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02/04/2010 - 1:44pm
Lombardi on D&H: Can't stop Manning

National Football Post columnist Michael Lombardi was a guest of the Dale & Holley show Thursday afternoon and talked about the Saints' strategy for the Super Bowl. "You want this game to be a fourth-quarter game, close, with you with the ball [at the end]. And I think that's the way you win the game," Lombardi said.

 

"I just think there's too much going for the Colts to not think they're going to win," Lombardi added. "However, that being said, without [Dwight] Freeney and playing outdoors ... I think the Saints will move the ball effectively on them, and if they keep the game close and we get down to a two-minute game, I think ultimately the Saints can put the ball in the end zone. But they cannot give it back to Manning with a chance to win the game."

 

Asked later for his prediction, Lombardi said the Colts, 27-20. "Peyton Manning at the end of the day, I don't think there's a...

02/04/2010 - 12:30pm
B's Rask likely to start against Habs

 Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice on after the Bruins morning skate at TD Garden which is a good indicator that he will get the start against Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens. 10 Bruins forwards took part in the skate with Marc Savard, Michael Ryder and Mark Recchi among the missing. Six defensemen were on the ice including Andrew Ference who has missed the last 12 games due to a groin injury. Dennis Wideman was the only defenseman who did not take part.

 

For more on the Bruins, please visit the Big Bad Blog.


02/04/2010 - 12:24pm
Daisuke still at Athletes' Performance

Even though the great majority of the 15 Japanese baseball-playing participants have left the Athletes' Performance training facility in Phoenix to attend their respective spring trainings in Japan, Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is still working out at AP. Matsuzaka, who began his first offseason training at AP in early Dec., has left a positive impression on the Athletes' Performance staff, according to the facility's Director of Methodology Craig Friedman. "He's doing great," Friedman said. "We have two Japanese coaches on staff, one of which has been working with him the whole time. The updates that I've gotten on him is that he is doing really well." It was reported by MLB.com that Matsuzaka had "unexpectedly taken a week off" from AP, but Friedman reports that the pitcher has lived up to...

02/04/2010 - 11:39am
Report: Another Ray Allen trade rumor

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there is a "viable rumor" going around that the Celtics and Bulls have discussed a deal that includes Ray Allen and Chicago's Kirk Hinrich as the main principles. The report states that the Celtics would be looking for a player that could crack their rotation this season (Hinrich), along with another player who would provide value in the coming years (the story suggests that would perhaps be Tyrus Thomas). Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told The Big Show that he has not had any discussions with any teams regarding deals involving Allen. For more on all things Celtics and NBA see the Green Street Blog.


02/04/2010 - 11:02am
Power Rankings: Celtics drop to No. 7

The Orlando Magic were the big winners in this week's NBA Power Rankings, with Michael Holley moving the Magic from to No. 8 to No. 4 after impressive wins over both the Celtics and Hawks. The Celts, meanwhile, dropped to the seventh spot following a string of tough losses to some of the league's top teams. The Cavaliers, Lakers and Nuggets stayed in the first, second and third spots, respectively. For the complete list of rankings go to the Green Street Blog.


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