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06/23/2011 - 2:54pm
Wyc: Ainge would've taken Durant over Oden
By: DJ Bean

Celtics CEO, governor and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck appeared on The Big Show  Thursday to discuss the state of sports in Boston in Doc Rivers' decision to sign an extension to remain coach of the team this offseason. With the NBA draft set to take place Thursday night, the 2007 draft was brought up, as the team's failure in the draft lottery landed them the fifth overall pick despite the C's finishing with the second-worst record in the league during the season.  

The Celtics ended up drafting Jeff Green and trading him to Seattle in the deal for Ray Allen. Grousbeck admitted Thursday that had the Celtics won the lottery and had the first overall pick, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge's intention was "absolutely" to draft Texas' Kevin Durant over Ohio State center Greg Oden, the latter of whom was the consensus No. 1 pick and ended up being drafted first overall by Portland. 

"I'll tell you, Danny was...

06/23/2011 - 2:31pm
Middlebrooks, Chiang in Futures Game

PITTSBURGH — The Red Sox organization will have two representatives performing in this year’s All-Star Futures Game, to be held the Sunday prior to the Major League All-Star Game in Phoenix. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks will play for the United States team, while Chih-Hsien Chiang, an outfielder, will participate for the World team.

Middlebrooks has been playing for Double-A Portland this season, having compiled a .294 batting average and .812 OPS to go along with eight homers. The one subpar aspect of his campaign thus far has been the 22-year-old’s inability to walk, having drawn just 12 free passes in 213 plate appearances. The right-handed-hitting Middlebrooks, who is batting .364 in June, has shown consistency against lefty (.293) and righty (.294) pitching. He is currently on the disabled list with a sore triceps muscle.

The 23-year-old Chiang, a native of Taiwan, also is playing for Portland, hitting .307 with a .983 OPS...

06/23/2011 - 1:22pm
Schedule: B's to raise banner vs. Flyers
By: DJ Bean

The NHL announced the 2011-12 regular-season schedule on Thursday. The Stanley Cup champion Bruins will kick off the season by raising their championship banner at TD Garden vs. the Flyers on Oct. 6. 

The Bruins will then host the Lightning, the team they eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals, on Oct. 8. Their first meeting with the Canadiens will come on Oct. 27, when they host the Habs at the Garden. 

The B's will face the Canucks on Jan. 7 as the Western Conference champions will travel to Boston for the first time since the B's defeated them in Game 6 of the Cup finals. The schedule will also feature a meeting of the past two Stanley Cup champions, with the B's heading to Chicago to face the Blackhawks on Oct. 15.

 


06/23/2011 - 12:33pm
King on M&M: Lockout over-under is July 10

Sports Illustated football scribe Peter King talked with the Mut & Merloni show Thursday afternoon about the ongoing NFL lockout while the negototiations between the league and the players have reportedly moved to an undisclosed Boston suburb. King told the guys that the owners' willingness to take the $1 billion credit on revenue off the table and deal primarily with percentages - the players would get a reported 48 percent of all revenue under the new proposal - has helped bring the two sides closer to a deal.

"I think what it does is say to the players, 'Look, you guys have talked about a percentage. You guys have wanted for a long time to be sure that when we do the TV contract in 2014 and maybe it goes up 75 percent or some ungodly number, you guys are going to be taken care of and you guys are going to get a fair cut of that and not a lump sum.' I think by them talking about the 48 percent number, that is a message to the players that we...

06/23/2011 - 10:02am
BU basketball tabs BC assistant Jones

After one season as an assistant coach at Boston College, Joe Jones was named head coach at Boston University Thursday. Jones will be introduced at a press conference Monday.

A former head coach at Columbia, Jones joined forces with former Cornell coach Steve Donahue to lead BC to a 21-13 record this past season.

Jones replaces Pat Chambers, who left for Penn State after guiding BU to the NCAA tournament in March.

"We are going to play an exciting, up-tempo brand of basketball," Jones said in a statement. "I am looking forward to meeting the entire BU family and building on the rich BU basketball tradition."

To read more, check The BC Blog.



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