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03/30/2010 - 3:51pm
Pierce leaves practice with 'stinger'

WALTHAM -- For the second time in three days, Paul Pierce injured his right shoulder. This time, the injury happened midway through Celtics practice when he ran into a back screen and fell to the ground. Rivers said trainer Ed Lacerte said if it's just a stinger, Pierce should be fine to play. "He actually got hurt again," Rivers said. "It's a stinger. It was the same exact reaction. It looked worse today. Eddie said if it's a stinger, he'll be fine but you get concerned because it's a game and a practice, exact same thing." Meanwhile, Kendrick Perkins returned to practice and is expected to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday night against Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City at TD Garden. For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


03/30/2010 - 3:14pm
Report: Belichick dines with Tebow

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and much-ballyhooed Florida quarterback Tim Tebow dined together at Tresca in the North End last night, according to a story posted Tuesday on The Boston Herald website. Belichick and Tebow were joined by Patriots personnel chief Nick Caserio. Belichick has been extremely complimentary of Tebow in the past, telling reporters last week at the NFL meetings that ”there are a lot of positives” with Tebow. ”My sense of Tim Tebow is, if you asked him to play nose, he’d play nose (tackle). I think he’s that kind of kid. Whatever you ask him to do, he’d do,” Belichick told the media. ”I don’t know what a team would do with him, but I think he’s a real interesting player. He’s had a great career. It speaks for itself. Second leading passer in SEC history, whatever it is. He’s had tremendous production. They hardly ever lose.” For more Patriots news, check out our...

03/30/2010 - 2:54pm
Millar released by Cubs

First baseman Kevin Millar was released by the Chicago Cubs, according to the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan (via Twitter). Millar hit .242 with a .405 OBP for the Cubs in spring training. Millar was one of the most visible members of the Red Sox from 2003-05, during which time he hit .282/.362/.451/.813 while averaging 17 homers a season.


03/30/2010 - 1:07pm
No timetable for Skinner's successor

At a press conference to explain Boston College's decision to part ways with basketball coach Al Skinner, director of athletics Gene DeFilippo said that the school made its decision in hopes of finding a coach who could better motivate a team on the court and connect with the BC community.

 

DeFilippo said that he wanted players who better appealed to the student body and fans in their style of play and effort. That could be accomplished through greater hustle on the court, with the AD identifying players who dive for loose balls and who take charges as measures for what he would like to see from the team.

 

The decision to sever ties with Skinner was made last Wednesday, two days after DeFilippo had met with the coach. The two sides, according to DeFilippo, concluded that there were differences in how to run the program that made a parting mutually agreeable. They agreed to keep the decision quiet for at least 48 hours,...

03/30/2010 - 12:06pm
Tazawa deciding surgery vs. rehab

Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters that right-hander Junichi Tazawa has an ulnar collateral sprain in his right elbow. As of now, Tazawa and the Red Sox medical staff are still trying to determine whether or not the proper course of action involves surgery.

 

"[Tazawa] and the medical staff, they've got to fiure out what's the best course of action: whether it's surgery, whether it's rehab," Francona told reporters in Port Charlotte, where the Sox will play the Tampa Bay Rays today. "That's where we're at right now."

 

Francona said that it was premature to say whether Tommy John surgery was an option.

 

Tazawa experienced tightness in his right elbow at times in the 2009 season, and after his offseason of rest, he continued to experience some discomfort in the elbow this spring, resulting in a consultation with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham on Monday. For more on Tazawa...

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