Weekend Watch – NHL Draft

The Red Sox are in San Diego for an interleague series with the Padres this weekend. The series features three pretty good pitching matchups, led off by Daisuke Matsuzaka facing off against Greg Maddux on Friday night. Saturday night is Tim Wakefield against Chris Young, and then Sunday afternoon features a beauty with Josh Beckett, (10-1, 3.14) taking on the Padres Jake Peavy (9-1, 1.98)

The NHL draft starts tonight using a model that the NFL is thinking about going to with the first round in prime time starting at 7:00 on Versus, while rounds 2-7 will be tomorrow starting at 10:00am.

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Gotta love the Big Show’s reaction to the post here Wednesday afternoon about Gerry Callahan’s condition. Rather than address or dismiss concerns about the health of the morning show co-host, Glenn Ordway attacked what was a side observation of the post and proudly exclaimed that they have indeed been making fun of Callahan, pointing out that they’ve made the sex change operation jokes almost every day! Good for them. There’s nothing like the “We’ve been making sex change operation jokes every day about him” comeback to shut up the critics…

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A reminder that my “headline dashboards” for each of the four major Boston pro teams are now finished, and you can use them at any time to check out the latest headlines from the local papers, national sites and fan blogs on the local teams.

RedSoxLinks.com (In San Diego this weekend)

BruinsLinks.com (Draft weekend)

CelticsLinks.com (Draft and Trade Rumors)

PatriotsLinks.com

Please update your bookmarks, as these are new URL’s and will be the permanent homes to these dashboards as I continue to add onto them.

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Former Globe sports staffer Dave Doyle, who couldn’t get off the high school beat at the Globe under Joe Sullivan and had left to carve out a nice role for himself over at FoxSports.com, is on the move again as he has accepted a position as Mixed Martial Arts/Boxing producer for Yahoo! Sports. In that role, he’ll be traveling around the country to the major UFC shows and boxing matches. Seems like he hasn’t done too badly for himself since deciding he wasn’t going anywhere at the Globe.

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Chris Jenkins looks at Red Sox fans invading stadiums all over the country, including this weekend in San Diego.

John Donovan of SI.com looks at the patience that the Red Sox have shown in Dustin Pedroia paying off in a big way.

Tony Massarotti looks at the risks involved in big-name free agent pitchers.

Tom Curran has Steve DeOssie leveling some harsh criticism at NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw. (Was this interview done in the WEEI hallways?)

Curran also lists the most complete safeties in the NFL. Rodney Harrison does make the list.

Sports Media Watch explains everything you ever wanted to know about the NBA television contract.

Clark Booth says that there is one standard for the NFL; another for all the other games under the sun.

Michael McCann of Sports Law Blog has an AP reporter publishing a scouting report that was found on dugout floor of the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to a recent game with the New York Yankees, which revealed how the Diamondbacks intended to pitch to the Yankees.

Josh Bacott & Pat Imig are back with another edition of the Media Circus.

Sports Law Blog also examines whether Kevin Garnett saying no to the Celtics is selfish or understandable.

Bill Simmons matches up Kevin Durant and Greg Oden.

Mike McMahon has a look at new Bruins coach Claude Julien.

Mike Loftus says that Bruins might find some Pat Burns in their new coach.

Win Bates has Providence coach Scott Gordon content for now to wait his turn for an NHL job.

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Sports Media Columns

New England/New York
Susan Bickelhaupt looks at Versus expanding its offerings and viewership. Phil Mushnick says that ESPN’s coverage of Sammy Sosa’s 600th home run was stunning for what it ignored regarding the Rangers slugger. Bob Raissman says that we can’t really blame the Mets for their over-the-top campaigning to have Paul LoDuca elected to the National League All Star team, the finger should be pointed at MLB. Richard Sandomir notes that this year’s Tour de France will be under the dark cloud of the doping scandal. He also has a look at the upcoming ESPN miniseries The Bronx Is Burning, which will debut on July 9. Neil Best has Tom Seaver getting into the wine business. Adam Reilly in The Phoenix examines why Dan Shaughnessy is the most hated man in Boston.

