Emotional Kemba Walker honored by UConn


Emotional Kemba Walker honored by UConn

The University of Connecticut on Tuesday honored Kemba Walker, leader of the school's NCAA champion Men's Basketball team.

Walker's name and number were unveiled on Gampel Pavilion's Huskies of Honor wall, a surprise during the school's celebratory rally. The wall holds the names and numbers of the greatest players in team history.

The consensus first-team All-American wiped tears from his eyes after the drape was removed less than 24 hours after beating Butler 53-41 in the national title game.

"I never thought I'd see this day, you know, my name up there," said Walker. "I'm in great company."

It is an exclusive group, including Emeka Okafor, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton and Donyell Marshall, among others.

Averaging 23.5 points per game in his junior season, Walker delivered big shot after big shot at the end of games. His Huskies won the Maui Invitational (early-season), Big East and NCAA Tournaments, despite being unranked in the AP and Coaches' Polls until the third week of rankings.

Brad Stevens podcast: "Only goal around here is a championship"


Brad Stevens podcast: "Only goal around here is a championship"

Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine talk with Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens at Celtics Media Day about raised expectations for the upcoming season, how Al Horford will fit, can Isaiah Thomas build off an All-Star season, and how high are his goals. 

Plus, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss whether or not some critiscism could come Stevens' way if the Celtics doesn't perform well in the playoffs.

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David Ortiz 'guest edits' this week's Sports Illustrated


David Ortiz 'guest edits' this week's Sports Illustrated

This week’s Sports Illustrated has been guest-edited by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who is also featured on the New England regional cover with the headline “Designated Editor: Before He Retires Big Papi Takes Over SI.”

The cover shot is Ortiz stepping out of the dugout at Fenway Park, surrounded by his teammates and fans. In the issue, SI's Tim Verducci has an in-depth, candid Q&A with Ortiz on a range of topics in which Big Papi doesn’t shy away from questions about PEDs, his proudest accomplishments and biggest disappointments. 

This is the first time in the magazine's 62-year history that an athlete has guest-edited an issue. Ortiz was able to select the stories, including one on his friend, new Celtics free agent acquisition Al Horford, which explores the brotherhood of Dominican athletes beyond their major league dominance. Ortiz asked SI to look into what’s going on at Patriots headquarters, where his favorite NFL team is off to a 3–0 start. He called for an opus on Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, whose life was tragically cut short last weekend, and who will have a lasting impact on those he touched. Finally, Seth Meyers, host of NBC's Late Night, and writer Michael Schur pay their respects to Ortiz.