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03/27/2010 - 11:11am
Sobotka cleared to return

After missing Thursday's game with a neck strain and mild concussion, Vladimir Sobotka said Saturday morning he was cleared to return to action against the Calgary Flames. The center suffered the injury when he was hit during the game in Atlanta on Tuesday night. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog


03/27/2010 - 10:20am
NCAA regional finals set

Duke, Michigan State, Baylor and Tennessee punched tickets into the Elite Eight on Friday night. Top-seeded Duke advanced to a regional final for the first time since 2004, with Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer helping the Blue Devils pull away in the second half for a 70-57 win over Purdue in the South Regional.

 

Baylor rolled past Omar Samhan and surprising Saint Mary's, 72-49, in the other South semifinal. Baylor reached the Elite Eight less than seven years after a tragic summer nearly destroyed its program.

 

In the Midwest Regional, Tennessee's J.P. Prince was relentless on Ohio State's Evan Turner, blocking a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead the Volunteers to a 76-73 win and into the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.

 

Michigan State rallied without injured star Kalin Lucas and survived a mid-major scare to grind out a 59-52 victory over pesky Northern Iowa.
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03/26/2010 - 11:11pm
Perk likely out Sunday vs. Spurs

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following Friday's win over Sacramento that center Kendrick Perkins has been fighting tendinitis in his left knee for some time and finally needed to sit down and rest it. Rivers added that Perkins will likely also miss Sunday night's home game against San Antonio. As for Nate Robinson, he sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did not return. Rivers said if his ankle responds to treatment, he is still no better than '50-50' to play against the Spurs. For more, including postgame video from Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, visit the Green Street blog. 


03/26/2010 - 10:03pm
C's crown Kings for Atlantic title

Rajon Rondo became the Celtics' all-time single-season steals leader and moved into second on the team's assist list with a career-high 18 assists as the Celtics held off the Sacramento Kings, 94-86, on Friday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce had 22 and Ray Allen added 20 to offset the game-high 30 of Carl Landry, the brother of Celtics' Marcus Landry. The Celtics clinched their third straight Atlantic Division crown before the end of the game when Carmelo Anthony beat the buzzer in Toronto, as Denver beat the Raptors. The Celtics led by 24 points five different times in the third quarter but Sacramento made a late charge on the second unit, closing to within six in the fourth. It was Boston's fifth straight home win. For complete cover, visit the Green Street blog. 


03/26/2010 - 7:59pm
Chief thief: Rondo sets steal mark

Rajon Rondo was credited with a steal midway through the second quarter, his 168th of the season, helping him pass Rick Fox for the all-time single-season Celtics mark. He also had six assists in the first quarter to pass Sherman Douglas for second on the Celtics all-time single-season assist list with 684. It appeared Rondo also stole the ball less than a minute into Friday's game against Sacramento, which would have given him 168 for the season and a new single-season steals mark, passing Fox's old mark of 167 in the 1996-97 season. But that steal was credited to Ray Allen, keeping Rondo momentarily tied with Fox. For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


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