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05/21/2010 - 5:18pm
Report: Thibodeau a finalist as Hornets coach

According to Yahoo! Sports, Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau will get a second-round interview for the vacancy to coach the New Orleans Hornets. The report said that one other candidate, Trail Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams, is also currently scheduled to have a second-round interview. While Thibodeau and Williams are viewed as the leading candidates for the Hornets job, the report suggested that others could also be brought back for another interview with New Orleans. 

 

Read the full post here and for more basketball updates, visit the Green Street blog.


05/21/2010 - 4:54pm
Gammons: Daisuke's 'diva' act old

In his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Hall of Fame writer and NESN analyst Peter Gammons examined the state of affairs with the Red Sox. Gammons suggested that the team does appear to have turned a corner, particularly following the pair of impressive comebacks at the beginning of the week in New York and the two dominating starts by Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester against the Twins. Those elements, coupled with a lineup that appears to be getting deeper given the recent performances of David Ortiz and Victor Martinez as well as the impending return of Jacoby Ellsbury, bode well for the Sox. 

 

That said, Gammons also identified some issues facing the club. Among them, he expressed disappointment in pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka's implication that some of his struggles in the first inning against the Yankees may have been attributable to the signal calling of catcher Victor Martinez.

 

"I can’t figure out...

05/21/2010 - 4:53pm
Pats add QB, cut two p-squad players

It appears that quarterback Mike Teel has been claimed off waivers by the Patriots. Teel, who was recently cut loose by Seattle (and tweeted the news of his release by the Seahawks here and here), said "Hello New England" on Friday afternoon. The 24-year-old Teel, a sixth-round pick of Seattle in 2009, served as the team's No. 3 quarterback last year for the Seahawks, but did not appear in a game. A product of Rutgers, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Teel completed 20 of 41 passes for 238 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in four preseason games in 2009 with Seattle.

In addition, the Patriots announced the release of tight end Robbie Agnone and quarterback Jeff Rowe on Friday afternoon. Two players who spent...

05/21/2010 - 4:08pm
Scutaro back, Ortiz sits in Philly

In the absence of a designated hitter, the Red Sox will have David Ortiz sit out of the first game of the three-game series in Philadelphia, a move that made all the more sense given the presence of left-hander Cole Hamels on the hill for the Phillies. Marco Scutaro returns to the lineup after missing a pair of games due to a cortisone shot in his left elbow. 

 

Lineups are listed below. For full matchup information, click here.

 

RED SOX

 

 

Scutaro, SS

Pedroia, 2B

Martinez, C

Youkilis, 1B

Drew, RF

Beltre, 3B

Hall, LF

McDonald, CF

Lackey, SP

 

PHILLIES

 

Rollins, SS

Polanco, 3B

Utley, 2B

Howard, 1B

Werth, RF

Ibanez, LF

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05/21/2010 - 2:53pm
Celtics unconcerned by Magic changes

WALTHAM — The talk out of Orlando is that Matt Barnes wants Paul Pierce in Game 3. Barnes also went on to call Pierce a flopper for good measure. The Celtics heard all that and frankly don’t really care how the Magic decide to match up with Pierce. “Obviously they want to play better defensively, probably on me,” Pierce said Friday. “Who knows what they’re going to do as far as trapping and different matchups. We’re going to make some adjustments ourselves. We still feel like we haven’t played our perfect game yet. We’re still in search of that. It doesn’t affect anything that I’m trying to do offensively when we play the Magic.”...

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