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NBA playoffs: Celtics standing in LeBron’s way

Saturday, April 18, 2015

CLEVELAND – Five years ago, LeBron James left the floor after Game 5 against Boston in disgrace. There were boos from the home fans, even some whispers he’d quit on the Cavaliers. Today, in his first playoff game for Cleveland since 2010, James will take his first step toward an NBA championship – toward the one that could top them …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, April 18, 2015

BASEBALL Rose hired as Fox as special guest studio analyst NEW YORK – Pete Rose is getting back in baseball while he awaits a ruling …

Lightning ties series with dominating victory over Red Wings

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop stopped 24 shots for his first NHL playoff victory yesterday, a 5-1 win over Detroit that evened their opening-round Eastern Conference …

Curry scores 34, Warriors beat Pelicans, 106-99, in Game 1

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stephen Curry scored 34 points with an MVP-worthy performance, and the Golden State Warriors went up big before holding off the New Orleans Pelicans, 106-99, in their playoff opener yesterday. Klay Thompson added 21 points, and Draymond Green …

Cubs’ Bryant reaches base five times in extra-inning victory

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kris Bryant drew a standing ovation after blooping an RBI single for his first major league hit, and reached base five times yesterday as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres, 7-6, in 11 innings. A day …

Oilers win NHL draft lottery and chance to select McDavid

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL draft lottery and the right to select Erie Otters star center Connor McDavid with the top pick. The Oilers bucked the odds last night after finishing 28th in the NHL standings. They …

Fisher Cats drop fourth straight, losing to Rock Cats, 5-1

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats got off to a quick start, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but eventually suffered their fourth straight loss, 5-1, yesterday to the New Britain Rock Cats. K.C. Hobson’s RBI single plated Dwight Smith Jr. for New Hampshire’s …

Buchholz and Red Sox lose to Orioles, 4-1

Saturday, April 18, 2015

BOSTON – Forget opening day. Clay Buchholz can’t seem to find his groove again. Buchholz gave up 11 hits in six innings yesterday but limited the Orioles to just two runs in Boston’s 4-1 loss to Baltimore. Coming …

Head-to-head results of Celtics-Cavaliers

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nov. 14 – Cavs 122, Celts 121 March 3 – Cavs 110, Celts 79 April 10 – Celts 99, Cavs 90 April 12 – Celts 117, Cavs 78 Home team in bold …

Monarchs win fifth straight in regular-season home finale

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Manchester Monarchs extended their winning streak to five games with yesterday’s 4-2 victory over Worcester in the regular-season home finale. Manchester (50-16-6-3) finished the season with a 7-3-0-1 record against Worcester (41-28-4-2). The Monarchs have earned at least one point in each of their last nine games …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Miaker comes home to run the Boston Marathon

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A buzz ran through the Concord High track and field team. Wide eyes watched a lone figure gracefully circle the Memorial Field track. Quips of awe charged through the teenagers. “I could stay with him for half a …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, April 18, 2015

SWIMMING Phelps fails to qualify for 400 free in Arizona MESA, Ariz. – Michael Phelps failed to qualify for the 400-meter freestyle final at a meet in Arizona, finishing 17th overall. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist finished fourth in his heat yesterday with a time of 4 minutes, …

Before ruling out an upset in NBA East, listen to these guys

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Having trouble envisioning an upset in the Eastern Conference playoffs? That’s understandable, since three teams in the eight-team field didn’t finish above .500. Milwaukee (41-41), Boston (40-42) and Brooklyn (38-44) wouldn’t have even qualified for the postseason in …