In what started as a showdown between Celtics teammates Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, it was Miami's James Jones who walked away with the top prize at the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Going up against a field that included Cleveland's Daniel Gibson, Golden State's Dorrell Wright and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Jones, Pierce and Allen all advanced past the first round — with Allen posting 20 points to lead all shooters out of the gate.
But it was Jones who stepped up in the final round — after Pierce opened the final round with a smoking-hot 18, Jones went for 20, drilling four of his last five shots but missing the money ball. Faced with the challenge, Allen faltered down the stretch, missing most of his final shots and ending up third overall. Wright (fourth), Gibson (fifth) and Durant (sixth) rounded out the field.
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Reggie Jackson rimmed out a potential game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds remaining and Boston College's late rally came up just short in a 48-46 loss to 19th-ranked North Carolina on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Eagles trailed by 15 points in the second half before clawing back into the game and getting in position for a final chance to win. Jackson got the ball about 12 feet behind the 3-point line at the top with 10 seconds left. As the clock wound down, he put on a quick move and then pulled up for the shot, which bounced off the rim and out and was knocked out of bounds by BC with 0.3 left on the clock. UNC inbounded the ball to end the game.
Jackson and Joe Trapani each scored 13 points for BC, which fell to 16-10 overall and 6-6 in league play.
Tyler Zeller had 16 points and nine rebounds for UNC (20-6, 10-2). Kendall Marshall contributed 10 points and seven assists, and John Henson...
According to Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics are one of three teams showing interest in Clippers forward Rasual Butler. Butler, who is making $2.4 million this season (the final year of his contract), is also reportedly being pursued by the Bulls and Nets. The 6-foot-7 sharp-shooter has played for Miami, New Orleans, and the Clippers, and appeared in all 82 regular season games in each of the last two seasons. He averaged 11 points per game in each the past two campaigns.
Butler's minutes has dropped with Los Angeles this season, playing in just 18.6 minutes per game, averaging 5.1 points per contest. He has played just a total of 18 minutes in Feb., appearing in three games.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite the addition of big-ticket stars Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said Saturday the team still has financial flexibility to do so.
"We always have some amount," Lucchino said of a budget allowance for in-season deals.
In two megadeals, the Red Sox commited $142 million over seven years to Carl Crawford five days after sending blue chip prospects Anthony Rizzo, Casey Kelly and Reymond Fuentes (minors) and Eric Patterson to San Diego for Adrian Gonzalez. The Red Sox are said to be on the verge of a $164 million extension with Gonzalez over seven years. J.D. Drew is in the final season of a five-year, $70 million contract.
"I think it shows a kind of versatility on the part of the club to be able to act when the opportunity presents itself and the needs are there. I credit Theo and his staff for being as agile and...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With expectations and predictions of the franchise's first 100-win season since 1946 and an third World Series title in eight seasons, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the team has lots of work ahead to just make the playoffs.
"I don't see us as a clear favorite," Henry said when asked of the Yankees. "I see the teams as fairly evenly matched. We've got our work cut out for us to hopefully win the division."
"I feel the same way," added Red Sox president Larry Lucchino. "There are other teams that are improving in this division. This is just not a mano-a-mano, two-team match. We've got other teams that are building a solid team and are making substantial commitments to those teams. The American League East will still be the rough-and-tumble American League East. Let's make no mistake about that."
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On this weeks Aloha Friday, Tim apologizes to our producer Tom for not knowing who Leonard Nimoy was, Christian bashes Kanye West, and Joey makes amends for mistaking camel noises for llama noises
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We discuss the good week that was for the prosecution in the Aaron Hernancez murder trial with attorney and professor of law Michael McCann.
Dale and Michael discuss the plight of the Bruins as the trade deadline looms.
Dale and Michael go back and forth on the circumstances around Vandy coach Kevin Stallings verbally berating a player on national TV, and using harsh language like "I'll kill you"
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
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