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Celtics Set To Put Final Pieces In Place

The Celtics appears poised to put the final pieces of their roster in place by the end of this week, after signing Mikki Moore yesterday, and with Stephon Marbury finally agreeing to a buyout from the New York Knicks. Marbury is expected to sign with the Celtics as early as Friday, when he will clear waivers.

Steve Bulpett looks at the pending addition of Marbury, and the signing of Moore, and what the two players will bring to the Celtics roster. Marc J. Spears has more on Marbury, who hasn’t played in a regular season game since January of 2008. Jeff Goodman also says that the signs all point to Marbury signing here on Friday. Robert Lee has Rajon Rondo and KG expressing support of a Marbury signing.

Jessica Camerato introduces us to Mikki Moore. Scott Souza has the Celtics adding some size with Moore. Jeff Howe looks at Rajon Rondo stepping up his game in the absence of Kevin Garnett. Robert Lee looks at how the other Celtics are stepping up their games with KG out. Pat Gilroy has more on Rondo’s increased production.

Bulpett’s notebook has Brian Scalabrine being sent home to be checked after suffering a neck strain on a hard foul in Denver on Monday night. Check CelticsLinks.com for more on Marbury coming to Boston – plenty of New Yorkers have an opinion on this one…

Bruins

The Bruins snapped out of their recent slump long enough to record a 6-1 trouncing of the Florida Panthers last night. Steve Conroy has three third period goals giving the Bruins the final cushion. Kevin Paul Dupont has the Panthers providing a needed elixir for the Bruins woes. Joe Haggerty has rookie Byron Bitz sparking the offense. Bud Barth has Bitz and pieces adding up for the Bruins.

Mick Colageo has more on Bitz contributing two goals to the Bruins cause. Mike Loftus has Bitz showing a nose for the net. Barbara Matson has more on crowd favorite Bitz.

Dupont’s notebook has Michael Ryder returning to action for the Bruins. Conroy’s notebook has Ryder providing a boost for the offense with his return. Colageo’s notebook checks in with former Bruin Nick Boynton, who reflects on his time in Boston. Barth’s notebook says that it is probably not a coincidence that the offense struggled with Ryder out.

Red Sox

Searching for a story in the dog days of spring training, John Tomase says that we shouldn’t dismiss the idea that the Yankees could still swoop in and sign Manny Ramirez. Equally bored, Dan Shaughnessy checks in with Mike Lowell about the hurt the third baseman felt during the club’s pursuit of Mark Teixeira. Rob Bradford says that J.D. Drew is not about to let Boston change him. Joe McDonald says that newcomers find adjusting to the Red Sox clubhouse to be an easy process.

Sean McAdam has David Ortiz gearing up for the World Baseball Classic. Bob Hohler reports that a 2007 arrest of an Ortiz friend for identity theft was aided by MLB. Maureen Mullen has Papi getting his power back. McDonald has Ortiz taking aim at cars beyond the fence in batting practice.

McAdam has Josh Bard again trying to learn to catch the knuckleball of Tim Wakefield. Alex Speier says that Hideki Okajima could be with the Sox through 2012. Dan Lamothe goes through candidates for the title of most hated Red Sox player ever.

Tomase’s notebook has Ortiz putting on a show in batting practice. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Bard catching Wakefield.

Patriots

Karen Guregian says that Clay Matthews Jr looks like a good fit for the Patriots. Mike Reiss reports on Viking assistant Chad O’Shea appearing to be in line to be the new receivers coach for the Patriots. Christopher Price has more on O’Shea, who has only been with the Vikings for a month. Guregian has running back Fred Taylor meeting with the Patriots. Adam Smartschan has some notes from the combine. Chris Warner has more on day four of the combine.

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Celtics Pan Nuggets, Looking For Moore

The Celtics had no trouble at all with the Denver Nuggets last night, cruising to a 114-76 thrashing in the mile high city. Ray Allen had 26 points and Paul Pierce 22 in the win, which moved the Celtics to 3-1 on the current road trip.

Marc J. Spears has the Celtics feeling at home in Denver, and handing the Nuggets their second largest home loss ever in franchise history. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics coming into this one looking for payback for an earlier loss to the Nuggets.

