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Different role has suited Milan Lucic, too

DJ Bean  |  03/31/2015 - 11:39pm EST

For all the talk of how Claude Julien is playing the matchups with Ryan Spooner’s line, perhaps one of its biggest benefits has been overlooked in the discussion: Facing weaker competition has been a very good thing for Milan Lucic. When the trio of Spooner between Lucic and David Pastrnak is kept away from top-six forwards (usually), it means that opponents’ top players can’t take advantage of the opportunities the young forwards provide other teams. Yet it also means Lucic, who has played against top-six competition regularly for years, is suddenly playing against third-liners on a nightly basis. He’s taken advantage of that. On Tuesday, Julien said he was willing to play the line against every Panthers line with the ...

Celtics proving more fun than game of ping pong

Tim Benz  |  03/31/2015 - 8:28am EST

I'm watching the Celtics-Hornets game as I write this. It's halftime. Good game so far. Lots of quality shot-making. The Celts are better than 50 percent from the floor. The Hornets are close. I just pumped my fist after Kelly Olynyk drained a couple of long shots. Got mad when Marcus Smart jacked up a needles heat check 3-pointer. Even jumped out of my seat when Gerald Wallace leapt up to throw home an alley-oop dunk. Yes, that Gerald Wallace. The point is, I'm engaged. I'm into it. I care. These moments feel like they matter. There are stakes on the line. There is a playoff spot in play. Boston was a half-game back, and Charlotte was a half-game behind them as I started writing this. Granted, it's the last spot in the NBA's Eastern ...

Why healthy Shane Victorino should undoubtedly be Red Sox' right fielder

Rob Bradford  |  03/31/2015 - 1:13am EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shane Victorino is less than a week away from finding his finish line -- starting in right field for the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. "Unfortunately in 2013 I didn't get that chance [due to injury]," said Victorino of getting to return to and play at his former home park. "This time there was a date I was looking at on the calendar that kept me motivated to shoot for, to strive for, and for more reasons than one. To look at that date, and to think I get that opportunity coming back off a season that was definitely disappointed for me and then looking at that date and making sure I'm ready for that date." If nothing turns inside-out health-wise for Victorino in the last week of spring ...

Projecting Red Sox roster 4.0: Robbie Ross, Matt Barnes, Sandy Leon in; Koji ...

John Tomase  |  03/30/2015 - 6:36pm EST

For a team that didn't project to have a ton of roster competition when the spring began, the Red Sox are suddenly in flux. Will Joe Kelly open the season in the rotation or on the DL? Will Shane Victorino hold off a hard-charging Rusney Castillo to start in right field? How long will closer Koji Uehara be out? And of course, there's the latest blow of Christian Vazquez's absence, possibly for the entire season, which has thrown the catching position into turmoil. With the understanding that things could still change between now and April 6 in Philadelphia, let's take our latest stab at predicting that 25-man roster that will open the season. Catchers (2): Ryan Hanigan, Sandy Leon This looked among the most stable position on the team a couple ...

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03/31/2015 - 1:13am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shane Victorino is less than a week away from finding his finish line -- starting in right field for the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. "Unfortunately in 2013 I didn't get that chance [due to injury]," said Victorino of getting to return to and play at his former home park. "This time there was a date ... more »

03/30/2015 - 6:36pm

For a team that didn't project to have a ton of roster competition when the spring began, the Red Sox are suddenly in flux. Will Joe Kelly open the season in the rotation or on the DL? Will Shane Victorino hold off a hard-charging Rusney Castillo to start in right field? How long will closer Koji Uehara be out? And of course, there's the latest blow of ... more »

03/25/2015 - 1:34am

Two decades ago, it was the Border War. Now? This feels more like a an endless playground fight between third-graders. In the wake of Robert Kraft’s statements Monday at the league meetings regarding Darrelle Revis— the Patriots owner said the team "wanted to keep" Revis and made a "very competitive offer" but it ... more »

03/31/2015 - 11:39pm

For all the talk of how Claude Julien is playing the matchups with Ryan Spooner’s line, perhaps one of its biggest benefits has been overlooked in the discussion: Facing weaker competition has been a very good thing for Milan Lucic. When the trio of Spooner between Lucic and David Pastrnak is kept away from top-six forwards (usually), it means ... more »

01/29/2015 - 12:34am

"Tom Brady will never win another MVP. He's never going to play in another Super Bowl in New England. His best days are gone, and the days at a level right below his best days are gone. There will be flashes of the old form, but those will be outnumbered by what we've seen the last year and a half. It's only going to get worse for Brady and the ... more »

03/28/2015 - 10:30am

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz isn't about to panic. And neither should Red Sox Nation. Sox fans watching Clay Buchholz on national television Friday here where "Dreams Come True" might be wondering if they're in for a nightmare with the Red Sox pitching rotation. After all, this is the presumed Opening Day starter who gave up 12 ... more »

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