It wasn't the beginning-to-end domination that some people expected, but Kentucky held off a late Kansas rally to claim its eighth national championship and first since the 1998 season with a 67-59 win. Only UCLA (11) has won more. It was also the first national championship for Kentucky coach John Calipari, who had previously taken UMass and Memphis to the Final Four.
The Wildcats led by as many as 18 points in the first half and Kansas didn't get it down to single digits until there was 3:52 remaining. After two Thomas Robinson free throws made the score 59-52, Kentucky's Marquis Teague hit a 3-pointer but Kansas' Elijah Johnson answered right back.
Robinson sank two more free throws to make it 62-57 and the Jayhawks nearly came up with steal at midcourt, but the Wildcats recovered possession and made a free throw. On the next possession, Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came up with a huge block on Tyshawn Taylor and Teague made both of his...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, asked about the recent suggestions by former Sox starter Curt Schilling that the start of his managerial tenure with the Sox "is going bad quicker than I expected it to," dismissed the criticism.
"I just consider the source when I read, hear stuff like that," Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers.
The Sox wrapped up spring training in Fort Myers with a 4-2 victory over the Nationals at JetBlue Park. The team now travels to Washington, D.C., for an exhibition game against the Nats before heading to Detroit on Wednesday for a workout and then the regular season opener on Thursday.
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The Bruins announced Monday that they have recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin from Providence. Khudobin will likely be the Bruins' backup goaltender when the playoffs begin if Tuukka Rask is not ready to return from his abdomen strain/groin strain.
Khudobin has a 21-19-3 record in Providence this season with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. He suffered a wrist injury in early March, but returned on March 23. He has a 2-2 record since returning.
Current backup Marty Turco, who has made three appearances for the team, is ineligible for postseason play because he was signed after the trade deadline.
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Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, whose injured right thumb was examined in Boston on Monday, will seek a second opinion on Tuesday, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers. Bailey, according to a major league source, will see Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland, the same doctor who performed surgery on Kevin Youkilis in 2010.
The fact that a second opinion is being sought suggests that the injury could be more far-reaching than initially anticipated. While manager Bobby Valentine did not go into specifics, he acknowledged that there was concern about Bailey.
"When a player is injured, I'm always very concerned, and I always try to make alternative plans. If he jumps right back in, I'm pleasantly surprised. When guys are hurt, they're hurt," Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers. "Now we'll go and get another opinion, just to make sure."
Celtics forward Paul Pierce was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA after averaging 25 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists as the C's won all four of their games and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division.
Pierce scored a season-high 36 points in a win over the Bobcats on Wednesday and capped the week with a 23-point, seven-rebound performance against the Heat on Sunday. Kevin Garnett was also nominated for player of the week honors. Chris Paul won for the Western Conference.
For more on how Pierce's resurgence has sparked the Celtics, visit the Green Street blog. For more team news, go to weei.com/celtics.
Glenn, Fred and Butch break down the Patriots' destruction of Houston, with big praise for the defense and 3rd string QB Jacoby Brissett.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
In the midst of the Patriots routing the Texans, Mut recaps the game marking the sweep of the Orioles. David Price picks up his 17th win as the Red Sox have all but cemented their strangle hold on the AL East. They finish their final game with Baltimore in a 5-3 win.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the Red Sox first baseman, who hit his 29th home run as the Sox finished a four-game sweep of the Orioles.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
In the final hour of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk heard from some drunk callers to the Real Postgame Show and discussed how the Sox fared head to head against the Patriots last night on TV.
In hour three of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk discussed the Pats win and took calls on Brady vs. Jimmy G.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are joined by Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk. He thinks Brady will eventually win out over Garoppolo, and Rex Ryan will be out of a job soon.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the surging Sox and their new mission of Playoff positioning.
Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of our show breaking down an amazing win for the Patriots on Thursday night football.
We look at four instances in the NFL in which Bill Belichick earned his 'genius' title for coaching.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
After another big win for the Pats on Thursday night, New England rejoices so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson get their thoughts in on the game, the Pats future at Quarterback and the difference between the Patriots organization and everyone else. Then the conversation turns to Fantasy Football featuring the slew of injured Runningbacks and who you need to get and start in their place, including Jerrick McKinnon, Charles Simms and Theo Riddick. The boys wrap it up with a look at solid Starts & Sits from RB to WR to TE. Something for every Fantasy Footballer and Football fan. Make sure you join Jim and Pete on Sunday at 8:00am for the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour.
Kirk, Gerry and Sean discussed the Pats dominating win over the Texans and Phil Simms made a fool of himself.More from this show