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02/02/2012 - 8:57am
Mashup: Egypt soccer riot death toll at 74

More than 70 people were killed during a riot at a soccer game in Egypt on Wednesday, and fingers are being pointed at the police for failing to prevent fans from bringing weapons into the stadium and standing by while the melee exploded.

"People here are dying, and no one is doing a thing. It's like a war," said Mohammed Abu Trika, a star player for Al Ahly, which was upset by the home team, El Masry. "Is life this cheap?"

"The reason for this tragedy is the deliberate neglect and absence of the military and the police," said Essam el Erian, a senior lawmaker from the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm. Added el Erian: "This will not pass without punishment, a thousand punishments."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup...

02/02/2012 - 1:24am
Pietrus hopes to be a Celtic 'for many years'

BOSTON -- After just 11 games on the Celtics, swingman Mickael Pietrus is so happy playing under coach Doc Rivers and alongside Kevin Garnett that he doesn't envision playing anywhere else for "years to come."

"Hopefully, I'll be a Celtic for many years to come," said Pietrus after the C's 100-64 blowout of the Raptors. "I've seen the other side of the sea, and the fish is different. I don't want to go back there."

Pietrus played five seasons for the Warriors and two for the Magic before splitting time between Orlando and the Suns last season. In ihs first 11 games for the Celtics, he's averaging 8.5 points and two 3-pointers a night.

"I think I fit extremely well on the team, and I'm very happy with my choice, because I picked the Celtics over all the teams," said the Guadeloupe native. "I love the Celtics."

Considering his performance on both ends so far for the C's, the feeling...

02/01/2012 - 11:25pm
Furious BU rally falls short vs. Vermont

Darryl Partin scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes, but Boston University's furious late rally came up one point short in a 68-67 loss to Vermont in a battle between the teams that were tied for second place in America East.

D.J. Irving added 15 points for the Terriers (11-13, 7-3), who trailed by 19 points in the second half. The margin was 16 points with 3:28 left. Partin started the comeback with three 3-pointers in a row. After two free throws by Vermont's Luke Apfeld (16 points), Partin scored four straight (a layup sandwiched by single free throws). That made it a 61-56 game with 1:55 left.

Following three free throws from UVM's Sandro Carissimo, Irving hit a trey and Mike Terry Jr. made two free throws with 38 seconds left to get the Terriers within three, 64-61. Apfeld hit two free throws, but Irving hit consecutive layups and BU was within a point, 66-65, with 20 seconds left.

Four McGlynn answered with a...

02/01/2012 - 11:00pm
BC comes up short vs. NC State

Scott Wood scored 16 points, including four free throws in the final minute, as NC State held off Boston College, 56-51, Wednesday night at Conte Forum.

C.J. Leslie added 13 points for the Wolfpack (16-7, 5-3 ACC).

Matt Humphrey scored 15 points for BC (7-15, 2-6), which trailed by two at the half (25-23) and kept it close until the final minute.

The teams were tied at 44 with 5:15 left after a Dennis Clifford layup. NC State took the lead for good on a C.J. Leslie jumper seven seconds later. That started a game-deciding 10-2 run, as BC struggled to find the basket in the clutch.

BC next plays at Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon.

For more BC news, visit The BC Blog.


02/01/2012 - 10:45pm
Celtics dominate Raps for four quarters

After two nights of drama, the Celtics needed a breather. Fortunately, the Raptors were in town and they do not have Kyrie Irving, or anyone else even remotely as talented as the Cavalier rookie who made big leads disappear. The Celtics led by 13 after one quarter, 22 at the half and 29 after three in cruising to a 100-64 win.

Paul Pierce once again led the way with 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Coach Doc Rivers was able to play the entire fourth quarter without Pierce, Kevin Garnett or Ray Allen. Garnett played only 17 minutes, but still collected seven points, five rebounds and four assists.

The Celtics also got big contributions from Avery Bradley who scored 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting and Brandon Bass (12 points, nine rebounds). Rookie JaJuan Johnson even got into the act, scoring a career-high 11 points.

They have now won six of their last seven games and are 6-2 without Rajon Rondo who missed his...

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