Note: The Providence Journal website was down this morning, so I could not include their articles in the links today.
Ron Borges says that Bob Kraft could hold the future of the NFL in his hands with how he decides to act during the NFL owners meeting today to vote on the new CBA.
Nick Cafardo talks to Roger Clemens about his decision on whether to continue his career for another season after the World Baseball Classic. Clemens talks about the video the Red Sox sent him and his meeting with their contingent.
Michael Silverman reports on Josh Beckett getting off to a rocky start in his first spring training outing with the Red Sox. David Heuschkel says that Beckett wasn’t sharp, but threw hard and acknowledged his mistakes. Alex Speier looks at the young arms in the Red Sox organization, which gives them something the team hasn’t had in a long time – depth.
Gerry Callahan (subscription only) says that David Wells only helped himself with his pronouncement that he no longer wanted to be traded to California. Rob Bradford has more on Wells. Silverman reports that Manny will make his spring debut today when he will be used as a DH against the Orioles. Joe D’Eramo puts forth his plan for a revised DH rule. David Borges has a look at Rocco Baldelli, who is ready to start over with the Devil Rays, who have a new manager, ownership and sense of optimism. Bob Halloran says he has “reasonable doubt” as to whether Barry Bonds has used steroids.
Chris Snow’s notebook has more on Beckett making his debut, and says that Becket didn’t hold back when it came to throwing hard in his first outing. Silverman’s notebook looks at the Red Sox getting their first win of the spring against another MLB squad yesterday. Borges’ notebook has more on the spring debut of Beckett.
Tony Massarotti says that US fans need to be more open-minded about the World Baseball Classic. Gordon Edes looks at the Dominican team, lead by David Ortiz, but missing Pedro Martinez. Steve Buckley looks at Johnny Damon and Jason Varitek reuniting on the roster of the US squad. Massarotti takes a quick look at the Australian roster, which has a Red Sox flavor to it. Buckley talks to team USA manager Buck Martinez, who recalls some special moments he had as a young player. Buckley also has a subscription only column on Reggie Smith, who is serving as batting coach for the US Squad. Cafardo’s notebook has more from Damon, who just won’t shut up when it comes to how the Red Sox “disrespected” him.
Buckley has an appreciation for Kirby Puckett, who passed away yesterday at the age of 45 after suffering a stroke.
A contrast in Celtics articles this morning. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics are playing better basketball as of late, and have improved team chemistry since their big trade with Minnesota. Peter May says that the Celtics should do whatever it takes to tank the rest of the season and end up in the lottery. He suggests perhaps shutting down a veteran or two such as Raef LaFrentz, and just playing the kids for the rest of the season to get them experience and as good a draft pick as possible.
Stephen Harris looks at speculation that the Bruins are trying to deal Sergei Samsonov, and idea that may have become more difficult after the Bruins forward injured his wrist in practice. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at some other options the Bruins might have in the trade market with the deadline coming up at 3:00 PM on Thursday. Harris’ notebook has Brian Leetch hoping to remain a Bruin beyond Thursday. Dupont’s notebook has more on Samsonov’s injury.
Rich Thompson has Craig Smith and Boston College hoping to play a bit longer into March this year as opposed to last year and previous seasons.
John Molori’s Media Blitz has a look at Jimmy Myers settling into his new gig as morning host at WILD.
FSN has Celtics/Wizards at 7:00. NESN has Bruins/Sabres at 7:00.