Despite his agent saying last night that he hadn’t made a decision yet, it appears Mikki Moore will be joining the Celtics. Bulpett reports that Moore will take  a physical today and could play tomorrow night against the Clippers. He also says that when Moore signs, the team will no longer be leaving the “porch light” on for Joe Smith. Jessica Camerato looks at where the Celtics stand in the new East. Check CelticsLinks.com for more out-of-town stories and blog posts.

Spears’ notebook has additional information the potential addition of Moore today. Bulpett’s notebook has Brian Scalabrine having to leave the game last night after a hard foul from Johan Petro.

Red Sox

Gerry Callahan says that the Red Sox have moved on from Manny Ramirez. Now, if only nitwit sports radio hosts in the mornings, afternoons and (especially) the evenings could do the same…

John Tomase has Brad Penny getting as much advice as he can from John Smoltz. Joe Haggerty says Penny feels like he has something to prove this year. Maureen Mullen has Penny on track to start the season in the rotation for the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg has Penny feeling 100%. Joe McDonald has Penny and Jonathan Papelbon getting their throwing in yesterday.

Dan Shaughnessy says that you’d like J.D. Drew if you’d just give him a chance. Lenny Megliola has Mike Lowell in a key role for the Red Sox.  Amalie Benjamin has Lars Anderson and other Red Sox youngsters soaking up all they can from the experienced big-leaguers. Joe McDonald has Chris Carter hoping to find a home with the Red Sox. He also has Johnny Pesky forecasting a bright future for Jacoby Ellsbury.

Tomase has Jon Lester pitching for the Jimmy Fund. McDonald has more on Lester’s role as chairman in the Rally Against Cancer this season.  SouthCoastToday.com has set up a bracket-style tournament of All-time Red Sox greats.  

Tomase’s notebook has the catchers in camp having a friendly competition. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Penny’s throwing session yesterday.

Bruins

Fluto Shinzawa has Peter Chiarelli looking to make a trade to strengthen his club. Mike Loftus has more on what the Bruins GM is looking for. Mick Colageo says that the recent slump by the Bruins isn’t changing Chiarelli’s focus.

Joe Donahue on the BSMW Power Play says that there is no reason for Bruins fans to panic. Stephen Harris has the Bruins starting a crucial homestand tonight.

Patriots

Mike Reiss has Tully Banta-Cain thrilled to be back with the Patriots. Chris Price runs down the top five storylines from the combine. Karen Guregian has more stories from the combine.  Chad Garner has BC’s Ron Brace thinking 1st round. Jim Donaldson says that Tom Brady’s declaration of this health won’t hurt the trade market for Matt Cassel.

PatriotsDaily.com has three combine updates from Chris Warner:

Combine Day One

Combine Day Two

Combine Day Three

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-02-23

Rondo Leads Celtics Running Game in Phoenix

Playing their first full game without Kevin Garnett yesterday, the Celtics got an offensive bump from point guard Rajon Rondo, who lit up two-time league MVP Steve Nash for a career high 32 points to go along with 10 assists in a 128-108 Celtics win in Phoenix. Ray Allen added 31 points for the green, who stepped up their running game in KG’s absence.

Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics turning this one into a runaway in the final quarter. Steve Bulpett has Rondo celebrating his 23rd birthday in a unique way yesterday. Jessica Camerato has a revised version of the big three dominating the Suns.

Tim Weisberg wonders if Mikki Moore can help the Celtics. Check out blog links and out of town stories at CelticsLinks.com.

The Globe notebook has the Celtics offering a contract to center Mikki Moore, who was waived by the Kings  Feb. 19th. Bulpett’s notebook has Doc Rivers still concerned about getting Ray Allen and Paul Pierce their rest in Garnett’s absence.

Bruins

Fluto Shinzawa and Stephen Harris have the Bruins dropping another one, this time 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a game they should’ve won. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins showing progress in the loss.

Shinzawa’s notebook has the Bruins feeling the loss of Marco Sturm on the power play. Harris’ notebook has Phil Kessel finally breaking his scoring drought last night.

Patriots/Combine

Christopher Price has Bill Belichick talking at the combine about the changing nature of the NFL. Christopher L. Gasper has Belichick talking about his former co-workers spread around the league. There was only one guy he didn’t mention. (hint, his last name is Mangini.) Karen Guregian has more from Belichick, who didn’t want to talk about Matt Cassel and Tom Brady.

