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Sweet 16 roundup: And then there were eight

UCLA’s Cinderella run is over. No. 2 seed Gonzaga handled the No. 11 Bruins with a 74-62 win Friday. The Bulldogs advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1999, which is the only other time Gonzaga has made it that far. It was a bad shooting night for UCLA — which lost in the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row — as even its top scorers had trouble getting the...
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Celtics Notes: Isaiah Thomas Makes Strides; No More Cupcakes For C’s

This looked more like the Isaiah Thomas we’re used to seeing. Thomas was far from perfect Friday against the New York Knicks — his second game back after a bruised lower back sidelined him for eight — but he looked far more composed than he did during Wednesday’s loss to the Miami Heat. The Boston Celtics point guard went just 4-for-13 from the floor (including 2-for-7...
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Celtics Slog Past Knicks In New York, Keep Hold Of Eighth Seed In East

Beautiful basketball, it was not, but the Boston Celtics did just enough Friday night to leave Madison Square Garden with a 96-92 win over the NBA-worst New York Knicks. SUBPAR START The Celtics employed an extremely balanced offense in the early going, with nine players making one field goal before any made two. Jonas Jerebko became the first with two makes when he sank a layup...
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Jets Send Six Of Top Brass To Private Workout With Marcus Mariota

The New York Jets are serious about the possibility of selecting Marcus Mariota in this year’s NFL draft. The Jets are sending six top decision-makers — including general manager Mike Maccagnan, head coach Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and quarterbacks coach Kevin Patullo — to Oregon for a private workout Saturday with the quarterback...
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Brad Stevens Might Be One Of Best Young NBA Coaches Ever, Adam Silver Says

Success coaching in the college ranks doesn’t alway translate at the NBA level. Boston Celtics fans who lived through the Rick Pitino era know that all too well. Brad Stevens has impressed in his first two seasons in Boston, however, leading the Celtics to the brink of the playoffs despite a roster lacking even many household names, never mind superstars. The quick turnaround...
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Rob Gronkowski Twerks On Vacation In Miami Because Of Course He Does (Video)

The Winter of Gronk is transitioning into the Spring of Gronk, and we all are witnesses. Rob Gronkowski apparently is on vacation in Miami, where the New England Patriots tight end is living life to the fullest. Gronkowski twerked on stage Friday at Ultra, an electronic music festival, while wearing a neon tank top. Gronk really twerking @ultra 😂😂😂😂 #ULTRALIVE http:...
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McDonald’s All-Americans Receive Sneakers With Big Mac Insoles (Photo)

When the McDonald’a All-American teams take the court, you’ll probably notice the players’ bright purple sneakers. But it’s what’s on the inside of those sneakers that will really make a statement. The Grimace-colored Adidas come complete with Big Mac insoles, which likely won’t smell as good as the real thing by the end of the game. Look...
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Jon Cooper, Willie Desjardins Among Top Picks For NHL Coach Of The Year (Video)

It’s almost that time of the year again. The NHL regular season is nearing its end, which means it’s time to start thinking about the league’s annual awards. And on Thursday’s episode of “The Instigators” on NESN, Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Billy Jaffe gave their top choices for the Jack Adams Award. Brick’s pick for coach of the year...
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Brad Stevens: Zero Chance Kentucky Could Beat An NBA Team

Kentucky put on one of the most impressive displays in NCAA Tournament history Thursday, doubling-up West Virginia by a final score of 78-39. This wasn’t a 1-16 cakewalk, either. The Mountaineers were a No. 5 seed in this year’s tourney and had just knocked off a formidable Maryland squad to earn their date with the Wildcats in the Sweet 16. The 39-point thrashing raised the...
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Red Sox Notes: Christian Vazquez’s Status Raises Interesting Question

The Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves were unable to play nine innings Friday. The Red Sox suffered a 4-2 loss in a rain-shortened Grapefruit League game at Champion Stadium. The Braves pounded 12 hits before the game was called with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Old friends Pedro Ciriaco and Kelly Johnson produced the runs for Atlanta. Ciriaco, who played 104 games...
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Mookie Betts Literally Doing It All While Securing Job With Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> Mother Nature perhaps is the only one who can slow down Mookie Betts. Betts turned in another remarkable performance Friday before rain forced the postponement of the Boston Red Sox’s Grapefruit League game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. The 22-year-old literally did it all while further solidifying himself...
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BU Earns 3-2 OT Victory Vs. Yale In First Round Of NCAA Hockey Playoffs

Yale gave the top-seeded Terriers a scare when they took them into overtime Friday, but Boston University would not be denied. BU won 7:27 into free hockey at Verizon Wireless Arena when Danny O’Regan sent a rebound past Bulldogs goaltender Alex Lyon for the 3-2 victory. Still, it took the Terriers quite a bit of work to get there, as No. 4 seed Yale...
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Chili Davis Recounts Pedro Martinez’s Epic 1999 Effort At Yankee Stadium

