Chippy Celtics Exact Revenge On Suns

The Celtics kept their loss to the Suns out in Phoenix fresh in their minds, looking for some payback last night as the Suns made their only visit to the Garden this season. The result was a 115-103 victory for Boston.

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Celtics get in last word – Mark Murphy has the Celtics winning one of the stranger games of the season.

Kevin Garnett’s fire burns Suns – Chris Forsberg has KG with a dominant performance last night.

After whirlwind, Krstic settling in quite nicely – Bob Ryan has a look at the new Boston center. Jessica Camerato has more on the guy that they call “Curly.”

Journey to Overrated: Debunking three myths about Kendrick Perkins – Glenn Ordway really needs to read this piece from Kirk Minihane.

Swinging for Sasha Pavlovic – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics looking add the former Cavs and Mavericks swingman. Peter May says that with the additions of Pavlovic and Troy Murphy, this Celtics team is finally complete. Paul Flannery says that Danny Ainge’s vision for his team with the Perkins trade is now in focus. Dan Duggan has the new pieces being thrown right into action.

Hurt knee KO’s Glen Davis – Mark Murphy has the reserve forward hurting his knee in a dunk in the final minute. The Globe Celtics notebook has more on the addition of Pavlovic. The Celtics Journal from Tim Britton has Troy Murphy looking forward to his first postseason. The Celtics notebook from Jim Fenton has more on Murphy.

A game of Red Sox musical chairs – Joe McDonald wonders if swapping Carl Crawford and JD Drew in the outfield might be something for the Red Sox to think about.

John Lackey starts over – Michael Silverman has the Red Sox pitcher looking to start fresh in 2011. Michael Vega has more on the big righthander.

Once-hyped Andrew Miller shows he still has the tools – Brian MacPherson has Daniel Bard’s former college teammate looking to put it all together.

Gonzalez ahead of the game – Peter Abraham’s Red Sox notebook has the prize first baseman looking to play in his first game next week. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has Josh Beckett ready to go on Tuesday.

NFL’s ’11 season lurches deeper into uncertainty – Greg A Bedard has the NFL heading for a work stoppage.

What we learned at the NFL scouting combine – Chris Price wraps up the combine.

Bruins still have much to accomplish before playoffs – Mike Loftus with a look at what’s ahead for the Bruins.

Bruins restarted; now they must finish – Kevin Paul Dupont says that the new-look Bruins need a strong finish.

Stephen Neal to step off the mat – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots guard calling it a career.


Bruins Post Perfect 6-0 Road Trip With Win Over Senators

The Bruins posted their first six game road winning streak since the Orr era (that’s Bobby, not Colton, by the way) with a 1-0 win in Ottawa last night. Get all the coverage at

Yes, it was 1972 the last time the Bruins won this many games in a row on the road. This edition of the Bruins hopes to emulate the success of that season, which ended with a Stanley Cup Championship.

Bruins just can’t lose – Kevin Paul Dupont compares this trip with the 1972 Bruins.

Bruins cap a very telling road trip – DJ Bean says that this trip taught us a lot about this Bruins team.

B’s look to capitalize on perfect trip – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins now need to maintain the mojo obtained on this trip.

It’s Tuukka time – The Herald notebook from Steve Conroy has Tuukka Rask picking up his fourth win in the six games. The Globe notebook from Kevin Paul Dupont has the power play still a work in progress for the Bruins. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty have more on Rask. On Douglas Flynn also looks at the performance of the young goaltender.

Ex-Irish star Troy Murphy’s wish comes true – Mark Murphy has the former Notre Dame star getting his lifelong wish of playing for the Celtics. Julian Benbow and Gary Washburn have more on Murphy’s decision to choose the Celtics over the Heat. Scott Souza and Jessica Camerato look at what Murphy can bring to the Celtics.

Celtics warming to newcomers – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics veterans excited about their new teammates. A. Sherrod Blakely has Kevin Garnett embracing his new teammates, and Jazz center Mehmet Okur giving his approval to the deal as well.

