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03/09/2012 - 4:01pm
Andrew Bailey: No need to compare fans

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A day after Jonathan Papelbon told a Philadelphia sports talk radio station that Philly fans "know the game better" than Boston fans, Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey -- a lifelong fans of all Philadelphia sports, having grown up 10 minutes from the ballpark -- said he wouldn't distinguish between the two.

"There's no reason to cause drama, from my perspective," Bailey said. "Your fans are the ones who go out and support you. For me, I love them all. It's going to be fun playing in front of a packed house, for sure. Even in Oakland, the fans are great out there. The situation with the stadium and stuff are a little different. The fans that come to the game are baseball fans. Coming here it wasn't a big deal for me because we have one common goal, everybody loves the game of baseball  and it's the same thing with the fans. To say one fan base is better than the other, I've never really seen that. But it's...

03/09/2012 - 3:29pm
UMass knocks off A-10 top seed Temple

Jesse Morgan scored 21 points and sparked a 15-0 run to open the second half as UMass posted a 77-71 victory over top-seeded Temple in the quartefinals of the Atlantic-10 tournament Friday afternoon in Atlantic City, N.J.

Chaz Williams added 20 points, 10 assists and four steals for the eighth-seeded Minutemen (22-10), who are in the semifinals for the first time since 2001. They will face the winner of St. Bonaventure and St. Joseph's on Saturday.

Khalif Wyatt scored 15 points for 21st-ranked Temple (24-7), which led by five points at the half. UMass opened the second half with a 15-0 run, fueled by seven points from Morgan, to make it 46-36. Temple fought back to take a four-point lead at 61-57 following a 3-pointer from Juan Fernandez with 8:06 left. UMass trailed 64-62 when Morgan hit a long 3-pointer with 4:49 left to give the Minutemen the lead for good. UMass hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes to protect the lead.

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03/09/2012 - 2:27pm
Amaker on M&M: 'Special year' for Harvard

Three days after Harvard clinched its first-ever Ivy League title and its first NCAA tournament berth since 1946, Crimson coach Tommy Amaker joined the Mut & Merloni show to talk about March Madness and Linsanity.

Last season, Harvard's NCAA hopes ended with a last-second loss to Princeton in a one-game playoff. This season, the Crimson entered the season with high expectations and lived up to them.

"We were predicted to be in this position. That's what made it pretty special for us," Amaker said. "When you're thought of as being that kind of team at the very beginning and we're able to live up that throughout the whole season with added pressures and opportunities and ranking and Battle For Atlantis championship, different things that kind of came our way, made it a really special year. And I think it made our kids incredibly satisfied with the work that they put in."

Harvard is being speculated as a 10 or 11 seed,...

03/09/2012 - 2:13pm
Ference, Paille still day-to-day for Bruins
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Forward Daniel Paille (upper body) and defenseman Andrew Ference (lower body) were both present as the Bruins held an optional practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena. Ference has missed the last four games for the B's, while Paille has been out for the last three. 

After the practice, B's coach Claude Julien said both players remain day-to-day, and that they could potentially play Saturday vs. the Capitals. 

"To be honest with you, [I'm] not sure," Julien said of their statuses. "I know that they're day-to-day. … I would still have to look at where they are tomorrow morning and decide whether to put them out in the warmup and make that decision or now." 

Nine forwards, six defensemen and one goalie took part in the optional skate. Missing from the practice were Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Tim Thomas and Julien. The coach said that Marchand...

03/09/2012 - 1:21pm
Red Sox agree with Melancon, 15 others

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced that they had reached agreements on contracts for the 2012 season with all 16 of their players who are on the 40-man roster but not yet arbitration eligible. Notable players among the group include reliever Mark Melancon, who was acquired in a trade with the Astros in December, left-hander Felix Doubront (who is competing for a spot in the rotation) and outfielder Darnell McDonald.

The entire group of players who agreed to deals is:

PITCHERS

RHP Michael Bowden
LHP Drake Britton
RHP Chris Carpenter
LHP Felix Doubront
RHP Mark Melancon
RHP Clayton Mortensen
RHP Stolmy Pimentel
RHP Junichi Tazawa

CATCHERS

Luis Exposito
Ryan Lavarnway

INFIELDERS

1B Lars Anderson
3B Will Middlebrooks
2B Oscar Tejeda

OUTFIELDERS

Ryan Kalish
Che-Hsuan Lin
Darnell McDonald

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