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05/18/2010 - 8:28pm
Wizards win NBA Lottery, get 1st overall pick

The Washington Wizards won the NBA Lottery on Tuesday night in Secaucus, New Jersey. The New Jersey Nets had 250 of the 1000 chances or a 25 percent chance of gaining the first overall pick for the NBA Draft in late June. John Wall of Kentucky and Evan Turner of Ohio State are considered two of the likely choices to go first overall to the Wizards. The Nets actually finished third behind Washington and No. 2 Philadelphia.

 

"I have no idea," Wizards general manager Ted Leonsis said when asked on ESPN whether he would take Wall with the No. 1 overall pick.  

 

Irene Pollin, the widow of former Wizards owner Abe Pollin, represented the franchise and wore the world championship ring of her late husband when the franchise won its first and only title as the Washington Bullets in 1978. 

 

For complete coverage of Tuesday's Game 2, including blogs and analysis from WEEI.com's Paul Flannery in...

05/18/2010 - 8:01pm
Pats' sixth-round pick gets four-year deal

Sixth-round pick Ted Larsen became the first of New England’s 12 draft picks to sign a contract, inking a deal with the Patriots on Tuesday. A league source indicates Larsen signed a four-year deal that includes a signing bonus of $80,300. While a final dollar amount was not confirmed, it’s reasonable to think that Larsen’s contract is in the same neighborhood as the four-year deals that last year’s sixth-round picks Jake Ingram and Myron Pryor both signed, contracts that were roughly $1.8 million. (Multiple outlets are reporting the deal is worth $1.87 million.) For more on the Patriots, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


05/18/2010 - 7:57pm
Doc on alert for possible letdown

ORLANDO — It has been suggested that the Celtics should be thrilled to go back to Boston with a split, which they have already earned with their Game 1 victory. That’s not their mindset, obviously, but that doesn’t mean that Doc Rivers isn’t aware of the possibility. "You can talk about it, but you don’t know until the game starts,” Rivers said prior to Game 2. “You’ll know early, at least I will." Read the rest of thsi post on Green Street.


05/18/2010 - 7:40pm
All eyes on Howard for Game 2

ORLANDO –Dwight Howard finished second in the MVP voting and was voted to the NBA’s First Team. He is a monster defender, as evidenced by his Defensive Player of the Year award. But sometimes Howard can’t win, because too often in this game players get judged by their offensive numbers, and by any measure his were sub-par in Game 1. He scored 13 points on 3-for-10 shooting and turned it over seven times, which is a direct reflection on the Celtics defense. Howard’s been getting some heat for his play, with some suggesting that he needs to score 30 points in Game 2 to justify his standing among the league’s elite. “It’s scary in a way,” Kendrick Perkins said. “If he comes out and tries to do too much and is on point, it’s scary. Everybody goes through this at one point. I don’t think he played a bad game in my opinion. He’s doing what he’s supposed to do defensively. What...

05/18/2010 - 7:23pm
Ellsbury goes 0-for-3 in center for Portland

Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, after going 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs as the designated hitter for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, went 0-for-3 with a walk and run while leading off and playing center field for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs on Tuesday in the second game of his rehab assignment.

 

Ellsbury led off the game for Portland by walking, advancing to second on a single and scoring on a throwing error. In his next three plate appearances, he grounded out to third base in the third inning, flied to right in the fifth and fouled out to the catcher in the eighth. He was replaced in center for the ninth.

 

Defensively, Ellsbury saw little action except in the eighth inning, when he recorded his only putout on a fly ball and fielded three straight singles.

 

Ellsbury is scheduled to rejoin the Sox in Boston on Wednesday for a medical evaluation that will determine the next step of his rehab...

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