Another Celtics win, and a, interesting selection Sunday lead off a Monday morning edition of the BSMW links. We also have spring training updates on the Red Sox, and another great hockey piece from Russ Conway. Later this week we’ll be trotting out the BSMW Awards, the members of the site took a poll amongst themselves and came up with winners and commentary on a number of categories. You will also get a chance to vote for your favorite (or least favorite) Boston sports media member. Keep checking back for more on that.

The Celtics wrapped up a hot homestand with a 105-101 win over the Washington Wizards. The bench was the story in this one, as the second unit erased a 9 point fourth quarter Washington lead, and the starters came back and finished it off for the win. Shira Springer, Mark Murphy, Carolyn Thornton and Lenny Megliola have the game stories. Be sure to also check out the BSMW Full Court Press account. With the Celtics on a hot streak and the Philadelphia 76ers losing again to push the Boston advantage to four games, Peter May says that the Division race is over. Gus Martins looks at some spirited play from Marcus Banks last night that helped turn the game Boston’s way. Springer’s notebook has Doc Rivers lamenting the end of this homestand. Murphy’s notebook has a couple of notes on the kids…Al Jefferson and Tony Allen. Thornton’s notebook has Rivers talking about free throws.

The NCAA tournament pairings were set yesterday and Boston College is heading to Chicago for a first round match with Penn. Michael Vega and Mike Shalin look at BC’s seeding and opponent, and it appears that the team is ok with getting out of New England to begin things. Bob Ryan looks across the balanced brackets, noting that no squad has a clear-cut path to the Final Four. Kevin McNamara says that the committee did a good job creating a controversy-free selection Sunday. Matt Eagan looks at UConn getting a #2 seed in a tough bracket. Rich Thompson also looks at UConn, as well as Syracuse as both squads head to Worcester. Bob Hohler looks at Syracuse’s first round opponent, Vermont. Mark Blaudschun does a good job on Tourney coverage, with a quick overview of each regional: ChicagoAlbuquerqueSyracuse and Austin. He also takes an overall look at the tournament. Michael Gee (subscription only) also takes a quick run through the regionals.

Despite all this basketball action, you can rest assured that your airwaves will continue to be filled with steroid talk.

Yesterday, John Tomase had a very good article on Red Sox manager Terry Francona, there was an incident with Stephen King chronicled in the piece that reader will likely find interesting. Today, Nick Cafardo has an article on Francona. Tony Massarotti and Sean McAdam look at yesterday’s up and down outing from Matt Clement, which was better than the box score would indicate. David Borges looks at Trot Nixon, who is having a healthy spring thus far, both with injuries and at the plate. David Heuschkel’s story/notebook combo has Kevin Millar joking about his weight. Steve Buckley (subscription only) also writes about Millar, who hasn’t been changed at all with the Red Sox winning it all. Michael Silverman has a piece on reserve infielder Ramon Vazquez. Howard Bryant (subscription only) expresses how strongly he feels about Mark McGwire testifying this week before congress:

If Mark McGwire does not testify, truthfully and candidly this Thursday in front of the House Committee for Government Reform, then he does not belong in the Hall of Fame.


Chris Snow’s notebook says that the Red Sox may not be in trouble without Curt Schilling and Wade Miller initially, because they may not even need a fifth starter until April 18th. Silverman’s notebook says that Schilling’s session this Wednesday will go a long way towards determining when he’ll be back in the regular season. McAdam’s notebook looks at the Mayor’s Cup race heating up in Fort Meyers, while Borges’ notebook has more on Matt Clement’s outing.

Russ Conway looks at what is next for Pro Hockey…a rival league, or replacement players next fall? Once again, a fascinating, in-depth look by Conway on the future of the NHL.

FSN has Celtics/Bobcats at 7:00