MIT’s Raman Joins The Memphis Grizzlies As An Assistant Coach

Sonia Raman, who has coached the MIT women’s basketball team for 12 seasons, was named an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies. (PHOTO COURTESY: MIT Athletics/DSPics.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Sonia Raman, who has guided the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) women’s basketball team for the past 12 seasons, was named an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier today. 

Raman replaces Niele Ivey, who was recently named the head coach of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team back in April. 

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff,” Raman said, via today’s release, which can be found on the team’s website. “I can’t wait to get to Memphis and get started with Taylor (Jennings), his staff, and the team’s emerging young core.”

Added Jennings, “We are beyond excited to welcome Sonia to the Memphis Grizzlies. She has a high basketball IQ and a tremendous ability to teach the game, as well as a strong passion for the game. She is going to be a great addition to our current coaching staff.” 

Memphis concluded its 2019-20 campaign with 34 wins and 39 losses – they fell short of advancing to the opening round of the National Basketball Association‘s (NBA) restarted playoffs in Orlando, Florida by losing to the Portland Trailblazers in a one-game playoff. Portland, which secured the eighth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, saw its championship hopes dashed by the Los Angeles Lakers (LA beat Portland in five contests). 

At MIT, Raman guided the Engineers to a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championships, along with two appearances in the NCAA D-III Tournament. Raman is the winningest coach in program history and led the Engineers to 91 victories in the last five years. 

Prior to being named the head coach of the MIT women’s basketball program, Raman spent time as an assistant at alma mater Tufts University and Wellesley College

“I have been proud to call MIT my home for the last 12 years,” said Raman, via today’s announcement from MIT

Daily Noontime: Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s Thursday – woo!

Today will certainly be a LOT warmer in Boston (and other parts of Massachusetts), so get outside and soak in some Vitamin D – it is good for you, especially in the winter.

As always, make sure to smile, be kind, and laugh – laughing is also good for you, too – and enjoy our first ‘throwback Thursday’ Daily Noontime!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Celtics continued their momentum from Monday by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies last night at the TD GardenJayson Tatum led the way with 23 points while Daniel Theis chipped in 14 points, four rebounds, and two assists in 19 minutes.
  • The Celtics are off tonight but are back in action tomorrow (Friday, January 24th) when they visit the Orlando Magic with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
  • The Boston Bruins are off until the end of the month – they entered the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star break with some momentum for the stretch run by beating the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Eli Manning, who quarterbacked the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories over the New England Patriots, announced his retirement last night. (ESPN.com)
  • Will Eli Manning be elected to the National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame? Possibly? (NFL.com)

  • Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens had some kind words to say prior to last night’s game against Jae Crowder, who played for the Green and White from 2014-2017. (Boston.com)

  • Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe didn’t think Tom Brady was ‘going to be a starter.’ (NESN.com)

  • Employees at The Ringer, which was started by Bill Simmons, are worried about their jobs with talks of a sale to an audio company called … Spotify. (Washington Post)

  • Major League Baseball (MLB) plans to test robot umpires during spring training. (Elite Sports NY)

Throwback Video of the Day: In honor of ‘Throwback Thursday,’ enjoy a look back at a dominant sports decade in Boston Sports, courtesy of Boston Sports Highlights

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Daily Noontime: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Happy Wednesday, everyone – hope you’re in a good mood like we are here at Noontime Sports!

Sure, it is a chilly day outside here in Boston, but the good news is a semi heatwave is on the way, which means we are another day closer to spring and no more snow – woo!

In the meantime, let’s get you caught up on some news for the day, as well as what happened last night in Boston sports.

As usual, have a great day, smile, be nice and plan something fun for later or this weekend!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Bruins picked-up their 29th win last night by edging the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 3-2. With the win, the Black and Gold have won two of their last three and three of their last six outings. Boston will be off until next Friday, January 31st due to the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game this upcoming weekend.
  • The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening when they host the Memphis Grizzlies with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Celtics scored an exciting win on Monday, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers which should provide the Green and White with some serious momentum going forward.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • Tuesday’s win over the Vegas Golden Knights was an ideal way for the Bruins to head into the All-Star break. (MassLive.com)

  • Derek Jeter is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame. And the same could be said for Larry Walker, too, but not former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling(ESPN.com)
  • Boston Globe‘s Dan Shaughnessy believes next year will be the year Curt Schilling gets into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Boston Globe)
  • Things got heated at the end of last night’s Kansas-Kansas State men’s basketball game. (USA Today)

  • Zion Williamson will make his National Basketball League (NBA) debut this evening as the New Orleans Pelicans welcome the San Antonio Spurs to Louisiana. And perhaps his play could be the spark the Pelicans need for a mid-to-late season postseason push. (The Ringer)
  • Uber will allow some California drivers to set their own fares. (Wall Street Journal)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Is San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan the second coming of Bill Walsh

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Daily Noontime: January 21st, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Tuesday – most of us are back to work this morning after a LONG weekend, so hopefully, this provides you with some extra energy to commence a four-day work week!

Today is quite cold in Boston – when do the warmer temperatures arrive? – but the good news is a warm-up is coming in a few days, along with some rain this weekend, which should wipe away the remainder of this past weekend’s snowstorm.

As always, have a great day, smile, be kind, and enjoy time with family and friends (if you can!).


