The Bruins Are Movin’ On

The Bruins are moving on to the second round, thanks to a rousing 4-3 win at the Garden last night, which clinched the opening round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs four games to two. Get all the stories and coverage on this one from BruinsLinks.com.

Krejci leads Bruins into the second round – Joe Haggerty has the young center scoring a pair of goals and assisting on another in the clinching win.

Revitalized Milan Lucic Keys Bruins’ Series-Clinching Win Against Sabres – James Murphy has the Bruins winger playing like a freight train on the ice.

Tuukka Rask gives Bruins a chance – Stephen Harris has the rookie goaltender playing like a start in his first playoff series.

Strong start, even better ending – Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins finally playing ahead in this one.

Signs point to Savard’s return soon – Matt Kalman says that we could see the Bruins top center in the next round.

Bruins win allows fans to ask ‘What if?’ – Graig Woodburn says that Tuukka Rask has Bruins fans dreaming big.

Bruins never let it be Miller Time – Bill Burt has the Bruins defeating “the best hockey player in the world over the last eight months.”

Bruins digging in for seconds – Steve Buckley has the Bruins reinventing themselves in the playoffs.

Red Sox 

Josh Beckett got lit up again last night, but the Red Sox managed to outlast the Toronto Blue Jays for a 13-12 win at the Rogers Centre.  Head to RedSoxLinks.com for complete coverage.

What should we make of Red Sox, Beckett? – Rob Bradford has a look at the struggles of Beckett, and the Red Sox in general.

Quite an outing for Delcarmen – Peter Abraham has the Red Sox reliever calming things down for his club last night. Abraham also reports on the signing of Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra.

Marco Scutaro, Alex Gonzalez not short on fondness – John Tomase looks at the friendship between the two shortstops, who traded places over the winter.

Matsuzaka on target for Saturday – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has the Japanese righty set for his first start with the Red Sox this season on Saturday.

Celtics

The Celtics will be looking to make it back-to-back closeouts at the Garden for the local teams as they take on the Miami Heat tonight, (7:00 CSN) leading their opening round series three games to one. Check CelticsLinks.com for all the action.

 Celtics need to put out Wade’s fire – Scott Souza says that the Celtics will be focused on not letting Dwyane Wade beat them again.

Celtics have a sense of urgency now – Julian Benbow has the Celtics clear on where they need to improve after a review of game four.

Paul Pierce opts for present – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics captain reaffirming that he wants to retire as a Celtics, even joking that he’ll “go the Nomar Garciaparra route or whatever” if he has to.

Q up the defense – A. Sherrod Blakely’s notebook has the Celtics looking to get Quentin Richardson back under control as well.

Patriots

Party In The UDFA – Chris Warner analyzes the rookie free agents signed thus far by the Patriots.

Hernandez has history of drug use – Albert Breer reports on the Patriots fourth round draft pick, who admitted that he turned to marijuana use following the death of his father.

Recently Released Adalius Thomas Never Found a Home With Patriots – Jeff Howe says that we shouldn’t expect Thomas to grow up at his next NFL stop, either.

Thomas sacked by Patriots – Shalise Manza Young has Thomas taking the high road in his first quote following the release, a route also taken by Bill Belichick. We’ll see how long that lasts on Thomas’ end.

Ranking the Patriots’ needs – Mike Reiss looks at the remaining needs that the team has following the draft.

Draft over, but Patriots still seeking ways to improve – Robert Lee has more on what the team needs to do.

Celtics Can’t Turn Down The Heat, Just Yet.

The cliche goes that that fourth win in a playoff series is the hardest one to get, and the Celtics found that out yesterday, as a determined Dwyane Wade wasn’t about to let his Miami Heat squad go down in a first round sweep. Wade scored 46 points yesterday, as the Miami won, 101-92 to send the series back to Boston for game five. Get all stories on this one over at CelticsLinks.com.

