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02/16/2013 - 11:13pm
Harvard owns Ivy lead after beating Princeton

Kenyatta Smith had 14 points and six blocked shots Saturday night to lead Harvard to a 69-57 victory over visiting Princeton in a battle between the top teams in the Ivy League.

Five players scored in double figures for the Crimson (15-7, 7-1 Ivy), including Steve Moundou-Missi (14 points), Lauren Rivard (12), Siyani Chambers (11) and Wesley Saunders.

Ian Hummer had 18 points for Princeton (12-9, 5-2).

The Crimson led 32-28 at the half. Rivard hit a turnaround 3-pointer at the buzzer after his initial shot was blocked and the ball was batted around and back to him. Harvard built up the lead to as much as 14 in the second half behind its balanced offensive attack and strong defense. Princeton, which shot 52.4 percent in the first half, hit just 31.0 percent in the second 20 minutes.

The Crimson visit Brown and Yale next...

02/16/2013 - 4:48pm
Bard impresses while throwing to hitters

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It’s the nature of the beast. Because his season went so far off the rails last year, every throwing session that Daniel Bard has this spring will face a higher degree of scrutiny than that of virtually every one of his teammates. Such was the case on Saturday, when the right-hander threw his first live batting practice session of the spring, with minor leaguers Jeremy Hazelbaker and Jonathan Diaz stepping in the cage with Bard on the mound.

One obvious thing stood out: Bard was hitting the glove repeatedly. His fastball was down, and regularly popped the mitt of catcher Dan Butler. Butler also worked with Bard a year ago in Triple-A Pawtucket, so...

02/16/2013 - 4:30pm
Garnett won't waive no-trade clause

Speaking at media availability during All-Star Weekend in Houston, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett said he wasn't intent on waiving his no-trade clause. Garnett responded with a "No," when asked if there was any circumstance he would consider waiving the clause.

He later added, "Why would I come back and make the visits to rally this team to go further only to be set up to have change?"

At one point, Garnett asked if the only questions would be trade-related. He then relented when a reminder was offered regarding Thursday's trade deadline.

"I get it. I get it," he said. "It's all good. If it's up to me, I'm going to live and die green all day."

Earlier Saturday, Yahoo! Sports reported...

02/16/2013 - 4:27pm
Cherington: Ellsbury 'has a lot to play for'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox GM Ben Cherington offered thoughts on a number of topics at JetBlue Park following the Sox’ full workout today. Among them:

With Jacoby Ellsbury entering his final season before he becomes eligible for free agency, Cherington suggested that he doesn’t have any concerns that his uncertain contract status will become an issue for the player or team.

“I really don’t see it as a distraction at all. He’s a very routine-oriented, regimented player who takes care of himself, has always done that, obviously talented, knows what he needs to do to get ready for a season. And he’s got a lot to play for,” said Cherington....

02/16/2013 - 4:21pm
Farrell: Tim Wakefield will advise Steven Wright

FORT MYERS, Fla. — For years, Phil Niekro gave advice to Tim Wakefield when the Red Sox pitcher was, at times, trying to find consistency on the mound.

It appears the time has come for Wakefield to return the favor and he’s only too glad to do so.

John Farrell said Saturday that he spoke at length with Wakefield on Friday and that the retired knuckleball pitcher will come to camp next week and advise promising knuckleballer Steven Wright.

“It’s such a unique pitch and it’s going to be unique to the individual as well,” Farrell said. “Actually, Wake and I had a pretty lengthy conversation [Friday] and he’ll be in camp here in about another week to work with Steven directly so, understanding what worked well for Wake is not to say the same it’s going to be the same exact checkpoints for Steven. That’s such a...

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