Friday Quicklinks

I’ve got a lot going on this morning, so I’m just going to pass a few quick links your way.

Broadcast really stands out – Chad Finn has Sean Grande talking about his confrontation with a Miami Heat fan during last Friday’s broadcast, which ended with the Celtics radio man getting doused with the beverage of a female fan.

If Celtics win this title, Grande says it would top all 18 – Bill Doyle talks to Grande and Mike Gorman about the Celtics/Cavs series which begins tomorrow night.

Bruins, Celtics re-ignite fans’ title passions – Gerry Callahan says we’re in for a manic May.

Eight issues Red Sox must overcome – Gordon Edes has a look at some things worth fretting about as the month of April comes to an end.

Sox have ups and downs in reaching level ground – Sean McAdam also has a look at the Sox as the first month of the season winds down.

Patriots rookies open minicamp – Mike Reiss has Ted Johnson remembering his first rookiecamp and what the current rookies can look forward to today and tomorrow.

A quick thought on the Boston sports radio wars – yesterday afternoon really highlighted why there is such a need for what 98.5 can bring to listeners. With two second-round playoff series ready to start, and the Red Sox season in swing, WEEI’s Big Show devoted almost all their time to the incident where the Miami Dolphins GM asked Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute. They hammered this topic into the ground, which is what they do best over there.  

Meanwhile, on the Felger and Massarotti show on WBZ-FM, there was a lot of Bruins talk, and it was great, not so much because F&M are necessarily hockey experts – they’re not – but because of the passion of the Bruins fans, who are fired up about this team right now, and their prospects for the future. To their credit, F&M embrace this passion and encourage it.  Hockey ranks fourth on my interest scale among the four major pro sports, but this type of radio is great to listen to.

It’s Bruins/Flyers In Round Two

The Montreal Canadiens came through for Bruins fans last night, defeating the Washington Capitals in game seven last night, ensuring that Boston will face the Philadelphia Flyers in round tw0, with home ice advantage, rather than the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bruins/Flyers Preview: Bruins take it in six games – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins can take this series in six games and advance to the conference finals.

Bruins say Flyers are dangerous – Joe McDonald says that the Bruins aren’t taking the Flyers lightly.

Boston Bruins face tough playoff test in Philadelphia Flyers – Mike Loftus has more on the series, which begins on Saturday.

Got his shot, having a blast – John Powers profiles defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who is getting his chance to shine in this postseason.

Red Sox

Jon Lester returned to form last night, as the lefty allowed just one hit over seven innings while striking out 11 in a 2-0Red Sox victory in Toronto. Check RedSoxLinks.com for the full coverage.

Lester in top form – Amalie Benjamin has Jon Lester with his best outing of the season.

So far this season, it’s Buchholz who’s pitching like the ace – Brian MacPherson looks at the encouraging start to the season for the young righty.

Since call-up, he’s tattooing it – Peter Abraham has Darnell McDonald again coming through for the Sox.

After back stiffness, Papelbon pitches well – Sean McAdam’s notebook wraps up a number of items.

Celtics

Breaking down the Celtics-Cavs series – Paul Flannery previews the next round for the Celtics.

Dislike is apparent between Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers – Jim Fenton says we can expect plenty of extracurricular activity in this series.

Rough times toughen C’s resolve – A. Sherrod Blakely’s notebook has the Celtics learning from the tough regular season.

Maturing Glen Davis key to Celts bench – Mark Murphy says Davis could be a huge key in this series. Steve Bulpett says Marquis Daniels could be big too, after sitting most of the Heat series.

Patriots

Discovering Devin McCourty  – If you’ve been following his blog, you know Ian Rapoport has been tracing the roots of the Patriots first round pick. He pulls it all together in a feature today.

New England Patriots hope Price is right at wide receiver – Glen Farley with a look at the Patriots third round pick.

Cunningham’s skill could fill Pats’ need – Mike Reiss looks at whether the second round pick is the answer to the Patriots pass rush needs.

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Celtics Close Out Heat, Move On To LeBron

The Celtics closed out their first round playoff series in five games with a 96-86win at the TD Garden last night. They move on to now face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers starting on Saturday. Get complete coverage of last night’s game over at CelticsLinks.com.

There’s Still Fight In Celtics’ Big Three – Jeff Jacobs has the Celtics old-timers garnering praise from Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Time flies; they still have moments – Bob Ryan says that the second season has begun for the aged Celtics.

So long Miami, hello Cleveland – Paul Flannery wonders whether the Celtics are fully back.

Celtics wear down Wade – David Willis has the Celtics slowing down Dwyane Wade just enough last night.

There’s no time like the present – Gary Washburn says that if the Celtics have to play the Cavs, they may as well do so now.

Truth is, they’re not done – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics ready for their next and biggest challenge. He also catches up with Bob McAdoo, who actually has some fond memories of Boston.

To his credit, Davis will take charge – Julian Benbow’s notebook has Glen Davis accepting a halftime challenge from Doc Rivers.

Red Sox

The Red Sox got a huge game from Clay Buchholz, who gave up just one run over eight innings, and the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 2-1 at the Rogers Centre. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com. Also get it Reloaded.

Buchholz just what the doctor ordered  – Sean McAdam has the young righty giving the Red Sox bullpen a much-needed night off.

Clay Buchholz two good – John Tomase highlights two pitches in the eighth inning as evidence of how good Buchholz was last night and how far he has come.

Plugged back in, crackling good – Peter Abraham has Dustin Pedroia red hot in the second spot in the lineup.

David Ortiz on the right track – The headline on Scott Lauber’s notebook is misleading, as Big Papi’s struggles continue.

Castro gives way to Embree in bullpen – The Globe notebook has the Red Sox welcoming back an old friend.

Embree’s back, but for how long? – McAdam’s notebook says the lefty’s stay might be a short one.

Bruins

Injuries not holding blueliners back – Joe McDonald has the Bruins young defensemen stepping up with injuries to Mark Stuart and Dennis Seidenberg.

It’s no choice when it comes to B’s next playoff opponent – Joe Haggerty says that Bruins fans should be rooting hard for the Montreal Canadiens tonight, which would bring the Philadelphia Flyers to town in round two.

Mark Recchi eyes next foe – Steve Buckley notes that either way, the Bruins winger will be playing one of his old teams in the next round.

Savard is cleared to play for Bruins – Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Bruins center cleared to play in the next round.

Patriots

Breezing through the draft – Mark Farniella has a pretty enjoyable review of the draft.

Brandon Spikes: Family matters – Karen Guregian has 49ers linebacker Takeo Spikes speaking glowingly about his younger cousin. He also has praise for Jermaine Cunningham and his ability to rush the passer.

Hernandez says he failed one test – Albert Breer addresses the Patriots draftee’s claims that reports of multiple failed drug tests were inaccurate. Tom E. Curran also weighs in.

Campanelli Stadium is home to Faulk, too – Glen Farley with a nice piece on Kevin Faulk and his deepening ties to New England. 

Misc 

‘Toucher’ apologizes for Tebow ‘Nazi’ remark – Jessica Heslam has the 98.5 morning host regretting a comment he made on the air last Friday.

Sarandis out as BC hoops announcer – Mark Blaudschun reports that Jon Meterparel will replace Ted Sarandis as Boston College basketball play-by-play announcer. Bill Ebben will also be replaced. It will be anounced today.