A fairly slow time in Boston sports, the Celtics remain the lead story, the Red Sox have some visitors to camp, a number of NCAA hoops articles and a preview of the coverage of the tournament from Bill Griffith.
The Celtics continued their strong push since the trading deadline, winning in Charlotte last night 119-110. Ricky Davis was hot all night long, leading the team with 27 points on 12 of 15 shooting. Peter May and Steve Bulpett have the reports from North Carolina. People are still buzzing over the performance of “the kids” on Sunday night, leading the comeback against Washington. Mike Fine takes a look at the youngsters stepping up. In John Molori’s Media Blitz, he has Bob Ryan talking at length about this Celtics team, and he likes what he sees out there. May’s notebook and Bulpett’s notebook each look at Paul Pierce winning the co-player of the week award from the NBA.
Nick Cafardo has a look at the Red Sox being visited by the guys from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” yesterday, how it symbolizes how far the organization has come in terms of tolerance, and how some people wonder if the Red Sox are getting distracted and caught up in being defending champions. This topic dominated the discussion of WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan this morning as well. It was also featured in this morning’s Inside Track in the Herald. Michael Silverman looks at Mark Bellhorn, who isn’t going to change his approach at the plate this season. Get used to more walks and even more strikeouts. Sean McAdam has a good look at super-prospect Hanley Ramirez, who continues to impress people each day he is up with the big club this spring. Christopher Price takes a look at the Christian influence in the Red Sox clubhouse. Rick Klein has an update on the congressional hearing on steroids.
David Heuschkel looks at Bill Mueller, who hopes that he’s put his knee troubles behind him for good. David Borges has a piece on John Halama, who is projecting to be a jack-of-all-trades for the Red Sox pitching staff. Steve Buckley (subscription only) also has a piece on Halama, who has bounced around the last few seasons, but hopes to contribute and stay here. Alex Speier has a piece on Sox A-level prospect Kyle Jackson, a NH native. Howard Bryant (subscription only) talks with Dave Roberts, now with the Padres, who can’t say enough good things about his time with the Red Sox. McAdam’s notebook looks at Kevin Youkilis making a good impression at first base. Silverman’s notebook looks at the loss to the Orioles yesterday. Chris Snow’s notebook has more on Halama.
Bob Hohler has a feature on Vermont star Taylor Coppenrath and what he means to his hometown. Rich Thompson and Mark Blaudschun report on UMass firing head coach Steve Lappas. Michael Vega looks at BC guard Louis Hinnant.
Bill Griffith previews coverage of the NCAA tournament.
Not much Patriots news, but Mike Reiss always seems to find a few things to update Patriots fans on.
ESPN has the NCAA opener with Alabama A&M taking on Oakland at 7:00. NIT coverage of DePaul/Missouri follows at 9:00. ESPN2 has Holy Cross/Notre Dame NIT action at 7:00.