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02/18/2010 - 1:16pm
Video: Merloni interviews Lackey

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- New Red Sox pitcher John Lackey took the time to answer a few questions from WEEI.com's Lou Merloni, including Lackey's thoughts on the difference between playing in a contract year and having the peace of mind that comes with having a long-term contract. Lackey also explained that he will be a bit more careful regarding any aches and pains in spring training after beginning last season on the disabled list. For the video of the interview, click here.


02/18/2010 - 1:13pm
Duke lacrosse accuser faces charges

According to a report on WRAL.com, police in Durham, N.C., Wednesday night arrested the woman who four years ago accused Duke lacrosse players of raping her. Police charged Crystal Gayle Mangum with attempted first-degree murder, five counts of arson, assault and battery, communicating threats, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, injury to personal property, identity theft and resisting a public officer. Investigators said the 33-year-old assaulted her boyfriend, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him. A judge set her bond at $1 million during a Thursday morning court appearance.


02/18/2010 - 12:19pm
Nate tweets farewell to NY

Nate Robinson, rumored to be coming to the Celtics, has posted a few farewell messages to Knicks fans on his Twitter account.

 

"This is a sad day for me as well but I have tears of joy I accomplished something no one has done, 3X slam dunk champion! Thanks to my fans"

 

And:

 

"Love yall for the support over the years, since my rookie year my fans have made it EZ 4 me to LOVE NYC the best place on earth word aapp"

 

Check the Green Street blog for more Celtics updates.


02/18/2010 - 12:09pm
Matsuzaka: Back not a real injury

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Daisuke Matsuzaka talked Thursday morning at Red Sox spring training and downplayed his back soreness. The pitcher said his back is "getting better and better with each passing day. ... I wouldn't even call it an injury." Matsuzaka said he likely would have pitched through the pain if not for last year's problems. "I definitely don't want to make same mistakes I made last year," he said.

 

Matsuzaka worked out at Athletes' Performance this offseason and said the results give him confidence that he'll bounce back strong in 2010. "I think this was my best offseason in terms of preparation," he said. "My expectations for the season are very high."

 

Get more Red Sox coverage at the Full Count blog.


02/18/2010 - 11:56am
McHale: Possible trade not 'a big deal'

NBA TV analyst and Celtics legend Kevin McHale joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning and talked about NBA trade week as well as the Celtics' prospects for the rest of this season. McHale said he's waiting to see if the C's can turn it on, and he's not overly concerned with what happened prior to this point. "They just have not hit their stride this year," McHale said. "They had a couple of periods where they've played really well and I started thinking, 'OK, here they go.' But I think for a championship-caliber team it's really how you play after the All-Star break." Added McHale: "I think they're set and poised for a push right now. But sometimes when you get older and you're looking for that push, it just never materializes."

 

McHale said the Cavaliers had already become the team to beat in the Eastern Conference before adding Antawn Jamison this week. "I think you could have said that...

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