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05/11/2011 - 9:54am
Game 5 refs: Foster, Spooner, Garretson

The officials for Wednesday night's Celtics-Heat Game 5 in Miami are Scott Foster, Bill Spooner and Ron Garretson.

All three will be overseeing a Celtics game for the first time this postseason. All three officiated one game of the Heat's first-round playoff series vs. the 76ers.

Foster has recovered from his friendship with disgraced former official Tim Donaghy and has received key assignments from the NBA. He was part of the officiating crew for last year's Game 7 of the NBA finals, which the Celtics lost to the Lakers.

Spooner is the referee who filed suit against Associated Press reporter Jon Krawczynski after an incident in a Jan. 24 game between the Timberwolves and Rockets. Krawczynski reported that Spooner told Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis he would "get it back" after making a bad call and then made "an even worse call on the Rockets." Spooner sued for $75,000 and a retraction.

Garretson, the son of...

05/11/2011 - 9:05am
Bucher on D&C: Heat's 'talent trumps all'

ESPN NBA analyst Ric Bucher joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the Celtics-Heat series.

Asked if the Celtics will claw and scrape and do whatever they can to avoid elimination in Wednesday night's Game 5, Bucher said that might be the case, but it still likely won't be enough.

"I would certainly expect that [effort], knowing the character and the temperament of this team. I just don't know that it's going to matter," he said. "We've seen one thing in this postseason, it's that the athletes and athleticism has taken over this league. It's just a matter of sort of pushing that big boulder downhill; it begins to gain momentum.

"The Miami Heat, whatever confidence they had playing against the Celtics overall, beating them on their home floor, beating them in last-minute execution just has to do wonders for their confidence. And if there was an Achilles' heel that the Celtics had to take...

05/11/2011 - 7:38am
Mashup: Gasol denies rift with Kobe

Lakers center Pau Gasol denied rumors that Kobe Bryant's wife broke up his engagement with Sylvia Lopez Castro or that he and Bryant were at odds during their playoff loss to the Mavericks. "My girlfriend and I are fine, we're happy, we're doing well. Kobe and I are fine," Gasol told ESPN. "She was suffering because she saw me suffering. And I was suffering because I was seeing her suffering. When you add that to other stuff to what's already happening, it's tough."

Also in the news, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is interested in his own reality show, and an Orlando columnist can't understand why Magic star Dwight Howard thinks writers are trying to run him out of town. Read those stories and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


05/10/2011 - 11:04pm
Red Sox still searching for .500 after loss

TORONTO -- The Red Sox are still looking for .500.

Despite coming from behind three times, the Sox finally succumbed to the Blue Jays Tuesday night, dropping a 7-6 decision in 10 innings when rookie David Cooper drove in Rajai Davis with the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly against reliever Matt Albers. The winning run for the hosts came after Davis followed his singled with two straight stolen bases.

The loss drops the Red Sox to 17-19.

 

It looked as though the Red Sox lost the game in the eighth inning when Daniel Bard, who had experienced great success at Rogers Centre in his previous seven appearances (14 Ks, BB, 2.14 ERA), gave up a leadoff homer to Cooper. The home run, which came on a 3-2, 98 mph fastball, was Cooper's first career long ball and gave the Blue Jays the lead heading into the ninth. It was also the first homer allowed by Bard this season.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, Adrian Gonzalez seemingly...

05/10/2011 - 6:46pm
Wake won't rule out playing for another team

TORONTO -- Tim Wakefield, who will become the oldest player in Red Sox history to participate in a game with the next pitch he throws, talked Tuesday night about the chance he might play for another organization.

"It depends on the situation. I wouldn't rule it out," he said prior to the Sox' game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. "I want to retire a Red Sox, but I'm not going to rule that out."

Wakefield explained that the motivation of playing for another club wouldn't be driven by the desire to win 200 games (he is at 193).

"No, I wouldn't play for personal reasons," he said. "The situation's got to be right. I wouldn't like to go to Seattle and move my family out West or something crazy like that. It would have to be the right situation."

Asked if playing in his home state of Florida with the Marlins might be an option, Wakefield said: "You never know. There or Tampa, in the dome...

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