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Jazmine Dixon, 16, right, and Dionne Odom shed tears at the scene where Odom’s younger brother Steven was gunned down in October of 2007.

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On a gorgeous Palm Sunday surrounding a cherry plum tree planted in memory of their beloved Stevie, the Odoms offered an olive branch. “I would love to reach out to the family of the person identified and offer my love and my genuine support,” said Ron Odom Jr., 25, the oldest brother of 13-yearold Steven Odom, whose alleged

David Johnson, 19, of Mattapan, was arrested Friday on charges he supplied the gun to Bunch and helped him cover up the crime. Johnson will be arraigned today on accessory to murder charges.

killer was identified by authorities this weekend as Charles Bunch Jr. Bunch was 18 on Oct. 4, 2007, when officials say he gunned down Odom in a case of mistaken identity, killing the innocent boy steps from his Evans Street home. Ten days later Bunch was

also killed in an unsolved murder, depriving the Odoms of a chance to see the killer in court and leaving two families with open wounds. In reaching out so soon after the case was cracked, the Odom family wants to set the example as to how forgiveness can help

curb violent crime. “We have no hate,” said Rev. Ronald Odom Sr., Steven’s father, who preached forgiveness at True Vine Church yesterday morning. Ron Odom Jr., who wishes to foster such connections through his newly formed Closer Communities organization, said his family does not have closure, but admitted there is “some relief to know that Steven will get some justice.” The ultimate outcome, he said, would be to help prevent the next tragedy from occurring.

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March tumbled by more than 16 percent from a year ago, exacerbating the state’s large and ongoing budget-balancing problems. SHNS

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Boston Globe truck was robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning in the South End, according to police. A man working in the back of the truck told Boston police two men wearing black hooded sweatshirts approached the truck around 10:15 a.m., flashed a gun and demanded money. The man said he thought the gun went off at one point, but nobody was hit. The incident happened near the intersection of Harrison Avenue and E. Lenox Street, and police are still searching for the suspects. Anyone with information can call police at (617) 343-4683 or text “Tip” to CRIME (27463). METRO/GS

Clarification In Friday’s edition of Metro, a statement by former South Korea president Roh Moo-Hyun was unclearly identified. The statement was in reference to a 2006 revelation by North Korea that it had tested a nuclear weapon, rather than current reports that North Korea is now testing what U.S. intelligence believes is a nuclear missile. Metro apologizes for misrepresenting the quote.

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UMass-Lowell will host an Women’s Economic Summit today from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that will include discussions on the role women play in the economy and how they can “maximize their potential in business, public policy and politics,” according to organizers. METRO/GS

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank will speak at Harvard University tonight at 6 p.m. at John F. Kennedy School of Government. Frank, the chair of the House Financial Services Committee, is expected to focus remarks on the nation’s economic collapse. METRO/GS

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Fenway Park was buzzing with interest yesterday, as fans decked out in Red Sox hats and tees descended upon Yawkey Way to enjoy the warm weather and get back in baseballmode in anticipation of Opening Day. On Lansdowne Street, tents, tables and chairs were lined up next to the park, as hopefuls prepared to wait overnight to secure coveted Opening Day tickets. By the afternoon, about 40 people had gathered. To pass the time, some tossed a football around, while others lounged and played cards. Another group even hooked up a television to their car battery and watched “Back to the Future.” “The adrenaline will keep us going,” said 25-year-old Jon Colbath, who traveled down from New Hampshire yesterday morning with a group of friends. This year marked the third time Colbath has waited overnight for tickets. On the other side of the park, another group gathered to catch a glimpse of the players coming and going in their parking lot, and the crowd roared every time a player showed his face. Jacob Axtell, 19, and Camille Cuypers, 18, got caught up in the excitement as they took a detour on their way to the supermarket. The two moved to Boston from Colorado four

Three people were killed over the weekend in separate car crashes, according to state police. On Friday night, a 25-yearold Lowell man, Pannharith Tralong, was killed after his

