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06/03/2012 - 10:37am
Game 4 refs: Crawford, Kennedy, Willard

The NBA has announced that Joey Crawford, Bill Kennedy and Greg Willard will be the officials for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Kennedy's history with Celtics' coach Doc Rivers is well known. They were both fined after an incident in 2009 in which Kennedy ejected Rivers. Kennedy's last Celtics' assignment was Game 4 of the conference semifinals that featured an 18-point second half comeback by Philadelphia and complaints about the free throw disparity from Rivers.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


06/03/2012 - 9:55am
Lineup: Gonzalez at 1B, Middlebrooks sits

Adrian Gonzalez starts at first base and Will Middlebrooks goes to the bench as the Red Sox (28-25) look to move a season-best four games over .500 and sweep the Blue Jays in the final game of a three-game set at Rogers Centre on Sunday.

Gonzalez started in right field (though he later moved to first base) in Saturday's 7-4 win. Middlebrooks started at third base in the victory, scoring a run and collecting his 22nd RBI of the season. He is currently batting .314 and owns a seven-game hitting streak.

Daniel Bard (5-5, 4.56) starts for the Sox. He allowed five runs in five innings in his only career start vs. the Blue Jays, a 7-3 Toronto win on April 10. He will be opposed by rookie Drew Hutchison (4-2, 4.84).

LINEUP:

Podsednik, CF

Nava, LF

Gonzalez, 1B

Ortiz, DH

Youkilis, 3B

Sweeney, RF

Aviles, SS

Punto, 2B

Shoppach, C

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06/03/2012 - 8:50am
Report: Dodgers, Phillies interested in Youk

According to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Dodgers, Phillies and Diamondbacks are among the teams showing an interest in trading for Kevin Youkilis.  

Heyman reports that the talks are all at the preliminary stage at this point, though he also reports that the Sox envision an eventual need to trade Youkilis, who is batting .253 with four HR and 12 RBI in 28 games this season. 

In an email to WEEI.com last Friday, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington denied a CBSSports.com report that the team intended to trade Youkilis.

"That’s inaccurate," Cherington e-mailed WEEI.com on Friday. "Some teams have checked in on him. We haven...

06/03/2012 - 7:28am
Bosh won't be available for Game 4
By: admin

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told the media prior to his team's practice at TD Garden Saturday that All-Star forward Chris Bosh will not be available for action in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"I'm not thinking about Chris today, I'm not," Spoelstra said. "He's not on my mind. And I love you, Chris, but I'm focused on Sunday. That's where all of my energies are focused right now." 

Bosh has been out since straining an abdominal muscle in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Friday marked the end of the Heat's five-game playoff winning streak, with the Celtics managing to take advantage of Bosh's absence by scoring 58 points in the paint.

There had been some speculation that Bosh might be nearing a return considering he traveled with the Heat for the first time since his injury and had been participating in basketball drills of late.

Bosh averaged 18 points and 7.9 rebounds per game...

06/02/2012 - 8:55pm
Thomas: Hockey not important right now
By: WEEI

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas published two posts on his Facebook wall Saturday night, both linking to predicted world economic downturns. The first, which was re-posted after initially being removed, led into the link by saying, "See why hockey's just not that important right now?" 

The first post, which was originally put up at 7:59 p.m., deleted and then re-posted at approximately 30 minutes later, linked to an article in 'The Blaze,' entitled, "Former Hedge Funder’s Fearful Forecast: We're Looking at 'The Biggest Economic Shock the World Has Ever Seen' & There's Nothing We Can Do to Stop It." (To see the article, click here.)

Thomas' second post,...

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