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01/05/2011 - 8:57pm
Rivard, Harvard knock off BC again

The past three seasons, when he was serving as coach at Cornell, Steve Donahue's record vs. the Ivy League was 38-4. Fifteen games into his tenure at Boston College, Donahue is 0-2.

 

For the third straight season, Harvard waltzed into Conte Forum and overpowered the Eagles, taking a 78-69 decision before 4,129 stunned fans. BC also lost to Yale on Nov. 18.

 

Freshman Laurent Rivard scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Crimson (10-3). Keith Wright added 15.

 

Joe Trapani led BC (11-4) with 21 points. Reggie Jackson had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

 

Usually, when an Ivy League team beats at ACC opponent, it's because the Ivy club shoots the lights out, especially from 3-point range. Not in this one. Harvard was simply tougher than BC — physically and mentally — and took it right to the Eagles' throats. The Crimson led by four points at the break and fought...

01/05/2011 - 7:27pm
Garnett begins conditioning

It's been a week since Kevin Garnett left the Celtics game with Detroit with what turned out to be a strained calf muscle. At the time the team put a two-week window on his possible return, although it should be noted that the timeframe was only a rough estimate and is very flexible. Garnett has done his part, getting up shots after practice and working on conditioning with trainer Bryan Doo. "What was the time frame we gave you, two weeks?" Doc Rivers asked. "Is it next Wednesday? So hopefully back in two weeks." 
 


01/05/2011 - 7:11pm
Wafer, West will have contracts guaranteed

The deadline for nonguaranteed NBA contracts to become guaranteed contracts is Jan. 10, but because of procedural matters, players would have had to have been waived today. The two Celtics in that position are Delonte West and Von Wafer, both of whom are on one-year minimum contracts. Guaranteeing West's deal West was a no-brainer, but Wafer's status was in some doubt until today.
 
Wafer scored a season-high 10 points on Monday, which didn't hurt his cause but he had begun to come around in practice. "I think he earned it," Doc Rivers said. "He earned the right to be here. Even before he was playing, he was really working on being a better player in practice."
 
Wafer said he didn't think about his situation." I never really thought about it," he said. "Whatever’s going to happen is going to happen. That’s when it starts affecting you is when you start thinking about it."...

01/05/2011 - 5:04pm
Red Sox announce rookie program attendees
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox announced Wednesday that 11 prospects will participate in the team's 2011 rookie program beginning on Jan. 10. Designed to give youngsters an idea of what to expect in the major leagues, the program will last two week. 

 

Robert Coello, Stephen Fife, Stolmy Pimentel, Jason Rice, Alex Wilson, and Clevelan Santeliz will make up the pitchers in attendance, while Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway will be the only two catchers. Infielders Will Middlebrooks and Oscar Tejeda, as well as outfielder Juan Linares will also take part in the program.

 

Among the individuals addressing the group of young players will be manager Terry Francona, coaches Dave Magadan and Curt Young, president/CEO Larry Lucchino, general manager Theo Epstein, and Celtics coach Doc Rivers. 

 

For more on the Red Sox, visit weei.com/redsox.


01/05/2011 - 4:50pm
Pedroia on Big Show: Beltre a 'first-class guy'
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show for his "Laser Show" segment Wednesday, discussing a number of topics ranging from the Baseball Hall of Fame, to Barry Bonds, to the coming season. On the subject of third baseman Adrian Beltre, who signed a six-year, $96 million deal with the Rangers, Pedroia said Texas is getting a quality player and teammate.

 

"I'll tell you what. He showed up to play every single day. This guy plays hard. Texas got a great player," Pedroia said of Beltre. "His mindset is winning. He wants to win. He plays great defense -- he gets to a ton of balls at third base -- and he's that threat in the lineup where, if you mistake, the ball's going to end up in the upper deck. We've all seen it, [whether] on one leg, it doesn't matter. 

 

"He's a first class guy, a great teammate," Pedroia added. "He's a winning player. The Rangers got a first-...

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