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03/02/2012 - 9:06pm
Casey leads Harvard past Columbia in OT

Kyle Casey scored 19 points and hit a key 3-pointer with 1:12 left in overtime, and Harvard escaped New York City with a 77-70 victory over Columbia Friday night.

With Penn beating Brown, Harvard (24-4, 11-2 Ivy) maintains its half-game lead in the Ancient Eight. Harvard is at Cornell Saturday night while Penn (18-11, 10-2) hosts Yale. Penn also has a game remaining at Princeton Tuesday.

Keith Wright had 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Crimson, who shot 56 percent from the field. Wright also had eight rebounds.

Brian Barbour scored a game-high 23 points for Columbia (14-15, 3-10).

Former Harvard star and current Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin stopped by to watch the game, and he saw a good one. The Crimson led by two points with two minutes left in OT when Laurent Rivard hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to five. After Mark Cisco hit a jumper for the Lions, Casey hit a 3-pointer with 1:12 left to make it 70-64. Oliver McNally hit 7-...

03/02/2012 - 9:03pm
BU's Partin named America East's top player

Boston University guard Darryl Partin was named America East Player of the Year on Friday, giving the Terriers back-to-back winners of the award. John Holland won last year.

Partin, a 6-foot-6 senior, averaged 19.7 points per game, leading the Terriers in scoring in 27 of the team's 31 contests. He ranks second in the league and 20th in the nation in scoring.

BU (16-15, 12-4) opens play in the America East tournament at Hartford Saturday night against Hartford. The Terriers, defending conference tournament champions, are the third seed.


03/02/2012 - 7:11pm
O'Neal considering surgery on injured wrist

The Celtics have been without Jermaine O'Neal since Feb. 20 and he missed his fourth straight game against the Nets on Friday night. O'Neal is considering having surgery on his injured left wrist.

"He’s thinking through his options," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "He’s going to have to have surgery it looks like at some point. He’s got to figure out if he can get through it or not. We’re just going to wait and see what he decides."

O'Neal saw a specialist on Monday and is continuing to gather medical information. There's a chance that if he has surgery he would be out for the rest of the season.

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


03/02/2012 - 7:07pm
Valentine: Ortiz to get spring reps at first

 FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz, who played in two games at first base in 2011, will man the position during the Red Sox' spring training game against Boston College Saturday night at JetBlue Park.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he was encouraged by the way Ortiz had looked at the position in camp, and had no hesitancy putting the slugger in the field

“He’s one of the first basemen, and in talking to Adrian and David, too, David doesn’t mind playing a lot and Adrian wants to work his way into playing a lot," said Valentine, who will start Gonzalez at first during the Sox' game earlier in the day against Northeastern. "I suspect he’ll get innings. And he looks good. He’s moving around well in all the drills. He’s a better-looking first baseman than I had suspected right now."

When asked about his depth chart when it comes to first base, Valentine said it will depend on the make-up...

03/02/2012 - 7:06pm
Doc on Rondo rumors: 'There's no truth to it'

Doc Rivers addressed the rumors that the Celtics were "aggressively" shopping Rajon Rondo.

"Here’s my take on it. I don’t mind any rumors that are true. I think I’m pretty up front with you guys. I do get upset when you’re not true," Rivers said. "In my opinion, sometimes news is created and then people report on the news that they created. When that happens, I’m not real happy with it. In this case, and in the [Pau] Gasol case, that’s two already I haven’t been real happy with. There’s no truth to it. The Gasol rumor was even crazier. I don’t know where it came from."

Rivers said he wasn't bothered by reports that he and Rondo have had issues this season.

"I’ve had issues with Kevin [Garnett], it’s not anything that’s crazy," Rivers said. "It's called to me, human relationships. If it's worthy anything you're probably...

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