With one swing, Chili Davis ensured he’d forever be linked to Pedro Martinez. Martinez had one of the best pitching performances in Major League Baseball history on Sept. 10, 1999, at Yankee Stadium. He struck out 17 and allowed only one hit as the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 3-1. The man responsible for the lone hit? Davis, who now serves as Boston’s hitting...
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Bill Belichick References ‘Do Your Job’ In 2003 New York Times Opinion Piece

Bill Belichick has been pushing the “Do Your Job” manta for a long time. The New England Patriots head coach wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times in 2003 with 37 thoughts, pieces of advice and reminders to Super Bowl XXXVII head coaches Jon Gruden and Bill Callahan. Belichick was just one year removed from winning Super Bowl XXXVI, his first with the Patriots. Belichick’s...
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Watch Boston Celtics-New York Knicks Game Online (Live Stream)

The Boston Celtics take on the worst team in basketball Friday as they visit the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, and NBC Sports Live Extra is streaming the game online and through its app for Xfinity and Time Warner Cable customers. You can watch it by clicking the photo below. Photo via Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports ImagesFiled under: Live Stream
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Ducks Fan From Beverly, Mass., Honored By Team After Win Vs. Bruins (Video)

Shaelin Earle is from Beverly, Mass., but he’s a huge Anaheim Ducks fan. So when his favorite team was in town to take on the Boston Bruins on Thursday, they made sure he got some extra special treatment. The 14-year-old Earle has cystic fibrosis and was a Ducks guest of honor thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The organization had flown Earle out to California earlier this...
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Victorino: I plan on playing every day for Red Sox in 2015

                This embed is invalid   " /> Shane Victorino has no plans to waltz into manager John Farrell’s office and demand he play all 162 games this season for the Boston Red Sox. But the 34-year-old outfielder is preparing for a full slate.   Victorino, who made waves at Red Sox spring training on Thursday by firing back at his critics...
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Phil Kessel, David Booth Get Into Fight At Maple Leafs Practice (Video)

It hasn’t been a banner year for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The lowly Leafs, who are coming off their seventh straight loss, have found a home near the bottom of the standings this season. Things have been frustrating to say the least for Toronto, but they reached a new low Friday at practice as Phil Kessel and David Booth got into an altercation. The incident occurred during a...
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Kevin Durant Ruled Out For Rest Of Season; Third Surgery Required On Foot

Kevin Durant’s season is over, with the defending NBA Most Valuable Player scheduled to have a third surgery on his broken right foot. The Oklahoma City Thunder made the announcement Friday afternoon, officially ruling Durant will miss four to six months. The 26-year-old forward hasn’t played since Feb. 19. Durant had a screw replaced in his ailing...
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MLB Predictions: 10 Sizzling Baseball Takes For 2015 Season (Photos)

This embed is invalid" /> The Major League Baseball season is almost here. Let’s throw crap at the wall. Making predictions always ends up being a fruitless exercise, as it really just opens the door for outside criticism and relentless heckling. But since yours truly is immune to both of those activities, let’s rattle off some sizzling sports...
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Fiancée takes stand at Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

The fiancée of Aaron Hernandez took the stand in his murder trial Friday. Shayanna Jenkins, who was granted immunity by the court in February, was called by the prosecution to testify in front of a judge. According to The Boston Globe, Jenkins was asked about the conversations she had with the former New England Patriots tight end after Odin Lloyd’s body was found in June...
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Rusney Castillo Making Statement At Tail End Of Red Sox Spring Training

This embed is invalid" /> The loudest statement at JetBlue Park on Thursday didn’t come from Shane Victorino, who forcefully fired back at critics who made massive assumptions about him earlier this week. It came from Victorino’s biggest competitor in the Boston Red Sox’s captivating outfield battle. Rusney Castillo launched a walk-off home run...
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Report: Patriots Running Backs Coach Scouting Prospects At LSU Pro Day

The New England Patriots could be on the hunt for their next great LSU product. Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears is on hand for LSU’s pro day, The New Orleans Advocate’s Nick Underhill reported Friday. The Patriots also had a scout at the event, according to Underhill. LSU has two running back prospects in the 2015 NFL draft, 5-foot-8, 213-pound Terrence Magee, who’s...
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Bruins’ Power Play Developing Consistency During Six-Game Losing Skid

BOSTON — In a season of frustrating losses for the Bruins, Thursday’s 3-2 overtime defeat to the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden was one of the toughest to swallow. The Bruins aren’t in a position in the playoff race to be content with moral victories, but the recent performance of the power play — a unit that has been inconsistent and often ineffective after dominating last...
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Bruins Practice Report: Lines, Pairings Unchanged After Loss To Ducks

BOSTON — The Bruins didn’t make any changes to their lines and pairings at Friday’s practice following a disappointing 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night. Brian Ferlin was not among the extra forwards because he was assigned to the Providence Bruins on Friday morning. Ferlin played in six straight games from February 20 through March 5, but he did not...
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