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03/20/2010 - 11:37pm
Pierce leads Celts past Mavs

The Celtics knocked off the Mavericks, 102-93 as Paul Pierce scored 29 points Saturday night in Dallas. It was the fourth straight win for the Celtics and fifth in their last six games. They also completed a road sweep of the Texas teams after beating San Antonio earlier in the year and the Rockets, Friday night. Ray Allen added 21 points and Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Read more in the Fast Break.


03/20/2010 - 8:03pm
No. 1 Kansas falls to Northern Iowa

The No. 1 seed in the Men's Basketball NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region, Kansas, fell to Northern Iowa, 69-67, Saturday night. The Jayhawks had closed within a point with 42 seconds remaining, but Northern Iowa's Ali Farokhmanesh hit his fourth three-pointer of the game, with 35 seconds left, to secure the victory for the Panthers. It was the first time a team from the Missouri Valley Conference has beaten a top-ranked team since 1962, and marks the conference's first Sweet Sixteen berth since Larry Bird's Indiana State team made their run to the national championship game in 1979. For a recap of the game click here.

 

Click here to see all the results from the NCAA Tournament's third day, including St. Mary's upset of the South Region's second seed, Villanova.

 

 


03/20/2010 - 4:09pm
UPDATE: Details of Embree's deal

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pitcher Alan Embree signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on Saturday that calls for him to make a $500,000 salary if he is added to the major league roster. His deal includes an opt-out if he is not added to the major league roster by April 15.

 

"I haven't had a spring training. Let's not be silly about this and go and jump into it," said Embree. "If I am ready [at the start of the season], so be it. If I'm not, we have a little bit of a grace period."

 

Embree had a 5.84 ERA for the Rockies last year. He did not pitch in a big league game after his right tibia was broken by a line drive on July 10, but he rehabbed and was able to pitch in Fall Instructional League.

 

"I felt really strong at the end of the season coming back from the injury," he said. "I felt like I had a lot left in the tank."

 

Embree had been...

03/20/2010 - 3:14pm
Wakefield: 'I feel like I'm ready'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three against the Orioles' split squad team. Wakefield needed just 65 pitches to sail through his outing, and so he went to the bullpen and logged an additional 25 pitches while trying to simulate two more innings after leaving the game.

 

 

Wakefield largely was pleased with his fastball and curveball. As for his signature pitch, he suggeted that he was able to throw strikes while still generating his signature movement. He also moved well on the field on plays when he had to cover first. He has answered virtually every question about his physical condition this spring, to the point where the 43-year-old declared that he is "absolutely" planning on opening the season in the rotation.

 

"I feel like I’m ready," he said. "I knew I was ready when I went...

03/20/2010 - 2:04pm
Youkilis hits first spring homer

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who ranks seventh in the American League with 56 homers over the last two seasons, hit his first home run in Grapefruit League action on Saturday. Youkilis jumped on a 1-0 offering from Orioles starter Chris Tillman, hammering it down the left field line.

 

While Youkilis has been one of the more prolific home run hitters in the American League over the last two years, he is not always perceived as such. Thogh he has a higher OPS than other first baseman such as Mark Teixeira and Justin Morneau, he is not often thought of as a slugger in the same vein as those colleagues. Yet Saturday's homer offered a reminder that his exclusion from such a group might be a mistake.

 

“He might be a little different animal than a lot of other teams have hitting fourth, but I’ll take him over anybody else,” said Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan. “He gives...

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