reports that despite the extended break for the Olympic games, the Bruins don’t find themselves much healthier as they begin to regroup for the final stretch of the season. Steve Conroy looks at Marco Strum as one of the Bruins who is not completely healed yet.

Ron Borges does what he does best; Boxing notes, and lots of them. The main focus is on Shane Mosley trying to recapture past glory.

Check out the New York Sports News page for more news on the Jets, Johnny Damon and the Yankees in spring training and the Knicks spinning their recent trades. The Bay Area Sports Pages have plenty of coverage of spring training for their local clubs.

You can check the Olympic happenings on the pages of the Boston Herald Olympic pages and the Boston Globe Olympic pages.

David Scott weighs in with observations on Spring Training.

Check back later for media columns and TV listings.

Blazing Suns

The Celtics showed some heart and grit last night in Phoenix, but were too undermanned to pull off the upset as they fell to the Suns, 103-94. Delonte West went for a career high 30 points in the loss, but perhaps the most interesting development for the Celtics and their fans was seeing rookie Gerald Green on the court for 23 minutes. The High School product scored 13 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, and while he did miss a few defensive assignments, he didn’t hurt the team too badly on that end of the court. Steve Bulpett has a look at the Celtics getting an “A” effort from the kids. While the kids were impressive, Shira Springer notes that the night belonged to Shawn Marion, who put in a career high 44 points for the Suns. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic also has a report on the game.

FSN’s play-by-play man Mike Gorman took a few minutes to answer some questions on the FSN website. Bulpett reports on Paul Pierce getting invited to try out for the US Men’s Basketball team this summer. Springer’s notebook has more on the invitation for Pierce. Bulpett’s notebook examines whether Danny Ainge might have anything cooking for this afternoon’s trading deadline.

Chris Snow has a look at Terry Francona, who is determined to manage his health better this season and not be worn down at the end of the year as he was last season. Jeff Horrigan says Mike Lowell is looking to bounce back after a humbling season in Florida last year. Steven Krasner says that the Red Sox are going to take things slow with Cla Meredith, after rushing him to the big leagues last season. David Borges has a piece on first baseman J.T. Snow, who plans to wear number 84 this season to honor his late father.

David Heuschkel looks at Mark Loretta and Snow, who are both making the transition from the West coast to the East. Michael Felger has more on Loretta. Dom Amore looks at Johnny Damon settling in at Yankees camp. Former Herald columnist Howard Bryant reports on Damon for the Washington Post. Rob Bradford reports on Manny getting permission to report on March 1.

Dan Shaughnessy attempts to talk to Jim Rice about why he isn’t in the baseball Hall of Fame as of yet. Snow compiled a list of who is new and who is gone on the Red Sox roster since last season ended. The Globe notebook reports that no one is clear yet as to Manny’s intentions regarding the World Baseball Classic. It also reports that Bill Lajoie has resigned his position with the team. Horrigan’s notebook has David Ortiz saying that Manny won’t walk away from $20 million. Borges’ notebook has a look at Willie Harris, who hopes to stick with the Red Sox big club as an all-around ultilityman. Krasner’s notebook has more on Loretta.

Tom E Curran says that the Patriots are unlikely to tag Adam Vinatieri as their franchise player today, which would mean that the kicker would go to unrestricted free agency starting next Friday. Mike Reiss references a report from the Baltimore Sun which has Jamal Lewis listing the Patriots as one of four teams he would be interested in joining. Michael Felger has a look at the Patriots practice of looking for both intelligence and athleticism in players they scout at the combines. Curran’s notebook looks at the NFL labor situation making things uncertain for this offseason.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the Bruins starting to regather in preparation for the stretch run.

Check out the New York Sports News page for news on the Jets dismantling their team, the Yankees in spring training and the Knicks getting Steve Francis. The Bay Area Sports Pages have plenty of coverage of Barry Bonds reporting to Giants camp.

You can check the Olympic happenings on the pages of the Boston Herald Olympic pages and the Boston Globe Olympic pages.

TNT has Pacers/Pistons at 8:00 and Kings/Lakers at 10:30. ESPN has South Carolina/Georgia at 7:00 and Cincinnati/Villanova at 9:00. ESPN2 has Wisconsin/Northwestern at 9:00. FSN has BU/Vermont at 7:00 and Stanford/Washington at 10:30.

Celts Jazz Things Up

Things weren’t looking so great for the Celtics last night during the first half in Utah. They trailed by 14 points, and already were without Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins, and also Wally Szczerbiak, who went down in the opening minutes of the game with a knee injury. In addition, Paul Pierce was saddled with a couple early fouls and had to sit out the closing minutes of the half. Delonte West took the cue to step up and scored 10 straight points for the Celtics to help them close to within four points at the half. Then Pierce took over in the second half, and the Celtics actually cruised to an easy 103-83 win over the Jazz.