More East Coast
Michael McCarthy reports on ESPN tabbing Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic to lead the second game of their Monday Night Football opening night doubleheader. Laura Nachman has Philadelphia’s legendary Palestra as the subject of a documentary. Jim Williams has WUSA-TV 9 Sports Director Brett Haber garnering an Emmy over retired legend George Michael of NBC 4. He also notes that TV color analysts are becoming far more honest about the teams and the leagues that they cover. Chris Zelkovich has former Blue Jays outfielder Jesse Barfield launching a new career with CBC. Michael Hiestand has Kyle Petty serving as TNT NASCAR analyst while driving in this weekend’s Sunday’s Save Mart 350.

South
Dave Darling notes that MLB has a nightmare on its hands with Barry Bonds approaching home run 756. David Barron looks at Houston’s three sports radio stations vying for listeners. Barry Horn says that while San Antonio and the rest of Texas should be proud of the NBA champs, the rest of America doesn’t get the Spurs.

Midwest
Teddy Greenstein grades Chicago’s four baseball broadcast teams. Bob Wolfley looks at the Bucks options in next week’s NBA draft. Dan Caesar looks at KFNS’ rowdy and often bawdy morning drive-time show, “The Morning Grind,” on the verge of grinding to a halt. Judd Zulgad notes that the Gophers football team will be debuting on the new Bit Ten Network. Tom Dienhart says that the Big Ten Network will change football on TV.

West Coast
John Maffei looks at this weekend’s Padres/Red Sox series getting overlooked by FOX and ESPN. John Scheibe talks to ESPN’s Erin Andrews about the College World Series. Jay Posner has NBC already getting ready for next year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Tom Hoffarth has Shaquille O’Neal talking about his new ABC reality show. Jim Carlisle does some sports media ranting and raving. He also notes that Wimbledon goes online this year in his notebook. Joe Davidson has “Dare Dave” finding a home at ESPN.

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No-Go For Garnett in Boston?

Gordon Edes has a good look at the relationship between Terry Francona and Brad Mills, which extends back to college, and how the two of them make such a strong team on the Red Sox bench. Rob Bradford has the Red Sox talking about the schedule, which has them back out on the West coast for the second time in three weeks. Sean McAdam notes that things are going so well for the Red Sox this season that even Schilling’s stint on the DL isn’t a huge deal. He leans towards Kason Gabbard getting the start in Schilling’s spot rather than Jon Lester.

Jeff Goldberg has a good look at Julian Tavarez, who has been labeled a loose cannon, who is actually much deeper and more complex than that. Jeff Horrigan examines Hideki Okajima’s All Star qualifications, as well as the apparent slim chances that he will actually be selected to the team. Garry Brown looks at the options the Red Sox have in filling Schilling’s spot in the rotation.

Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox shouldn’t push Jon Lester’s return to the majors. He says Lester’s return should be at Fenway, not at Safeco Field in Seattle. Ron Chimelis says that the clock is ticking for Julio Lugo to get on track this season. Chad Finn names his All-Time Red Sox All-Dirtbag Team.

Amalie Benjamin has a minor league notebook, and she has a look at AA shortstop Jed Lowrie, who is putting things together at the plate. Kevin Gray has a look at the Portland Sea Dogs coming into Manchester to face the Fisher Cats, with many top Red Sox prospects on display this weekend, including Clay Buchholz on Monday night.

Edes’ notebook has the Red Sox bench players talking about why they’re called the I-75’s. Horrigan’s notebook says that David Murphy will likely get the call to join the big league club this weekend with Curt Schilling on the DL and J.D. Drew nursing a sore quad.

Bruins
Fluto Shinzawa looks at Claude Julien officially taking over the Bruins yesterday and offering his initial thoughts on the team and what he hopes to do with them. Douglas Flynn has Julien noting that the trap was something that the Devils did very well, and he may use something different here. Mick Colageo says the Julien is expected to impart a “never-say-die” identity to the Bruins. Joe McDonald has GM Peter Chiarelli getting his man in Julien.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that as of 10:30 yesterday morning, the clock started ticking on Peter Chiarelli’s tenure here in Boston. Stephen Harris has the Bruins strongly interested in Minnesota Wild goalie Manny Fernandez. Rich Thompson has more on Chiarelli’s hiring of Julien.

