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03/17/2011 - 9:44am
Lackey scheduled to pitch Game 2 for Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking before the Red Sox' spring training game against the Mets at City of Palms Park, manager Terry Francona presented the remainder of the team's starting rotation for the beginning of the season.

 

Francona said that John Lackey will follow Opening Day starter Jon Lester and pitch in the second game of the schedule, April 2 against the Rangers.

 

After Lackey, the Red Sox will send out Clay Buchholz in the third game of the three-game set against Texas, with Josh Beckett pitching in the first game of the three-game series against the Indians in Cleveland.

 

"Just watching the way last year unfolded, we want to get him off to a good start. We'll pitch him in that game in Cleveland. I think that's a good place for him to start," said Francona regarding Beckett.

 

The Red Sox will use Daisuke Matsuzaka as the team's fifth starter, scheduling him to pitch...

03/17/2011 - 7:56am
Mashup: Sterger sues ex-manager for texts

Jenn Sterger , the alleged victim of the lewd Brett Favre text message, is suing her former manager, Phil Reese, to get back her e-mails and texts and to stop Reese from using the material in a book. Sterger filed suit Tuesday saying she never intended for Reese to have full use of the material.

 

Also in the news, Suns guard Grant Hill responded to the insults leveled at him and his black Duke teammates by the Fab Five in ESPN's documentary about the Michigan stars of the early 1990s. In a thoughtful piece in The New York Times, Hill wrote that his "friends" calling him an "Uncle Tom" was a misguided an inappropriate insult.

 

Read more about those stories and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


03/17/2011 - 7:03am
BC to host Northwestern in NIT Saturday

Boston College will host a second-round game in the NIT on Saturday at 11 a.m. The top-seeded Eagles will play fourth-seeded Northwestern, which defeated Milwaukee, 70-61, Wednesday night behind 25 points from John Shurna.

 

BC passed on hosting a first-round game and instead traveled to Lake Charles, La., where it defeated McNeese State on Tuesday.


03/17/2011 - 12:57am
Garnett: 'Rondo's playing hurt'

BOSTON -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo recorded eight assists but failed to score or grab a rebound in the Celtics 92-80 victory against the Pacers on Wednesday night. Based on Rondo's recent struggles, teammate Kevin Garnett was asked what was wrong with the team's all-star floor general.

 

"Rondo's playing hurt," said Garnett. "He's hurting. He's giving us everything he has. He's grinding. He's playing countless minutes, and he's not playing like a washed-up guy."

 

Rondo took just two shots in almost 30 minutes on the floor. Asked if he thought Rondo was bothered by the ankle he tweaked against the Nets, Garnett said, "I don't know. You'd have to talk to him."

 

For more on the Celtics, visit weei.com/celtics.


03/16/2011 - 11:20pm
Krstic: 'Shaq deserves to start'

Shaquille O'Neal was able to get on the floor and get shots up on Wednesday, which was the first step in his comeback from an Achilles injury. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before the team took on the Pacers that he wanted to see O'Neal get through a practice and not feel pain before he'd consider bringing him back for games. He's expected to reclaim his starting job when he does return and Nenad Krstic said that he has no problems with that. "I think Shaq deserves to start," Krstic said. "He got hurt. He was a starter before he got hurt and I think he gets that job back."

 

Krstic has averaged better than 12 points and seven rebounds since arriving from the Thunder. He said coming off the bench will be an adjustment but he is up for the challenge. "It’s different. You prepare differently for the game," he said. "Pretty much all my career I’ve been a starter but I don’t really mind coming...

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