Right around 9:00 AM this morning, Manny Ramirez reported to Red Sox camp in Fort Myers. The media was eager to see what throwback jersey Manny would be wearing…why, I have no idea. Gordon Edes in the Extra Bases blog reports on Manny’s arrival. Tony Massarotti also has an update in the Clubhouse Insider Blog. Steve DeOssie on the Big Show yesterday was intimating that he had inside information that Manny wasn’t going to show up today. Today Jon Meterparel is certain that Manny will leave the Red Sox tomorrow to go play in the WBC.
You can skim through the Red Sox stories from the local papers on the Red Sox Daily Links page.
Ben Fleming of the North Adams Transcript has a look at Frank Grant,who was born in Pittsfield, was a resident of Williamstown, and was among those elected in the special baseball Hall of Fame election earlier this week.
Ron Borges reports on the NFL players and owners breaking off the labor talks. Chris Mortensen of ESPN was on both ESPN Radio and WEEI this morning, and in both interviews suggested that the league might actually be better off without a salary cap. He said that the product of the league is not very good right now, and thought that it could improve with more spending allowed. He listed the Patriots in the middle of the league as far as teams that would be adversely affected in free agency this month should no new labor deal be reached.
There are stories on the NFL labor situation in the New York Sports Pages.
Shira Springer reports that Paul Pierce had his elbow drained on Monday, though he doesn’t expect it to keep him out tonight against Shaq, Wade, Antoine and the Miami Heat tonight. Mark Murphy looks at Ryan Gomes, who plays much bigger than his 6-7 frame. Shalise Manza Young looks at Al Jefferson’s impending return to the court, something that the Celtics can really use. Murphy’s notebook has more on the status of the second year big man.
The Bruins get back into action tonight. Frank Dell’Apa looks at the B’s as they hope to keep up the momentum that they had going prior to the Olympic break. Steve Conroy says that the club may put Wayne Primeau in the first line center role between Glen Murray and Sergei Samsonov.
Michael Vega and Jeff Goodman report on Boston College defeating Wake Forest 80-65 last night to clinch a first round bye in the ACC tournament. With a win on Saturday against Virginia Tech and a UNC loss to Duke, the Eagles would be the #2 seed in their first ACC Tournament.
NESN has Bruins/Hurricanes at 7:00. FSN has Celtics/Heat at 7:30 (HD). ESPN has Duke/Florida St at 7:00 and Sixers/Rockets at 9:00. ESPN2 has Texas/Texas A&M at 8:00 and Utah/TCU at 10:00.