With the draft starting tonight Flynn says that this is a vital pick for the Bruins, who have the 8th overall selection. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins expect to get a good player at # 8. Shinzawa says that the Bruins will be looking for someone great with that first round selection.

Shinzawa’s notebook says that this draft is week in terms of goaltenders.

Celtics
Mark Murphy has the agent for Kevin Garnett throwing cold water on the prospect of KG coming to the Boston. Shira Springer has more on the agent saying that a deal is not going to happen. Mike Fine says that a Garnett trade to Boston doesn’t make sense.

Gerry Callahan says that Danny Ainge is desperate to get people to pay attention to the Celtics and might make a move that reflects that. He compares a deal for Garnett to M.L. Carr bringing in Dominique Wilkins.

Murphy also has two Eastern conference officials saying that a Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett combo would be a tough one in the East.

Other
Christopher Price has an interview with Joe Theismann, who talks about the Patriots’ offseason moves, Bill Belichick’s management style, whether or not Donovan McNabb should be worried and his feelings about being replaced on the “MNF” broadcasts by Ron Jaworski.

Susan Bickelhaupt looks at Versus expanding its offerings and viewership.

Tavarez Shines Again For Sox

Adam Reilly in The Phoenix examines why Dan Shaughnessy is the most hated man in Boston. (Sorry, Borges.)

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The Red Sox made it two out of three in Atlanta last night, with Julian Tavarez again shining on the mound in an 11-0 victory which featured five home runs by the Red Sox.

Gordon Edes has a look at the Sox blasting off in Atlanta last night. Jeff Horrigan looks at the Sox providing Tavarez plenty of support to pick up his fifth win of the season. Sean McAdam looks at the Red Sox notching their biggest margin of victory since the home opener. Jeff Goldberg has the Sox beating up on Buddy Carlyle before having to face the Padres trio of Greg Maddux, Chris Young and Jake Peavy. Bill Ballou anoints Tavarez as the biggest surprise of the 2007 Red Sox.

Rob Bradfordlooks at Tavarez focusing when he gets on the mound, putting everything else to the side. Nick Cafardo has Tavarez missing his family and wishing he didn’t have to be at the park yesterday, but putting that behind him and focusing on the game. Kevin Gray has a look at former Sox cult hero Rich ‘El Guapo’ Garces trying to work his way back to the majors while dominating with the Nashua Pride. Garces owns a 2-0 record, 0.64 ERA and league-best eight saves with the Pride.

Edes says that Curt Schilling was given a cortisone shot and will be placed on the DL. Bradford also reports that the Sox will be placing Schilling on the 15-day disabled list, probably tomorrow. Goldberg has the tests revealing no structural damage, but the making the move to place Schilling on the DL anyway. He notes that they’ll likely summon a hitter for the NL weekend before calling up a pitcher to replace Schilling in the rotation. Bradford has Dr. Craig Morgan, who twice performed surgery on Schilling’s shoulder talking about the pitcher’s drop in velocity, without feeling pain. Jeff Howe also reports on Schilling.

Joe Haggerty says that the Red Sox aren’t big fans of interleague play, despite their success. Horrigan has J.D. Drew taking a seat last night following a homer and double after feeling tightness in his quad. Sarah Green reflects on the weekend that Barry Bonds spent in Boston. Greg St. Martin has a talk with Wade Boggs about the game of baseball and the 2007 Red Sox.

Bob Ryan has a look at the DVD set “Impossible To Forget. The Story of the ’67 Boston Red Sox.” The set is produced by The Sports Museum of New England, along with NESN and is deemed spectacular by Ryan. I might need to get my hands on this…

Horrigan’s notebook says that Jon Lester could make his return to the majors next week as a replacement for Schilling in the rotation. Edes’s notebook has more on Drew having to leave the game last night. He also reports that message board posters in Japan are upset with Daisuke Matsuzaka for his intentional walk of Barry Bonds over the weekend. McAdam’s notebook has more on Schilling’s trip to the disabled list. Goldberg’s notebook has Brendan Donnelly playing a little catch as he tries to work his way back. Ballou’s notebook has more on Schilling being placed on the DL.

Celtics
Steve Bulpett reports that the Celtics are getting closer to making a deal with Minnesota for Kevin Garnett. He says the deal would include both Al Jefferson and the #5 pick.

Mark Murphy says that Tony Allen could be ready to go by the start of training camp.

