Connecticut won the third men's basketball title in school history Monday night, defeating Butler 53-41 in the championship game at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Kemba Walker (16 points) and Jeremy Lamb (12 points) led the Huskies, giving coach Jim Calhoun his third national championship, something only four other coaches have done.
Both teams struggled in the first half, the lowest-scoring first half since 1946, when Oklahoma State led North Carolina 23-17. Butler held a 22-19 lead at halftime, and a quick three-pointer from the Bulldogs' Chase Stigall made it 25-19 with 19:36 left.
But then a 22-3 run from UConn put the game away. The Bulldogs endured an awful stretch of shooting throughout the second half and finished just 18.8 percent from the field for the game, the lowest shooting percentage in championship game history. Shelvin Mack was the only Butler player in double figures, finishing the night with 13 points.
The Bruins blew a three-goal lead Monday night at Madison Square Garden, falling victim to two late goals within 51 seconds to drop a 5-3 decision to the Rangers,
The Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead, as first-period goals from Daniel Paille and Nathan Horton were followed by Chris Kelly's first goal as a Bruin at 10:32 of the second. The Rangers would quickly climb their way back into the game, getting a pair of second-period tallies from Vaclav Prospal, with Wojtek Wolski picking up assists on each goal. Brandon Dubinsky and Michael Sauer scored at 16:12 and 17:03, respectively, to tie it and take the lead in the third. Derek Stepan sealed it with an empty-netter.
Tim Thomas took the loss, allowing four goals and seeing his record fall to 33-11-9.
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Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested for theft at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana on Monday morning, according to Pro Football Talk.
Vrabel, who was dealt from New England to Kansas City before the start of the 2009 season, was reportedly booked at 5:28 a.m. on Monday for what, under Indiana law, is a Class D felony. PFT reports that Vrabel was released at 10:39 a.m. Monday after posting a $600 bond.
UPDATE: 4:13 p.m.: Vrabel issued a statement through his agent Neil Cornrich, which was just posted on Pro Football Talk: Said Vrabel: “It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication. I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter.”
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has had a career year this season, setting highs with nine goals and 18 assists in a campaign that seems to argue with him strictly being called an enforcer. Now, those efforts — and how far he’s come — have been recognized, at least locally. The Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has chosen Thornton as the Bruins’ candidate for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”
In the past, the award has gone to players coming off injuries (Steve Sullivan, 2008-09) or facing major adversity (Jose Thoeodore won it last season for his performance after his son’s death, while Phil Kessel and Jason Blake won it in the past for playing through cancer). Thornton didn’t have to deal with such life obstacles, but his career has been far from smooth...
WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers is holding out hope that he may get Shaquille O'Neal back by the end of the week after the big man strained his right calf on Sunday night in his first game back since early February.
"He may play at the end of the week," said Rivers following Monday's practice, which included every player except O'Neal. "We're just not sure yet. If that's what it requires. We're going to do whatever they tell us is required. Other than that, I would love to play him, honestly, a couple of game."
Rivers indicated O'Neal would definitely miss Tuesday's home game against the 76ers after playing just six minutes in Sunday's 101-90 win over the Pistons.
"If we can get that up to 20 minutes, that would be great. He looked agile. His energy was high. As far as his [six] minutes of play, that was good."
Meanwhile, Nenad Krstic and Troy Murphy both returned to practice on Monday and are...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Joe, Tim, and Lou talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after his walk-off RBI single propelled the Red Sox past the White Sox 8-7.
Mut recaps the Red Sox 8-6 loss to the White Sox.
Mut recaps the Sox 3-1 loss in the series opener against the White Sox.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Who would you like to see in Dino's chair, Gary or Mut?
The debate heats up as the discussion turns towards O.J. Simpson
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Jackie MacMullen talks about Jaylen Brown, the Celtics thought process, and what may happen in Free Agency.
Glenn and Christian discuss last night's underwhelming draft by the Celtics
Dale Holley and Thornton talk NBA draft.
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Laroy Streat comes back at it again! Talking the Celtics Draft and his take on the Celtics 3rd Draft pick. Catch Laroy every friday with the Dale & Holley Show 5:45- 6PM.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
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