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04/07/2010 - 8:20pm
BC 'thought about' Geno, Summitt

Boston College director of athletics Gene DeFilippo told WEEI.com that he "thought about" a pair of legendary women's basketball coaches, Geno Auriemma of UConn and Pat Summitt of Tennessee, when compiling a list of candidates for the men's basketball position following the firing of Al Skinner on March 30.

 

"You know what, if you can coach, you can coach," DeFilippo said Wednesday after a press conference that formally introduced Steve Donahue as the head coach. "I'll tell you two names that came to mind at one point were Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma both. I mean, you talk about great coaches. I thought about both of them."

 

For more on BC's new coach, visit The BC Blog.


04/07/2010 - 8:01pm
Four Patriots see rise in base salary

According to the latest NFLPA records, four Patriots have had their base salaries increase for the 2010 season because they’ve reached unspecified incentives. Two rookies saw a boost — tackle Sebastian Vollmer went from $395,000 to $420,000, a bump of $25,000, while cornerback Darius Butler went from $395,000 to $545,000, an increase of $150,000. Two veterans also benefited greatly, as safety Brandon McGowan went from $730,000 to $1,330,000 and defensive lineman Mike Wright moved from $1,200,000 to $2,125,000. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


04/07/2010 - 7:47pm
Forbes: Yanks worth twice as much as Sox

According to a report released by Forbes magazine, the Yankees are valued at $1.6 billion, the highest value of any team in baseball. The Red Sox were rated as the second-most valued MLB franchise, coming in at $870 million, up four percent from a year ago. The Yankees' value was a seven percent increase from 2009. Following the Red Sox were the Mets, who dropped to $858 million, a six percent decrease, and Dodgers ($727 million). Pittsburgh was last on the list, coming in at $289 million.


04/07/2010 - 6:31pm
Ortiz: 'It's like the season will be over'

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz spoke briefly in the clubhouse prior to Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Ortiz, who is 0-for-7 with a walk in his first two games of the season, was still puzzled by the fact that there is a spotlight on his struggles after just two games of the season.

 

"I’ve been seeing [expletive] for years here," Ortiz told WEEI.com. "But what I’ve been seeing after two games, it’s like the season will be over tomorrow."

 

Ortiz has gotten somewhat accustomed to this sort of rhythm, as he started slowly over a larger period of time in the past two years. In 2008, he was hitting .070 with a .370 OPS through the first 12 games of the season. In 2009, his struggles lasted through the end of May, as he was hitting .185 with a .570 OPS and one homer through the first two months of the season.

 

Despite those experiences -- and his rebounds from both of...

04/07/2010 - 4:57pm
DeFilippo: Donahue 'great fit' for BC

 

Steve Donahue was officially introduced as the new basketball coach at Boston College at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. 

 

"This is an exciting day for Boston College basketball," director of athletics Gene DeFilippo said. "Coach Donahue led the Cornell program to an unprecedented level of success and he is well respected throughout the college basketball community. Coming from an Ivy League institution, he understand he academic mission of Boston College. His teams play an exciting, fast-paced brand of basketball, and his student-athletes are great ambassadors for the university. He is a great fit for our program."

 

Donahue led Cornell to Ivy League titles in each of the last three seasons and guided the Big Red to an NCAA Sweet 16 berth in 2010.

 


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