Shira Springer spends much of her game article focused on the injury to Szczerbiak, for while the Celtics were able to overcome it last night, if he is out for any extended period of time, things could go from bad to worse for the Celtics very quickly. Steve Bulpett looks at Delonte West stepping up with Szczerbiak down and Pierce in foul trouble, and then also examines the remarkable third quarter display put on by the Celtics. Doug Alden of the AP also has an account of the game, as does the Salt Lake Tribune.

Michael Muldoon has a nice feature on Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, who has overcome a difficult background to develop himself into a legit NBA player. “Perk” can shut his mouth and outwork people, which Muldoon notes are two qualities that any coach would love. Bulpett looks ahead to tonight’s matchup in Phoenix, as the Celtics have the misfortune of playing the second game of a road back to back against Steve Nash and company. Springer’s notebook looks at Paul Pierce battling through a sore elbow, and has updates on the status of Al Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins, neither of whom appear to be very close to returning. Bulpett’s notebook says it seems unlikely that the Celtics will make any more major moves prior to the trade deadline.

Well, the media is overjoyed. They have something to debate over, pontificate about and beat into the ground. The Red Sox announced yesterday that Manny Ramirez had received permission to not report to camp until March 1st. Chris Snow looks at the Red Sox giving Manny an extra week to report. Jeff Horrigan says that Manny informed the club that once he reports to Fort Myers, he intends to stay there, indicating that he does not plan to play in the World Baseball Classic. Steven Krasner and David Heuschkel also look at the situation. David Borges has more on the news that Manny will be reporting to Red Sox camp, but just a week late.

Boston Herald Front Page

Gordon Edes says Ramirez could ruffle some more feathers if he decides not to participate in the WBC. Jon Couture says that Manny’s delay in reporting to Spring Training is really no big deal. Steve Buckley (subscription only) continues his streak of tearing into Red Sox players. Monday it was Foulke, yesterday Wells, and today Manny is in his sights. He believes that this stunt is just a preview of coming attractions for Ramirez and the Red Sox this season. Dan Shaughnessy says that this is just more business as usual for the Red Sox. He also shows off his new skill as a mind reader. Horrigan has Manny’s teammates saying that they’re ok with the slugger’s tardiness, and Krasner has more reaction from the Red Sox players on Manny. Horrigan has Orlando Cabrera saying that Manny still wants out of Boston and to go west to play on the Angels.

I have to say that I think the front page of the Herald today is ridiculous. While I realize that the paper is indeed a tabloid, for the most part they take their Red Sox coverage seriously. The back page and sports stories report that things are ok with the Red Sox on this issue, but apparently the view that this is the end of the world will sell more papers. So it goes to the front page of the paper, over real life news stories. I’ve taken the Globe to task for making the Red Sox front page stories in the past for innocuous things, but this cover trumps most of those.

Rob Bradford takes a look at a determined Mike Lowell, who is out to prove his detractors wrong and get back to the form he’s displayed in the past. Kevin Henkin says that fans aren’t too concerned with what Keith Foulke says, all that matters to them is if he will be back to form on the mound. Snow’s notebook looks at Gabe Kapler reporting to camp. He’s not quite ready to go yet, but is happy to be back with Boston. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Kapler and a few other items. Krasner’s notebook has more on Mike Lowell hoping to bounce back, Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Kapler and Curt Schilling, and Borges’ notebook reports on Lowell and Kapler as well.

Mike Reiss and Lenny Megliola each have brief notes reporting on Tom Brady having his hernia surgery.

Michael Vega and Jim Furlong report on Boston College falling to Virgina 72-58 last night on the road.

John Molori’s Media Blitz has a look at Bill Gobin’s Get America Fit, the Olympic coverage and ratings, and the passing of Curt Gowdy.

You can check the Olympic happenings on the pages of the Boston Herald Olympic pages and the Boston Globe Olympic pages.

On the New York Sports Page, I’ve been able to add the headlines for the New York Post now as well. So you can go to that page and get the sports headlines from all four major New York dailies in one spot. Stories today include Olympic coverage, Yankees and Mets spring training news and Knicks trade talk.

FSN has Celtics/Suns at 9:00. ESPN has Duke/Georgia Tech at 7:00 and Bulls/Bucks at 9:00. ESPN2 has Texas/Kansas St at 8:00 and UTEP/Memphis at 10:00.