One subject that Belichick discussed was how veteran coaches like Mike Martz and Jim Haslett haven’t been able to find jobs yet and that he felt that they should be in the league. Ron Borges says that if Belichick thinks so highly of them, why hasn’t he given them a job? Especially Martz as the Patriots have an opening at offensive coordinator. Borges accuses Belichick of being cheap and putting Bill O’Brien in the play-calling role simply because it would cost much less than if the team hired Martz.

John Tomase has Randy Moss speaking on a number of topics, including his hopes for a reunion with Tom Brady this season. Gasper says that the Patriots might be interested in an Outside linebacker in this year’s draft. Price has a look at BC defensive tackle B.J. Raji who is expected to go high in the draft. John Connolly looks at the health of Northeastern tight end Brian Mandeville, who was sent home from the combine with a heart valve ailment and urged to retire by doctors.  Guregian’s notebook ponders how much Fred Taylor might have left in the tank.

Red Sox

Nick Cafardo says that  Takashi Saito could turn out to be a great signing for the Red Sox. Maureen Mullen has Michael Bowden hoping to stand out this spring. Jon Couture reviews the Yankee Years. Dan Lamothe has the heat getting turned on David Ortiz on the steroid issue. Haggerty has Jon Lester hoping to play his whole career in Boston.

Amalie Benjamin has Kevin Youkilis still getting in some time at third. Tomase looks at how Youkilis has developed the ability to hit for power as his career has gone on. Alex Speier has Jason Varitek looking at the future of Red Sox catching.

Tomase’s notebook has Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla talking about Dustin Pedroia.

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A Friday Megalink Post

Ken from Fang’s Bites with the Friday megalinks and plenty of stuff to go over today. Let’s start it off with the Weekend Viewing Picks.

College Basketball is in the midst of some great matchups with conference action, but starting tonight, the mid-major conferences take precedence as the ESPN family of networks will air a total of 13 games involving mid-major teams jockeying for position for the NCAA Tournament. One of the marquee matchups will be Butler at Davidson at noon on ESPN. But ESPN’s feature game will be Oklahoma at Texas Saturday night at 9. For a full schedule of games, check out the College Basketball Viewing Picks.

The Bruins play on both Saturday and Sunday in Florida, first taking on the Panthers Saturday night at 7, then turning around the following day to take on the Lightning at 5 p.m.

For the first time, CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada will be widely available in the United States via the NHL Network. It begins at noon on Saturday and all six Canadian teams will be involved in three games, Ottawa at Montreal at 3 p.m., Vancouver at Toronto at 7 p.m. then Calgary at Edmonton at 10 p.m. CBC will be live mostly from New Campbellton, New Brunswick and from various sites all over Canada to celebrate the country’s national pastime.

NBC’s NHL Game of the Week will have Pittsburgh taking on the Washington Capitals, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (WHDH, NBC10).

The NBA will have one feature game on Sunday on ABC (WCVB, WMUR and ABC6) and it involves your defending world champion Boston Celtics taking on Phoenix at 2:30 p.m., then ESPN has a doubleheader with Miami at Orlando and Detroit at Cleveland starting at 5 p.m.

The PGA Tour’s last event before Tiger Woods’ return is the Northern Trust Open and CBS (WBZ, WPRI) has coverage starting at 3 p.m. Saturday.

NASCAR’s second race of the season is the Auto Club 500 on Fox 25 and Fox 64, Sunday at 5 p.m.

NBC has coverage of the American Cup gymnastics event at 4 p.m.

Spike will have taped coverage of UFC 95 from London, Saturday night at 9.

And Tour of California featuring Lance Armstrong concludes Sunday on Versus at 5 p.m.

The full Weekend Viewing Picks can be seen here.

Now to your links.

National

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks about ESPN2’s Bassmaster Classic which airs this weekend.

The Big Lead has an interview with ESPN.com Editor-in-Chief Rob King who has some interesting comments about Bill Simmons.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell thinks Amgen’s sponsorship of the Tour of California is a misguided idea. Darren says TNT’s Charles Barkley made the right kind of apology and should be a role model for Michael Phelps and Alex Rodriguez. Darren has Sports Illustrated’s explanation as to why it airbrushed Danica Patrick’s tattoo in this year’s Swimsuit issue, when it left it on last year. And Darren has some of the best Alex Rodriguez nicknames to date.

