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01/14/2012 - 7:53pm
Mankins, Chung active for Pats

FOXBORO -- Logan Mankins and Patrick Chung will be active for tonight's AFC Divisional Playoff against Tim Tebow and the Broncos at Gillette Stadium.

The seven Patriots inactives for tonight's game are quarterback Ryan Mallett, cornerback Nate Jones, running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Gary Guyton, offensive linemen Donald Thomas and Sebastian Vollmer and defensive lineman Ron Brace.

Mankins injured his left knee against the Dolphins in the first quarter on Christmas Eve and missed the regular season finale. Chung played in the season finale after missing seven games due to a right foot injury. He showed up on Friday's injury report as questionable after tweaking his knee during practice on Thursday. He was limited in Friday's walkthrough. 

Vollmer has missed the final five games of the regular season after suffering a foot injury against the Eagles on Nov. 27. 

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01/14/2012 - 6:13pm
Clifford, BC turn away Virginia Tech

Dennis Clifford scored 15 points and Boston College posted its second straight ACC victory with a 61-59 triumph over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.

Matt Humphrey scored 14 points and Ryan Anderson added 10 for BC (7-10, 2-1 ACC).

Victor Davila scored 14 points for Virginia Tech (11-6, 0-3).

BC took a 29-27 lead into the break after Jordan Daniels scored the final five points of the half -- a 3-pointer and then a 14-footer at the buzzer. The Eagles never trailed in the second half, and they led by as much as 11 -- the first time at 56-45 with 4:34 left after an Anderson follow and the second time with 3:40 left after two Clifford free throws that made it 58-47.

The Hokies made a late run but failed to capitalize on three straight BC turnovers with a couple of minutes to play. They finally closed to within one possession on a 3-pointer with three-tenths of a second remaining but ran out of time.

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01/14/2012 - 4:47pm
Harvard 15-2 after blowing out GW

Laurent Rivard and Steve Moundou-Missi scored 16 points apiece and Harvard used an 18-2 run at the end of the first half to take a 20-point halftime lead and coast to a 69-48 victory over George Washington in a nonleague game at sold-out Lavietes Pavilion Saturday afternoon.

Rivard hit 3-of-4 3-pointers and had a pair of four-point plays on the day, while Moundou-Missi hit all seven of his shots. Keith Wright added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Crimson (15-2), who are ranked 25th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

Tony Taylor, with 13 points, led the way for cold-shooting GW (6-11).

Harvard led 33-13 at the half after shooting 67 percent (12-of-18) to GW's 15 percent (3-for-20). The Crimson jumped out to a 15-4 lead, with six players recording at least two points in that stretch. After a brief letdown -- a span of almost five minutes in which Harvard turned over the ball four times and missed two shots while GW ran off seven straight...

01/14/2012 - 1:39pm
Valentine says he has talked to Crawford

Speaking at the New Stars for Young Stars event at Jillian's -- which was presented by the Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine confirmed that he has talked to outfielder Carl Crawford. The phone conversation took place with both Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and Crawford's agent, Brian Peters, on the line, according to Valentine.

"I finally got that call into Carl," the manager said. "Carl sounded great.

"He seemed very determined. He seemed very understanding of the fact that things got spinning a little fast for him last year in a new environment. He seemed to be determined to correct that."

Valentine had first mentioned that he was having difficulty arranging a meeting with Crawford while talking at the winter meetings in early December. He did, however,...

01/14/2012 - 1:10am
Doc: 'I'd rather have [adversity] now'

Attempting to put a positive spin on his team's second three-game losing streak of the season, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said his team's success will hinge on how they react to a 4-6 start to a shortened 66-game season. The Celtics were ice cold again on Friday night in the first half and couldn't completely recover from a 19-point halftime deficit, losing to the 11-2 Bulls, 88-79, at TD Garden. 

“It’s been frustrating, it’s been frustrating," Rivers admitted. "But listen, I’d rather have it now. You’re going to go through adversity or stuff; I’d rather have it right now. Like I told our guys, I said, ‘If you get through this, it’ll make you a hell of a basketball team.’ And I always use the word ‘if’ because you have to. You have to fight through it. And I love what I saw in the second half.

"My question to them: Why, why did it take so long? You know? It...

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