With General Manager Dan Grabauskas

I do not know what The MBCR’s policy is regarding passengers riding in the cabin with the engineer, but I would imagine it is not condoned. I write because this morning I witnessed two passengers (clearly not employees of the MBCR) riding in the cabin and chatting with the engineer from Rte. 128 Station to South Station. This seems incredibly unsafe for those passengers, and for everyone on the train since they were distracting the engineer. I don’t mean to get our engineer in trouble, because our train is one of the few that is actually punctual in the morning, but I feel compelled to mention this incident before something serious happens. STEPHANIE

Sox gear galore A line of Red Sox fans hoping to get tickets to today’s opening season game formed down Lansdowne Street yesterday.

months ago to an apartment in the Fenway, and Axtell, already a big Sox fan in

Across from Fenway Park, the Souvenir Store saw a steady stream of customers yesterday, as employees prepped for a busy Opening Day despite a washout in the forecast. Some of the more popular new items include the “2 Sox” alternate hats and John Smoltz T-shirts, according to sales associate Ian Stern. “It’s going to be a madhouse,” he said of today’s crowd.

Rockies country, envisioned a wild summer ahead.

“I’m loving it already,” he grinned.

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the wooded area of the median around 4 a.m. State police said the victim, Douglas Bacchiocchi, wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Nearly 90 minutes later, police said a Holland man

was killed in Brimfield after a head-on collision on Route 20. Nicholas Perry, 24, died after a pickup truck crossed over into the westbound lanes and slammed into his Geo Prism. METRO

Dear Stephanie, You are absolutely correct. Individuals unaffiliated with MBCR are forbidden from riding in the engineer’s cab. I understand your safety concern and thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. I have instructed the MBTA’s Chief of Railroad Operation John Ray to discuss this issue with MBCR to ensure that the train crew adheres to the rules and regulations that govern the operation of the train. Please know that we depend on our customers to be the eyes and ears of the system not only during emergency situations, but also for incidents such as the one you witnessed. The fact that you took the time to report your observation shows me that our efforts to share responsibility with the public are working. I encourage customers to take the time to share an idea, or report an incident that may be detrimental to the safe operation of a train. Send your questions for MBTA General Manager Dan Grabauskas to matthew.killorin@metro.us


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Calling all seniors Mayor Thomas Menino will celebrate with volunteers today the completion of an initiative to call every senior living in Boston — all 45,161 — and remind them of the services available to them. Menino set forth his plan during the State of the City address. METRO/TL

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The city has long touted its track record on advancing green initiatives, and yesterday that list got a little longer with the help of three local environmental advocates.

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Visitors pass through the green exhibits of the Down:2:Earth show at the Hynes Convention Center. The exhibition focused on the advancement of sustainable living.

BOSTON. The House is

expected to take up the transportation reform legislation tomorrow, after the Senate passed a similar bill last week. The bill, in part, calls for restructuring various transportation agencies into one, eliminating the Turnpike Authority and bringing MBTA employees into the health insurance group as state employees. The Legislature is expected to address new transportation revenues separately before the new fiscal year begins July 1. METRO/GS

wrapped up yesterday and two ideas were selected to be incorporated into the city’s green agenda. One of those ideas came from 11year-old Alie Reilinger and 12-year-old Mimi Colson Leaning, two Jamaica Plain neighbors who presented a plan to promote recycling through murals at T stations, schools and the city’s electrical boxes.

The four finalists “pitched” their concepts to a panel of judges yesterday at the Down:2:Earth green living expo at the Hynes Convention Center. “Their idea will capture the imagination of local residents and signal to them to do the right thing for the environment,” said panelist Jim Hunt, the city’s energy and environ-

ment chief. The panel also selected an idea for a “Get a Little Greener” public awareness campaign suggested by Jessica Lerner, a Brookline resident and green living consultant with her own company, Green on the Inside. Her idea also involved the Red Sox wearing green socks during one home game.

NYT: Globe faces closure Awareness Walk for Change unless $20M cuts are made BOSTON. The New York Times Co. has threatened to shut down the Boston Globe unless $20 million in concessions are agreed to by the paper’s unions, the Globe reported this weekend. The announcement came after a Thursday morning meeting with members of the Globe’s 13 unions and within days of the paper's latest round of layoffs, which saw it part last Monday with 50 fulltimers.

