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06/23/2011 - 6:00pm
Rivers: Celtics need to add size, shooting
By: DJ Bean

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined The Big Show on Thursday to discuss his decision to re-sign with the team and what was missing as the team failed to get past the Heat in the second round of the playoffs. 

Rivers said that size, a replacement for Tony Allen and shooting will be required for the C's to be better next season.

"Not having Shaq [O'Neal] healthy was huge for us. It was a big loss," Rivers said. "The second thing is losing Tony Allen. I loved him. We needed a stopper. We didn't have a guy who you could say at the small positions -- at 1, 2 and 3 -- 'go shut him down.' We lost that that in Tony Allen. The third thing we have to add is, we have to keep adding shooting. I kept saying before the [finals], I picked Dallas. It didn't look good, actually. You could make the case Miami should have won in the first four games. I kept saying, 'If they start making shots like they're capable, of, this series is over, because...

06/23/2011 - 5:42pm
Beckett next start pushed back to Tuesday

Josh Beckett, who has been battling a flu-like sickness for the last week, won't pitch again until Tuesday. The Red Sox will still send out Jon Lester to pitch against the Pirates in the teams' series opener Friday night, with Tim Wakefield being bumped up to start Saturday, and Andrew Miller making his second start for the Sox on Sunday. Beckett had already been pushed back from his scheduled start last Tuesday and was slated to make his next appearance Saturday.

In other Red Sox pitching news, reliever Bobby Jenks, who has been recovering from strained intercostal muscles on his left side, will start for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Saturday when they take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester, N.H. (7:05 p.m.).

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06/23/2011 - 3:54pm
Wyc: Ainge would've taken Durant over Oden
By: DJ Bean

Celtics CEO, governor and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck appeared on The Big Show  Thursday to discuss the state of sports in Boston in Doc Rivers' decision to sign an extension to remain coach of the team this offseason. With the NBA draft set to take place Thursday night, the 2007 draft was brought up, as the team's failure in the draft lottery landed them the fifth overall pick despite the C's finishing with the second-worst record in the league during the season.  

The Celtics ended up drafting Jeff Green and trading him to Seattle in the deal for Ray Allen. Grousbeck admitted Thursday that had the Celtics won the lottery and had the first overall pick, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge's intention was "absolutely" to draft Texas' Kevin Durant over Ohio State center Greg Oden, the latter of whom was the consensus No. 1 pick and ended up being drafted first overall by Portland. 

"I'll tell you, Danny was...

06/23/2011 - 3:31pm
Middlebrooks, Chiang in Futures Game

PITTSBURGH — The Red Sox organization will have two representatives performing in this year’s All-Star Futures Game, to be held the Sunday prior to the Major League All-Star Game in Phoenix. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks will play for the United States team, while Chih-Hsien Chiang, an outfielder, will participate for the World team.

Middlebrooks has been playing for Double-A Portland this season, having compiled a .294 batting average and .812 OPS to go along with eight homers. The one subpar aspect of his campaign thus far has been the 22-year-old’s inability to walk, having drawn just 12 free passes in 213 plate appearances. The right-handed-hitting Middlebrooks, who is batting .364 in June, has shown consistency against lefty (.293) and righty (.294) pitching. He is currently on the disabled list with a sore triceps muscle.

The 23-year-old Chiang, a native of Taiwan, also is playing for Portland, hitting .307 with a .983 OPS...

06/23/2011 - 2:22pm
Schedule: B's to raise banner vs. Flyers
By: DJ Bean

The NHL announced the 2011-12 regular-season schedule on Thursday. The Stanley Cup champion Bruins will kick off the season by raising their championship banner at TD Garden vs. the Flyers on Oct. 6. 

The Bruins will then host the Lightning, the team they eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals, on Oct. 8. Their first meeting with the Canadiens will come on Oct. 27, when they host the Habs at the Garden. 

The B's will face the Canucks on Jan. 7 as the Western Conference champions will travel to Boston for the first time since the B's defeated them in Game 6 of the Cup finals. The schedule will also feature a meeting of the past two Stanley Cup champions, with the B's heading to Chicago to face the Blackhawks on Oct. 15.


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