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03/26/2011 - 1:29pm
Rivers: 'It's all mental, not physical'

A day after the Celtics suffered one of their worst losses of the season, Doc Rivers reiterated his message that his team has to have a better mental approach. "It’s all mental," Rivers said. "It’s not physical." Asked if he revisted his comments after the loss to the Bobcats that the team was playing selfishly, he responded, "They know what happened. I don’t need to address it." 

Rivers also said his four All-Stars carry the responsibility of helping the team get out of its slump. "It is their responsibility, always. It always starts with their best players and everybody else follows," he said. "That’s how we constructed this team. On purpose. It was the big three and now [Rajon] Rondo’s been added to this group and they all have that responsibility." 

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03/26/2011 - 6:31am
BC hockey upset in NCAA tournament

Though Boston College jumped out with a goal in the first 19 seconds of the game, it was Colorado College that came roaring back, delivering a pair of short-handed goals en route to an 8-4 victory over top-seeded Boston College in an opening-round game at the West Regional in St. Louis.

BC goalie John Muse, who was 8-0 in NCAA tournament play with two NCAA championships, was pulled after two periods and seven goals. He made 22 saves to increase his school-record total to 3,697.

BC's season ends with a record of 30-8-1. Fourth-seeded Colorado College is 23-18-3 and advances to play Michigan in Round 2.


03/25/2011 - 11:51pm
Pierce: 'Hoo-rah' speeches won't cut it

Celtics captain Paul Pierce is not about to stand up on a table in the locker room and yell at his teammates to stop being lazy and bored. He said after Friday's collapse and shocking home-court loss to the lowly Bobcats that every player needs to recommit themselves to the team or the losing will continue. 

“It has to come from all of us," Pierce said. "One player can come out here and say it and “hoo-rah” around the locker room, but it has to come from everybody. We’re all veterans, we’ve all been here before, and we all know what it takes. It’s got to come from each individual to take a look in the mirror, and look inside and decide if that’s what they want to do. We can talk about it everyday, but until we look at ourselves in the mirror, that’s what it’s going to be."

Pierce's comments came just 48 hours after he called the team out for not having 'a sense of urgency'...

03/25/2011 - 11:37pm
Beckett after fourth loss: 'I feel great'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite watching his spring training ERA rise to 6.64, Josh Beckett came away optimistic after the Red Sox. 11-8 loss to the Blue Jays, Friday night at City of Palms Park.

Beckett, who suffered his fourth loss in as many decisions, allowed seven runs on 11 hits over six innings, striking out five and not walking a batter. The righty finished his final Grapefruit League start by throwing 91 pitches, including one two-seam fastball which Toronto outfielder Adam Loewen hit for a two-run homer.

"Results aside, I felt like I did some things that we've been working on and I felt like they were comfortable for the first time," Beckett explained, "so I've got to take some positives away from that. But obviously the results are what they are."

Beckett allowed the first batter to reach in each of the first seven innings, including three-leadoff doubles, all of which came on first-pitch fastballs.

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03/25/2011 - 11:19pm
West reinjures ankle, vows to not miss time

Delonte West aggravated his ankle injury in practice on Thursday and it bothered him in Friday's game against the Bobcats. "At the end of the day I keep trying to downplay it," West said. "I’ve had sprained ankles before and it only takes two, three days you’re back in action. I’ve got a chipped bone in there. I think I overdid it the other day in practice. Yesterday I was going super-hard and the ankle swole back up on me." 

West is going to Washington D.C. Saturday morning to officially end his nine-month probation for weapons charges. He plans to join the team in Minnesota in time for Sunday's game. "I think a day or two should be sufficient," West said. "When I say no more excuses, this is the last time you’re going to hear about the ankle from me." 

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