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04/04/2011 - 11:40pm
UConn beats Butler for title

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.


04/04/2011 - 9:59pm
Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose in NY
By: DJ Bean

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. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


04/04/2011 - 3:37pm
Report: Ex-Pats LB Vrabel arrested for theft

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.”

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/04/2011 - 3:24pm
Thornton nominated for Masterton
By: DJ Bean

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...

04/04/2011 - 3:19pm
Doc: Shaq 'may play at end of the week'

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...

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