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • Jayson Tatum netted 27 points, while Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker each recorded 20 points, respectively, as the Boston Celtics rolled the Los Angeles Lakers, 139-107, last night at the TD Garden. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Green and White, who return to the court tomorrow (Wednesday, January 22nd) against the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • The Boston Bruins will entertain the Vegas Golden Knights this evening with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. The Black and Gold enter the contest with a 28-10-12 record (68) points, which is good for first place in the Eastern Conference (Tampa Bay sits behind Boston in second place, while Florida is in third place).

The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • Nicole Yang of Boston.com dishes out ’10 notes and observations’ from the Celtics’ impressive (and exciting) win last night over the Lakers. (Boston.com)
  • “I mean, listen, it was a good, old-fashion butt whooping,” said LeBron James following his team’s loss last night to the Celtics. (ESPN.com)

  • We’ll find out this evening who is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer – could we see former Boston Red Sox pitcher get elected to the Class of 2020? Here is an inside look at how the Boston Globe writers voted for this year’s class. (Boston Globe)

  • Cambridge‘s Khai Smith recorded a double-double of 22 points and 23 rebounds yesterday which helped the Falcons snap TechBoston’s 27-game winning streak in the BABC Classic at Cathedral High School yesterday in local Massachusetts high school basketball. (Boston Herald)
  • Who will be the next manager of the Boston Red Sox? Perhaps Hensley Meulens, who is the New York Mets bench coach? (OverTheMonster.com | SB Nation)

  • Chris Kreider, who played for Boston College, will be a top target for the Boston Bruins at the National Hockey League (NHL) trade deadline. (Yahoo.com)

Video of the Day: It’s hard to not watch again (and again) this marvelous dunk from last night by Jaylen Brown

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Noonan: The Ups And Downs Of Boston Sports

Bobby Valentine has spiced things up in Florida! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s been a while since a dark, stormy cloud drifted over the city of Boston.

For the past few weeks, Bostonians and New Englanders have appeared aggravated and disgusted with their four major professional sports teams because they’ve either struggled or disengaged.

Yet, let’s take a step back and realize that these particular days will pass because Boston is still technically the “City of Champions,” especially since all four major sports teams have won at least one championship in the past 11-years, right?

So, without further ado, let’s take a stroll downtown and check in with the Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox, who’re currently stealing the spotlight from the New England Patriots, who ended their season a few weeks ago in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Thoughts on the Sox: It’s way too early to deem the upcoming Boston Red Sox season a failure, especially since it’s only been two days of pitchers and catchers.

Manager Bobby Valentine has done a rather decent job with the club over the past few days, and appears eager to help everyone improve, especially Daisuke Matsuzaka, who according to the Boston Globe, played catch with his skipper on Monday. However, the highly touted pitcher isn’t expected to return the Fenway Park bump until midseason, as he’s currently recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Carl Crawford seems focused and determined to improve his performance from last season, despite ending the year with 129 hits, 29 doubles, seven triples, 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. Also, he struck out 104 times at the plate, too. Yet, similar to Matsuzaka, Valentine doesn’t want to push his leftfielder back into the lineup because he’s currently recovering from surgery on his left wrist.

Finally, a majority of the Sox position players have already arrived in Fort Myers, which is a hopeful sign that they’ve moved on from their chicken and beer rituals from last season. Boston is expected to conduct their first full team workouts on Thursday, and I’m sure after it concludes, we’ll have plenty to discuss around the water cooler in regards to David Ortiz to Cody Ross to Jason Varitek.

The aging Boston Celtics: Literally two weeks ago, I was sitting in the TD Garden watching the Green and White face a Memphis Grizzlies squad that probably should have won this particular clash, especially because they’re younger, quicker, stronger and faster. Although, Kevin Garnett denied the Grizzlies of a much needed win by turning in 22 points and nine rebounds, which helped Boston escape with a 98-80 victory.

Although, ever since that particular day, Boston has endued a 2-6 slump, which includes two losses to a struggling Detroit Pistons team that’ll most likely miss the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Can Danny Ainge salvage the Boston Celtics season? (Photo Credit: Flickr)

The Celtics are a complete mess, and need something or someone to spark their offense and defense, but what exactly should they do?

Should team president Danny Ainge create a blockbuster move or keep the roster intact?

What would Red Auerbach do? OK, that maybe the wrong thing to ask, but really, what would the former coach do in this particular situation?

It’s hard to determine what will happen over the next few weeks, but it’s pretty certain that a change is needed, especially if Boston plans to contend for some hardware in June.

The Bruins need to score goals: Similar to the Celtics, the Bruins are struggling.

They’ve lost two of their last three contests, and registered a goose egg (zero) on the scoreboard for the sixth time this season this past Sunday when the Minnesota Wild blanked them, 2-0 on national television.

However, Boston can salvage their current six-game road trip with wins in St. Louis, Buffalo and Ottawa, which might turn some frowns upside down.

Various reports on Tuesday and Wednesday confirmed that Nathan Horton is expected to remain sidelined, while Rich Peverley continues to be hampered by a knee injury. Also, Shawn Thornton has been battling an illness, which could prevent him from playing against the Blues on Wednesday.

Although, despite the various injuries, as well as bumps and bruises I think, Patrice Bergeron summed it up perfectly when he told the media that his teammates aren’t expecting the front office to locate a “savior” to assist the Bruins, who’re currently on par to snag the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

I don’t think a drastic change is necessary for this particular squad. What Boston needs to do is focus on scoring the first goal, and capitalizing on it. They also need Tim Thomas to keep his mind on hockey, not politics or social media.

The Bruins will be fine, but I’m not ruling out a potential trade that could help Boston in May and June.