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03/10/2011 - 5:56pm
Ainge on Big Show: Loss a 'wake-up call'

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley to talk about the team and their loss to the Clippers. "We really haven't been playing great, but we've been getting away with wins and last night was a good wake-up call for us," Ainge said. "We can't just show up and think we're going to win. We have to come to the gym ready to win." 

 

Ainge said that blaming the new players for defensive shortcomings was "an excuse." He continued, "When we were all together I thought one of the worst defensive games we played all year was against Phoenix [in late January]. It's just bad rotations. It's the point of attack. It's how we're defending the pick and roll and it's not any new guys. It's not any new guys. It's guys who have been on the court together in a lot of cases. I think it's effort. I think it's focus." 

 

He...

03/10/2011 - 4:50pm
BC rolls in ACC opener vs. Wake

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Reggie Jackson had 27 points, six assists and five rebounds and fifth-seeded Boston College opened the ACC tournament with a convincing 81-67 victory over 12-seeded Wake Forest on Friday afternoon.

 

With the victory, BC hit the 20-win mark (20-11) and earned a date with fourth-seeded Clemson in Friday's quarterfinal Game 2 (approximately 2:30 p.m.). That follows top-seeded North Carolina's opener against Miami.

 

Also for BC, Joe Trapani scored 22 points and Biko Paris netted 21. The Eagles shot 53.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc, led by Paris (6-of-10 treys). Jackson, Trapani and Paris combined to hit 25-of-37 shots. The Eagles again were efficient with the basketball, collecting assists on 17 of their 29 baskets.

 

Travis McKie led Wake with 16 points. J.T. Terrell and Gary Clark each had 15.

 

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03/10/2011 - 3:54pm
Daisuke struggles in Sox' setback

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Carl Crawford went 1-for-3 with an infield single and a diving catch in his first ever game against the Rays, but Tampa Bay pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to claim an 8-6 walkoff win. The Sox entered the ninth trailing, 5-4, but Oscar Tejeda and Larry Sutton hit back-to-back solo homers to tie the game. However, Alfredo Aceves -- in his third inning of work -- gave up a game-tying double to ex-Sox Casey Kotchman and then a game-winning two-run homer to Robinson Chirinos.

 

Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed the first five Rays runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, including a homer by Rays catcher John Jaso. He also permitted two walks while striking out two. In three starts, the right-hander now has an 11.42 ERA. While he felt his slider was effective, he believes he needs to continue sharpening his slider and changeup.

 

"At this point, I'm not too worried but I feel...

03/10/2011 - 3:25pm
Sheriff issues statement on Meriweather

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has released the following statement regarding the report that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was involved in a shooting late last month:

“The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from the local and national media with varying degrees of information and speculation to determine if NFL player William Brandon Meriweather, of the New England Patriots; committed the shooting, or is a suspect in the case.

“William Brandon Meriweather, among others, has been identified as being present during a shooting which occurred on February 28th, 2011, which is being investigated by this Office.

“We will continue to provide information that is available for release when proper to do so, and in a timely manner.”

For the complete statement,...

03/10/2011 - 1:22pm
Ference could return to lineup Tuesday
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday that Andrew Ference, who has skated the past two days after missing the last five games with a lower-body injury, is getting closer to a return to the Bruins' lineup and could play as soon as Tuesday. 

 

"Depending on how he does here in the next few days," Julien said, "I wouldn't exclude him from the game in Columbus."

 

Both Ference and Steven Kampfer will not travel with the B's when the team goes to Long Island on Friday. Kampfer, out with a concussion, said he is "back to square one" after suffering a headache Wednesday night. He had ridden the stationary bike for 15 minutes earlier in the day Wednesday, doing so for the first time. 

 

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