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04/05/2010 - 11:03pm
BC reportedly close to naming coach

Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo reportedly is closing in on a decision regarding the school's new basketball coach.

 

According to an ESPN story, Dayton's Brian Gregory spoke with DeFilippo but declined to visit for an interview. With Richmond's Chris Mooney pulling out on Friday after signing a contact extension to remain with the Spiders, that appears to leave it a three-horse race between Cornell coach Steve Donahue and former BC assistants Ed Cooley (now at Fairfield) and Bill Coen (Northeastern).

 

Multiple reports indicate Donahue is the favorite. The 47-year-old has spent 10 years at Cornell, turning the Big Red into an Ivy League powerhouse (three straight titles) after starting his tenure at the upstate New York school with six straight losing seasons.

 

Coen, who turns 49 on May 3, interviewed with BC on Monday. Cooley, a 40-year-old and the only New England native (Providence) of...

04/05/2010 - 9:52pm
Bruins can't capitalize: Caps win in OT

Brooks Laich poked in a loose rebound just 44 seconds into overtime as the Washington Capitals claimed a 3-2 overtime win against the Bruins at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Monday night. The game-winning goal came on the power play as Dennis Wideman was whistled for a high-sticking penalty just 24 seconds into the five-minute overtime. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog


04/05/2010 - 4:30pm
Shoulder program drew Lackey to Boston

John Lackey, set to make his Red Sox debut on Wednesday vs. the Yankees, joined The Big Show on Monday afternoon to talk about his first start in a Sox uniform and why he chose Boston as his landing spot. According to Lackey, the Red Sox' heralded shoulder program was a big reason why he signed a five-year deal with the Sox in the offseason.

 

"Teams  do their research on players and as a player and a free agent I did my research on teams, and that's something that I heard a lot about," said Lackey, who has been bothered by elbow problems in the past. "With their arm strengthening programs and their injury prevention programs, it's definitely out there in the league that guys know about it. It's definitely a selling point of this organization."

 

Lackey said he has noticed a difference in the Red Sox shoulder program compared to the one he followed during his career with the Angels. 

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04/05/2010 - 4:20pm
Doc on Sheed: 'It's not personal'

WALTHAM -- Doc Rivers said he has worked things out with Rasheed Wallace following their on-court dispute in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Cavaliers. The two spoke at practice on Monday before the team's trip to New York for Tuesday's game with the Knicks. "Rasheed's emotional, he's been emotional and some of that won't change. I can accept that," Rivers said. "As a coach, when an emotional hijack happens, your job is to get your team to function. You can't focus on the one at that point." 

 

Rivers said following Sunday's game that he did not plan to publicly punish Wallace, after the veteran picked up a technical foul and then argued with Rivers as the coach took him out of the game.

 

"Yeah, he apologized. They all do," Rivers said. "It's not personal. Rasheed and I get along great. Rasheed gets along great with his teammates. But when you have an...

04/05/2010 - 4:03pm
Beckett: 'I look at it more as what I gained'

The Red Sox and Josh Beckett announced the completion of a four-year, $68 million extension that will keep the pitcher in Boston through the 2014 season on Monday afternoon. There is little question that, had Beckett reached the open market after 2010 (presuming that he stayed healthy), he could have seen more guaranteed years and money in a deal. The five-year, $82.5 million deals signed by both Sox teammate John Lackey and Yankees starter A.J. Burnett suggest as much.

 

Yet Beckett made clear that he had no reservations about the possibility that he was not seeking every available guaranteed dollar.

 

“I guess I look at it differently than most people do. A lot of people look at what you could lose, or what you lost. I look at what I gained here,” said Beckett. “I gained four years more of stability knowing that i’m going to be in an organization that’s going to put a competitive team out...

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