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02/03/2011 - 10:44am
Rivers on D&C: Pierce's health a key

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning.

 

The Celtics have thus far avoided a second-half letdown like the one that hurt them last season, costing them homecourt advantage for most of the playoffs. Rivers acknowledged that the obvious reason is the health of Kevin Garnett, but he noted that there are other factors as well, including having a healthy Paul Pierce.

 

"People forget, both were injured. Paul Pierce had the knee surgery as well as Kevin Garnett," Rivers said. "So, I think those two things are the biggest difference. And [Rajon] Rondo is another year [more experienced], playing great. And Ray Allen is having an unbelievable season. I think all those, in the one basket, is the reason we're playing well. But the big key is Kevin and Paul."

 

Allen gave a fiery speech before Rivers entered the locker room at halftime...

02/03/2011 - 8:22am
Mashup: Coaches named 'Bill' win most

With the Super Bowl a battle of the coaching Mikes — Green Bay's McCarthy vs. Pittsburgh's Tomlin — The Wall Street Journal looks at which first names have been the most successful among coaches in all of the major sports. The name with the most different coaches to win a title is Bill. In the NFL, four Bills — Belichick, Parcells, Walsh and Cowher — have combined for nine Super Bowl titles, tying them with the four Mikes who have combined for five Lombardis.

 

Bills also lead in basketball (with help from Celtics' Bills Russell, Sharman and Fitch) and baseball (including old-time Red Sox manager Carrigan). Toms rule the NHL.

 

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


02/02/2011 - 9:57pm
Red Sox will have four of top 40 picks

In the end, the Red Sox did not net their desired draft pick for Felipe Lopez. The versatile infielder signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, and so the Sox will not collect a draft pick for the Type B free agent, who declined Boston's offer of salary arbitration.

 

Even so, the Sox are well positioned for the 2011 draft. Thanks to the free-agent departures of Victor Martinez (to the Tigers) and Adrian Beltre (to the Rangers), the Sox will have four of the top 40 picks in this coming year's amateur draft. The team will have the Nos. 19, 26, 36 and 40 picks.

 

For more on the Sox' draft position, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


02/02/2011 - 9:06pm
Belichick named AP Coach of the Year

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year Wednesday night. It is the third time Belichick has been honored as a head coach — he also won the award in 2003 and 2007.

 

“It’s a tribute to our ownership, our assistant coaches and certainly the players,” Belichick said in an interview with the NFL Network after he won the award. “They’re the ones who’ve stepped up and made the plays this year. We had a lot of new people on the team, young players that contributed, and it’s certainly an honor to receive this award on behalf of our performance in the regular season. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to carry that over into the playoffs.”

Belichick guided the Patriots to an NFL-best 14-2 record in 2010. He became the first head coach ever to win at least 14 regular-season games in four separate seasons (2003: 14-2, 2004: 14-2, 2007: 16-0 and...

02/02/2011 - 5:57pm
Spaziani: 'We feel we're back on track'

Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani received no surprises on signing day Wednesday, as all 23 players who verbally committed to the Eagles signed letters of intent.

 

"Signing day is always a day of optimism and excitement," Spaziani said on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. "We're no different than anybody else. Were excited about the 23 players we signed."

 

Spaziani completed his second season as head coach, and he explained that it's been a challenge to get things back in order following the surprising departure of Jeff Jagodzinski in 2009 after just two seasons.

 

"When I took over the job, we had spacing issues that we had to address, and we've been doing that in the last two years," he said. "We've addressed some of our needs, so we're excited about it. We feel we're back on track."

 

Spaziani explained what the...

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