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05/28/2010 - 8:10am
Wilbon on D&C: Rondo has to be hurt

Michael Wilbon of ESPN and The Washington Post joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Celtics-Magic series. Asked for his prediction for Friday night's Game 6, Wilbon said: "[My opinion] is tainted, completely colored by history. ... What's in my gut is the Boston Celtics don't lose this game at home."

 

Wilbon agreed with the assertion that the Celtics' experience in big games will be a factor. "Boston has so many more guys that are tested in that way than Orlando," he said. "You'd think that would count for something tonight."

 

However, Wilbon noted the effect of the Celtics' injuries, real or imagined. "There's no way that Rondo is not hurting. He's not exploding past his man like he did in the first three games. He's not even attempting it," Wilbon said, wondering: "Do they have enough physically to get through tonight's game?"

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05/28/2010 - 6:41am
Mashup: Canseco stands by Clemens

According to a report, Jose Canseco will testify before a grand jury next week that he never saw Roger Clemens use performance-enhacing drugs. This gives Clemens an ally in his attempt to avoid perjury charges. Get more details on that, plus read about Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph's alleged involvement in an Indiana drug ring and the ailing Bill Walton's attempt to return to broadcasting, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


05/28/2010 - 6:35am
LEEInks list: Boston's best indvidual efforts

Last week we listed the best and worst games for Boston sports teams in 2010. Today we bring you the best individual performances by Boston athletes this calendar year, a list that includes a couple of recent efforts by Red Sox pitchers. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.


05/28/2010 - 5:41am
Report: UConn forces out two assistants

The UConn basketball team forced two assistants to resign as part of its response to alleged recruiting violations, according to a Hartford Courant report. Assistant coach Pat Sellers and director of basketball operations Beau Archibald are the two who were asked to leave, the report indicated.

 

The violations allegedly occurred during the recruitment of Nate Miles, who was dismissed from the team in the fall of 2008 only two months after his arrival on campus, following his arrest for violating a restraining order made by a female student. In March 2009, Yahoo!Sports detailed the allegations of the violations in the recruitment of Miles, which included excessive contact by the coaches — including then assistant Tom Moore, now head coach at QUinnipiac.

 

UConn, which this summer announced a contract extension for Jim Calhoun that will keep him around at least four more seasons, called a news conference for 10 a.m....

05/27/2010 - 10:04pm
'Lower body soreness' for Matsuzaka

After walking eight batters and hitting another over 4 2/3 innings against Kansas City on Thursday night, Daisuke Matsuzaka said he experienced 'lower body soreness' since allowing just one hit over eight shutout innings last Saturday in Philadelphia.

 

"It's tough to say how much effect there was because it's really a matter of my personal feel," Matsuzaka said through interpreter Masa Hoshino. "So I don't think I can describe. I think, looking back on it, yes, there was an effect."

 

The eight walks by Matsuzaka matched a career high with the Red Sox, equaling eight free passes on May 5, 2008. 

 

"I don't think that's the most important issue," Matsuzaka said of his lower body issue. "It might have looked like I got out of those innings ok but in my mind, I still felt there were still adjustments I needed to make. It's been a long time since my body didn't...

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