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Boston Celtics Clinch Playoff Spot With Nets’ Blowout Loss To Bulls

The Boston Celtics are headed to the playoffs. The C’s magic number after Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers was one, meaning either another win or an Indiana Pacers or Brooklyn Nets loss would put them in the postseason. The Pacers won Sunday, but the Nets didn’t play again until Monday. And they helped out their Atlantic Division rivals with...
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Rick Porcello’s Poise Evident In Red Sox’s Impressive Opening Day Win

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Rick Porcello was the Red Sox’s ace Monday. Before you shoot, understand that’s merely to say Porcello provided exactly what Boston needed in a 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals in the club’s home opener at Fenway Park. The sooner everyone forgets the “ace” label the better, as it’s pointless to...
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Ex-NFLer Lawrence Phillips Suspected Of Murdering His Prison Cellmate

FRESNO, Calif. — Former National Football League running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday. Phillips’ cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later was pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said in a statement. Phillips...
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Bruins Assign Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, Zach Trotman To Providence

The Boston Bruins have assigned forwards Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak, along with defenseman Zach Trotman to the AHL’s Providence Bruins, the team announced Monday night. These players are now able to play in the P-Bruins’ three remaining regular-season games and all of the team’s AHL playoff games. This move makes sense because it will allow all of them to gain more pro...
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Hanley Ramirez: ‘I Was Waiting For A Long Time’ For Fenway Park Return

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez twice returned to Fenway Park as a visitor while with the Marlins. Neither instance held a candle to Monday’s homecoming. Ramirez, who began his career with the Red Sox before being traded to the Marlins and later to the Dodgers, started in left field and batted cleanup Monday as Boston kicked off...
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Red Sox’s, Patriots’ Championship Trophies Look Great Together (Photo)

New England sports fans are some of most spoiled in this day and age. Sure, there have been plenty of bad times in the region’s sports history. The Boston Red Sox suffered 86 years without a World Series win. The New England Patriots certainly weren’t the powerhouse they are today throughout most of their pre-Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era existence. But in 2015, it’s good to...
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Mookie Betts Sparking Red Sox With Excellent Instincts, Natural Ability

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Mookie Betts’ game revolves around simplicity. Why, then, is it so difficult for opponents to stop the 22-year-old? From his smooth transition to the Red Sox’s outfield to his dynamic performances atop Boston’s order, Betts has played to his strengths since making his major league debut last June. His speed...
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Oregon Runner Celebrates Too Early, Loses In The Worst Way (Video)

Here’s a memo to everyone who’s ever played sports ever: Whatever you do, don’t celebrate early. You’d think the cases of Utah’s Kaelin Clay or this poor cyclist or even this poor runner would be proof enough, but apparently Tanguy Pepiot hasn’t seen any of those videos. The Oregon runner had a victory locked up for the Ducks in the men’s steeplechase at the Pepsi...
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John Farrell: Mookie Betts ‘Took The Game Over’ Vs. Nationals (Video)

Mookie Betts’ name was trending nationally on Twitter after his performance in the Boston Red Sox’s 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals, so needless to say, he impressed a lot of people. Red Sox manager John Farrell was among those people and said the 22-year-old outfielder — who went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs, two stolen bases (on the...
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Red Sox’s Rusney Castillo Suffers Shoulder Injury In Pawtucket Game

This embed is invalid" /> First, an injury. Then, a demotion. Now, another injury. It’s been a rollercoaster start to 2015 for Boston Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo. The 27-year-old, who dealt with an oblique injury early in spring training, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket at the end of camp. He’s now battling a shoulder injury after landing...
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PHOTO: Tom Brady, David Ortiz take selfie together

By Darren Hartwell. David Ortiz knows a thing or two about selfies. So when Tom Brady showed his face at Fenway Park on Monday, you can bet the Boston Red Sox slugger made the most of the opportunity. Brady threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Big Papi before the Boston Red Sox’s home opener against the Washington Nationals, and Ortiz made quite the scoop to save New England...
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Bruins’ Milan Lucic Motivated To Bounce Back After ‘Inconsistent’ 2014-15 Season

Milan Lucic at his best is a unique player. Very few players in the NHL have his combination of offensive skill, size/strength and experience. He’s a true power forward when he moves his feet and plays a physical game. The problem is he doesn’t do this enough on a consistent basis, which was one of the issues for him this season. “Too inconsistent, personally,” Lucic said...
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Pete Frates Signs Contract With Red Sox Before Fenway Park Home Opener

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Red Sox signed an All-Star before Monday’s home opener at Fenway Park. Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player diagnosed with ALS in 2012, has led an admirable fight against the disease, even spearheading the Ice Bucket Challenge last summer. The Red Sox honored Frates before Monday’s game against...
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Liverpool-Newcastle Verdict: Reds Share Wealth, Cruise To Needed Win

