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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 …

Fisher Cats rally once but end up losing at New Britain

Friday, April 17, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats rallied to tie the game after falling behind 4-0, but the New Britain Rock Cats answered with a four-run seventh and won, 8-5, last night. The Fisher Cats pounded out 13 hits, led by Jake Fox (3-for-5, double), Dwight Smith Jr. (2-for-5, homer, …

Rangers hold off Penguins in Game 1

Friday, April 17, 2015

Derick Brassard and Ryan McDonagh scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made the goals stand up as the New York Rangers won the opener of their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, last night. New York shut down Pittsburgh’s top threats, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni …

Miley lit up as Red Sox lose to Nationals, 10-5

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BOSTON – The questions about Boston’s starting rotation have surfaced already. Wade Miley became the second straight starter to struggle, allowing seven runs in just 2.1 innings in his Fenway Park debut. Washington’s 10-5 win yesterday prevented the …

Bruins fire Chiarelli after missing the playoffs for first time in eight years

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Boston Bruins fired General Manager Peter Chiarelli yesterday, days after missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years and just four seasons after the franchise won its first Stanley Cup title since 1972. The statement …

PawSox owners: Downtown ballpark would generate millions

Thursday, April 16, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox minor league baseball team said yesterday that a multi-use ballpark in downtown Providence would generate $12.3 million annually in spending for the city and the state, but they would seek help from taxpayers – $120 million over …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Baseball Mets put Wright on 15-day disabled list NEW YORK – Eight games into the season, David Wright is on the disabled list again. The New York Mets put their captain on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring yesterday after the seven-time All-Star was injured while …

Flames sign NCAA champion goalie Gillies to 3-year deal

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CALGARY, Alberta – NCAA champion goaltender Jon Gillies signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames. Gillies, whose father, Bruce, was a goalie for the UNH hockey team, made 49 saves for Providence in a 4-3 win over Boston University on Saturday to end his college career …

Fisher Cats can’t climb out of early hole, drop 4-1 decision to Reading

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats surrendered a two-run seventh inning to derail comeback chances en route to a 4-1 loss to the Reading Fightin’ Phils at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium yesterday afternoon. Reading scored runs in the top of the first and sixth, but Andy Burns’s home run …

Celtics finish regular season with 105-100 victory over Milwaukee

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MILWAUKEE – Gigi Datome scored 22 points, including two key buckets in the final 3 minutes, and the Boston Celtics ended the regular season with their sixth straight win following a 105-100 victory last night over the Milwaukee …

Ex-NFL star Hernandez convicted of murder, sentenced to life

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison yesterday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract …