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04/06/2010 - 7:58am
Alleged mistress, teacher: Tiger is a liar

Tiger Woods' press conference Monday at Augusta National did not sway most of the golfer's critics. We've got a roundup of opinions from the web, plus comments from alleged mistress Joslyn James, who said Woods is "still a big fat liar," and a kindergarten teacher who wants an apology because she says Woods made up a story about a racial attack when he was in her class. For that, plus video of President Obama's first pitch and a fantastic play from White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, check out Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


04/06/2010 - 7:20am
Sox' Westmoreland makes 'steady progress'

The Red Sox announced in a press release Monday that minor league outfielder Ryan Westmoreland is undergoing treatment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Westmoreland, a 19-year-old from Portsmouth, R.I., will continue to go through physical and occupational therapy while at Spaulding. According to the release, "He has been making steady progress and is in great spirits."

 

On March 16, Westmoreland underwent surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain. After spending several days at that facility, he made significant gains in his rehabilitation and was cleared to return to Boston to continue the recovery process. He made an appearance at Fenway Park for the Red Sox' Sunday night opener vs. the Yankees.

 

"We don't know, at this stage, what's going to happen," Ron Westmoreland, Ryan's father,...

04/06/2010 - 6:26am
Sox asked Beckett for medical contingency

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox had initially asked Josh Beckett to include a medical contingency in the pitcher's contract, with the team offering an increase in the financial terms in exchange for the clause. Ultimately there was no such contingency put in place in the four-year, $68 million contract extension agreed on by Beckett and the Sox, with the physical examinations administered by both the team and the insurance company ending up being satisfactory enough for the team to secure protection via insurance if it decided to go that route. 

 

"We have outstanding health reports. … All the testing now is better than it’s ever been. The commitment that we made today demonstrates that," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "We kind of put our money where our mouth is. He’s a guy who is insurable. He’s someone who we count on to be as healthy as he’s...

04/05/2010 - 11:43pm
Duke holds off Butler for title

Duke edged Butler, 61-59, in the NCAA championship game Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kyle Singler had 19 points to lead the Blue Devils, who held their breath as a halfcourt heave at the buzzer from Butler's Gordon Hayward was just barely off the mark. Hayward and Shelvin Mack each finished with a team-high 12 points for Butler. For the full story, click here.


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...

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