Circumstances presented Liverpool with the perfect chance to put its Premier League campaign back on track, and the Reds delighted fans and themselves by taking advantage of it. Liverpool defeated Newcastle United 2-0 on Wednesday at Anfield, enhancing its Liverpool’s previously fading prospects of ending the season in the top four places in the Premier...
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Patrick Kane cleared to play, could return for playoff opener

By The Associated Press Center Brad Richards is ready to go. Same for defenseman Kimmo Timonen. And superstar forward Patrick Kane isn’t far behind. Not only does Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville expect his star right wing to play in Chicago’s opening-round playoff series against the Predators, but Kane might be ready for Wednesday night’s opener in Nashville. “Absolutely...
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Tom Brady, Pete Frates Star In Red Sox’s Memorable Fenway Opener (Photos)

It’s hard to get any better than Opening Day of the MLB season. But the Boston Red Sox might have topped it Monday. The Sox returned to Fenway Park for the first time, playing the Washington Nationals in their home opener on a warm, sun-soaked afternoon. Opening Day at Fenway usually comes with plenty of fanfare, and this year certainly didn’t disappoint. The family of Boston...
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Red Sox Wrap: Mookie Betts Takes Over As Boston Rolls In Fenway Opener

BOSTON — The Red Sox tasted adversity Sunday night in the Bronx. They quickly rinsed out their mouths and opted for something more delectable Monday afternoon at Fenway Park. The Red Sox opened their 2015 home schedule with a 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals. The victory came less than 24 hours after Boston suffered a 14-4 loss to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on...
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Madison Bumgarner Rides Horse During Giants’ Pregame Ceremonies (Video)

Madison Bumgarner made quite the entrance on the field at AT&T Park on Monday. The San Francisco Giants celebrated their 2014 World Series win with a pregame ceremony for their home opener against the Colorado Rockies, and the ace delivered the championship flag in the most Madison Bumgarner way possible: on a San Francisco police horse. Bumgarner, who lives on a farm...
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Aaron Hernandez Jurors End Fifth Day Of Deliberations With No Verdict

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez completed their fifth day of deliberations Monday without reaching a verdict. The jury has spent more than 27 hours deliberating whether Hernandez is guilty in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. They are...
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Raheem Sterling Helps LFC Beat Newcastle With Super Solo Goal (Video)

Raheem Sterling simultaneously demonstrated his worth to Liverpool and quieted questions over his commitment to Anfield in the most spectacular of fashions. Sterling scored a superb solo goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday at Anfield. His goal proved to be the game-winner, as Liverpool cruised to a much-needed Premier League win over the struggling Magpies. Sterling...
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WATCH: Kevin Garnett throws out first pitch at Twins game

By Sam Galanis If Kevin Garnett is looking for something to do when his basketball career ends, he might have a future in baseball. The former Boston Celtics big man returned to the Timberwolves at this season’s NBA trade deadline, and his homecoming in Minnesota has been a special one. On Monday, Garnett had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Minnesota Twins...
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Mookie Betts Smokes Home Run In Red Sox’s Fenway Park Opener (Video)

BOSTON — Mookie Betts did enough in the first two innings of the Red Sox’s home opener at Fenway Park to fill a complete highlight reel. Betts, piggybacking on an awesome Opening Day pregame ceremony, robbed Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper of a home run, stole two bases on one play and then absolutely smoked a three-run homer off Jordan Zimmermann. Betts...
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Mookie Betts Does Awesome David Ortiz Home Run Swing Impression (Video)

Mookie Betts is flexing some newfound power this season, and now why now why: He’s just channeling his inner David Ortiz. The Boston Red Sox outfielder launched his second homer of the season Monday against the Washington Nationals and pretty much has been doing it all. Thanks to some pregame footage from YES Network, it appears he can add swing impressions to that list. Here’s...
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WATCH: Pedro Martinez throws batting practice to Tom Brady

By Doug Kyed There’s a reason Tom Brady was selected in the 1995 MLB Draft as a catcher, not a pitcher. After his first pitch was low and away to David Ortiz as part of the Boston Red Sox’s Opening Day ceremony Monday, Brady took batting practice off Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez inside Fenway Park. Check this out - Brady & @45PedroMartinez just did a...
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Tom Caron’s Final USCHO Poll Of 2015 College Hockey Season

Editor’s note: NESN’s Tom Caron is on the 50-member USCHO ranking committee, and you can find his votes on the college hockey week that was every Monday on NESN.com. That’s a wrap on the college hockey season. It came down to Providence College and Boston University for all the marbles, and after an intense and shocking game, it was the Friars who were crowned champions. Providence...
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