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02/14/2011 - 6:44pm
Steinbrenner: 'Boston's got a lot to prove'

Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner told ESPN on Monday that he feels the Yankees will be "a major contender" to win the World Series this season and in the future as long as he and his brother Hal are owners of the franchise.

 

"We're gonna be in it every year," Steinbrenner said. "Every single year. You can't say that about any other team, except maybe the Red Sox. But they weren't in it last year. And the Phillies seem to be keeping it going but how long will that last? The only team you can be assured as long as we own them is going to be in it every single year is going to be us."

 

Steinbrenner did admit that he was frustrated by his club's inability to land Cliff Lee in the offseason, but is confident that the Yankees...

02/14/2011 - 5:22pm
Shaq's status in doubt for West Coast trip

Shaquille O'Neal's Achilles injury isn't healing as quickly as the Celtics had hoped and now there is some doubt as to whether he can play in all, or any, of the team's four-game West Coast trip following the All-Star break. "Honestly, it’s just not healing right now," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Monday after the team's practice. "We’re hoping after the break at some point. When he first injured it, we all thought it would be a one or two game thing and now it’s been longer. Now it’s getting to the point where he may not play on the west coast trip at all. We’re hoping he will. We think he will. Maybe not every game. Maybe play every other game." 

 

Rivers is more optimistic about Semih Erden, who has been out with groin and ab injuries. He also has had a shoulder injury for most of the season. Rivers said that Erden is progressing well and may be ready for the first game of the trip in...

02/14/2011 - 5:14pm
MRI clears Pierce to play Wednesday

The Celtics got some good news on the injury front on Monday as the MRI results on Paul Pierce's injured left foot didn't reveal anything serious and Pierce is expected to play Wednesday against the Nets in their final game before the All-Star break. Pierce didn't practice Monday and he isn't scheduled to practice Tuesday as a precaution, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.

 

"It’s OK," Rivers said. "Everything’s good. I think there’s some bruising, obviously, swelling. But everything he can play with. That was very good." Pierce was in sweats with an ice wrap around his right hand, which he said he injured Saturday during practice. The MRI was done on his foot. Rivers said he was kicked during the Charlotte game last Monday. 

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
 


02/14/2011 - 4:13pm
Report: Patriots place tag on Mankins

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have placed the franchise tag on guard Logan Mankins. He will be paid a salary of $10.1 million should he sign the offer, according to the Schefter report. Mankins sat out the Patriots' first seven games of the 2010 season before signing his contract tender as a restricted free agent. He told the Boston Herald before the 2011 Pro Bowl that he would not be pleased if the Patriots put the franchise tag on him this offseason.

 

“I wouldn’t be happy about (being franchised), if that’s what they chose to do, to be dealt that kind of hand,’’ Mankins told the Herald. “But we’ll see what happens. I would never say the door is totally shut. But the way it’s looking right now, I don’t see them trying to keep me, unless it’s with the franchise tag.”

 

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02/14/2011 - 3:34pm
BC 2011 football schedule released

A Thursday night ESPN game against Florida State at Alumni Stadium and nonconference games against Northwestern, Central Florida and Notre Dame highlight Boston College's 2011 schedule, which was released Monday afternoon. BC also again will host in-state rival UMass.

 

While Northwestern and Central Florida don't carry great name cache, both appeared in bowls last season. Northwestern went 6-5 and lost to Texas Tech by a touchdown in the Ticketcity Bowl. UCF finished last season ranked 21st after going 11-3 and beating Georgia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

 

Here is the complete schedule.

 

Sept. 3, vs. Northwestern
Sept. 10, at Central Florida
Sept. 17, vs. Duke
Sept. 24, vs. UMass
Oct. 1, vs. Wake Forest
Oct. 8, at Clemson
Oct. 22, at Virginia Tech
Oct. 29, at Maryland
Nov. 3, vs. Florida State
Nov. 12, vs. N.C. State
Nov. 19, at Notre...

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