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03/16/2011 - 4:29pm
O'Brien: I've had 'no contact' with PC
By: DJ Bean

Former Boston College and Ohio State basketball coach Jim O'Brien told Ian Meropol from WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday that contrary to reports that he is a leading candidate for the vacant coaching position at Providence College, he is not spoken to the school.

 

"There has been no contact between me and Providence College," he told WEEI, "and I am not a candidate."

 

O'Brien coached at BC from 1986-97 before coaching Ohio State from 1997-2004. He was fired in 2004 but later was awarded $2.4 million from the school after it was determined in court that Ohio State was in breach of contract in terminating him. 

 

 


03/16/2011 - 2:00pm
Obama picks Kansas over Ohio State

President Barack Obama made his NCAA tournament picks with ESPN's Andy Katz and selected Kansas to beat Ohio State in the national championship game. Obama went with all No. 1 seeds in the Final Four, putting Duke and Pittsburgh in the national semifinals.

 

"I'm picking Kansas, just because I think they're deeper," Obama said. "I think that Kansas has more firepower."

 

Obama didn't have too many upsets, but he did predict 12th-seeded Richmond to knock off fifth-seeded Vanderbilt, and he has 11 seeds Marquette (vs. Xavier) and Gonzaga (vs. St. John's) winning a game.


03/16/2011 - 1:51pm
Marchand hearing scheduled for Thursday
By: DJ Bean

 According to a tweet from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Bruins forward Brad Marchand has a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Thursday morning. The subject of the hearing will be Marchand's hit on Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger in the second period of the B's 3-2 shootout victory in Columbus Tuesday night (to view the hit, click here). 

 

The hit, which appears to consitute penalty under Rule 48 (illegal check to the head), was not penalized on Tuesday, though Marchand has drawn criticism since the play. Umberger was not injured on the play. 

 

The hearing will be the second the Bruins have faced in the last four games. B's captain Zdeno Chara was not suspended after a hit into the stanchion...

03/16/2011 - 1:41pm
Randy Moss: Heart still with Patriots

Randy Moss, in an interview on Minneapolis' KFAN radio station, made it clear that he would like to return to the Patriots.

 

"If you ask me where my heart and where I'm happy is, I love playing with Tom Brady, I love being coached by Bill Belichick," Moss said. "Then people are saying, 'Well, Moss, you got traded to Minnesota from New England.' Well, I just told y'all this is a business, man, and people have to understand the nature of the business. It's not just a sport. The sport comes along with the business."

 

Moss had plenty of nice things to say about Belichick. "I'm a big fan of Bill Belichick's. I really am," Moss said. "And not just on the field. I'm a fan of his off the field, because the little grouchy man you see on camera is not what you see off camera."

 

Moss made it clear that he plans to return next season, whether it's in New England or elsewhere...

03/16/2011 - 12:54pm
NFL: Expect suspensions for flagrant hits

NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay and NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said Wednesday on a conference call that they are planning to crack down ever further on players' hits against defenseless opponents.

 

"When warranted, suspensions will be an effective discipline for us," Anderson said. "We don't want to go there, but we will do that. We need to be aggressive in disciplining."

 

Added Anderson: “In 2011, if there are repeat offenders or flagrant violators, we are going to hold them aggressively accountable, even if it means suspension — some folks believe that suspension is the real messenger in terms of serious enforcement. Some of the hits we had this year, particularly if it’s a repeat offender, that person and that club should know that having that person sit out a game — or multiple games in certain circumstances —...

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