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03/13/2011 - 11:01pm
Yanks return Rule 5 draftee Turpen to Sox

The Yankees have returned pitcher Daniel Turpen to the Red Sox after having selected the righty in the Rule 5 Draft in December. Turpen, who was acquired from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for reliever Ramon Ramirez during the 2010 trade deadline, would have had to make New York's 25-man roster if he was to remain in that organization. The Yankees were required to pay the Red Sox $50,000 to select a player in the Rule 5 Draft, $25,000 of which will be returned by the Sox since the 24-year-old Turpen didn't make New York's team.

 

Turpen pitched in five spring training games with New York, allowing four runs on six hits while walking four and not striking out a batter in 3 2/3 innings. In his 12 relief appearances with Double-A Portland following his trade to the Sox organization, the 6-foot-4 hurler went 4-1 with a 4.91 ERA. He was originally an eighth-round selection by the Giants in the '07 draft.

 

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03/13/2011 - 9:17pm
BC to open NIT vs. McNeese State

Boston College received a No. 1 seed in an NIT regional and will plays McNeese State on Tuesday at 9 p.m. The Eagles passed on hosting the game and will play instead on McNeese's home floor in Louisiana. The winner earns a second-round matchup with Northwestern or Milwaukee.

 

Harvard is a No. 6 seed in the same bracket and will play at third-seeded Oklahoma State, coached by former UMass coach Travis Ford. That game is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

 

In other NIT first-round games of note to New England fans, America East regular-season champion Vermont is a seventh seed and plays Cleveland State in its opener. Fairfield, coached by former BC assistant Ed Cooley, has a first-round game against Coloroado State.

 

Alabama is the tournament's top seed and will open with a game vs. Coastal Carolina. Two other ACC teams received bids. Miami plays Florida Atlantic, coached by former Boston University and St....

03/13/2011 - 8:17pm
Buck ugly: C's beat feeble Bucks

Ray Allen had 17 points and the Celtics set a new franchise record by limiting the Bucks to 56 points in a 87-56 laugher Sunday night at TD Garden. The previous record was 57 by the Milwaukee Hawks on Feb. 27, 1955. The win snapped a two-game losing streak as the C's avoided their first three-game skid of the season. 

 

The Bucks came within eight points of setting a new NBA record for fewest points in a game, held by the 1999 Bulls who scored just 49 in a game on April 10, 1999. The Bucks made just 22-of-70 shots on the night, finishing by shooting just 31.4 percent for the game. 

 

The Celtics also set a new NBA shot-clock era record by allowing just 38 points through three quarters.  Nenad Krstic had his second straight double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. The Celtics led 20-9 after 1, 39-22 at the half and 60-38 after three.  

 

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03/13/2011 - 8:11pm
BC's Donahue: 'We got what we deserved'

Boston College coach Steve Donahue spoke to the media Sunday night after learning that his team was not selected for the NCAA tournament. Donahue, who accepted an invitation for the NIT, said he was saddened for his seniors but not shocked by the selection committee's decision.

 

"We got what we deserved. That's the bottom line," Donahue said. "We've got to work harder, we've got to do things better."

 

BC will learn its opponent in the NIT at about 9 p.m. Sunday. The Eagles are expected to have a first-round game at Harvard, Vermont or Fairfield.

 

BC senior Joe Trapani also expressed disappointment that his final game will not be in the NCAAs, but he accepted the fact that the Eagles did not do enough to earn a bid.

 

"Woulda, coulda, shoulda, everybody does that," he said. "The good teams find a way."

 

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03/13/2011 - 6:38pm
NCAAs: BU draws Kansas, BC out

America East tournament champion Boston University received a 16 seed for the NCAA tournament, announced Sunday. The Terriers will play Big 12 powerhouse Kansas on Friday in Tulsa, Okla. The winner of that game gets the UNLV-Illinois winner in the next round.

 

Big East tournament champion UConn is a No. 3 seed in the West and will play Patriot League champion Bucknell on Thursday in Washington. The winner meets the survivor of Cincinnati and Missouri.

 

That's it for New England teams, as Boston College and Harvard did not receive at-large bids. Both are expected to play in the NIT. Four ACC teams received NCAA bids, as Virginia Tech was turned away in a controversial decision.

 

Big Ten champion Ohio State is the tournament's top seed and will play in the East. The other top seeds are Kansas (Southwest), Pitt (Southeast) and Duke (West). The East and West winners will meet in one Final Four...

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