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02/23/2011 - 10:05pm
Cold-shooting BC falls to Miami

If Boston College does not receive a berth into the NCAA tournament, it can look to Miami as a key reason why. BC dropped a 73-64 decision Wednesday night before 6,138 fans at Conte Forum, its second loss to the Hurricanes this season.

 

The Eagles (16-11, 6-7 ACC) came into the game looking to stay within reach of the No. 4 spot in the ACC — which brings with it a bye in the first round of the league tournament. Instead, they now find themselves just a game ahead of the eighth-place 'Canes (17-11, 5-8).

 

Joe Trapani had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the cold-shooting Eagles (30 percent). Teammate Reggie Jackson contributed 15 points. Reggie Johnson and Malcolm Grant led Miami with 15 points apiece.

 

BC trailed by as much as 22 points in the first half and 18 with 15:20 remaining the game but fought its way back to as close as five with 3:39 left after a 3-pointer from Corey Raji. But the...

02/23/2011 - 6:09pm
Report: Perkins may miss rest of trip

Add another body to the list of Celtics' injuries woes. A source told CSNNE that Kendrick Perkins is expected to miss the final three games of the Celtics West Coast trip because of a strained left knee MCL. Perkins recently returned from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He left Tuesday's game with the Warriors early in the third quarter and did not return after banging knees with Golden State's Steph Curry.

 

If Perkins is unable to go, the team's depth at center is down to Semih Erden, who has battled his own injury problems, and Glen Davis, who played most of the center minutes in Perkins' absence. This would further complicate the Celtics quest to bring in reinforcements before Thursday's trade deadline as Erden is reported to be the player most desired by potential trade partners.

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02/23/2011 - 4:53pm
Sox land three on Baseball America list

Baseball America released its list of the top 100 prospects on Wednesday, and three Sox prospects made the cut. Shortstop Jose Iglesias ranked No. 52, right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo at No. 67 and left-hander Drake Britton at No. 97.

 

Iglesias, who hit .285 in 57 games with Double-A Portland in 2010, has been compared defensively to Omar Vizquel. He is expected to start the 2011 season with Triple-A Pawtucket. Britton -- a 23rd-round pick in 2007 (714th overall) -- had a 2.97 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched for Single-A Greenville in 2010. Ranaudo was a supplemental first-round pick (No. 39 overall) of the Sox in 2010. He was dominant at LSU in 2009 (12-3, 3.04 ERA, 159 Ks in 124.3 IP) but struggled in 2010 as he battled elbow issues.

 

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02/23/2011 - 2:02pm
Francona: 'Nothing' to contract reports

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox manager Terry Francona downplayed Tuesday's report by SI.com's Jon Heyman that the team "intends to" pick up his two-year contract option at the end of this season. 

 

"I don't know where it came from. Let it go," Francona said when first asked Wednesday about the report. "I actually know where it came from, but there's nothing to that." 

 

Francona then called in to the Dale & Holley show to pay tribute to departing co-host Dale Arnold, and the subject of his contract came up again. "It ended up being a story that really wasn't a story," he said. "I have an option that the ballclub has the right to pick up at the end of the year. I'm real comfortable with that. So, it really became a story that did not need to be one."

 

Francona signed a three-year contract extension with the Red Sox on Feb. 24, 2008, the...

02/23/2011 - 1:50pm
Milbury on D&H: Marchand 'totally unafraid'

Hockey analyst Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports checked in for his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday.

 

Looking at the Bruins' recent flurry of moves, Milbury said he'll miss defenseman Mark Stuart — "a great depth defenseman and a terrific guy and a character guy" — who was sent to the Thrashers. However, he isn't lamenting the loss of Blake Wheeler, also sent to Atlanta. "I'm not going to miss Blake Wheeler," Milbury said. "I thought he was a near-miss — a near-miss when he went to hit a guy, a near-miss when he went to shoot a puck. It looked like he was a ball of energy, but when the moment of truth came, he came up short for me. That was a hole that needed to be patched."

 

Added Milbury: "I think Peter Chiarelli did a great job in acquiring character players. I think the third and fourth lines for the Bruins, however they construct them...

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