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04/19/2011 - 4:53pm
Report: UMass football set to move to FBS

UMass football will become a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision and join the Mid-American Conference in football, according to a report from The Associated Press. The Minutemen are expected to make it official at a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, an announcement that will include the news that they will play their home games at Gillette starting in 2012 and play their first MAC schedule the following year. UMass would be the third FBS team in New England, joining Boston College and UConn.


04/19/2011 - 3:14pm
Francona: Sox trying to play Varitek

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, acknowledged that he has been trying to increase Jason Varitek's playing time in recent games because of his strengths in working with a pitching staff. Francona said that he talked with starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia about the idea that it would take time for members of the pitching staff to become as comfortable with him as they are with the longtime Sox catcher.

"I don’t think that is a knock on Salty. I told Salty last week, ‘Right now, you’re trying to earn those stripes,’" said Francona. "I think sometimes a catcher can put down the same signs, but depending on who it is, the pitcher throws with a little more commitment. I think Tek has earned that. It’s always going to be hard for the next guy to come in to compare themselves, the way the game’s being run, with Tek. That’s been Tek’s strength for so long....

04/19/2011 - 1:46pm
Broussard on M&M: C's miss Shaq, Perkins
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ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard suggested that the best-case scenario for Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal might be to sit out the rest of the first round of the playoffs and then be ready for a potential second-round matchup should the C's advance past the Knicks. Broussard noted that the Knicks' style of play makes the absence of O'Neal less of an issue for now than it might be in a series against another club.

"A few days ago, I was told that if everything went the best way it could, if people around this situation had their druthers – Shaq and people like that – the best scenario for him would be to sit out the entire first round and be ready for the second round. ... Ideally, that’s what would be best for Shaq," said Broussard. "I don’t think you absolutely need him against the Knicks. They’re a finesse team, just like [the Celtics] are now."

While Broussard believes that rest gives O'Neal the...

04/19/2011 - 1:00pm
Davis: Celtics need to play better

Speaking after their pregame shootaround, Celtics forward Glen Davis said that the team, "didn’t play as well as we need to play," in Game 1 of their playoff series with the Knicks. Among the areas of concern are Amar'e Stoudemire who went for 28 points in Game 1, turnovers (the Celtics had 18) and the play of the bench, which shot a combined 4-for-15.

Davis, who made only one of his eight shots from the floor added that he needed to, "pick wisely" when it comes to his offense and look to get the ball inside when he has a matchup advantage.

The Celtics went through shootaround with 14 players. The only one unavailable was Shaquille O'Neal who has already been ruled out by coach Doc Rivers. Knicks guard Chauncey Billups has not practiced since Sunday's Game 1 and is said to be "doubtful" for Game 2 tonight.

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04/19/2011 - 12:52pm
Kruk on M&M: Sox pitchers don't trust Salty
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ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk, in his weekly interview on the Mut & Merloni Show, suggested that the Red Sox' three-game winning streak against the Blue Jays gave up glimpse of what he expected from the club. Even so, Kruk acknowledged that he does have some questions about the club, including the team's catching situation.

Through the first 15 games of the season, Red Sox pitchers have a 2.40 ERA with Jason Varitek behind the plate and a 7.29 mark with Jarrod Saltalamacchia calling signals. Kruk suggested that he doesn't think the disparity is a coincidence.

"[Josh] Beckett and Daisuke [Matsuzaka], their best starts of the year just happened to be with Varitek behind the plate? I don’t think so," said Kruk. "First of all, the thing with Jarrod Saltalamacchia is this. He’s never established himself as an everyday catcher. All we heard about when he was in Atlanta was, ‘Oh, this guy is going to be the...

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