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02/20/2011 - 2:37pm
Varitek 'envisons' playing beyond 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Saying he feels better than he has in years and can now go down stairs straight, Jason Varitek said Sunday he hopes to play well in 2011 and well beyond. The Red Sox' regular starting catcher since 1999 was asked if he sees himself playing into his mid-40s like Carlton Fisk and Bob Boone. 

 

"Is that what I envision? Yes, that is what I envision," said Varitek, adding that it's conditional on his overall health and family considerations.

 

Varitek — who turns 39 on April 11 — said he has made it through the first two days of camp with quick recovery, telling him that his body is fresh and ready to get ready for the season. Varitek said he is looking forward to working with starting catcher Jarrod Salatamacchia before adding that he didn't know after the 2010 season finale if he'd be back this spring. 

 

"It was very uncertain," Varitek...

02/20/2011 - 2:24pm
Peverley fine with playing wing for B's
By: DJ Bean

Newly acquired Bruins forward Rich Peverley put on a Bruins sweater for the first time Sunday as he practiced with his teammates at Ristuccia Arena. After the skate, he reflected on the trade. 

 

"It was a bit of a surprise, but [Thrashers coach] Craig Ramsey told me this was a team that has a chance to win," Peverley said. "It's a big thrill to be a part of a really historic organization and come into a team that has a chance to go pretty far in the playoffs."

 

Coach Claude Julien said after practice that he will try the 28-year-old at wing on a line centered by Chris Kelly with Michael Ryder on the other wing. Peverley said he is more comfortable at center, but that he has no problem playing anywhere. 

 

"That's for the coach to decide. I could play either/or," Peverley said. "I've been playing center most of my career. I can play the wing, it's not a problem...

02/19/2011 - 11:12pm
Pierce, Allen denied in Three-Point Contest

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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02/19/2011 - 7:19pm
BC comeback falls just short vs. Carolina

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...

02/19/2011 - 4:24pm
Report: Celts interested in Rasual Butler

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.

 

For more Celtics coverage, see the team page at weei.com/celtics.

 

 


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