Bruins
Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins set to name Claude Julien as head coach in a press conference this morning. Douglas Flynn has more on the Bruins breaking their silence in their decision to bring on a new head coach. Mike Loftus says that Peter Chiarelli needs to get this one right.

Kevin Paul Dupont has a look at Billerica’s Maxim Gratchev, who has come a long way in pursuit of his NHL dream. Stephen Harris profiles Westminster School (Conn.) defenseman Tommy Cross, who is likely to be the first New Englander selected in the draft.

Other
Buddy Thomas tells us about his trip to PNC park in Pittsburgh.

Christopher Price has a sports doctor commenting on the concussion issue in the NFL.

Carol Beggy & Mark Shanahan have an item in the Globe about the apology WEEI is running to the Doyle family.

Wednesday Wrap – 06.20.07

I got a rather disturbing email yesterday that suggested that Gerry Callahan’s throat ailment was more serious than anyone has reported thus far.

The emailer suggested that the seriousness of the condition is the reason why WEEI has not been making a ton of jokes and running excessive comedy bits about his absence.

I have been unable to confirm anything about this, as no one I’ve contacted is talking. (The emailer said that Callahan had requested that the nature of his condition not be made public at this time.) While that is understandable, people do want to know what is going on, and silence leads to speculation. Every day I’m getting emails asking about his condition, and the search term “Gerry Callahan” has dominated all searches on the site for the last few weeks.

I really hope it is nothing serious, that the email was just another rumor, and I certainly wish Callahan a complete and quick recovery.

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LeBron James and Jimmy Kimmel will cohost the 2007 ESPN ESPY Awards which will be held on Sunday, July 15, at 9 p.m. ET.

In addition, this year’s presenters will include Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck), Matt Leinart (Arizona Cardinals), Samuel L. Jackson (1408, Resurrecting the Champ), Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The Game Plan, Get Smart), Michael Phelps (Swimming Star), Maria Sharapova (Tennis Star), Kate Walsh (“Private Practice,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Jamie Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”), T.I. (rapper/songwriter/producer/actor) and Vince Young (Tennessee Titans) with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Bob Ryan remembers Larry Whiteside. (He really didn’t know about the Black List?)

The Eagle in Atlanta blog has an interview with Dan Shaughnessy – mostly about his new book, but he is asked about blogging as well.

We got a look at the Kevin Garnett rumors on the BSMW Full Court Press.

Bill Simmons offers his draft advice to the lottery teams.

Jessica Camerato looks at whether there is anyone out there that can turn the Celtics around at picks 5 and 32. She also takes part in an NBA Draft Sleepers discussion and the Basketball News Team Draft.

Mike Fine looks at Coby Karl’s visit with the Celtics.

Teddy Panos chastises the worriers in Red Sox nation.

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Tonight on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, (10:00pm) Gumbel concludes the show with a few words about Gene Upshaw, the embattled head of the NFL Players Association. Here’s what he has to say:

“Rarely a day goes by now when you can’t find Upshaw’s name in your local newspaper, generally being verbally assailed by folks with legitimate grievances. A number of ex-NFL players find him cruel and callous, a variety of folks are taking exception to his definition of disability, medical people are questioning his seeming lack of regard for player safety, some veterans have filed suit claiming he’s denied them millions in licensing fees, Congress too wants some answers up on Capitol Hill.

“Now instead of being professional, Upshaw, in response to all this has adopted the turtle defense, choosing to explain himself to no one. At a time when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is rightly using an iron fist to upgrade the image of active players, the players’ union boss has become the leagues biggest embarrassment, even stooping to physical threats against one of his critics.

“As one whose low opinion of Gene Upshaw is a matter of record, I can’t say I’m surprised. History suggests you can only deceive so many for so long. One can only wonder when the active players will join the growing chorus of those crying out for new leadership. It is, after all, their union. It’d be nice to see them reclaim it before they become ex-players, and find out the hard way why so many are so outraged.”

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Tonight

7:00pm, ESPN2 – College World Series
7:30pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Braves

Beckett, Sox Back on Track

Josh Beckett improved to 10-1 on the season (and hit a double at the plate) and David Ortiz stroked his 12th home run of the season as the Red Sox bounced back to take the second game of their series with the Atlanta Braves 4-0 at Turner Field last night.

