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03/24/2010 - 9:35pm
URI advances to NIT semis vs. UNC

Delroy James scored 18 points and had a big block and rebound in the final minute to lead Rhode Island past Virginia Tech and into the NIT semifinals with a 79-72 victory Wednesday night in Blacksburg, Va. The Rams (26-9) will play defending NCAA champion North Carolina on Tuesday night (9 p.m.) at Madison Square Garden in the semis.

 

Keith Cothran hit a jumper with 1:59 remaining to break a 71-all tie and put URI in front to stay. With 46 seconds left, James blocked a potential tying layup and grabbed the rebound. There were no more points scored until eight seconds remained, when Lamonte Ulmer rebounded his own miss and finished it off for a four-point URI lead.

 

After Malcom Delaney (24 points) hit 1-of-2 free throws to draw Virginia Tech (25-9) within three, URI closed out the scoring with four free throws in the final four seconds.

 

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03/24/2010 - 9:14pm
BU falls to VCU in CBI semifinals

Jake O'Brien scored 20 points but it was not enough to lift Boston University to a win in the College Basketball Invitational semifinals Wednesday night in Richmond, Va., as the Terriers fell to Virginia Commonwealth, 88-75.

 

BU held a 43-42 lead at the half, but the Rams opened the second period with a 9-0 run. BU never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

 

Tyler Morris and John Holland each scored 16 points for BU (21-14). Bradford Burgess scored 20 points to lead VCU (25-9), which advances to the best-of-three CBI finals against either Princeton or Saint Louis.


03/24/2010 - 5:35pm
Ainge: 'I feel good about this team'

Celtics president Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday and told Glenn Ordway, "I feel good about this team. I think we're finally there." Ainge also touched on a variety of topics, including Antoine Walker, the battle for the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and why the team has played so well on the road but struggled at home.

 

Read more from Ainge at the Green Street blog. Listen to the interview at The Big Show audio on demand page.


03/24/2010 - 5:13pm
Joe Nelson has June 1 opt-out

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Joe Nelson, who made a positive step toward gaining the final spot in the Red Sox' bullpen by pitching a perfect sixth inning against the Pirates in the Sox' 6-3 win Wednesday afternoon (in which he struck out two), has a clause in his contract that allows him to become a free agent if he isn't on the major league roster on June 1, according to the pitcher's agent, Doug Schaer.

 

"I never had one because whomever I signed with the chances were that I wasn't going to be on the big league team so I wasn't trying to go somewhere else right away. This year, since I was in the big leagues last year and I had a guaranteed deal, my agent said, 'You want to ask for that?' I just said, 'Sure, I guess.' I know the people in this front office and they're not going to bury me," said Nelson, who is currently signed to a minor-league deal with the Sox.

 

"If they think I'm part of their plans on...

03/24/2010 - 3:44pm
Lowell: Hoped for 'little more' on hip

BRADENTON, Fla. -- After going hitless in three at-bats in the Red Sox' 6-4 win over the Pirates, Mike Lowell spoke in detail regarding the progress of his surgically-repaired hip.

 

Lowell said that strength-wise the hip is back to where it was prior to the torn labrum he suffered in 2008, but there was some disappointment as to how the distance put between the surgery and his current state has left him running-wise.

 

"With X-rays and what I've done, I think what I was not aware of was best case scenario was status quo post-surgery. Meaning whatever cartilage damage I had, which was technically was pretty signficant on the hip side, it wasn't going to get better. I don't know if it was my optimism. I do believe it was what I was told, that it was going to get better," Lowell said.

 

"In that sense, would I compare to like I am running like in '07, I would say no. So in that sense it was a...

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