It wasn't the beginning-to-end domination that some people expected, but Kentucky held off a late Kansas rally to claim its eighth national championship and first since the 1998 season with a 67-59 win. Only UCLA (11) has won more. It was also the first national championship for Kentucky coach John Calipari, who had previously taken UMass and Memphis to the Final Four.
The Wildcats led by as many as 18 points in the first half and Kansas didn't get it down to single digits until there was 3:52 remaining. After two Thomas Robinson free throws made the score 59-52, Kentucky's Marquis Teague hit a 3-pointer but Kansas' Elijah Johnson answered right back.
Robinson sank two more free throws to make it 62-57 and the Jayhawks nearly came up with steal at midcourt, but the Wildcats recovered possession and made a free throw. On the next possession, Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came up with a huge block on Tyshawn Taylor and Teague made both of his...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, asked about the recent suggestions by former Sox starter Curt Schilling that the start of his managerial tenure with the Sox "is going bad quicker than I expected it to," dismissed the criticism.
"I just consider the source when I read, hear stuff like that," Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers.
The Sox wrapped up spring training in Fort Myers with a 4-2 victory over the Nationals at JetBlue Park. The team now travels to Washington, D.C., for an exhibition game against the Nats before heading to Detroit on Wednesday for a workout and then the regular season opener on Thursday.
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The Bruins announced Monday that they have recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin from Providence. Khudobin will likely be the Bruins' backup goaltender when the playoffs begin if Tuukka Rask is not ready to return from his abdomen strain/groin strain.
Khudobin has a 21-19-3 record in Providence this season with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. He suffered a wrist injury in early March, but returned on March 23. He has a 2-2 record since returning.
Current backup Marty Turco, who has made three appearances for the team, is ineligible for postseason play because he was signed after the trade deadline.
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Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, whose injured right thumb was examined in Boston on Monday, will seek a second opinion on Tuesday, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers. Bailey, according to a major league source, will see Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland, the same doctor who performed surgery on Kevin Youkilis in 2010.
The fact that a second opinion is being sought suggests that the injury could be more far-reaching than initially anticipated. While manager Bobby Valentine did not go into specifics, he acknowledged that there was concern about Bailey.
"When a player is injured, I'm always very concerned, and I always try to make alternative plans. If he jumps right back in, I'm pleasantly surprised. When guys are hurt, they're hurt," Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers. "Now we'll go and get another opinion, just to make sure."
Celtics forward Paul Pierce was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA after averaging 25 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists as the C's won all four of their games and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division.
Pierce scored a season-high 36 points in a win over the Bobcats on Wednesday and capped the week with a 23-point, seven-rebound performance against the Heat on Sunday. Kevin Garnett was also nominated for player of the week honors. Chris Paul won for the Western Conference.
For more on how Pierce's resurgence has sparked the Celtics, visit the Green Street blog. For more team news, go to weei.com/celtics.
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the Patriots latest acquisition, what they had to give up, and how Mingo will fit on this defense.
A discussion about the disappointing end of the Sox road trip turns into an ultimatum on whether or not pro baseball players are aloud to use fatigue as an excuse.
The up again, down again Red Sox are feeling down again after blowing two very winnable games to end this road trip. We discuss it with you.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?More from this show
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show