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The 137-year-old Globe has been owned since 1993 by the Times Co., which also has a minority stake in Metro Boston. The Times Co. reported a net loss of $57.8 million in 2008. The Globe lost roughly $50 million last year. The concessions, if agreed to, could include pay cuts and an elimination of pension contributions. Each union will negotiate individually with the Times Co., according to the Globe. METRO/TL

News in brief BOSTON. Kurvin Richardson, 38, of Roxbury, convicted last week of a 1990 cold case murder will be sentenced this morning in Suffolk Superior Court. METRO/TL

BOSTON. Funeral services will take place today for former state Rep. Richard Finnigan, who passed away last Tuesday at the age of 72 from complications of heart disease. METRO/TL

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Estimated bailout cost jumps U.S. congressional budget analysts have raised their estimate of the net cost to taxpayers for the government’s financial rescue program to $356 billion, an increase of $167 billion from earlier estimates. REUTERS

Rocket launch pits the world against N. Korea The reclusive communist state, which has tested a nuclear device and is in stalled six-party talks on ending its nuclear program, said a satellite was launched into orbit and was circling the Earth transmitting revolutionary songs. The United States and South Korea said the Taepodong-2 rocket failed to enter orbit. Analysts said the launch was effectively a test of a ballistic missile designed to carry a warhead as far as Alaska. Western countries and Japan said the action violated a 2006 Security Council resolution demanding that Pyongyang not launch any more ballistic missiles and

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Secretary Timothy Geithner denied yesterday the Obama administration was crafting bailout initiatives to allow companies to evade limits on executive pay and other restrictions imposed by Congress, which the Washington Post reported REUTERS over the weekend.

U.N. inaction  The 15-nation U.N. Security Council held a closed-door session in New York yesterday afternoon but China and Russia had already made clear they would use their veto power to block any resolution imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang.  Western diplomats said the two countries, backed by Vietnam and Libya, sought to water down the council response.

suspend all activities linked to its missile program. “With this provocative act, North Korea has ignored its international obligations, rejected unequivocal calls for restraint, and further isolated itself from the community of nations,” President Barack Obama said. China, the nearest North Korea has to an ally, and Russia called on all sides for calm and restraint. REUTERS

 French President Nicolas Sarkozy said: “The international community must punish a regime that doesn’t respect any international rules.”

 Japan said it was “extremely regrettable.”  NATO called it “highly provocative” and the European Union condemned Pyongyang’s step.  China said: “All sides ought to look at the big picture (and) avoid taking actions which may exacerbate the situation.”  Russia’s foreign minister called for a “balanced approach and caution” at U.N. discussions. REUTERS

Special news coverage of the rocket launch was displayed in shop windown across Seoul while activists there protesting Pyongyang’s actions burned effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Obama declares his goal of a world that’s free of nukes PRAGUE. President Barack Obama set out his vision for ridding the world of nuclear arms yesterday, declaring the U.S. ready to lead steps by all states with atomic weapons to reduce their arsenals. Delivering a speech given new urgency by North Korea’s rocket launch hours earlier, Obama said the United States would go ahead with plans to build a missile defense shield in Europe as long as Iran posed a threat with its nuclear program. On a visit to the Czech capital, once a focal point in the Cold War between the West and the Soviet Union, Obama pledged to cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal, to bring the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into force and to seek tough penalties for those that broke rules

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 South Korea branded the launch as a “reckless” act.

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U.S. stocks should rally further this week, if investors get more signs that the economic slump is abating and earnings season does not get off to a rocky start. In this holidayshortened week, volume could be light, raising the specter of increased volatility as investors look to string together a fifth straight week of gains. Many market participants are likely to be out of the office this week, when Passover begins. REUTERS

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North Korea fired a longrange rocket yesterday, provoking international outrage, but a divided U.N. Security Council failed at an emergency meeting to agree on a reaction to Pyongyang’s defiant move.

President and Michelle Obama share a kiss in Prague.

on nonproliferation. “The United States will take concrete steps toward a world without nuclear

weapons,” he told a cheering crowd of more than 20,000 in Hradcanske Square outside the mediae-

“The United States will take concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons.” Obama val Prague Castle. “To put an end to Cold War thinking, we will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy and urge others to do the same,” Obama said, adding: “We will seek to include all nuclear weapons states in this endeavor.” REUTERS

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Obama to Turkey: We can be united ANKARA. U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Turkey yesterday in his first visit as president to a Muslim country. His visit will be a way to emphasize his message of reaching out to Muslims. Obama’s visit, on the last leg of an eight-day trip that marks his debut as president on the world stage, is a recognition of the secular but predominantly Muslim country’s growing clout. REUTERS

Inclusive gesture Obama urged the European Union to accept Turkey as a full member of the 27-nation bloc, in remarks rejected outright by France and met coolly by Germany. The disagreement was a rare outward sign of divergence at an EU-U.S. summit stage-managed to relaunch transatlantic ties.


