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06/17/2010 - 8:21am
LEEInks list: Memorable Boston Game 7s

With Game 7 of the NBA finals on tap Thursday night, we decided to take a look back at memorable Game 7s in Boston sports history, both good and bad. Check out our list of the top 10 Game 7s at the LEEInks blog.


06/17/2010 - 7:54am
Stephen A. on D&C: Kobe 'focused'

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and radio host Stephen A. Smith joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the NBA finals. Smith said at least two of the Celtics' top players must step up in Game 7, because he has no doubt Kobe Bryant will be at his best. "I have never seen him this focused," Smith said of the Lakers star. "If he was this focused before Game 7, imagine how he's going to be tonight."

 

Talking about Rasheed Wallace, whose play becomes that much more important with the absence of injured starter Kendrick Perkins, Smith said: "As big as this game is, he is completely unfazed. ... He's not going to be nervous. At the same time, it's a bad thing, because the urgency of the moment is not going to affect him. ... Game 7 is not going to make him give you more."

 

As for a prediction, Smith said that despite Bryant wanting it more than anyone else, "I...

06/17/2010 - 7:13am
Mashup: A-Rod returns, but concerns linger

Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees lineup Wednesday night after resting his hip/groin for four days, but when he didn't run hard on his ninth-inning double, more red flags were raised. Read more about that, plus check out a compilation video looking at Kobe Bryant's consistently arrogant behavior at press conferences. It can be found at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


06/16/2010 - 10:02pm
Lester pitches Sox past D-backs

For the eighth time in 14 starts, Red Sox starter Jon Lester allowed four or fewer hits, holding the Diamondbacks to two runs on four knocks over seven innings in his club's 6-2 victory. Lester had an impressive four-pitch mix that was most notable for a tremendous changeup that he used to record several key outs.

 

The Sox gave Lester an early measure of support, with Dustin Pedroia launching his first homer (a two-run shot) in over a month, and both J.D. Drew and Adrian Beltre delivering run-scoring hits with two outs in the third. That was all the backing Lester would need, although he did receive more in the form of a two-run homer from Kevin Youkilis in the seventh.

 

For more on the game, click here to read Closing Time.


06/16/2010 - 8:50pm
Sox announce signing of 10 draft picks

The Red Sox announced the signings of 10 draft picks, including top selection Kolbrin Vitek (1st round, No. 20 overall) and their second pick, Bryce Brentz (supplemental first round, No. 36). Both players signed for the Major League Baseball slot recommendations. Vitek will get a bonus of $1.359 million, while Brentz will receive $889,200. Those two players will both be on the Lowell Spinners roster.

 

For details of all 10 picks, click here.


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