The Texas Rangers looked very much like a squad out to remind everyone, especially the much-hyped Red Sox, that they are the reigning American League champions. They pounded Red Sox pitching in all three games this weekend, sweeping the season opening series for both teams. Get the full coverage at RedSoxLinks.com. Dan Shaughnessy can have his fun today, I still think the Red Sox will be fine in the end.
Shaquille O’Neal returned to the Celtics last night, but the big man only lasted five and a half minutes on the floor before having to exit with what turned out to be a calf injury. The Celtics used a huge third quarter to defeat the Detroit Pistons 101-90 at the Garden last night. Get all the stories at CelticsLinks.com.
Red Sox suffer from Worst Timing Ever – Michael Silverman attempts to convince the masses that this was “nothing more, or less, than one god-awful, three-game series.” Jeremy Lundblad also attempts perspective. Tony Lee has the Sox looking for positives after their worst start since 1996.
10 Things We Learned from the Red Sox’ opening weekend – Alex Speier with a look back at what we can take from this weekend.
Carl Crawford down, not out – John Tomase says that the Sox $100 million man is too good to have an extended slump.
Beckett of old could be just the right medicine – Brian MacPherson’s Red Sox Journal says that a vintage Josh Beckett could be huge for the Red Sox tomorrow. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham has more on Crawford’s slow start. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has more on Saltalamacchia.
Shaquille O’Neal impressive before new injury – Steve Bulpett has the big man showing his skills before limping off with yet another injury. Peter May says that the short glimpse we got just proved that the Celtics need Shaq in the postseason.
Latest Shaq injury leaves Celtics looking for answers – Paul Flannery notes that the silver lining is that Nenad Krstic should be ready to go tomorrow night. A. Sherrod Blakely notes that the Celtics still have yet to get their ideal playoff roster together.
Ray Allen shows signs of shaking slump – Mark Murphy’s notebook in the Herald has the guard looking to get more comfortable in the offense as the playoffs near. The Globe notebook from Gary Washburn has more on Krstic’s encouraging news on his knee. The Gatehouse notebook from Scott Souza has Jermaine O’Neal looking to play every game the rest of the way.
Claude Julien tries to keep Bruins loose – Joe McDonald has the Bruins coach mixing things up at practice yesterday.
Bruins hope to maintain momentum – Mike Loftus has the Bruins trying to stay sharp with a game against the desperate New York Rangers.
Who’s Howard? Answer man – Bob Ryan profiles Butler senior forward Matt Howard, who along with his teammates will play UConn for the national championship tonight.
UConn Men Face Butler For National Title Monday Night – Mike Anthony says that this UConn team will be remembered forever.
Tom Brady puts image on line in union fight – Ian Rapoport says that the Patriots QB could be costing himself endorsement dollars with his front-line role in the labor fight.