The Red Sox fell to the lowly Orioles 7-6 in 10 innings over at Fenway yesterday. The win was just the third of the season for Baltimore. Find full coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

The Bruins look to close out the Sabres at home in tonight’s game six at the Garden. Check out BruinsLinks.com for as much coverage as you can handle on the B’s.

Sloppy start, finish did in Celtics – Chris Forsberg says that the Celtics gave this one to the Heat just as much as Wade took it from them.

Celtics beware, the Heat still have Wade – Paul Flannery looks at a game that got away for the Celtics.

No plan to visit again – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics are hoping to not make a return trip to Miami this week.

Tony Gaffney takes long road to short list as a Celtic – Nice story this weekend from Bill Reynolds on the local kid getting a chance to join the team he grew up cheering for.

Finding a way with star’s strong will – Remember back when Eddie Andelman used to talk about the difference between a “superstar” and a “super-duper-star?” Well, Bob Ryan apparently puts Wade in the latter category.

No answer for D-Wade – A. Sherrod Blakely’s notebook has a few more items from yesterday.

Belichick sticks to his standards – Randy Whitehouse notes that lately around here, instead of “in Bill we trust,” it’s been more like “what have you done for me lately?”

Not old, but old school – I’m not sure what to make of this, but Hector Longo apparently loves the Patriots draft.

Five things we learned this weekend at the NFL draft – Christopher Price is still a little concerned at the lack of a pass rush.

Belichick drafted with attitude – Mike Reiss says that the Patriots were focused on getting bigger and tougher this weekend.

Brandon Spikes, Jermaine Cunningham top crop of new leaders – Ian Rapoport has Foxborough preparing for a Gator invasion. He also notes that the Patriots brought in at least five players who were captains of their college teams, a clear sign that leadership is important to the team.

Return of Savard to Bruins would be just what doctor ordered – Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins need what Marc Savard can bring them.

Savard playing in Game Six is a bad idea – Joe Haggerty doesn’t think they should take the risk.

Time for Sturm to stir up Game 6 magic – Mick Colageo says that Marco Sturm needs to be a major player tonight.

Bruins draw lines in ice – Rich Garven’s notebook has Sturm and Milan Lucic being swapped on the first two lines.

Homing in on finishing blow – Stephen Harris says that the Bruins need to close things out tonight, or Buffalo will have the momentum going into game 7.

Wakefield latest challenge for Francona – Gordon Edes has the Red Sox manager with another unhappy veteran.

Overtaxed bullpen fails Red Sox in the end – The ProJo Red Sox Journal picks up a few pieces from yesterday.

Creating roster space will force decisions for Red Sox – Michael Silverman’s notebook has some decisions coming up for the Sox.

Find Your NESNplus Channel for Monday, April 26 – Red Sox and Bruins are both in action tonight, look here for where to find them on your TV provider.

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National

Steve Wieberg of USA Today looks at how the new deal between CBS/Turner and the NCAA came to fruition for an expanded NCAA Tournament.

Michael Hiestand of USA Today explores the ripple effects of CBS/Turner winning the rights to a 68 team field NCAA Tournament.

Dave Kindred, writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center yearns to be a young sportswriter again.

Dan Levy of On The DL writes in The Sporting News’ Sporting Blog about the winners and losers in Thursday night’s NFL Draft coverage.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at the sports business winners and losers of the NFL Draft.

Darren says a Division II football player could be a big steal of the Draft.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Weekly says the ratings for the NFL Draft on ESPN and NFL Network blew away the NBA Playoffs on TNT.

Sports Business Daily has an extensive look at CBS Sports recruiting Turner Sports to assist in keeping the NCAA Tournament away from ESPN. 

Georg Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter writes about the combined CBS/Turner bid that won a long-term deal to air the NCAA Tournament starting next year.

David Tanklefsky and John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable look at Turner Sports joining the NCAA Tournament party.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes about Turner taking the plunge to become an NCAA Corporate Partner.

Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek looks at CBS sharing the NCAA Tournament rights with Turner Sports.

And Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine also writes about CBS/Turner teaming up for the NCAA Tournament.

Sports Media Watch notes that the NFL Draft was a hit in primetime on Thursday.

SMW notices that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are top draws during the NHL Playoffs on Versus.

SMW says the NHL Playoffs on NBC got off to a great start last weekend.

SMW says the NBA Playoffs on TNT, ESPN and ABC are up slightly in the ratings from last year.

And SMW states that last week’s Mets-Cardinals 20 inning marathon on Fox got the exact same ratings as when the Yankees were blown out 22-4 for the same week last season. 

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has the viewership of the NHL Playoffs on Versus for the first 7 nights.

Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball writes that MLB.TV’s internet out of market package will now be available on Sony’s PS3 platform in HD.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes about the upcoming changes in the NCAA Tournament as CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting team up to air the event next year.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News hates the NFL Draft going into primetime, but then again, Raissman hates just about everything.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels NFL Commish Roger Goodell is blind.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the primetime NFL Draft needed some sprucing up.

Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News writes that NFL Network’s Mike Mayock nailed the Bills’ first round draft pick once again.

DCRTV.com’s Dave Hughes writing in Press Box says former Baltimore sports talk show host Anita Marks is back in town, but not for a job.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says CBS and Turner are partners for the NCAA Tournament for the long haul.

South

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald looks at the CBS/Turner partnership for the NCAA Tournament.

Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times says former Tampa Bay Bucs QB Shaun King is joining a local sports radio station.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has the local ratings for the NFL Draft and Dallas-San Antonio.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle explores the new CBS/Turner agreement with the NCAA.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman also writes about the expanded NCAA Tournament on CBS/Turner.

Mel has details of the new CBS/Turner contract with the NCAA.

Midwest

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says Fox Sports Ohio airs spring football on Saturday.

Kyle Nagel of the Dayton Daily News did not enjoy watching the NFL Draft in primetime.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel feels the NCAA got it right by expanding to four teams for the men’s basketball tournament.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has the winners and losers in sports business and media.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks about a local sportscaster who’s battling health problems.

Dan writes about the NFL TV analysts raving about the Rams’ selection of Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford.

West

Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune says the NCAA Tournament got it right by expanding to 68 teams rather than 96.

John Maffei of the North County Times says the San Diego Chargers are primetime TV darlings this season.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star notes the real story about the NCAA Tournament is not about the field expansion, but the expansion of TV channels airing the games.

Jim adds that the Los Angeles Kings’ postseason play is scoring for Fox Sports West.

Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times laments cable busting into the NCAA Tournament.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News discusses why a 68 team field for the NCAA Tournament is good for fans and why having Turner airing games is a win-win for viewers.

Tom also has a story in today’s Daily News on the CBS/Turner partnership for the NCAA Tournament.

Tom says last night’s NFL Draft coverage turned into “Where’s Jimmy Clausen?”

Tom also has his weekly media news and notes.

Tom is amazed at the number of college football bowls game for the upcoming season.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s sometimes maudlin treatment of the media gets him no favors with reporters.

Chris Zelkovich in the Toronto Star notes another Canadian has been hired by ESPN.

William Houston in Truth & Rumours critiques the performance of CBC’s Bob Cole and Gary Galley during the Ottawa-Pittsburgh triple overtime thriller.

We’ll end it there.

Earlier today, Bruce mentioned in the morning links that Comcast SportsNet will be busy tonight covering the Celtics, the Red Sox, the Patriots Draft and the Bruins all live during its SportsCentral progrram. Well, I’ll be at CSN headquarters to see how the staff will cover the events and I’ll be live blogging at the Fang’s Bites at BSMW site as well as live tweeting at my Twitter account.

Tonight’s visit to Comcast SportsNet is part of a larger story I’m writing on local sports coverage and you’ll see that down the road on Fang’s Bites at BSMW.