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April off to a bloody start Authorities yesterday defended the police response to the massacre at an immigration services center in Binghamton, where a man opened fire, killing 13 people. Police officers went into the American Civic Center almost 45 minutes after the first 911 calls, made when the shooting started around 10:30 a.m. Friday. “Nobody could have been saved if the police walked in the door that

first minute,” Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen told reporters yesterday. The first officers arrived three minutes after the first call, but no shots were then being fired. A SWAT team entered at 11:13 a.m. A group of 26 people hid for hours in the basement, unsure if the gunman was still roaming the building. Jiverly Wong, 41, killed 13 people and himself. Wong was apparently upset over losing his job and GETTY IMAGES

A police officer stands in front of the American Civic Association in Binghamton, N.Y., where a gunman killed 13 people.

News in brief GRAHAM, WASH. A man, think-

ing his wife was leaving him, allegedly killed his five children before turning the gun on himself. METRO

believed he was mistreated for his poor command of English. Although he took English classes at the center, it was not clear if he was targeting anyone in particular. Four of the dead were from China. Others came from the Philippines, Iraq, Brazil, Haiti, Vietnam, the United States and Pakistan.

They ranged in age from 22 to 72, Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan's office said. METRO/REUTERS

Officers killed in ambush PITTSBURGH. A gunman killed three police officers in Pittsburgh on Saturday, after lying in wait in a doorway, wearing a bulletproof vest. Richard Poplawski, 23, held police off for four hours while the dying officers lay bleeding feet away, officials say. He was taken into custody after his vest saved him from several lifethreatening shots. Neighbors have said that domestic disputes were

common in the Poplawski house. Normally, however, the police would resolve the situation without injury. This time, Poplawski was carrying an AK-47 rifle, a .22 long rifle and a pistol, in addition to his bulletproof vest. “We’ve seen this kind of violence happen in California,” said city Police Chief Nate Harper. “We never would think this kind of violence would happen in the city of Pittsburgh.” METRO

What is it about April? Reporters at the Columbus Dispatch have attempted to make sense of the senseless violence so prone to occur at the beginning of spring. “Some experts say that April is a time of change that can trigger a disturbed mind to act out,” said psychology professor Randy Nelson. Other experts pointed to the increase in light that comes with the changing of the seasons. Apparently, the additional light can exacerbate a manic streak in the sufferers of some mental illnesses. Another theory links the violence with the changing of the school year. “If I’ve been thinking about doing anything, I better do it now because the year is almost over,” said Chuck Archer, former chair of the Ohio School Psychologists Association. METRO


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We share three of our favorite song downloads and you guess how they relate to each other.  See the answers at right.

1 “Furious,” by Ja Rule, left 2 “Rollin’,” by Limp Bizkit 3 “Speed,” by Atari Teenage Riot

What’s the connection? All of these speedy songs were on soundtracks to various “The Fast and the Furious” flicks. The fourth film in the franchise, “Fast & Furious,” was No. 1 at the box office this weekend. METRO

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Err ... haven’t we Huge star Montag: Conrad ‘not needed’ seen this before? Dorothy Robinson dorothy.robinson@metro.us

When asked to list stars that Montag is more talented than, Pratt listed, “Madonna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Beyonce.”

What’s old is always new when it comes to TV shows. And with a fresh crop of series in primetime this spring, there’s no shortage of character traits and plot lines gently borrowed from previous shows that will leave you thinking, “Haven’t I seen this before?”

The genius with a bad boy streak...

