The Bruins moved into first place in the Northeast division with a 3-2 overtime victory in Buffalo. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Stephen Harris and Dan Hickling have the details. The Todd Bertuzzi suspension remains the big story in the NHL, Kevin Paul Dupont, Douglas Flynn, Paul Doyle, Joe Gordon, and Michael Holley all report on and weigh in on the event. Harris gets reaction in the Boston locker room to the suspension. Hickling’s notebook has Jeff Jillson giving his first impressions of his new team, the Sabres. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook has Mike Sullivan urging compassion for Steve Moore.
Bronson Arroyo had a rough outing for the Sox yesterday. Bob Hohler and David Heuschkel report on the damaging start by the potential fifth starter for the Sox. Jeff Horrigan looks at the glue that holds the Sox pitching staff together, Jason Varitek. David Borges looks at the feel-good story of camp, the return of Ellis Burks to the Red Sox. Heuschkel also looks at the sale of the roof seats at Fenway. Howard Bryant looks at the Government banning of androstenedione. Hohler’s notebook has Dave McCarty cutting down on this pitching work. Horrigan’s notebook also looks at McCarty. Sean McAdam’s notebook has more on the rough outing by Arroyo.
Kevin Mannix does his best to throw cold water on the Patriots acquisition of Rodney Bailey. Nick Cafardo says that Bailey is part of an ongoing effort by the Patriots to get younger on defense. Mike Reiss talks to Bailey’s college coach about his potential. Michael Parente says the Steelers didn’t match the Patriots offer because they wanted Bailey to sign a long term deal. Tom Curran also has a brief bit on Bailey.
There’s still a Lakers hangover in the air, and Vin Baker is a free agent. (ESPN says he’ll be joining the Knicks.) Celtics links are over at Fox Sports Net.
Jim Fennell looks at the resignation of NH’s top TV Sportscaster, WMUR’s Charlie Sherman. Having met Sherman, he’s a good guy, I hope he resurfaces locally again very soon. March Madness is starting to engulf Dave Scott in today’s edition of Scott’s Shots.
Ron Borges shows his writing talent with a nice piece on Winky Wright, who will face Sugar Shane Mosley in his shot at the big time.
FSN has Celtics/Pacers at 7:30. ESPN and ESPN2 continue Championship Week in College hoops with Tournament games from around the country including BC/Pitt on ESPN at 7:00.