The NCAA field is down to 16, the Red Sox and Byung-Hyun Kim are having some issues, the Celtics just continue to roll on, and we’re recapping a few items from the weekend. Also, today and tomorrow are the last days that the voting for the 2005 BSMW Awards will be open. Make sure to get your vote heard.
Two more New England teams met their end in the NCAA tournament yesterday, as Vermont and Connecticut both fell in the second round. Bob Hohler, Rich Thompson, Kevin McNamara and Tom Yantz all have coverage of Vermont falling to Michigan State yesterday 72-61. Bill Reynolds looks at the end of the college career of Vermont guard (and R.I. native) T.J. Sorrentine. Lenny Megliola looks at the glass slipper falling off the Catamounts. Jackie MacMullan says that even though Vermont’s run is over, the players will have the memories to last a lifetime. Dave Doyle looks at Michigan State feeling good about moving on to the round of 16.
Matt Eagan, Dan Ventura and Jerome Solomon have the story of UConn losing to North Carolina State yesterday. Jim Donaldson says Jim Calhoun is making excuses for his team’s poor showing. Jeff Jacobs looks at UConn’s excuse that they were running on fumes at this point. Paul Harbor also says that a rough season eventually took its toll on UConn. The Globe also has a notebook for items around the teams competing in Worcester. Mark Blaudschun looks at the rash of upsets over the weekend. Michael Vega and Mike Shalin each have looks at Boston College looking to the future, a future the coaching staff believes is bright and exciting with their move to the ACC.
Byung-Hyun Kim is the topic in the Red Sox stories this morning. Sean McAdam says that Kim’s stuff is better this spring, but his attitude might not be. Jeff Horrigan has Doug Mirabelli taking some shots at Kim. Gordon Edes says that because of his salary, Kim will likely be with the Red Sox to start the season. This story also has a scout saying that Kim’s stuff is still nowhere near what it was in Arizona. David Heuschkel has a good story on what could be a steal of a deal for Theo Epstein…the Dave Roberts to the Padres trade. The players the Red Sox received back could prove to be key contributors this year. Alex Speier has a piece on phenom Hanley Ramirez, who keeps impressing people and players at the big league level. David Borges has a piece on former Sox prospect Freddy Sanchez, who is starting to feel comfortable with the Pirates. Horrigan’s notebook looks at a rough outing for John Halama yesterday. McAdam’s notebook says that Adam Hyzdu still has a chance to make the Red Sox as a fifth outfielder. Borges’ notebook has more on Kim.
The Celtics have won 11 out of their last 12 games, and are still pretty much flying under the local sports media radar. Shira Springer says that the green are concerned right now with keeping their focus down the stretch. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics have a postseason checklist that they’re working on. Michael Muldoon looks at the job done by Doc Rivers this season. Rob Bradford says that since the return of Antoine, the Celtics have again captured the attention of fans and media.
A few stories left over from yesterday. Nick Cafardo’s NFL notes has a look at linebackers available in the draft and a number of Patriots items, including a section where he attempts to give credence to colleague Ron Borges’ claim last week on WWZN that Charlie Weis was fired by Bill Belichick last spring, but was forced to take him back by the Kraft family. Kevin Mannix and Bill Griffith each took a look at the media scrutiny around Tedy Bruschi as the press and fans try to get an idea of the future for the Patriots linebacker. Channel 7 has been under fire, deservedly so, for their paparazzi-like coverage, staking out Bruschi’s home, trying to get a glimpse of him. Tom E Curran takes a look at the NFL labor situation.
Russ Conway says that for the NHL to move forward, Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow need to be replaced.
If you missed it over the weekend, be sure to go to the WFAN home page and click on the first link in the Mike and Mad Dog section for the interview Friday with Congressman Chris Shays of Connecticut. Contrast that to what you heard with Shays on WEEI.
Speaking of WEEI, the link is not on their website yet, but their streaming is up and running in what must be a “beta” phase since last week. The link is mms://wmc1.liquidviewer.net/WEEI It should play for you in Windows Media Player.
The Womens NCAA Tournament and Men’s NIT make up the night’s programming on ESPN and ESPN2 tonight.