Michael Silverman has a feature in the Herald on super agent Scott Boras, who represents a number of Red Sox (and Yankees) and seems to have a good feel for Boston and relationship with the Boston front office. Boras remains surprised that he couldn’t get a deal done with Johnny Damon and the Red Sox, as he felt that this was the best place for the centerfielder. Silverman offers a glimpse inside the Boras Corporation and has the incredibly long question and answer session with Boras used for the feature.

I’d say Michael Silverman gets the Gold Star today.

Nick Cafardo reports on Terry Francona’s session with the media yesterday as the Red Sox touched on a number of subjects, from Manny to Papelbon to the closer role to Jon Lester to Matt Clement and more. Jeff Horrigan first focuses on on the Papelbon talk, as Francona acknowledges that Papelbon could be used in that role, but hopes that he isn’t. Jeff Goldberg has Francona downplaying the possibility of Papelbon as the closer. Jon Coutureand Joe Haggerty have more on Francona’s sitdown yesterday.

Lenny Megliola has Curt Schilling looking forward to the season with high hopes for this edition of the Red Sox. Horrigan has Francona talk about how they plan to manage Daisuke Matsuzaka from the moment he arrives in Fort Myers next week. Horrigan’s notebook has Francona on a number of other subjects including Manny.

Celtics

The Celtics extended their losing streak to 15 games with a 109-102 loss to the Detroit Pistons last night.

Despite the final score, Shira Springer says this one was over in the second quarter and there is little good to report for the Celtics from this one. Steve Bulpett agrees that there were no silver linings to be found in this one.

Bulpett reports on the elbow infection and high fever that landed Paul Pierce in the hospital yesterday, delaying his return to the lineup once again. Mike Fine has Gerald Green getting ready for his trip to Vegas for the slam dunk contest.

Springer’s notebook has more on Pierce, who is now likely out until after the all star break. Bulpett’s notebook has Celtics legend Dave Cowens, now an assistant with the Pistons, weighing in on his old club. He feels that they’re just some size away from turning things around.

Bruins

Stephen Harris and Fluto Shinzawa report on the Bruins 3-2 shootout win over the Capitals. Rookie Phil Kessel scored the game winner for the Bruins.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Brandon Bochenski making an immediate impact with the Bruins. Harris’ notebook has Tim Thomas praising Kessel.

Other

Jackie MacMullan has a piece on the reliable Jared Dudley, who she says we’ll miss greatly after his career with Boston College is done.

Mark Farinella offers up some thoughts on the Super Bowl and the Patriots. Garry Brown hits to all fields with a series of one-liners.

An Associated Press article reports on Bill Belichick and LaDainian Tomlinson making amends in Hawaii.

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