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02/29/2012 - 10:52pm
Nothing easy: C's hold on to beat Bucks

It wasn't easy, but the Celtics are once again a .500 basketball team after a 102-96 win over the Bucks on Wednesday night. Milwaukee sliced a 15-point lead down to two points with a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter, but Kevin Garnett made four clutch free throws in the final 14.4 seconds left to preserve the win.

Rajon Rondo recorded his third triple double of the season with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. No other player has more than one this season. Garnett also had a huge game with a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. Every starter scored in double figures and Chris Wilcox grabbed 13 rebounds off the bench. 

It didn't look real promising when the Bucks took a nine-point first-half lead featuring the usual multitude of Celtics' sins: turnovers and shoddy defensive rebounding. But they responded with a complete reversal in the second half that included a 23-6 third quarter run.

This is the first of a four-game...

02/29/2012 - 10:08pm
Humphrey helps BC hold off Georgia Tech

Matt Humphrey scored 13 points and Boston College, despite scoring just five points in the final 11-plus minutes, managed to hold on for a 56-52 victory over Georgia Tech Wednesday night at Conte Forum in a battle of the bottom two teams in the ACC.

Ryan Anderson added 10 points and eight rebounds for BC (9-20, 4-11 ACC). Jordan Daniels added nine points on three second-half 3-pointers.

Daniel Miller scored 13 points, and Kammeon Holsey had 12 points and eight rebounds for Georgia Tech (10-19, 3-12).

BC led by 11 points at the half, 33-22, using a 14-0 run over almost seven minutes to break open a tie game. The Eagles led by 17 points with 11 minutes left after a layup by Dennis Clifford (9 points) made it 51-34. However, that's when the Eagles went on one of their all-too-familiar scoring droughts.

The Yellow Jackets battled back and got within two points with 2:18 left after a Kammeon Holsey layup made it 54-52, as BC was in the...

02/29/2012 - 7:35pm
Report: Celtics 'aggressively shopping' Rondo

According to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Celtics are "aggressively shopping" Rajon Rondo to other teams as the NBA trade deadline approaches. 

"Boston is aggressively shopping Rondo," Broussard writes. "The Celtics find Rondo's personality to be too high-maintenance and his clashes with coach Doc Rivers continue. With the Celtics having realized they are no longer title contenders, they don't believe the payoff is worth the headaches Rondo brings," sources tell Broussard.

Rondo has been rumored as a possible candidate for a trade since the end of the lockout, with a deal to Golden State for Stephen...

02/29/2012 - 4:11pm
Varitek announcement Thursday at 5:30

The Red Sox will hold a press conference on Thursday at 5:30 pm at which longtime catcher Jason Varitek will announce his retirement after playing in parts of 15 seasons. The announcement will be made on the field at JetBlue Park, the Sox' new spring training home.

Varitek, 39, played in 1,546 games with the Sox, including a team record 1,488 as catcher. He hit .256 with a .341 OBP, .435 slugging percentage and .776 OPS, hitting 193 homers and driving in 757 runs. A three-time All-Star, Varitek was also the recipient of a Gold Glove award in 2005.

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02/29/2012 - 4:00pm
Reports: MLB to expand playoffs in '12

According to FoxSports.com, Major League Baseball will approve formally an expansion of the playoffs from eight to 10 teams for the 2012 season. The report suggests that while some "loose ends" remain in negotiations, MLB owners and the Players' Association could make an announcement as soon as Thursday on the expanded postseason.

That means that, this year, there will be two wild card teams in each league that will face off in a one-game playoff, with the winner advancing to play one of the three division winners. While the new Collective Bargaining Agreement suggested that the playoff expansion would happen for either 2012 or 2013, the owners and union evidently were able to resolve concerns about scheduling inequities to push ahead with expansion for this season.

Had there been a second wild-card in 2011, the...

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