Fluto Shinzawa and John Connolly report on Boston University winning their 27th Beanpot title with a 3-2 win over Boston College last night. Sophomore Peter MacArthur scored the winning goal for BU with 7:18 left in the third period, just a minute after BC had tied the game at 2. Tony Massarotti says that the outcome may have been predictable, but the Beanpot is still purely Boston, an event that cannot be missed. Jim McCabe looks at a woman with a unique tie to both BU and BC last night.
Rich Thompson reports that MacArthur called the goal before it happened. Frank Dell’Apa looks at BC’s Brian Boyle, who was key in the crucial sequence of the game last night. Bob Monahan has a piece on BU goalie John Curry. Shinzawa’s notebook has Boston University looking ahead to bigger things the rest of the season. Connolly’s notebook has BC coach Jerry York praising the BU squad as the best of the last five years.
Dan Ventura reports on the Boston College basketball team avoiding a trap and doing just enough to defeat lowly Stony Brook, 59-47 last night at Conte Forum. Mark Blaudschun says that this rescheduled game could’ve ended up disastrous, but BC managed to get the job done in the end. Lenny Megliola reports on the Eagles overcoming a sluggish start to defeat the now 4-19 Seawolves.
Gordon Edes talks with Trot Nixon about all the changes to the Red Sox roster this offseason. Nixon is sad to see some of his friends gone, but at the same time believes that the club filled its holes very nicely. Tony Massarotti chats with Terry Francona, who battled a number of health issues last season, but comes into his third year with the team with a renewed optimism and hope. He discusses Manny and David Wells, as well as Keith Foulke and Jonathan Papelbon. He also hopes to remain here beyond this season. Right now, he is in the last year of his contract, though the club has an option for next season. David Borges has a look at the 2006 class of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, which includes TV analyst Jerry Remy as well as Vern Stephens, Ellis Kinder, George Scott, Joe Morgan, Dick Williams and Dick Bresciani. Michael Silverman reports that David Wells will report for Spring Training and not be a disturbance, though he still hopes to be traded to the West coast. Barry Scanlon says that bringing Roger Clemens to Boston would be a bad move for the Red Sox, because all the perks they would have to allow him would cause problems with team chemistry.
Bill Reynolds takes apart Danny Ainge in his column today, saying that Ainge is simply a guy who loves to make trades and moves and is doing nothing to make the Celtics a better team. Instead, he is making them steadily worse, and headed nowhere. Rob Bradford thinks that perhaps the only way for the Celtics to get that number two star to put behind Paul Pierce and ahead of Wally Szczerbiak is to keep losing and get into the upper half of the draft lottery. The only problem is that from all accounts this is shaping up to be a weak draft. Steve Bulpett however, says that the Celtics are focused on making a run for the postseason, and find that learning to trust one another is their biggest challenge.
Mike Fine has a look at Ryan Gomes, who is making the most of the opportunity that he has received since the trade of Ricky Davis and Justin Reed – players who were ahead of him on the depth chart and taking minutes. In fact, the deal was made in part to free up minutes for Gomes as well, and he has responded. Shira Springer has more on Gomes, who has shown himself to be exceedingly thoughtful and well-spoken as well as a good example of what can happen when you make the most of practice time. Jim Fenton notes that the Celtics are starting to put their pieces together and form a unit that no longer looks totally confused on offense, as they did immediately following the trade with Minnesota. Fine’s notebook and Fenton’s notebook each look at Delonte West having a change of plans for All Star Weekend.
Mike Loftus says that the Olympic break came at the right time for the Bruins. Win Bates has more on the Bruins welcoming the timing of this down period of activity. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Kevin Stevens angry at how the scope of the NHL Gambling ring is being portrayed. He says that it is only five or six players involved, but if you listen to the reports you would think there were hundreds involved. Kevin Paul Dupont says that Wayne Gretzky hasn’t been able to avoid the spotlight and questions about the scandal over in Turin. Karen Guregian has more on Gretzky being under fire in Turin.
Joe Sullivan of the Union Leader says goodbye after 33 years of writing for the newspaper.
You can get your Olympic coverage from the Globe Olympic Section, the Herald Olympic Section, as well as in the New York Sports Pages and Bay Area Sports Pages. Jim Fennell looks at Katia Pashkevich of the Russian woman’s hockey team, who also plays football for the Manchester Freedom in the Independent Women’s Football League. Jamie Hagerman of the US women’s hockey team has a diary in the Lawrence Eagle Tribune.
ESPN has Alabama/South Carolina at 7:00 and Michigan St/Iowa at 9:00. ESPN2 has St. Joseph’s/ Temple at 7:30. CN8 has Princeton/Penn at 8:00.