Richard Castle is a playboy author who solves crimes when he’s not writing about them in his novels. “He pays very, very close attention. He is a spoiled brat. He does his own thing. He’s kind of in his own world, but he’s a clever guy,” says actor Nathan Fillion, who plays Castle. For fans of:

 Dr. Gregory House, the curmudgeon who solves medical mysteries.  “Eleventh Hour”’s Dr. James Hood, the eccentric biophysicist who solves scientific oddities.  “The Mentalist”’s Patrick Jane, the fake psychic with

exceptional observation skills who helps cops catch the bad guys.

The strangers picked to live in a house… New show: “Harlem Heights,” Mondays, 10 p.m., BET Plot description:

The eight cast members of “Harlem Heights” aren’t technically all strangers, or living in the same house. They’re friends (creator Kurt Williamson refers to his casting process as “six degrees of separation”) who live in the same area. “We were looking for African- Americans in their 20s, in their quarter-life crisis,” Williamson explains.

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New show: “Castle,” Mondays, 10 p.m., ABC Character description:

For fans of:

 “The Real World,” though the “Heights” cast is more interested in the new Harlem Renaissance than hot tubs.  “The Hills,” although Lauren Conrad’s internship at Teen Vogue pales in comparison to the drama surrounding some of the casts’ gigs as a community activist, aspiring actress and TV producer.  “The Real Housewives of New York City,” but forget the Countess — this cast leads fabulous yet relatable lives in NYC.

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perfectly OK to pretend you’re young and rich, leading a fabulously sordid life. 8 p.m., The CW

growing bellies as their characters Lily and Robin remain childless in the city with their BFFs Ted (Josh Radnor), Marshall (Jason Segel) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). 8:30 p.m., CBS

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GOSSIP. Although many “Hills” fans will be shedding tears when sad-faced star Lauren Conrad prepares for her final season airing tonight, Heidi Montag isn’t one of them. “We don’t need her,” she tells MTV News. “We’ll miss her. I just don’t know if we need her. ... She’s gotta leave the drama to the pros! I love ‘The Hills’ and I definitely don’t want to go anywhere anytime soon.” On Friday, Montag’s evil paramour, Spencer Pratt, dissed other celeb on Q100 Atlanta’s “The Bert Show.”

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Saget and Cynthia Stevenson star in “Suburbia.”

REALITY. Lauren Conrad insists Season 5 will be her last on “The Hills.” But if she’s not appearing on a reality show, does she really even exist? Premieres tonight 10 p.m., MTV METRO/AR


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Metro’s take: The Rays are a trendy pick to beat out Boston in the AL East this year. We still have to be convinced. Plus, Beckett trumps Shields every time. Sox win, 6-3.

Sox roster officially set The Red Sox released their 25-man Opening Day active roster yesterday, with no surprises. George Kottaras will back up Jason Varitek at catcher, and Chris Carter (right) and Nick Green claimed the final roster spots for field players. METRO

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and Atlanta Braves kicked off the 2009 season last night after the Phillies hung their World Series championship banner at Citizens Bank Park. As expected, injured ace Cole Hamels did not pitch for Philly. METRO AL. CC Sabathia is scheduled to

make his Yankees debut today when the Bronx Bombers visit the Baltimore Orioles (4 p.m., ESPN). The hefty lefty will likely also pitch the first game in the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, April 16. METRO NL. Like the Yankees, the Mets

open their season on the road today, visiting the Cincinnati Reds for an afternoon game (1:10 p.m., ESPN). The Citi Field era begins Monday, April 13, against the Padres. METRO MLB. A pair of other games are

on national television today: the Chicago Cubs at the Houston Astros (7 p.m., ESPN2) and the Oakland A’s at the L.A. Angels (9 p.m., ESPN). METRO AL. Jeff Niemann has officially

won the Rays’ No. 5 starter job. The club traded Jason Hammel to the Rockies for minor league hurler Aneury Rodriguez METRO yesterday. NL. The Mets made the last big

splash of the offseason over the weekend, signing ninetime All-Star Gary Sheffield to a league-minimum deal. METRO

Josh Beckett posted a 12-10 record with a 4.03 ERA in 27 starts for the Red Sox last year. He starts his fourth year with the team today.

