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03/19/2012 - 12:53am
Buckeye power: OSU, UC meet in Boston

The Sweet 16 has a distinct Ohio flavor as the Buckeye State will be represented by four schools, the first time one state has had four teams advance that far. Two of the schools, Ohio State and Cincinnati, will meet in the late game on Thursday at TD Garden in Boston, following the Syracuse-Wisconsin contest at 7:10 p.m. 

The winners will meet on Saturday in the East Regional championship for a ticket to the Final Four. 

No. 6 seed Cincinnati beat No. 3 Florida State, 62-56, Sunday night in Nashville, while No. 2 Ohio State survived its first two games in Pittsburgh to advance to Boston. All four No. 1 seeds have survived, including Syracuse, which was fortunate to beat North Carolina-Asheville in its opener on Thursday. 

The other Ohio schools advancing to the Sweet 16 Sunday were Xavier --  a No. 10 seed that beat No. 15 Lehigh Sunday -- and Ohio University. The city of Cincinnati has two schools just two wins from the...

03/18/2012 - 4:48pm
Buchholz, Ciriaco continue to impress

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz turned in a solid performance in his fourth spring training outing, allowing one run (an Evan Longoria solo homer) and four hits over five innings, striking out four and not walking a batter in the Red Sox' 8-4 win over Tampa Bay Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park.

Buchholz prioritized his fourth pitch -- the curveball -- in the outing, with the righty throwing 76 pitches (58 strikes).

Also continuing his impressive spring was infielder Pedro Ciriaco, who boosted his batting average to .545 (12-for-22) for the spring after notching an RBI single. Homering for the Red Sox were Cody Ross and Josh Kroeger. Nate Spears and Alex Hassan also contributed with two hits apiece.

"I don’t have a spot for him right now," Valentine said of Ciriaco. "He’s a good player. Guys get hot in spring training, but his hands are there, his arm’s there, his speed is there. That’s not going...

03/18/2012 - 1:20pm
Valentine: Don't count on three catchers

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said prior to his team's game Sunday against the Rays that he has no plans to carry three catchers on the Opening Day roster, and insinuated Ryan Lavarnway -- despite the catcher's positive impressions throughout camp -- may have to start the season in the minor leagues.


"Eventually it's going to happen," Valentine said of Lavarnway finding his way onto the major league roster. "If the season started tomorrow, it would not happen."

Valentine explained that he has never felt inclined to have three catchers on the roster, and this year doesn't appear to be any different.

"Never is one of those words I wouldn't use, but there's a high possibility I won't go with three," the manager said

"You know, eventually, the decision goes from [what’s best for[ the individual to [what’s best for] the team. And I don’t know if [...

03/17/2012 - 11:28pm
Celtics' comeback runs out of gas in Denver

A furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Celtics fell short in Denver, as the C's lost their second straight game while falling to 2-3 on their seven-game road trip in losing to the Nuggets, 98-91.

The Celtics trailed by as many as 15 points in the game and 14 points early in the fourth quarter, but a 17-5 run brought the Celtics back to within two points at 87-85 with just over four minutes remaining. However, the Nuggets responded with five quick unanswered points to take a 94-87 lead that they would never relinquish.

In defeat, the Celtics had strong performances from Rajon Rondo (12 points, 16 assists, 5 rebounds) and Kevin Garnett (22 points on 9-of-12 shooting along with nine rebounds and five assists). Paul Pierce (22 points), however, fouled out, while Ray Allen scored just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, including an 0-for-5 night from 3-point range.

The Nuggets were led by Danilo Gallinari (20 points) and Kenneth Faried (18 points...

03/17/2012 - 8:31pm
Report: Pats agree to terms with WR Lloyd

The Patriots have reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on a contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the deal is worth three years and $12 million.)

The 30-year-old Lloyd, who has averaged 74 catches a season the last two years, has been connected to the Patriots throughout the free agent process for several reasons, not the least of which included his well-known fondness for Josh McDaniels, the New England offensive coordinator who had worked with Lloyd in Denver and St. Louis.

Over the course of his nine-year career in the NFL, the Illinois product has caught 311 passes for 4,784 yards and 31 touchdowns. His best season came in 2010 when he pulled in 77 passes for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Broncos.

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