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04/29/2010 - 6:30am
Mashup: Ditka rips Dolphins GM

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, who apologized for asking draft prospect Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute, has his defenders and detractors. The legendary Mike Ditka falls into the latter category, telling a radio host that "somebody ought to whack him in the head." For more on that, plus videos, trivia and more, check out Thursday's Morning Mashup.


04/29/2010 - 6:17am
Belichick shares hoodie love with Maddon

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon received a reprieve from Major League Baseball, which had told him he could not wear his trademark hooded sweathsirt during games any more. Now, Maddon has another hoodie in his arsenal. That's because Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a personalized Patriots hoodie sent to the Rays boss.

 

“That was very nice of him,” Maddon told the Tampa media Wednesday. “We’re going to reciprocate. … That was very cool."

 

Read more about the story at the It Is What It Is blog.


04/28/2010 - 9:11pm
Sox complete sweep of Jays

The Red Sox received a brilliant outing from Jon Lester (7 IP, no runs, one hit, 11 strikeouts) on Wednesday to beat the Blue Jays, 2-0, completing a three-game sweep of Toronto and moving back to .500. 

 

The 11-11 Sox, winners of seven of their last nine games, got two hits each from Marco Scutaro, Adrian Beltre and Darnell McDonald. McDonald scored the game's first run in the sixth and knocked in a run in the seventh inning.

 

Daniel Bard stuck out the side in the eighth inning and Jonathan Papelbon tossed a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save.

 

After a day off Thursday, the Sox travel to Baltimore to begin a three-game series on Friday.

 

For more Red Sox coverage, check out the Full Count blog.


04/28/2010 - 8:46pm
Bruins draw Flyers following Habs' upset

With the Canadiens completing their shocking comeback against the top-seeded Capitals with a 2-1 victory in Game 7 Wednesday night in Washington, the Bruins now know their second-round opponent in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The sixth-seeded B's will meet the seventh-seeded Flyers, opening the conference semifinal series with the first two games at TD Garden. This will mark the first playoff matchup between Boston and Philadelphia since 1978.

 

Here is the schedule for the series:

 

Game 1: Saturday, May 1, at Boston, 12:30 p.m.
Game 2: Monday, May 3, at Boston, 7 p.m.
Game 3: Wednesday, May 5, at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Game 4: Friday, May 7, at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
*Game 5: Monday, May 10, at Boston, 7 p.m.
*Game 6: Wednesday, May 12, at Philadelphia, TBD
*Game 7: Friday, May 14, at Boston, 7 p.m.
* if necessary

 

Eighth-seeded Montreal trailed in its series three...

04/28/2010 - 4:17pm
Ainge on Big Show: C's 'Big 4' must deliver

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and talked about his team's playoff hopes. The Celtics looked strong in a first-round win over the Heat after struggling for much of the regular season. "I think that the inconsistency is more a state of mind," Ainge said. "Everyone said we're going to turn the button on and off. I don't think we did that except in the course of each game. It was like we came out to play all the big games of the year and many others. And then it would just be like we got disinterested in the fourth quarter, or late in the third. We were one of the worst third-quarter teams in the season, and now we're one of the best third-quarter teams in the playoffs. To me, it's all a frame of mind and your approach to the game."

 

Ainge said that in order for the Celtics to beat LeBron James' Cavaliers, the C's need Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and...

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