Sean McAdam says that the performance of Beckett last night helped the Red Sox keep their minds off the status of Curt Schilling’s shoulder. Jeff Horrigan has Beckett laying hold to the claim of stopper last night in Atlanta. Gordon Edes looks at David Ortiz hitting a homer in the win last night, something that has become increasingly rare this season and pitchers refuse to give the Sox slugger anything to hit. Jeff Goldberg says that Beckett reaffirmed his status as ace of the staff with his outing last night. Bill Ballou has more on Beckett picking up his 10th win of the season.

Rob Bradford has a look at Beckett growing into the role of the ace of the Red Sox staff. Nick Cafardo has Beckett helping himself out with his bat, something that he takes pride in. Bradford has a source that tells him that Curt Schilling’s MRI shows no damage to the pitcher’s shoulder. Edes’ also says that the MRI results are normal, showing no damage to Schilling.

Jon Couture says that even with his recent struggles, Schilling is still a bargain. Horrigan has Beckett praising the great catch made by Coco Crisp in the fifth inning last night. Jeff Howe has Johnny Pesky talking about the Red Sox seemingly neverending carousel at shortstop the last few years.

Lenny Megliola talks to Mike Barber, who made the short film Roger Clemens 2057 which has been circulating around the internet like crazy this week. Dan Ackman in the Wall Street Journal has a feature on Bill James.

Horrigan’s notebook has Terry Francona giving the slumping Julio Lugo the night off, and tabs Devern Hansack as the pitcher the Red Sox might turn to should Curt Schilling not be able to make his next start. Edes’s notebook has Coco Crisp once again making a spectacular catch in the outfield, and showing signs of life at the plate as well. McAdam’s notebook has Schilling’s MRI coming back clean. Goldberg’s notebook has a look at Alex Cora picking up his fourth triple of the season. Ballou’s notebook has more on Schilling’s shoulder.

Columns
Dan Shaughnessy has a few observations on the Boston sports scene, including thoughts on the Bruins. Garry Brown is hitting to all fields. Mark Farinella has thoughts on Troy Brown, Curt Schilling, Bridget Moynahan, the Bruins and more.

Patriots/NFL
John Tomase wants to know what is holding up the return of Troy Brown to the Patriots. Albert Breer says that the Patriots could have interest in Georgia corner Paul Oliver in the supplemental draft next month.

Christopher L. Gasper has the NFL coming up with a plan to deal properly with concussions. Eric McHugh looks at a patented mouth guard that has been shown to be effective in cutting down on concussions, but isn’t getting any love from the NFL. He also gets an opinion on Ted Johnson.

Bruins
Stephen Harris says that if Claude Julien is to be the Bruins next coach, he has a big challenge ahead of him. Fluto Shinzawa has Peter Chiarelli attempting to copy the Ottawa style of scouting prospects. Mike Loftus has more on the coaching situation.

Celtics
Mark Murphy looks at Boise State guard Koby Karl, son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and also a cancer survivor. Mike Fine looks back to the fateful 1986 draft.

Tuesday Tidbits – 06.19.07

Crazy day here…

It was interesting to hear Bob Neumeier mention this morning in the closing of the WEEI morning show that he was going to be back on in a couple of weeks.

This would seem to indicate that unless Neumeier is filling in for John Dennis, Gerry Callahan is nowhere close to being ready to resume his morning show duties.

In the June 8th media column by Susan Bickelhaupt Callahan made a joking reference to Asante Samuel. At this rate, Samuel will be back in action before Callahan…

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Mike Reiss checks in with another offseason edition of the Ask Reiss Mailbag.

A couple of possible supplemental draft possibilities for the Patriots are mentioned in the Globe and Herald blogs today, as Reiss mentions Nebraska offensive lineman Chris Patrick and Albert Breer has a look at former Georgia corner Paul Oliver.

When Dale Arnold started reading this story about former Celtic Vin Baker, today, I was sure that Baker had met an untimely death. Should we be relieved it was “only” drunk driving? What a mess this guy’s life is.

Gordon Edes had a Red Sox chat on Boston.com today.

Dan Lamothe nabs an interview with one of the Red Sox bongo drum dancers.

