Sports - Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano will remain in the leadoff spot this season. Arriving in camp in better shape than usual, Soriano will be the anchor of virutally the same lineup as last year. The question mark forLou Piniella’s offense is who will be backing up the infield. “There are going to be times when he’s not in the lineup, so basically we have to figure out who is going to be that guy, and how you do it is play around with it in Spring Training” Piniella told MLB.com after Friday’s workout. Micah Hoffpauir could be one left-handed option off of the bench.
Carlos Zambrano will not be representing Venezuale in the World Baseball Classic this Spring. After suffering through intermittent shoulder problems in 2008, Big Z has decided against taking a chance playing earlier than usual.
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Homepage, Sports - In the middle of the Boston Celtics‘ Thursday night contest against the Utah Jazz, they not only lost an 11 point lead, but also Kevin Garnett. Garnett came down awkwardly on his right knee after a layup, and did not return for the rest of the game. The Celtics, in the midst of a 19-turnover game, could not hang on to their lead and fell back behind the Jazz, despite stellar play and a double double for Kendrick Perkins. Aside from the injury, the Celtics were hampered by sloppy offensive play. The C’s had a total of 19 turnovers, and missed almost a third of their free throws.
“I think our defense was great and gave us a chance to win the game,” Doc Rivers tolds the AP’s Doug Alden. “It really came down to free throws by us and turnovers. We make our free throws, we win the game. And we if we don’t turn the ball over, we win the game.” The Celtics will try to get back on track against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
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Sports - The 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament goes through Boston this year. Part of the Northeastern leg of the tournament will be held in Boston. On March 26th and March 28th the eyes of the sports world will be fixed on the TD Banknorth Garden as the Northeastern Regional field is whittled down to a single Final Four representative. Each session includes tickets to multiple exciting games.
The host of the tournament dates, Boston College, has knocked off two top teams this year, so expect them to make a strong showing in the tournament.
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Homepage, Sports - Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that the Boston Celtics inquired about Bobcats’ vet Raja Bell. Bell proved himself to be very capable in the postseason with the Phoenix Suns, and seems to be the type of player that would easily fit into the C’s system. However, the green have been unsuccessful trying to move JR Giddens thus far, and are lacking in potential players to trade for Bell.
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Homepage, Sports - After a four game skid that included two regulation and two overtime losses, the Boston Bruins showed up big against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Carolina would start off the scoring with the a Matt Cullen goal in the 11th minute of the first period. After that, it was all Bruins. Blake Wheeler put Boston on the board with a power play goal with less than three minutes left in the first. Sean Hnidy hit the back of the net on a David Krejci assist five minutes into the second. In the third period, the B’s opened it up. In just one minute of game time, Krejci scored on a power play, and Chuck Kobasew (fed by Zdeno Chara and PJ Axelsson) hit a shorthanded shot to give the black and gold a 4-1 lead. Patrice Bergeron put the nail in the coffin by scoring on an empty canes net with less than a minute left.
Even after the losing skid, the Bruins still have the best record and most points in the NHL. Their 88 points are three ahead of the Western Conference best San Jose Sharks , and 11 ahead of the Washington Capitals; the closest team in the East. The Bruins will travel to Florida to face the Panthers on Saturday, February 21st.
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Sports - At 32-15-8 the Chicago Blackhawks are a true contender in the Central Division trailing the Detroit Red Wings by just 10 points for 1st place. The Blackhawks put on another fine display in their 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Trailing 3-2 going in to the 3rd Chicago scored the next three to take the lead and the win. Kane, Bolland and Toews scored the final three goals for the Blackhawks.
The Lightning built their lead on a hat trick by Steven Stamkos. The Blackhawks opened the scoring in the 1st period with a goal by Duncan Keith. Toews scored his first goal of the game for Chicago in the 2nd period.
Upcoming Home Games for Chicago Blackhawks:
Blackhawks vs Wild 2/22
Blackhawks vs Penguins 2/27
Blackhawks vs Kings 3/1
Blackhawks vs Ducks 3/3
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Concerts - The eighth-annual Sasquatch Festival, held at the Gorge Ampitheatre in Washington, has released a tentative lineup and schedule for 2009. Nine Inch Nails, on what frontman Trent Reznor has hinted will be their last tour, will co-headline Sunday night’s show along with Jane’s Addiction. Kings of Leon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Decemberists, and Animal Collective will headline the first night. The closing night will be rounded out by Ben Harper, Erykah Badu, Fleet Foxes, and Black Moth Super Rainbow.
Full Sasquatch Festival Schedule:
Kings of Leon
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Sun Kil Moon
The Gaslight Anthem
King Khan & The Shrines
Ra Ra Riot
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Arthur & Yu
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele
Nine Inch Nails
TV On The Radio
Peter Bjorn and John
The Avett Brothers
The Airborne Toxic Event
The Builders And The Butchers
Point Juncture, WA
Ben Harper and Relentless7
Explosions In The Sky
Black Moth Super Rainbow
The Dutchess And The Duke
School Of Seven Bells
The Pica Beats
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Concerts - While nothing official has been announced, rumors of a newly reunited Limp Bizkit joining up with Korn to headline the 11-year old festival are flying around. Incubus and Ice Cube have also been speculated to join up, bringing together most of the artists from the original 1998 tour together again over a decade later. Korn and Limp Bizkit will both appear at the Download Festival in ths UK this Summer. In addition to the bands from 1998, fans have been lobbying for hard rock act Saliva to play the 2009 festival.
Another source sets the current lineup being booked as Korn, Deftones, System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, Gojira, Suicidal Tendencies, and Haste the Day.
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Sports - The Boston Celtics have completed a trade with the Sacramento Kings that will swap Sam Cassell and cash for a conditional second-round pick and cash. The likely result of this deal will be an open roster spot for the C’s, Cassell being released by the Kings, and the protected draft pick staying in Sacramento. While Cassell had not seen action in any of the C’s games so far this season, he was a constant presence on the bench and in warmups. This move gives Boston more options in pursuing more bench depth and a veteran presence (aquiring Stephon Marbury is still a possibility).
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Homepage, Sports - Red Sox slugger, David Ortiz shared his thoughts on A-Rod, steroids, and his own production with reporters yesterday at the Red Sox spring training facility in Fort Meyers. For the most part Ortiz was accepting of A-Rod’s admission and apology for his used of PED from the 2001-2003 seasons. Its those who continued or started to use steroids once testing began that annoy Papi. Ortiz suggested a full season suspension for any player testing positive going forward. The current penalty is a 50 game suspension.
Ortiz expressed some dismay over the bad press he received in 2008 regarding his power numbers. At 33 years old and now healthy, David expects to return to form in 2009. His wrist injury was a major factor in his weaker power numbers in 2008.
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