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03/30/2010 - 8:24am
Report: BC fires Skinner

According to a report on the Boston Globe's website, Boston College has decided to fire basketball coach Al Skinner. The report indicated Skinner was informed of the decision Monday and a press conference has been called for today at noon.

 

Leading candidates for the BC opening likely will include Northeastern's Bill Coen (a former BC assistant), Cornell's Steve Donahue, Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Richmond's Chris Mooney.


03/30/2010 - 7:17am
Mashup: Better days ahead for Nets

The New Jersey Nets beat the Spurs Monday night to for their 10th win of the season, assuring that they will not tie the 76ers' 1972-73 mark for NBA futility. And with new owner Mikhail Prokhorov set to spend this summer, there is hope for the immediate future. Read more about that story and others from around the web, plus check out our videos, trivia and more at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


03/30/2010 - 6:34am
BC set to decide Skinner's fate

According to an ESPN report, Boston College will make a decision Tuesday regarding the status of coach Al Skinner. With Skinner interviewing at St. John's, BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo has contacted other schools inquiring about possible replacements. Although it appears that Skinner will not get the St. John's job, DeFilippo's behavior indicates he may be leaning toward a buyout of the final three years of Skinner's contract, estimated at $3 million.

 

DeFilippo told ESPN's Andy Katz that Skinner had earned the right to interview for another job after 13 seasons in Chestnut Hill, but the AD did not respond to a question about whether Skinner would be allowed to return to coach the Eagles. "[Tuesday] you'll know a lot of things," DeFilippo said. "Let's let [Monday night] play out. I will be much more forthcoming [Tuesday morning]."

 

According to other reports, St. John's is expected to...

03/30/2010 - 12:43am
Thomas on departure: 'I was so mad'

For the sixth time this season, Tim Thomas was pulled from the game on Monday night after giving up three goals on 14 shots in Boston's 3-2 loss to Buffalo. Afterward, Thomas said he wasn't aware of the boos as he left the ice or the significance of the reaction from the fans. "I didn't hear it," Thomas said. "I was so mad. I don't know if they were booing me or booing the fact I was leaving the game." Bruins coach Claude Julien said he didn't feel the need to justify starting Thomas."I don't think I have to justify everything here," Julien said. "Hindsight is 20/20 so you live with the consequences." For more, including audio from Thomas and video from Thomas' Olympic teammate Ryan Miller, visit the Big Bad Blog


03/29/2010 - 10:17pm
Beckett still not talking contract

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Following his six-inning outing against the Rays Monday night at City of Palms Park, in which he surrendered three runs (2 earned), Josh Beckett refused to address any contract-related items. 'No, I don't have anything right now," he said when asked if the pitcher wanted to address anything regarding his contract talks with six days left until Opening Day. An ESPN.com report stated Sunday that the Red Sox were unwilling to go beyond four years when talking extension with Beckett, whose contract with the Red Sox runs out at the end of the 2010 season.

 

Pitching in his final spring training game before making the Opening Day start for the Red Sox, Sunday, Beckett threw 94 pitches, striking out eight and walking one while allowing six hits. The righty allowed two home runs, to Evan Longoria and Nevin Ashley,...

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