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Josh Beckett was beaten up physically and beaten down mentally by the end of the 2008 season. The 28-year-old with the gunslinger mentality — and the primo ace stuff to go along with it — seemed to be pitching from behind all year long,

and never consistently resembled the brash 2007 World Series model. Beckett got through the summer and finished 1210 with a 4.03 ERA, but nearly allowed more hits than innings pitched for the first time, and finished with his highest opponent batting average (.256). But the back, elbow and oblique injuries healed in a long winter of rest. That’s

“It’s nice to see [Beckett] throwing free and easy again, like he can.” Terry Francona good, since Boston quite simply needs an ace-type campaign out of the big Texan to get back on top. “When you’re around a guy enough you know when they’re going to just find a way [to win], and that’s how we feel with Josh,” Terry Francona said. This afternoon is Beck-

ett’s first Opening Day start for the Red Sox. Finally Boston’s undisputed No. 1 starter, Beckett is heading the deepest, most talented starting rotation in the majors. “[Lester], Josh and Daisuke, they’re unbelievable,” Sox pitcher John Smoltz said.

Pitching matchup Josh Beckett The righty from Texas starts on Opening Day for the fourth time in his career … The previous three starts came as a member of the Florida Marlins from 200305 … Beckett went 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 16 strikeouts in those contests, the last coming on April 5, 2005 against the Atlanta Braves.

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Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Sox catalyst batted .280 last season Dustin Pedroia, 2B Defending AL MVP among best in game David Ortiz, DH Bounce-back year on way for Big Papi? Kevin Youkilis, 1B Posted .312 BA, 29 HRs last season J.D. Drew, RF Great OBP, but can he stay healthy? Jason Bay, LF .293 BA, 9 HRs with Sox last season Mike Lowell, 3B Lowell’s 2008 was no match for great ’07 Jed Lowrie, SS Can youngster steal Lugo’s job for good? Jason Varitek, C Sox definitely need a captain comeback

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adam.smartschan@metro.us Record: 33-4 Saturday: Beat Villanova 8369. Ty Lawson scored 22 points and Wayne Ellington added 20 as the Tar Heels easily handled the Wildcats. In the tournament: UNC has lit up the scoreboard since March Madness began. In five games, against opponents as varied as Radford and ’Nova, the Heels have scored 101, 84, 98, 72 and 83 points. Key to victory: Turn tonight’s game into a sequel, rather than a remake. UNC destroyed MSU 98-63 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Ford Field on Dec. 3, 2008. If the championship tilt looks anything like that, the trophy is headed to Tobacco Road.

Celtics: KG’s out. So what? After Friday’s victory over the Hawks, the C’s (58-19) have won four straight. Next up is a home game Wednesday against the Nets (7:30 p.m., CSN).

Bruins: Nifty fifty. The B’s (51-17-10) iced the top seed in the Eastern Conference over the weekend, blanking the Rangers on Saturday. They don’t get long to savor the title: Four games in six days start tomorrow night at the Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m, NESN).

Blazers: The other team at the Garden split a weekend pair, entering the final days of the National Lacrosse League season in second place in the Eastern Conference. Their last home game is Saturday vs. Rochester (7:30 p.m.).

Breakers Heather Mitts, Kristine Lilly and the reformed Breakers opened the WPS season with a 2-1 loss at Santa Clara, Calif.’s FC Gold Pride yesterday. Kelly Smith scored the lone goal for Boston.

Michigan State Spartans Michigan State’s Durrell Summers takes to the air during Saturday’s national semifinal vs. UConn.

UNC entering Spartans’ den COLLEGE HOOPS. It’s not a home game for Michigan State. But it’s close. Tonight’s national championship basketball game between the Spartans and North Carolina is hardly shaping up as a neutral affair. The Final Four is UNC being held vs. MSU in Detroit — 9:21, CBS easy driving distance from MSU’s home base of East Lansing, Mich.

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Record: 31-6 Saturday: Held off a tenacious Connecticut squad for an 82-73 victory. Guard Kalin Lucas scored 21 points, his most since March 8 against Purdue. In the tournament: The Spartans haven’t enjoyed many easy rides on the way to Detroit. First-round patsy Robert Morris kept it close, and USC, Kansas, Louisville and UConn all put scares into tonight’s de facto home team. Key to victory: Use the crowd. Detroit is desperate for a winner right now, and probably 75 percent of Ford Field will be decked out in green tonight. It’s storybook stuff; if the Spartans feed off it, there’s a very real chance for an upset. METRO

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