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03/06/2012 - 10:26pm
Harvard captures NCAA berth as Penn loses

With Princeton defeating visiting Penn Tuesday night, 62-52, Harvard has clinched its first-ever outright Ivy League title and secured its first NCAA tournament berth since 1946.

"We are thrilled and honored to have an opportunity to compete in the 2012 NCAA tournament," Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said in a statement. "This is a tremendous moment for Harvard University, our basketball program and our community. Go Crimson!"

The Crimson, who finished the regular season over the weekend with wins at Columbia and Cornell, are 26-4 overall and 12-2 in the Ancient Eight, one game better than Penn. The Quakers need to beat their arch rivals Tuesday to set up a one-game playoff that would have determined the league's NCAA tournament representative. Instead, Princeton, the team that beat Harvard in last year's playoff, did the Crimson a favor by jumping out to an early lead and keeping Penn at a safe distance most of the...

03/06/2012 - 8:26pm
Celtics prepared to be without O'Neal

Jermaine O'Neal will miss his sixth straight game on Tuesday and while the Celtics wait for him to make a decision on his ailing wrist, they are planning on moving forward without him.

"Obviously it doesn't look good, but we're prepared to be this, honestly," coach Doc Rivers said. "If J.O. plays, it's an extra body for us. But it's like I said, after the break, we were going with this lineup, regardless."

The lineup includes Kevin Garnett at center and Brandon Bass at forward and it has been good for the Celtics, who have won four straight since the All-Star break. Rivers said the team is giving O'Neal time to consider having surgery, which could be season-ending. 

"You know how I am with injuries and stuff. That stuff works its way out," Rivers said. "They don't need the coach involved in it. That's just the way I feel."

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03/06/2012 - 7:29pm
Reports: Colts will release Manning

The Colts are set to release quarterback Peyton Manning, according to multiple outlets, with the franchise making the official announcement on Wednesday.

After not missing a start since he entered the league as a rookie in 1998, the four-time MVP missed the entire 2011 season after his third neck surgery in 19 months, leaving his future in doubt. However, it was revealed Tuesday afternoon that Indianapolis will not pick up the final four years remaining on Manning's contract, which will allow the quarterback to become a free agent and take the Colts off the hook when it comes to the $28 million bonus that would have been due to the quarterback if he was on the roster going forward.

The 35-year-old Manning, the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, has broken all of the Colts' franchise passing records. In addition, he has taken Indianapolis to the playoffs 11 times, and led the Colts to seven division titles in the last eight...

03/06/2012 - 5:19pm
Bard, Aceves both sharp vs. Orioles

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard tossed a pair of shutout innings and Alfredo Aceves followed suit with two zeros of his own as the Red Sox claimed a 5-4 win over the Orioles at JetBlue Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Bard threw 31 pitches (21 strikes) while allowing just one baserunner on a walk and striking out two in his first multi-inning outing of the spring. Aceves was even more efficient, throwing 19 of his 26 pitches for strikes while delivering two perfect innings in which he struck out two.

Bard and Aceves are both being stretched out as candidates for the Red Sox rotation. While Aceves made four big league starts for the Sox last year, Bard has not made a professional start since 2008, and so by his own admission, there are adjustments to such elements as pitching out of the windup and developing a pre-game routine to start.

While the Red Sox took an early 4-0 lead, prospect Alex Wilson struggled in his inning-plus of work, allowing...

03/06/2012 - 12:29pm
Silva out of mix for rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the first time this spring, a candidate for the last two spots in the Red Sox rotation has been removed from consideration. Veteran right-hander Carlos Silva, who signed a minor league deal with the Sox this winter, has been shut down with shoulder inflammation that is serious enough to prevent him from being considered for the rotation with which the Sox will open the year.

"That’s probably going to set him back enough that he won’t be totally in the mix," said Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who said that while a definitive timetable was unavailable, the injury will keep Silva out of the "little picture situation."

Valentine said that the issue was related to a pre-existing condition that the Sox knew about.

"I think we know exactly what it is and we were hoping it wouldn’t present itself as quickly as it did," said Valentine.

Asked what the longer-term...

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