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06/09/2011 - 11:15am
Padres call up ex-Sox prospect Rizzo

Former Red Sox prospect Anthony Rizzo will be added to the roster of the Padres on Thursday and is expected to make his major league debut against the Nationals.

The 21-year-old Rizzo -- acquired by the Padres in the Adrian Gonzalez trade -- was batting .365 with 16 home runs and 63 RBIs for Triple-A Tucson, and his 1.159 OPS led all Pacific Coast League players. 

For a look at how Rizzo ended up being on the board for the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, visit the Full Count blog. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.


06/09/2011 - 9:38am
Report: Frank a finalist for Raptors

According to a report in the Toronto Star, Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank is one of two finalists for the vacant Toronto Raptors head-coaching position.

Frank -- who went through two rounds of interviews before losing out to Kevin McHale for the head job in Houston last month -- and Dallas assistant Dwane Casey are the two candidates to replace Jay Triano, who was fired June 1. Frank, who had a 225-241 record in his six-plus seasons as head coach of the Nets, took over for Tom Thibodeau as lead assistant to Doc Rivers for the 2010-11 season, helping to lead the Celtics to the league's top ranking in points allowed per game (91.1).

For more Celtics news visit weei.com/celtics.


06/09/2011 - 8:26am
Bourque: Luongo has to start Game 5

Legendary Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque was a guest of Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning. Bourque was asked about the play of Tim Thomas in Wednesday's Game 4 win over the Canucks. Thomas had 38 saves in the 4-0 win and has dramatically outplayed Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo in the Stanley Cup Finals.

"He's so athletic," Bourque said of Thomas. "He makes some saves that you never see other goalies make. He's great to watch." 

In contrast, Luongo -- after giving up eight goals in Game 3 -- was pulled in the third period on Wednesday after stopping just 16-of-20 shots. Bourque, however, feels there isn't any reason for a goaltending controversy for the Canucks as they head back to Vancouver for a Game 5.

"I think you have to go with your guy that has gotten you there, a Vezina Finalist with Tim Thomas, and there's hope that he gets back home and comfortable and plays his game," said Bourque....

06/09/2011 - 7:58am
Report: Krstic signs with Russian team

According to a report on Interbasket.net, Nenad Krstic has signed a two-year contract with Russian power CSKA Moscow. Krstic played in Russia between NBA stops in New Jersey and Oklahoma City. He would have been an NBA free agent on July 1 and the Celtics had interest in bringing him back. They will now have to replace him and Shaquille O'Neal at the center position.

Krstic averaged 9 points and 5 rebounds after arriving from Oklahoma City as part of the Kendrick Perkins trade. He got off to a fast start, but his production dropped along with his confidence. He also suffered a plair of knee injuries.

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

 


06/09/2011 - 6:37am
Mashup: Vick offers advice to Burress

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was asked about former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, who was released from prison Monday. Vick said he hopes Burress follows his example of how to turn your life around. "Just take your time coming back and getting acclimated. Think family first and football second and it'll all work out," Vick said Wednesday. "It's great that he'll get a second chance. We'll pray for him, we're going to support him 100 percent and we're in his corner and we just want him to excel."

There have been rumors that the Eagles were interested in signing Burress, but the New York Post reported Wednesday that the receiver is not part of Philadelphia's plans.

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