Bill Simmons chronicles his latest trip to Vegas.

Neil Best wants your opinion on the best and worst NYC sports announcers.

Michael Hiestand says that Johnny Miller delivered for NBC in the U.S. Open broadcast, while Chris Berman, not so much…

Bob Raissman didn’t enjoy the Roger Clemens infomercial during ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

Richard Sandomir examines why Alex Rodriguez has yet to be the subject of a YES network “Yankeeography” show.

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Tonight

7:00, NESN – Red Sox @ Braves
7:00, ESPN2 – College World Series

Monday Wrap – 06.18.07

Probably won’t have a morning post tomorrow as I’ve got to be at Logan at 6:30 to pick up a family member.

My “headline dashboards” for each of the four major Boston pro teams are now finished, and you can use them at any time to check out the latest headlines from the local papers, national sites and fan blogs on the local teams.

RedSoxLinks.com

PatriotsLinks.com

CelticsLinks.com

BruinsLinks.com

Please update your bookmarks, as these are new URL’s and will be the permanent homes to these dashboards as I continue to add onto them.

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This morning on WEEI, right after the “headlines” segment, and after the show had been sent o commercial, the following apology was run, read by John Dennis:

On February 16th 2007, we discussed the criminal case of Patrick Doyle who had recently been sentenced in Essex Superior Court. During the show, we made statements suggesting that members of the Doyle family, including a District court judge, a retired district court judge, and an assistant district attorney had made phone calls to the sentencing judge or otherwise had influenced the outcome of Mr Doyle’s sentence. We want to make it clear to the public that we did not mean to claim that any member of the Doyle family had actually done anything improper and that we did not have any information to support those statements. We apologize to the Doyle family and to the public for any confusion our statements may have caused.

If you’re wondering, this is the case to which that apology is referring to. I’m personally not too worked up over the insinuations made by D&C.

Speaking of the WEEI morning show, it’s been great to hear Bob Neumeier in the mornings. I wouldn’t mind a full time return to the station for Neumy.

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From Chad Ford on ESPN Insider today, regarding possible destinations from Kevin Garnett:

If KG’s not going to Chicago, where could he go? From what I’m hearing — and at this point it’s just a hot rumor — the Wolves and Boston Celtics are talking about a Garnett deal.

In this scenario, Boston would send Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff, and change to Minnesota along with the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft. In exchange, the Celtics would get Garnett.

Jefferson AND Green AND the No. 5 pick? No thanks.

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Apparently it was just another day in the NFL. Pacman Jones is in trouble again, another Bengal was arrested, and another NFL player (LaVar Arrington) was involved in a motorcycle accident.

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Peter King has his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column.

Tom Curran says that Mike Nolan has the 49ers headed on the right track.

Sean McAdam looks at the AL East and says that the Yankees will need some outside help to overtake the Red Sox.

Dayn Perry says that the series to watch this week is Red Sox/Padres.

Chaz Scoggins reviews the DVD set, “Impossible to Forget” about the 1967 Red Sox, as well as a pair of sports books.

Tony Massarotti says that Bud Selig and Tony LaRussa have a tough decision on whether to add Barry Bonds to the National League roster for the All Star game which is being held in San Francisco this year.

Dan Guttenplan says that it is clear the Bonds didn’t get the message this weekend. He also seems to suggest that baseball had the Giants made the Red Sox “natural rivals” this season and did that just so that Bonds could face the adverse conditions of Boston this season, while chasing the home run record. Neither is true of course, as the interleague rotation is set up years in advance.

Mike Fine looks at the bats returning to action for the Red Sox yesterday. Alan Greenwood and Bob Stern have more coverage from yesterday’s game.

Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal says that the Grizzlies have hired Celtics GM Chris Wallace to be their new GM to replace Jerry West.

Jeff Goodman has the Celtics taking Mike Conley Jr. with the 5th pick.

Ian Thomsen says that several top NBA picks. including Greg Oden, have injury concerns

Pat Imig looks at the Time magazine cover curse.

Deadspin.com has a pretty extensive interview with Harold Reynolds, who talks about his dismissal from ESPN.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Braves (ESPN National)
7:00pm, ESPN2 – College World Series
10:00pm, ESPN2 – AFL – Chicago Rush @ Colorado Crush