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04/04/2011 - 6:42am
UConn women fall to ND in semis

Skylar Diggins scored 28 points Sunday night as Notre Dame upset two-time defending champion UConn, 72-63, to advance to the championship game of the women's NCAA basketball tournament. In Tuesday night's final, the Irish will face Texas A&M, a 63-62 winner over Stanford in Sunday's other semifinal.

Associated Press Player of the Year Maya Moore ended her career with 36 points, including 12 in a row as she tried to rally UConn from a 12-point deficit in the final six minutes.

"I'm going to have to choose to remember the great thing and how fortunate I was to be a part of so many record-breaking seasons," Moore said. "It's just tough because it's the current taste in my mouth now. I'll just have to deal with it."

UConn ends with a 36-2 record. The Huskies had defeated Notre Dame (31-7) in all three previous meetings this season.

04/03/2011 - 10:28pm
JO: Shaq told me he's 'OK'

According to another big man who made his first start since early November on Sunday night, Shaquille O'Neal will be fine and might even play Tuesday against the 76ers at TD Garden. Shaq strained his right calf and limped badly off the court with 11:11 remaining in the second quarter.

“He told me he's OK." said Jermaine O'Neal, who missed more than half the season himself after having his left knee scoped. "He seemed to be in good spirits when he left, and I think he may be out there on Tuesday, but we’ll see. He was laughing and joking, I think it was more of a scare for the guys on the team and the fans of the Celtics.

"But, I think getting some practice time, 'cause he hasn’t had the ability to practice, it was kind of on the fly, he hasn’t been able to test it. And today he kind of tweaked it, hopefully for us we can get him back sooner because he got out to a great start today.”


04/03/2011 - 9:43pm
Rivers on Shaq: It's not the Achilles

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that the injury Shaquille O'Neal suffered six minutes into his comeback had nothing to do with the Achilles injury that sidelined O'Neal for the last two months. After scoring six points in five minutes, O'Neal returned to the game but pulled up limping at halfcourt and hobbled back to the locker room. The Celtics said he suffered a strained right calf and he did not return to the game.

"The update is that it’s not the same injury," Rivers said. "It has nothing to do with the Achilles. It’s not a bad strain, but it’s a strain." 

Asked how long O'Neal will be out, Rivers said he wasn't sure. "I don’t know, is the answer," Rivers said. "I don’t think very long honestly. That’s what [team doctor Brian] McKeon and them thought, that it’s very minor. Scary, more than anything. We’ll see." 

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04/03/2011 - 8:22pm
Sluggish motor: C's escape Pistons

Leading by just one at halftime, the Celtics scored 13 straight points as part of a 15-2 run to end the third quarter and take control and hold of the lowly Pistons, 101-90, Sunday evening at TD Garden. The Celtics shot 64 percent from the field and dominated the glass, outrebounding the Pistons, 37-26. 

In a game that saw the return of Shaquille O'Neal end quickly because of a strained right calf, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce came up huge as Garnett scored a game-high 23 on 10-of-14 shooting while Pierce, who hit all four field goal attempts in the first half, added 22. Rajon Rondo dished out 14 assists as the Celtics attempt to keep up with the Bulls and Heat atop the Eastern Conference. O'Neal played just six minutes off the bench, hitting all three field goal attemps under the basket before leaving with 11:11 remaining in the second quarter. 

Jermaine O'Neal made his first start since Nov. 8 — and just sixth overall this season...

04/03/2011 - 8:17pm
Pedroia on sweep: 'They kicked our ass'

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia made no effort to sugarcoat his team's three-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers. After seeing his team get outscored, 26-11, to start the year, his assessment was characteristically blunt.

"I think we’re all frustrated. We got outplayed. It’s not for lack of talent on our team. We got outpitched, we got outhit, they played better defense than us," Pedroia said. "They kicked our ass, that’s it. We better show up and play better on whatever day we play again. We have to play better than we’ve been playing."

Pedroia suggested that the outcome wasn't shocking, given that the Rangers are the defending American League champs. Even so, he made clear that the Sox' performance over the opening series was not acceptable if the club wants to fulfill its sizable ambitions this year.

"They did everything good. We didn’t," ...

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