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Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) is fouled New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 27, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Celtics won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Thomas scores 18, Celtics hold off Knicks for 96-92 win

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NEW YORK – The Boston Celtics are making a playoff push – and they came to the right place to keep things rolling last night. Even if they had to sweat this one out a bit. Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points, Jae Crowder added 17 points and nine rebounds, and five Celtics scored in double figures as Boston held off a late rally by the New York Knicks to win, 96-92. “This was a hard game,” Celtics Coach Brad Stevens said. “I knew it was going to be a hard game. We all knew it was going to be a hard game. I’m happy that …

UNH’s Pesce turns pro, signs entry-level deal with Carolina Hurricanes

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Seven of the University of New Hampshire’s top eight scoring defensemen will be back in Durham next year. Brett Pesce, however, is moving on. Pesce, a third-round pick by the Carolina in 2013, will forego his senior year at UNH after signing a three-year entry-level deal with the Hurricanes yesterday, the team announced. Should Pesce play at the NHL level with Carolina, he’ll …

David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: “I never knowingly took any steroids.” And this, too: “I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.” The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column Thursday for The Players’ Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Soccer Dempsey injures hamstring, out 2-3 weeks CHICAGO – U.S. captain Clint Dempsey will miss exhibition games at Denmark and Switzerland because of a strained right hamstring. He is expected to be sidelined two to three weeks. The …

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Road race The Loudon Lions Club is hosting its 10th annual Angels 5k road race and fitness walk. It will be held May 1 at 6:15 p.m. and take place at Merrimack Valley High School. Visit angel5k.com or coolrunning.com, or register in person the day of the race. …

Turner nets triple-double, Celtics score big win over Brooklyn

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NEW YORK – Boston Coach Brad Stevens thought his Celtics tightened up down the stretch of a tough home loss Sunday that dropped them out of playoff position. The Celtics made the final minutes stress-free last night – …

Sheard, Chandler eager to get going as Patriots’ marquee additions

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Jabaal Sheard is excited about getting a chance with the New England Patriots – four years after thinking he would start his NFL career with them. New teammate Scott Chandler, meanwhile, is looking forward to …

Sanbornton native and Winnisquam grad Cote released by Yankees

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sanbornton native Jordan Cote was released by the New York Yankees yesterday, ending a stint with the team that covered three professional seasons. “Could not thank the New York Yankees organization for a better 4 years of my …

Cardinals, Red Sox call off game due to rain during fifth inning

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The spring training game between St. Louis and the Boston Red Sox yesterday was rained out with the Cardinals leading in the middle of the fifth inning. With the game three outs shy of being official, rain started and the game was called after …

Pats’ Kraft: L.A. will have two teams within next year

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he believes the NFL will have two teams in the Los Angeles area within the next year. “I don’t think it’s good that we’ve let a generation of fans, young kids, grow up without a team. It’s not good for the …

Maryland women top unbeaten Princeton; UConn routs another opponent

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Maryland ended Princeton’s undefeated season, UConn won in another rout, and Tennessee remained perfect at home last night. All three teams advanced to the Sweet 16. The Lady Vols improved to 56-0 in NCAA tournament games at home …

Technological innovations fuel shift usage – and batters can’t stand it

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

COPLAY, Pa. – Twentysomethings sit in rows inside a two-story, red brick building in an Allentown suburb that Norman Rockwell could have painted. Using a keyboard and a pair of screens each, the video scouts note every one …

Marlins’ Christian Yelich finalizes $49.57 million, seven-year contract

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

JUPITER, Fla. – The Marlins took another step toward keeping their young talent in Miami, finalizing a $49.57 million contract with outfielder Christian Yelich. Yelich gets $570,000 this year, the same salary as in the one-year deal he …