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04/26/2010 - 6:09pm
Belichick: NFL is a 'very unscientific business'

Bill Belichick called in to The Big Show on Monday to check in for his annual post-draft recap. The Patriots were very busy over the three days of the draft, and Belichick said the whole NFL draft process is highly unpredictable.

 

"It's a very unscientific business," Belichick said. "You make the best decision you can and we make them here. They make them throughout the league. There are players that go undrafted that have great careers. There are players that go in the first round that end up not playing very much in this league. I think that's the way it will always be. ... It makes it a little bit unpredictable, but it also makes it exciting, because it gives you opportunity."

 

Belichick and the Patriots traded twice to drop down to pick 27 in the first round, where they selected Devin McCourty out of Rutgers, and he explained the process of "value" in terms of trading in the draft.

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04/26/2010 - 5:04pm
Doc: 'One guy's not guarding' D-Wade

WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted on Monday that his team is not trying to stop Dwyane Wade from scoring but wants to see more urgency on defense. Wade scored 46 points and made 16-of-24 shots from the field as the Miami Heat beat the Celtics, 101-92, in Game 4 in Miami on Sunday. 

 

"If it were that easy, he wouldn't be Dwyane Wade," Rivers said. "If I can find a guy who can keep him in front of him, we're signing him. Hopefully, Wyc [Grousbeck] has more money to give and we're going to go get him. It's going to be a team effort and one guy's not guarding that guy."

 

Rivers put his team through a two-hour session -- split between video and on-court practice -- on Monday. The Celtics host Miami on Tuesday at TD Garden, with a win sending Boston into the Eastern Conference semifinals. For more, visit the Green Street blog...

04/26/2010 - 4:01pm
Celtics work through long practice

WALTHAM  --  Following a one-hour film session, the Celtics went through a high-paced, up-tempo practice on Monday in preparation for Game 5 with the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at TD Garden. The Celtics missed their first chance to close out the Heat on Sunday by losing in Miami, 101-92. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog. 


04/26/2010 - 3:09pm
Lineups: Lowell at DH, hitting cleanup

TORONTO -- Mike Lowell will be serving as the Red Sox' designated hitter, hitting in the cleanup spot against Toronto lefty starter Dana Eveland. Lowell is 4-for-5 in his career against Eveland. First baseman Kevin Youkilis is also moving up to the No. 3 position in the Sox' order, which will be the following: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Youkilis 1B, Lowell 3B, Drew RF, Varitek C, Beltre 3B, Hall LF, McDonald CF, Beckett P.

 

Other members of the Sox' lineup has had success against Eveland as well, most notably Drew (4-for-7), Youkilis (3-for-6), Varitek (2-for-4), and Beltre (4-for-11).


04/26/2010 - 2:15pm
Report: Sox sign Cuban catcher Ibarra

According to a Boston Globe report, the Red Sox have signed Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra to a major league contract with $4.3 million. Ibarra is a lefty-hitting catcher whom Red Sox scouts project to be a better offensive prospect than their current minor leaguers, the report stated. According to baseballreference.com, Ibarra is a 23-year-old who defected from Cuba last year. In 2004, when he hit .429/.500/.571 and led Cuba to a gold medal in the World Junior Championships, playing third base. He has played first, second and third in Cuba.


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