Michael Felger reports that the Patriots and Ted Washington are closing in on an extension that will keep the key nose tackle in Foxboro for the foreseeable future. Good news indeed on another slow yet manic Monday. (Hey, it’s March though, right?)

Pedro Martinez had his first mound session of the spring yesterday, and the knights of the keyboard were there in abundance to cover it. Michael Silverman , Steven Krasner and Gordon Edes are all in agreement that the Sox ace looked sharp and rust free in his 49 pitch outing. Pedro says his health is no longer a concern. Tony Massarotti says that expectations are low for Ramiro Mendoza, but that that just might be the best for all involved. Edes does a piece on pitching coach Dave Wallace and the impact he can have on this staff. David Heuschkel writes about Scott Williamson, back with the Sox after having his name bandied about in trade rumors virtually the entire offseason. Silverman also files a brief update on Westboro native Greg Montalbano, who hopes to be back on the mound by July. Steve Buckley has a pay column in which he asserts that the squabbles between John Henry and George Steinbrenner are good for baseball and should not be discouraged by the commissioners office. (Note to Buck – this column has already been done, see Sean McAdam last week for ESPN.com) Krasner’s notebook has Tim Wakefield baffling teammates during batting practice. Silverman’s notebook has Kevin Millar hoping to avoid a second half slide this year.

Dave Scott files a Scott’s Shots Short Version for today. He’s going to miss Don Skwar.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the optimism around the Bruins as they head into the stretch run. This year is a far cry from what was happening a year ago. Stephen Harris says the Bruins are not likely to make a big deal before the deadline. Russ Conway looks at three hot young goalies, including the Bruins’ own Andrew Raycroft.

The Celtics took two in a row from the Raptors over the weekend. Get the details over at Fox Sports Net.

FSN has Celtics/Magic at 7:00. ESPN has College Hoops at 7:00 with Seton Hall/UConn and 9:00 with Texas/Oklahoma State. ESPN2 has Lightning/Avalanche at 8:00.

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