Reaction to Perkins trade proves that some fans still don’t get it – Jerry Thornton with an analytical take on the trade, and how teams previously did when they traded the “Guy we couldn’t live without.” Chad Finn has a good take on the deal as well. Jackie MacMullan says that the deal made the Celtics more versatile and athletic.

Ace Jon Lester holds all cards – Michael Silverman says the lefty is the key to the Red Sox season.

Gonzalez, Crawford seeing double this season – Brian MacPherson has the Red Sox newcomers ready to batter the Green Monster.

Remember Jayson Werth and Mark Teixeira? Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez do – Rob Bradford looks at the cause and effect in these moves.

Good early signs from Aceves – Michael Vega reveals that the new Red Sox reliever is a big fan of Dennis Rodman.

John Henry has the Red Sox, but apparently he has no First Amendment rights – Ron Chimelis has the Red Sox owner revealing he was fined $500K for comments last year.

Josh Beckett eases off – Scott Lauber’s notebook has the concussion slowing down Beckett a bit. MacPherson’s Red Sox Journal has Lester focused.

Patriots add Marcus Stroud to defensive line – Karen Guregian isn’t sure about much the former Jaguar and Bill has left, but says he’s another great locker room guy and could contribute as a role player.

The business-vs.-football battle over Mankins – Tom E Curran looks at what might be an internal battle inside Gillette over Logan Mankins.

Putting the NFL lockout on hold – Mark Farinella isn’t obsessed with the NFL lockout.

Retooled Celtics Keep Winning

The Celtics went into Salt Lake City last night to face old friend Al Jefferson and the Utah Jazz, and emerged with a 107-102 victory, giving then a 3-1 record on their latest West coast swing.

Heartless, not gutless – Gerry Callahan loves the trade of Kendrick Perkins, calling it a great deal, and praising Danny Ainge for being heartless enough to make it.

New-look Celtics rely on familiar formula when it counts – Paul Flannery with a few points from last night’s game, including going with a test formula down the stretch. Chris Forsberg also has a number of observations from the win.

It’s selling points that add up in this game – Gary Washburn says that the recruiting skills of Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge will be on display this week. Peter May looks at which of the buyout possibilities would be the best fit for the Celtics. Steve Bulpett’s Celtics Notebook has the Celtics and Heat competing for players.

Green, Davis will compete for crunch-time minutes – A. Sherrod Blakely says that the two forwards will likely be played based on which one is playing better during crunch-time. He also has a look at rookie Avery Bradley who got up some shots in his six minutes last night.

West is back on the shelf – Julian Benbow has Delonte West missing last night’s game after spraining an ankle in a walkthrough. Yes, a walkthrough.

Stating it right up front on Bruins – Kevin Paul Dupont says that despite the big changes the Bruins has made, many of their playoff hopes ride on David Krejci, Nathan Horton, and Michael Ryder, all of whom have been here all season.

Team set up for playoff run – Stephen Harris has the Bruins with the right pieces in place. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins’ trade strategies appear to be paying off.

Production values – Peter Abraham says that the Red Sox trio of outfielders offer speed, versatility, and promise. Brian MacPherson notes that not many fly balls will fall between Crawford and Ellsbury. Michael Silverman has the Sox happy to have Carl Crawford on their side. Scott Lauber has the Sox giving the OK to a more aggressive approach at the plate from Ellsbury.

Anchorman: How Lester emerged as most critical Red Sox – Alex Speier says that Lester is the one certainty in the Red Sox starting rotation.

Beckett hit in head by batted ball – Michael Vega’s notebook has the pitcher showing symptoms of a mild concussion after getting struck in the head with a ball while shagging flies. The Herald Red Sox Notebook from Lauber has lefty Andrew Miller making a strong impression in his first outing. The Red Sox Journal from MacPherson has Drew Sutton looking for a utility role.

Ten possible Patriots from NFL combine – Mike Reiss with a look at some guys who showed Patriot potential at the combine.