Celtics Whipped At Home By Spurs

Just when we thought that the Celtics home woes might be behind them, Boston gets spanked by the veteran San Antonio Spurs at the Garden last night, 94-73.

Celtics alternate between tantalizing and terrible – Steve Bulpett notes that the Celtics looked great in the first quarter, but then were awful the rest of the way.

Schedule, Spurs worked against C’s – Peter May says that this one game doesn’t undo the positives that the Celtics had going for them in recent games.

Spurs’ second effort sinks C’s – Jessica Camerato looks at a few other items of note from last night.

To the end, a man felled by hatred rose above it – Dan Shaughnessy remembers Darryl Williams, the former  Jamaica Plain football player who was shot on the field and paralyzed in 1979. Williams died yesterday at the age of 46. A very nice piece from Shaughnessy.

A real wingding –  Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Boston College Eagles outscoring Yale 9-7 to earn themselves a trip to the Frozen Four.

Red Sox won’t rule out 6-man rotation – Gordon Edes has the Red Sox considering all options when it comes to their starting pitching.

Patience not lost by Red Sox – Scott Lauber has the Red Sox still maintaining their philosophy of patience at the plate.

Hulett, Frandsen battle for roster spot – Brian MacPherson has infielders Tug Hulett and Kevin Frandsen battling for a roster spot that may not even be available.

Buchholz finds a positive solution – Sean McAdam’s notebook ties up a lot of loose items from yesterday.

Looking like the Lucic of old – Danny Picard has Milan Lucic coming into form as of late as he recovers from the high ankle sprain suffered earlier in the season. His resurgence has especially been felt on the power play.

Going outside the region, there has been a lot of buzz locally about a Denver Post articleyesterday on the first year of Bronco’s head coach Josh McDaniels. There is a lot of Patriots-related material in there, including the tidbit that in McDaniel’s first year as offensive coordinator, he and Tom Brady once went three weeks without speaking to each other.

Bruins Torch Flames

The rare Sunday links make an appearance…

Bruins power up, snuff sputtering Flames – Steve Conroy has the Bruins power play finally producing, giving them three goals in the win over Calgary.

Bruins center Marc Savard progressing slowly from concussion – Mike Loftus has the Bruins center speaking  publicly for the first time since his injury.

Myers at head of this class – Kevin Paul Dupont in his Hockey Notes, pushes the Sabres’ Tyler Myers as rookie of the year.

Plenty of obstacles await Celtics in playoffs – Bill Doyle looks at the Celtics chances of winning a title as a three-seed, and notes some of the tough potential first-round matchups.

Finley’s knowledge should help Celtics – Chris Forsberg says that the Celtics are counting on Michael Finley to give them a scouting report for tonight’s game a

 Celtics turning into repairmen – Scott Souza notes that with just 10 games left in the season, the Celtics are still trying to fix things.

Durant has Thunder making noise in West – Gary Washburn’s NBA Notes has Kevin Durant making the Oklahoma City Thunder playoff contenders.

Under smoke screen, Patriots eye USC players – Karen Guregian’s NFL Notes has New England look at several Southern Cal players, and also has Eagles fans not thrilled with Asante Samuel.

On the Cowboy ranch, the key word is ‘stable’ – Albert Breer has an extensive series of NFL notes this morning, starting with Dallas’ inactivity in free agency thus far.

Quick hits around NFL and Pats – Mike Reiss with 10 quick Patriots and NFL items.

For Shoeneweis, a sort of homecoming – Brian MacPherson explains why coming to the Red Sox is something Scott Schoeneweis has wanted to do for a long time.

Anderson getting a do-over with Dogs – Kevin Thomas in the Portland Press Herald looks at Lars Anderson getting another chance in AA, and has some other Sea Dogs notes.

Managerial decisions, from No. 1 to No. 30 – Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Baseball Notes ranks all the managers, and checks in across the rest of baseball.

Marco Scutaro took the long route – John Tomase’s Baseball notes starts with a look at the Red Sox new shortstop.

Celtics Hold Off Kings, Clinch Atlantic Title

Ten Bonus Saturday Links:

Celtics — yawn — win division – Bill Doyle is excited at the Celtics third straight Atlantic division title.

Rondo’s gambles pay off – Chris Forsberg has Rajon Rondo breaking the Celtics single-season record for steals.

Young star is now leading by example – Gary Washburn says that more and more, this is becoming Rondo’s team, something even Kevin Garnett readily admits.

‘Boxing out’ gets new meaning – Julian Benbow’s notebook has the team finding a new way to settle disputes.

Red Sox find a spot for all their starters – Sean McAdam has Terry Francona setting his starting rotation to begin the season.

Decisions left to make – Scott Lauber looks at where every reliever left in camp stands with the Red Sox.

Is David Ortiz still Big Papi? – Mike Fine looks at whether the great clutch hitter in Red Sox history can still be a middle-of-the-order threat.

Scratch Olsen and Reed off the list – Tom E Curran checks in with a few Patriots-related nuggets of information.

Krejci pulling his weight – Brendan Hall has the Bruins center picking up the slack as of late.

Hanging in the balance – Steve Conroy has the Bruins looking to play a more complete game.

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