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04/01/2010 - 9:31pm
LT: Bring on the Patriots

It's safe to say veteran LaDainian Tomlinson is excited to be in the AFC East for several reasons, not the least of which is the chance to face the Patriots twice a season. The running back, speaking with New York-area media at the Jets' practice facility on Thursday, sounded fired up about the opportunity to square off with New England on a regular basis now that he's in the same division. "It's going to be fun," Tomlinson told reporters. "The Patriots have always been one of them teams that, it's hard for me to swallow that pill of losing to them, so it's going to fun to play them twice a year. And, it's going to be one of my main goals to beat them twice." For more Patriots coverage, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
 


04/01/2010 - 9:26pm
Schoeneweis earns final spot

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to a team source barring any last-minute waiver claims or trades lefty Scott Schoeneweis has earned the final spot on the Red Sox' roster. The 36-year-old fills out the Sox' pitching staff, which will carry 12 hurlers. Schoeneweis beat out Joe Nelson, who will likely start the season in Triple A Pawtucket, but will join the Red Sox for their exhibition game in Washington D.C. against the Nationals Saturday. The 25-man roster has to be turned into Major League Baseball by 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday.

 

The news was first reported by ESPN.com.

 

Both pitchers appeared in the Red Sox' 5-3 win over the Twins Thursday, with neither giving up a run in an inning of work. One factor working against Nelson was that he didn't have any options, along with an opt-out date of June 1 (when he can become a free agent if he isn't on the 25-man...

04/01/2010 - 9:21pm
Firing blanks: Panthers beat B's

The Bruins put 36 shots on net but could not hit paydirt as they were blanked by former Boston College star Scott Clemmensen and the Florida Panthers, 1-0, Thursday night at TD Garden. The Bruins, who outshot Florida, 36-20, lost at home for the third time in four outings and could not gain ground on Montreal and Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Tuukka Rask started in net for the Bruins for the second straight game and allowed only a first-period goal by Keith Ballard. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog


04/01/2010 - 7:40pm
Rask wins Seventh Player Award

Tuukka Rask was voted the winner of the 41st annual Seventh Player Award Thursday night prior to the Bruins' game with the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. Rask, who had a shutout streak of 121 minutes and 42 seconds snapped on a first-period Florida goal, entered action Thursday with a 19-11-4 record and an NHL-best 2.02 goals-against average. The award is voted by the fans and given to the Bruins player who "goes above and beyond the call of duty and exceeds expectations of the fans." For more, visit the Big Bad Blog.


04/01/2010 - 7:32pm
NCAA plans for expanded tourney

NCAA vice president Greg Shaheen outlined a plan Thursday for a 96-team NCAA basketball tournament. Although it does not mean expansion from the current 65-team field is a done deal, it does indicate the NCAA's preference. The plan still needs to be approved by the Division 1 Men's Basketball Committee and passed on to the board of directors.

 

The 96-team tourney would be played during the same time frame as the current three-week tournament, but it would add another round of games and have a round of midweek games between the first two weekends of play.

 

Under the plan, the top 32 teams would receive a first-round bye. The first-round games -- between the bottom 64 teams -- would take place on Thursday and Friday, and the second round would be played Saturday and Sunday. Then there would be third-round games on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Sweet 16 on Thursday and Friday, and the Elite Eight on Saturday and Sunday....

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