Note: Some of the links from the Boston Herald seem to be going “funky” today. When the links were posted this morning, they were correct, now the same links are opening other stories.

Will Doc Rivers be the man to lead the Celtics back to the top? Jackie MacMullan says that the first thing that Rivers and the Celtics need to do is provide Paul Pierce with support. Mark Murphy looks at what lured Rivers to the Green. Shira Springer notes that Ainge and Rivers share the same vision for the future of the Celtics. Kevin McNamara says that Rivers simply couldn’t say no to the prospect of coaching the Boston Celtics. Lenny Megliola writes that Doc is determined to find a cure for what ails the Celtics. Steve Bulpett says the similarities and common thinking between Rivers and Ainge is notable. Peter May is suspicious of all the agreement and perceived bliss between Ainge and Rivers. Michael Gee has a pay column saying that it is going to take more than the friendship between River and Ainge to turn around the Celtics. Tim Weisberg and Christopher Price also weigh in on the hiring. Tom Yantz looks at the challenges facing Rivers. Murphy looks at Red Auerbach giving his blessing to the hiring of Rivers. Bulpett gets player reaction, mostly from Walter McCarty. Springer’s notebook has Mark Blount saying that the hiring of Rivers doesn’t change a thing as far as his future with the Celtics.

Sox take two from Tampa. Coverage of the games is provided by Gordon EdesJeff HorriganPaul Doyle and Steven Krasner. Even though he was out on the field yesterday between games working out, Tony Massarotti says that Nomar will likely not be back until June. Marvin Pave looks at a warm reception for Byung Hyun Kim at Fenway yesterday. Michael O’Connor looks at Derek Lowe getting a big lift from the offense. (again) Paul Harbor looks at Lowe winning despite not having his best stuff. Joe Haggerty looks at the end of the scoreless streak for Red Sox pitching. There wasn’t enough happening in the two games, so Michael Vega writes an entire article about a play made by the ball boy on the left field line in the first inning. Okay, so it’s a feel-good story. I guess it can stand. Massarotti also looks at the performance of Kim and the reception from the fans. Edes’ notebook looks at Sox management coming up with an idea to allow fans to sit in the centerfield bleachers during day games. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the hitting of David Ortiz. Krasner’s notebook also looks at the centerfield seats. Doyle’s notebook has more on the delayed return for Nomar.

Patriots rookies will be in the spotlight this weekend, with the rookie orientation/camp scheduled in Foxboro. Kevin Mannix, Michael Parente and Tom Curran have articles on Benjamin Watson, who by all accounts appears to be an extremely impressive individual, both physically and in character. Michael Felger and Parente also look at Vince Wilfork. Alan Greenberg has a look at both first round picks. Pro Football Weekly has a nice review of the new “Three Games to Glory II” DVD set. More amusing stuff from Buffalo is found at ProFootball Talk. (Scroll down to the “Buffalo’s New Era is Short Lived” section.) All this would never have happened if Ralph Wilson were still alive. While Donahoe may seem to get a pass nationally, he does have his share of critics in Buffalo. Jerry Sullivan says that the gap between the Bills and Patriots is very wide. It’s laughable to read that article and then consider some of the articles about Donahoe and the Bills that have appeared in say, The Boston Globe the last couple years.

David Scott has a Friday edition of Scott’s Shots. Bill Griffith looks at the Kentucky Derby and WEEI ratings numbers. John Howell also has a bit on the Derby and some other media notes.

UPN38 has Sox/Rangers at 8:00. ESPN has Heat/Hornets at 7:00 and Nuggets/T-Wolves at 9:30. ESPN2 has Flyers/Maple Leafs at 7:00.