Ed Meza of Variety writes that Swiss-based Sportfive has won the bid for European media rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, taking over for long-time Olympics partner, the European Broadcasting Union.

Daniel Frankel of Variety says the NBA All-Star Game on TNT saw a 20% rise in the ratings from last year.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News looks at ESPN’s new rights deal with the Sun Belt Conference.

Jon Lafayette of TV Week says Golf Channel is all over Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour.

I have an article at Digital Sports Daily on the PGA being very, very happy over Tiger’s return.

The Sports Media Watch says Tiger’s announcement that he was coming back made the PGA extremely happy.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says NBC actually made a decent choice for its flex NHL game on March 22.

Awful Announcing says Mike Florio’s Pro Football Talk site got hacked. And AA has the video of Charles Barkleys apology on TNT.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe writes that NESN/NBC/CBC’s Mike Milbury is not shy behind the mike.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette profiles NESN’s SportsDesk male model Cole Wright and his big head.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says the Sports Museum of America is closing after less than a year of operation.

The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick says Bud Selig is the true shame of baseball, not Alex Rodriguez. I actually see Mushnick’s point.

Justin Terranova of the Post talks with ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla about the Big East conference. And Justin has five questions for SNY’s Mets analyst Ron Darling.

The bitter and bombastic Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says Brian Cashman has become the spokesman for the New York Yankees.

Neil Best of Newsday says “The Wrestler” got a rave review from WWE wrestler Mick Foley. Neil says Foley and Kevin “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” James were high school classmates. Neil talks with Tennis Channel head honcho Ken Solomon about his desire to get picked up by Cablevision.

Phil Januck of the Schenectady Gazette talks with Albany River Rats analyst John Hennessy about the bus accident yesterday that injured five players. Thanks to Ken Schott of the Gazette for updating me on the story.

Laura Nachman says Reading Phillies radio voice Steve Degler is moving to the TV side.

Stacy Brown of the Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune notes the trend of the shrinking sportcast on local TV news.

Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun says Jim Rome ranks tops in the sports category among a survey of the top 250 radio talk show hosts. Ray talks a little more about that list in his blog.

South

Roger van der Horst of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer says ESPN’s Outside the Lines will look at college basketball recruiting package deals.

Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald writes that TNT’s Charles Barkley showed true remorse in his return last night.

Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel looks at the best sports scenes in non-sports movies.

David Barron in the Houston Chronicle discusses the cancellation of a local sports TV show.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says one sports radio show is not moving from its current home. Barry has a preview of his Saturday column.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman talks with Dick Vitale who with Dan Shulman will call Saturday’s Oklahoma-Texas game for ESPN. Mel has more with Dick on the Sooners.

Midwest

Marc Katz of the Dayton Daily News has a story on a former college basketball coach who presevered to get a shot on ESPN.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Charles Barkley did not shy away from his DUI arrest on TNT last night.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business talks about ESPN launching a Chicago-centric sports website. And Ed says the Cubs are turning up the screws on ticket sales.

Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald isn’t too enthralled about watching HBO’s documentary on the Duke-North Carolina rivalry.

Paul Christian of the Rochester Post-Bulletin cannot believe the amount of coverage that will be devoted to the NFL Scouting Combine on NFL Network this weekend.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the high amount of sports programming doesn’t necessarily translate to high ratings. Dan also has the ratings for sports in the Gateway City last week.

West

Scott Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News says the mtn’s basketball coverage has improved over last year.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune says NASCAR on Fox is set to take on the Oscars this year.

John Maffei in the North County Times talks with MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds.

Jim Carlisle writes in the Ventura County Star about ESPN’s upcoming Los Angeles-produced 1 a.m. edition of SportsCenter premiering in April.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times says Charles Barkley’s apology on TNT was typical Charles.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has preliminary results of his reader’s Best Sportscaster poll. In his weekly column, Tom looks at the Best and Worst of Los Angeles sports analysts (best line in Tom’s column is from Tony Reavis… scroll to the bottom… unbelievable). In his blog, Tom has a bit more on his column and of course, has extensive news and notes. Tom asks for readers’ votes in the analyst category. And Tom says Jim Rome has a streak of Rex’s going.

John Ryan in the San Jose Mercury News writes that the San Francisco 49ers will unveil their new uniforms on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in April.

That does it for the megalinks today.