Mike Fish of ESPN.com report that Sen. Arlen “single bullet” Specter wasn’t satisfied with what he heard from the NFL about Spygate and will continue his investigation.

Gordon Edes assesses the Red Sox at the start of spring training, with comments from Theo Epstein and Terry Francona. Amalie Benjamin and Steve Buckley have Jonathan Papelbon holding court at the start of spring training, showing both his comical and serious side. Dan Shaughnessy says that Theo Epstein has the look of a winner, and has matured into Bill Belichick without the hoodie.

Rob Bradford has Theo Epstein talking about Curt Schilling and the path ahead of him as he attempts to rehab his shoulder and pitch his final season in baseball. Sean McAdam has Schilling as just about the only variable for the Sox as they head into camp. Jeff Goldberg says that the Red Sox and Schilling are now working together on getting him healthy. Maureen Mullen says that the team is unlikely to go outside the organization to replace Schilling in the rotation to start the season.

Buckley has Epstein talking about not being willing to overspend this offseason and the resulting lack of moves by the club. Bradford has a look at how the training drills are Brad Mills’ time of year.

Edes and Benjamin report on Doctor Arthur Pappas being interviewed about Roger Clemens for the committee conducting the steroid hearings. Bill Burt declares that it is easy to tell that Brian McNamee is the one telling the truth. Jim Donaldson wasn’t amused by the Clemens hearing.

Bradford’s notebook has the Red Sox centerfield position up in the air as spring training begins. Goldberg’s notebook has Papelbon no longer insisting that his dog ate the World Series ball.


Steve Bulpett hands out a midseason report card for the Celtics, an assessment loaded with “A’s” and “B’s.” Peter May notes how much things have changed in a year for the Celtics. Robert Lee has the Celtics looking to heal up during the break. Lenny Megliola says that we knew the Celtics would be better, but we didn’t know they’d be this good. Mark Murphy has a quick note stating that it is a Bruised knee that was suffered by Glen Davis on Wednesday night.

Marc J. Spears has a feature on the struggles of the Hornets in New Orleans, as the city continues to rebuild. Mark Murphy has the Celtics headed to New Orleans glad to do what they can to help the city. Jim Fenton looks at big doings in the big easy for the Celtics this year.


Fluto Shinzawa and Stephen Harris has injured Bruins star Patrice Bergeron getting through some light workouts this week, and not closing the door on a return this season. Harris’ notebook has an injury update on Aaron Ward.

Christopher L. Gasper looks at the possibility that the Patriots could try to strike a deal with Asante Samuel before the start of free agency.


David Scott says that Entercom really had no choice but to put Dale Arnold in the booth for most of the Red Sox games that Dave O’Brien will miss this season, it made the most sense for them.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has a look at NESN’s plans for Spring Training.

In New York Newsday, Neil Best has a look at the history of the role of sports media columnist at his paper.

In the Daily NewsBob Raissman says that Suzyn Waldman finds herself in a sticky situation with the Roger Clemens steroid story.

Phil Mushnick targets major league baseball to lead off his Friday column as well. (Yes, he hates everyone.)