Jeff Horrigan has Josh Beckett talking about his new delivery, in which he uses the principles of a golf swing to ensure balance and power. Sean McAdam has Beckett believing that his new delivery will result in his throwing more strikes. Jeff Goldberg has Beckett’s mechanical switch paying dividends this spring.

Terry Francona played his opening day starting lineup yesterday and Tony Massarotti says that this group shows the potential to be much more balanced and potent than last year’s edition. Lenny Megliola has a look at Jonathan Papelbon in the closer’s role and the best and worst case scenarios regarding his shoulder. Maureen Mullen says that the Red Sox fifth opening day shortstop in five years is fitting in nicely thus far.

It didn’t take long. Dan Shaughnessy mocks a Curt Schilling 38Pitches Q&A session. We’ll see how long it takes Schilling to fire back on his blog. Rob Bradford writes about Schilling serving as his own agent.

Horrigan reports on Devern Hansack and Mike Burns being sent to the minors yesterday. Alex Speier has Craig Hansen and Manny Delcarmen looking to stick with the Sox, but each facing an uphill battle. Massarotti has Mike Lowell talking about the fact that people often think he is older than he really is, just based on his appearance.

Horrigan’s notebook has Joel Pineiro now sitting as potential trade bait with Jonathan Papelbon taking back the closer’s role. Shaughnessy’s notebook has more on Beckett’s new delivery.

Patriots

John Tomase has Laurence Maroney undergoing shoulder surgery which revealed “fairly significant damage” to the Patriots running back. Mike Reiss has Matt Light backing a league motion to toughen the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Albert Breer has Light healthy and ready to go for 2007. Rich Garven has the Patriots offseason moves putting them back among the league’s elite. The BSMW Game Day page continues to crank out draft profiles.

Bruins

The death marched continued for the Bruins yesterday as they were blanked by the Penguins 5-0. Kevin Paul Dupont reports on a zombie-like performance from the Bruins. Steve Conroy says that the good news is that in less than two weeks, all this misery will be over.

Mick Colageo examines the uncertain future of fighting in hockey. Mike Dunshee on the BSMW Power Play has more on the Bruins playing out the string. Conroy’s notebook has Tim Thomas getting yanked in the loss. Dupont’s notebook has Hannu Toivonen staying put in Providence.

Celtics

Shira Springer has Celtics practices remaining upbeat and productive despite the rapidly approaching end of the season. Mark Murphy has Doc River and Paul Pierce noting the outcry in some circles over the Celtics choosing to go with young players down the stretch, which is ironic considering they did the same thing last year and no one said anything. The difference is the fact that the Celtics closer to the top pick this year. Tim Weisberg has more on the tanking issue as regards the Celtics.

NCAA

Bob Ryan has Georgetown moving onto the Final Four with an incredible spurt in overtime to defeat North Carolina. Jeff Goodman notes that there is no Cinderella this season in the Final Four. Jeff Jacobs says there is plenty to criticize the Tar Heels for in yesterday’s performance. Ryan’s notebook has Georgetown players paying tribute to the elder John Thompson.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and John Connolly have Boston College booking a trip to the Frozen Four for the second year in a row. Michael Vega and Steve Buckley look at BC hero Joe Rooney.

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