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03/16/2011 - 7:15pm
West ready for his next comeback

Delonte West is ready to make a comeback for the third time this season. His latest setback was a sprained ankle, but it was actually a little bit worse than that. West said before the Celtics game with Indiana that he actually chipped a bone in his ankle when he rolled it over a coach’s foot during a shootaround in late February. “A standard ankle sprain I was thinking two to three days and I’ve been out for about two weeks,” West said. “I’ve waited this long, what’s two more weeks? We’re here now again, so I’m looking forward to playing.”

 

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said it was too soon to tell how he would divvy up the backcourt minutes between West and Carlos Arroyo. “I want Delonte on the floor,” Rivers said. “I want to try to establish more and more the group that we have, the second unit.  We’ll see how those two play together. We’ll see how...

03/16/2011 - 4:37pm
Lester: Found out about opener in deer stand

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- On the day he was officially named Opening Day starter for the Red Sox, Jon Lester allowed three runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Braves, Wednesday at Champions Stadium. The lefty threw 79 pitches in Atlanta's 4-3 win over the Sox, a workload he is hoping to build on in his next start before scaling it back heading into the the Red Sox' opener, April 1 against the Rangers in Texas.

 

"After my last one I would have said one more and I would be ready. But after this one I think one more and we'll be ready to go and be ready for the real thing," Lester said. "Starting pitchers, we're down here two weeks too long. After the next one we get that point we can back off and can get ready for Opening Day. I feel good physically and was able to work on some things I wasn't able to in my previous starts. I think all-in-all, with the exception of the line score, it was a pretty positive day....

03/16/2011 - 4:29pm
O'Brien: I've had 'no contact' with PC
By: DJ Bean

Former Boston College and Ohio State basketball coach Jim O'Brien told Ian Meropol from WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday that contrary to reports that he is a leading candidate for the vacant coaching position at Providence College, he is not spoken to the school.

 

"There has been no contact between me and Providence College," he told WEEI, "and I am not a candidate."

 

O'Brien coached at BC from 1986-97 before coaching Ohio State from 1997-2004. He was fired in 2004 but later was awarded $2.4 million from the school after it was determined in court that Ohio State was in breach of contract in terminating him. 

 

 


03/16/2011 - 2:00pm
Obama picks Kansas over Ohio State

President Barack Obama made his NCAA tournament picks with ESPN's Andy Katz and selected Kansas to beat Ohio State in the national championship game. Obama went with all No. 1 seeds in the Final Four, putting Duke and Pittsburgh in the national semifinals.

 

"I'm picking Kansas, just because I think they're deeper," Obama said. "I think that Kansas has more firepower."

 

Obama didn't have too many upsets, but he did predict 12th-seeded Richmond to knock off fifth-seeded Vanderbilt, and he has 11 seeds Marquette (vs. Xavier) and Gonzaga (vs. St. John's) winning a game.


03/16/2011 - 1:51pm
Marchand hearing scheduled for Thursday
By: DJ Bean

 According to a tweet from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Bruins forward Brad Marchand has a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Thursday morning. The subject of the hearing will be Marchand's hit on Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger in the second period of the B's 3-2 shootout victory in Columbus Tuesday night (to view the hit, click here). 

 

The hit, which appears to consitute penalty under Rule 48 (illegal check to the head), was not penalized on Tuesday, though Marchand has drawn criticism since the play. Umberger was not injured on the play. 

 

The hearing will be the second the Bruins have faced in the last four games. B's captain Zdeno Chara was not suspended after a hit into the stanchion...

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